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Happy Birthday, Leah

In Adventures on October 30, 2009 at 12:29 am

For my birthday, my good friend Leah gave me a very nice, and thoughtfully MITUSA, gift. She wanted to honor my MITUSA goals so she gave me a book about Annie Leibovitz she found on my wishlist, as well as a gift certificate to Avalon Exchange, a vintage clothing store in the Delmar Loop. I used it to buy a pair of previously-loved shoes and a previously-loved button-down shirt. I was MITUSA all the way, thanks to the recycled nature of previously owned clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

F_ _ _ Water

In Adventures on October 28, 2009 at 12:05 am

Fill in the blank. F_ _ _ water.

If you guessed “FIJI” water, you’d be right.

Coincidentally, if you guessed the other F word, you’d also be right. Read the rest of this entry »

No-Impact Man

In Adventures on October 26, 2009 at 12:44 am

Now this guy is serious. Makes me look like a rank amateur. No-Impact Man spent a year making no environmental impact. He rode a bike. He bought local foods. He drank water out of a recycled peanut butter jar. He didn’t use toilet paper.

Ew. Read the rest of this entry »

Grocery Store Revelations

In Adventures on October 24, 2009 at 12:25 am

I went to the grocery store yesterday. I bought a few things and I didn’t buy another. These are their stories.

One thing I bought was Finish, formerly Electrasol, dishwasher detergent tablets. The Quantum kind. With Jet-Dry shine. And a Powerball built in. And other useless nonsensical names on the box. I knew I should double-check where the stuff comes from. But I didn’t. Not until it was too late. Read the rest of this entry »

Does it matter?

In Adventures on October 22, 2009 at 12:22 am

Does it matter if you buy American?

– If a product can be made “more efficiently” by another country’s less expensive workforce, why shouldn’t it be?

The ship has sailed. No amount of my buying American-made T-shirts is going to reverse the trend of making 99% of American-purchased T-shirts in foreign countries. The only way we’ll get those jobs back Read the rest of this entry »

“Please give us your sweatshops.”

In Adventures on October 20, 2009 at 12:10 am

I don’t particularly have an agenda. At least not an agenda that reaches beyond my own personal growth and that of mankind in general. So while I don’t particularly like Wal Mart, or what it represents, or what it’s done to our society, or what it feels like to shop there, or any number of things about the consumptive behemoth, I’m always up for interesting reading–even if it means reading a pro-Wal-Mart article such as this one. Read the rest of this entry »

American-made Blue Jeans

In Adventures on October 18, 2009 at 12:25 am

Blue Jeans are quintessentially American. Except that they’re probably not often Made in The USA.

These jeans, however, are. North Carolina, to be exact. And while I’ve only spent 72 hours in North Carolina, I liked those hours. And so I like that state. And so I deem these neat jeans. I’m guessing they’re not available in husky sizes for kids like me, but still–those of you who fit into normal clothes should consider buying some southern jeans. Read the rest of this entry »

Make your own cleaning supplies

In Adventures on October 16, 2009 at 12:12 am

1. I read about this in Craft magazine.
2. It comes from a company called The Purple Fig Cleaning Co. in Austin. The company not only will clean your house using all-natural cleaning agents, they hold parties (like Tupperware or BeautiControl or Pampered Chef) where they teach you how to clean and how to make your own all-natural cleaning agents.
3. The idea is that all-natural cleaning agents allow you to rely less on chemicals and big corporations to keep your house clean in a safe and natural and effective way. Read the rest of this entry »

B T Dubs re the Starbucks Coffee Pot o’ Death

In Adventures on October 14, 2009 at 12:33 am

I finally got around to calling the Starbucks hotline re: the CPSC recall of the eight-cup stainless steel Starbucks Barista coffee  maker I own and adore. While I sat on hold listening to big band music, I perused the original CPSC web site on which I found the original recall. I noted something: The recall is for the eight-cup stainless steel Starbucks Barista Aroma coffee maker. Read the rest of this entry »

A Capitalist Manifesto: Greed Is Good

In Adventures on October 12, 2009 at 12:06 am

I toted this Newsweek around for six weeks, knowing I’d desperately want to blog about it. So let me try to get out of my own, and its, way with a brief list of points.

– You should see it in print. The illustrations by Mark Wagner are gorgeous. (Magazines are still way cooler than screens.)

– Fareed Zakaria is a really smart guy. Read the rest of this entry »

Barack Obama on Buying American

In Adventures on October 10, 2009 at 12:55 am

“The fight for American manufacturing is the fight for America’s future.”

How did I miss this? Read the rest of this entry »

Save An American Job

In Adventures on October 8, 2009 at 12:45 am

Save an American job at

To do this, the site suggests that you look for the MITUSA tag and buy it when possible. I’ve been doing that, as you’ve noticed, but I’m still not convinced I’m saving jobs. I’m probably not hurting them, though. Right? Read the rest of this entry »

Another American-Made Mens Suit

In Adventures on October 6, 2009 at 12:45 am

I learned today, somewhat embarrassingly, that there is another American-made mens suit. I was informed as much by the salesman at Macy’s who looked at me cross-eyed when I told him that Joseph Abboud was the only major American suit manufacturer. Turns out, according to the “Union-made in the USA” tag inside the random Hart Schaffner Marx suit he pulled off the rack, there’s another. Read the rest of this entry »

Waste Not Paper

In Adventures on October 4, 2009 at 12:33 am

I’m toying with the idea of making our wedding invitations. To that end, I recently investigated the paper options available from my favorite paper/art purveyor, and it turns out the supplies I’ve been buying for my homemade holiday cards for years have been, albeit inadvertently, MITUSA. I’ve been buying cards, paper and envelopes from a producer called Waste Not Paper. They’re in Chicago. So they’re almost even local. Read the rest of this entry »

America was built by exploiting cheap labor.

In Adventures on October 2, 2009 at 12:44 am

Kurt Vonnegut, from his 2005 book, A Man Without A Country, writing about his immigrant ancestors:

They arrived at a time when the Anglo ruling class, like our polyglot corporate oligarchs of today, wanted the cheapest and tamest workers they could find anywhere in the whole wide world. The specifications for such persons, then as now, were those listed by Emma Lazarus Read the rest of this entry »