WEDNESDAY'S HUM ( 5-31-06 )

Shay Totten from the Vermont Guardian on the C&E show this morning. Some of the chatter had to do with buying local and the advent of a local currency, such as Vermont Bread. We've published stories on the ' buy local' debate and here are some thoughts:
  • Many people don't care about buying local because they feel more comfortable browsing at a larger chain store. Case in point. A gal we know believes in keeping it local - except for books. When she wants to shop for books she loves Barnes & Noble 'cuz she can slip in relatively unnoticed and browse to her heart's content without being watched or bothered. She says shopping at a small bookseller is a nervous experience; almost like the clerk is waiting for her.
  • Buying local doesn't necessarily mean the money one spends is put to good use. What if Jane Doe believes in buying local and has her hair done by an independent hair cutter, who then takes Jane's money and buys crack. Who knows? At least spending money with a large corporation ensures that your money is looked at more judiciously, Enron, Tyco etc. notwithstanding.
  • Scores of purchasers are only looking out for themselves and could care less about the 'big picture'. They just want the best price, period.
  • Buying local, especially if the money chain goes unbroken, as with Vermont Bread, increases community spirit and keeps the dough in the hands of like- minded souls.
  • A sense of greater control. Jane Doe buys from Payless and she has no clue where that money ends up. She buys from a shoe store in Burlington, she has a pretty good idea where the money might go.
  • Let's say Jane buys a toy from Learning Express. She feels she is getting a quality item and she also likes the fact that the toy was made in Vermont, or Ohio, not a piece of junk made in China sold by any one of the ubiquitious Williston box stores. That means something to her.
We have many more positives but we have to get going. (to the Five Corners)

Got to the Essex Junction Five Corners Light last night in a movie watching mood. So we got out the portable DVD player and threw in a copy of Mclintock!, a John Wayne summer classic. We even got out of the car and bought a bag of popcorn at Simon's, on the corner there. We were able to view the whole movie, even the credits, before the light changed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Buying local doesn't necessarily mean the money one spends is put to good use...At least spending money with a large corporation ensures that your money is looked at more judiciously..."

What evidence shows large corporations look at money "more judiciously?" What does that even mean, anyway- "Judiciously?"

This post isn't as good as your other ones. What's going on?

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What does that even mean, anyway- 'Judiciously?'", Haik!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite actor in MClintock is the old Indian that is always looking for a party. He reminds me of the "Nature Boy"

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

", Haik!"

"Haik?" (Is this a person or a site name?)

This whole blog is a lie. Perhaps even your whole life.

Regardless, why don't you defend you thesis? What evidence shows large corporations look at money "more judiciously?"

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Regardless, why don't you defend you thesis?"

Whose thesis? The blog owner has never responded to comments, as far as I can tell, Haik!

Keep up the good work, Hum!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whose thesis? The blog owner has never responded..."

...and Haik has never commented on this blog, as far as I can tell, Hummer!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous sim verlaine said...

All of the positives of local currency could be met if those who are so inclined just shop/buy locally voluntarily. They shouldn't need to force themselves to do so if they feel strongly about it.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous MClintock said...

I can't defend anything I say. I just spew anonymous lectures about credibility and whine about the five corners. But stay tuned for a subtly increasing republican slant couched in seemingly impartial language as the election approaches. I hope my six readers don't catch on that I'm a shill for Tarrant.

3:38 PM  
Blogger charity said...

"...and whine about the five corners"

I happen to think the Five Corners Updates are humorous. I think that is the intent.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Fells said...

I think this blog is just hysterical. I have been reading it for about a month and just die at the posts about the Five Corners. To the person who said this blog is a lie and blah, blah.....RELAX!! IT IS FUNNY!!!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this blog seems funny to republicans like 'fells,' but I don't think it is.

I give up. You win, Hum-Job.

4:14 PM  

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