Observations on life

What $55.00 can buy

I was standing behind a lady in a supermarket checkout this morning. Her bill was $55.00; no big deal. However, included in that purchase was a tube of toothpaste and two sweet potatoes. The rest of the purchase was junk food, soda, crackers, lots of cookies, etc. 

I was thinking … what do you think I was thinking about this middle-class American and her spending?

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  1. You immediately concluded that this woman ran an unprofitable day-care center in her home and could only afford two sweet potatoes garnished with toothpaste for her dinner.

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    • Say what? I concluded that if she was an average American she was wasting one heck of a lot of money on junk, money that could be out to better use.

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  2. What were you thinking? Perhaps you turned around to look at the cart behind you – sort of a sampling or survey process – and found that one loaded with carrots, celery, lettuce, beans and Brussels Sprouts? Did it average out? Perhaps you averted your gaze and watched the people in the other line buying lottery tickets. Some people see only what they want to see – and notice stuff that confirms their opinions of others.

    Or maybe you looked down into your own cart? Perhaps it included beer, wine, prescription drugs and Viagra? Did you ask the lady to turn around and ask her what she thought of your purchasing decisions? Chances are, her opinion of your purchasing decisions was just as relevant as yours was of hers.

    Only liberals and Democrats think they should monitor other people’s purchasing decisions, or control over what other people buy, eat, do with their money, etc. Perhaps you wouldn’t have bought the shoes she had on as well.

    Give me a break.

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    • Give me a break. I am not making a judgement other than when we hear so much about unaffordable things and the struggling middle-class we seem to ignore the decisions people make that create that state for many people.

      In fact, I do a great deal of observing what people buy from grocery stores to COSTCO, try it sometime. You will find the rare purchase comprised of healthy anything and you will find a great deal of the opposite, a great deal. I don’t care what people put in their body, but I do care how they spend money if other people are expected to help pick up their shortfall.

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  3. No junk food in my house, only real food. I have been on a low carb high protein diet for 6 months and have lost 35 lbs. I feel better, sleep better and have more energy. I do not buy anything that has over 15 grams of carbs per serving, that ensures zero junk food in the cart. Read the book Protein Power it tells you why so many people are obese in America, high carb junk food, it is the driver of many of our health problems. .

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    • Only junk food in my house, no real food. I have been on a high carb low protein diet for 6 months and have lost 36 lbs. I feel better and have more energy. I do not buy anything that has under 15 grams of carbs per serving, that ensures mostly junk food in the cart. Read the book Junk Food Power and the Wright Brothers they tell you why so many people should mind there on business and work hard. Dick I like your blog

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      • probably not ,I work at the BEC. remember Mike Mc, chief steward? DIck I can’t say I have worked at a lot of places but I can say your Benefits Dept. was and still is top notch. Unfortunately not enough people for the workload.

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      • I remember Mike. In fact he sent me an e-mail only a week ago. I hear the benefits department and communications is not quite the same as it was.

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