We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I didn't mention that our hiking trip in Provence was mainly in Le Luberon National Park. Lots of villages in the area. Best times to go are May or October - no heat, few tourists, and off-season prices. Plenty of gnarly mountains which can be considered foothiils of the Alps to the east.
Mrs. BD's favorite village was Lourmarin. It's surrounded by villas and farms. Expensive to buy there. I doubt Lourmarin is crowded in peak season because there are few places to stay unless you rent a villa.
My topic for this post is routine shopping in a village. In Lourmarin, market day is Friday. All of the producers and farmers and clothing-sellers assemble in a different village each day. No supermarkets anywhere near. Clothing, fish, meat - everything. The marketplace is filled with people and dogs, and by 4 pm it's disassembled from the village square and moved on.
For starters, the only daily food store in Lourmarin is the place below. True, they do make a lot of those great 4" deep kiches each morning but they are sold by 9 am. I think people drive once in a while to regular supermarkets in the suburbs of Aix or Avignon for supplies in the way we drive to Costco.
Some of my Friday marketplace pics are below the fold -
Plenty of pics etc. of the Friday market below the fold -
I go to Walmart regularly I like the prices and the variety. But I often see those people who make the Walmart memes famous. You know the very overweight dressed in skimpy and stretching shorts etc. But two days ago I saw the most beautiful lady I have seen in years. I am talking about her face, she could have been an actress and never even need to speak a word. Now, that's humanity.
Sometimes Wallyland is the only place open or has the best price.
Those people that show up half naked or dressed up are entertainment.
Mom and Pop non-corporate conglomerate shops won't be invited to the not so great reset.
Shopped at my local Wal-Mart this morning for a peck of Hallowe'en candy and trinkets. Wondered for the umpteenth time whether I needed to bulk up to make the shoppers' minimum weight limit.
Not 20 minutes later, I was marveling at the variety in a tiny Japanese grocery store--no bigger than my living room--buying some shirataki noodles (not available at Wal-Mart, go figure). I was comfortably within the store's weight class.
In my little town they used to have a "farmer's market". I think it's defunct now. I used to consider selling stuff there but the city charged $30 for a space. How much garlic would I have had to sell just to break even?