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Cost Cutting

Yesterday I decided that among a number of other cost-saving moves I will no longer spend $4.00 for a gallon of milk, but instead will use the less expensive kind. I went to Wegman’s, got a box full of one-quart packets of Nestle Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry MILK, fortified with Vitamins A + D. Then went to Big Lots to get a pitcher to mix the stuff up in. Ah! I found one of those one-litre glass decanters, the kind I used to drink restaurant vin ordinaire from, with a plastic lid. Literally perfect, and it cost only $4.00. It adds a touch of elegance that offsets the feeling of cheapness that comes from mixing my own.

Yes, I’m fully aware of the profound and almost inevitable economic disaster that will cripple this country because of the Fascist Swine Republicans’ obsession with sheltering their billionaire patrons from tax increases. Going from whole milk to instant, cutting back on electricity, and walking rather than driving, are pathetic little gestures that in the end will mean absolutely nothing.

But doing something is better than doing nothing.

As for photography, below are a few more images.

Back in the old days cameras had a thing called “color film” which was expensive to buy, and equally expensive to process and print. Now with digital I do not have to stop taking pictures to save money.

A small but important comfort, eh?

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That is a lovely bottle. Aesthetic treatment almost always helps.

I have never been very keen on mammal milk. I didn't like it as a child, then sort of liked it in my twenties, then backed off of it again in my very early thirties. I stopped using any kind of milk (almond, rice, cow) when I took grains out of my diet, because super cold rice milk and Quaker Oat Squares are so delicious I would consume them far, far too quickly.

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