Saturday, 14 June 2014

13:20 – We drove over to the LDS Family Home Storage Center this morning, where we picked up 24 #10 cans each of flour, macaroni, dry milk, potato flakes, rice, spaghetti, and sugar–28 cases altogether–along with one foil pouch each of their hot cocoa mix, flavored drink mix, and pancake mix. The total was 615.7 pounds of food for $708.45, or $1.15/pound. That’s 24 person-months’ or two person-years’ worth of dry goods at just under 26 pounds per month, a good foundation.

Of course, that’s just the dry stuff. As Barbara pointed out, with 150 pounds of macaroni and spaghetti, we’d better buy a bunch of sauce at Costco and Amazon Pantry. I’ve already been doing that, and will continue to stock up on soups, sauces, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, baked beans, and so on.

The LDS store was staffed by Elder and Sister Lockett, a nice older couple. They gave us a tour of the facility, which is really a warehouse with tons and tons of food on industrial steel shelving. They told us that 60% of their customers are not LDS members, and that many of their customers actually use this food routinely, as do they. In addition to selling food to all comers, the site provides food and other grocery items at no cost to LDS members who are down on their luck. They emphasized that it wasn’t welfare or charity; the recipients were expected to work at the center or other LDS facilities in return for the groceries.

We just finished setting up the steel shelving unit, which will make it easy to rotate old stuff out the front and new stuff in the back. We loaded everything on the shelves. It’s surprising how little space it takes to store 168+ #10 cans.


17 thoughts on “Saturday, 14 June 2014”

  1. Outstanding! We’re not there yet, due to structural projects that have to be done here first, so we’re only slowly building the food+ supply.

    And big nooz today:

    Whooping cough and liquid meth epidemics in Kalifornia…

    A U.S. warship enroute to the Gulf…

    The return to a Hobbesian ‘state of nature’ in Iraq and the potential loss of Baghdad are likely to cause gas prices to skyrocket…

    Sabotage at an Arizona power station…rising nervousness about rest of the Grid’s vulnerability to same…only now???

    And Chelsea Clinton is apparently in training for a dominatrix role…

  2. And Chelsea Clinton is apparently in training for a dominatrix role…

    She recently said ole’ BJ taught her everything she knows.

  3. And Chelsea Clinton is apparently in training for a dominatrix role

    Yah, I saw that picture on Drudge. Beyond the pale, I’d say, on my way to the pail. (The barf bucket, that is, not RBT’s new chemistry equipment.)

  4. What makes some of these dizzy dames think they can squeeze into skintight leather and high heels and that’s supposed to light up a whole buncha wood or sumthin? She ain’t got it; another blivet like her fugly mutha. Who in a recent pic looked like a really scary Halloween mask, sumthin outta “Halloween” or “Friday the 13th.” I gotta say, between her and the Mooch, that Fauxcahauntus broad down in MA is looking FINE. If ya kinda dig cougar librarian types who like to talk a lot about economics.

    Interesting animal dynamics here earlier; mutt on the leash lunged at a squirrel who sat calmly munching tree seeds three feet away and asked him what his major malfunction was. Then he climbed a tree about five feet up and senior female cat got interested and meowed at him from below; so he came back down and went back to munching. Cat stalked him, jumped at him, etc., squirrel kinda dug it and would only run away a couple of feet. So they just stayed there, a foot away, and cat watched him eat. That was it. Apparently zero fear of the mutt, me or the cat.

    Got the dog run set up; assembled a shop vac; about to do some cellar cleanup operations, and then assemble some more furniture this coming week, along with VA appointments, yard mowing, planting of more stuff, IT study for what purpose I have no clue anymore, and FFL paperwork.

    Halfway through Season Two of “Longmire” and then I’ll have to pick something else out; had to also re-set/re-organize the streaming for the Roku, kind of a PITA that I hadda figure out myself (due, I think, to my recent upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro); late-night reading is the late Christopher Logue’s translation of some books of the Iliad, along with the very late Alexander Pope’s translation. Interesting couple of guys; Logue was in the Black Watch as a young guy and then spent many months in an Army prison; also a playwright, actor, etc. Pope was only 4’6″ due to serious medical issues and a Roman Catholic in England during the usual tough time for them; absolutely brilliant dude and afraid of nothing. Guys he pissed off would challenge him to duels and he’d show up with his dog, Bounce, a gigantic mastiff.

    Lighter reading has been the 900 pages of the very late Ford Madox Ford’s “March of Literature.”

    Gotta keep up my hyper-literate facade.

  5. The best way to ensure product rotation is with a can rack, but they are absurdly expensive. The only reason restaurants ever buy them is that most of the employees are too stupid to read & understand a date written on top of the can. (Many years in the industry, I’m more than a little cynical.) But do be sure to take a Sharpie and write the date of purchase in large lettering on top of the can.

  6. a nice older couple

    So, from a 61 year old man, this must have been a couple in their 80s?

  7. What about Colin? You don’t feed him and you may wake up missing body parts. He needs 12 dog months of food also.

  8. OFD wrote:

    “And Chelsea Clinton is apparently in training for a dominatrix role…”

    Pictures, or it didn’t happen.

  9. Miles_Reg, the pic is in the left column of Drudge’s front page. Have a pail handy.

  10. She’s wearing PVC pants and there’s a picture of half a guy in a dinner suit next to her?

    Cute. Very cute, even better than her mum at that age… 🙂

  11. Poor, poor Miles_Teg. He’s obviously fallen and hit his head again. His vision must be very, very poor if he thinks Chelsea “Horse-faced scolding bitch” Clinton (or Mezvinsky or whatever her married name is) is Teh Hawtness.

    Either that or he’s insane. He’s probably been sniffing the fumes of uncleaned cat boxes for too many years and it’s caused permanent brain damage.

    Either that or he’s trolling us. Bad Miles_Teg! Provocative statements are one thing, but being outright disgusting is naughty. Bad, bad Miles_Teg!

  12. So, from a 61 year old man, this must have been a couple in their 80s?

    From their appearance, I’d have guessed they were around Barbara’s and my age, but the guy mentioned that he’d lived in Virginia for 62 years before they moved to North Carolina some years ago. So I’d guess maybe late 60’s.

    What about Colin? You don’t feed him and you may wake up missing body parts. He needs 12 dog months of food also.

    As I mentioned earlier, what I’m building just looks like a one-year supply of food for Barbara and me. The real intention is to have a one-month supply for 24 people. We buy dog food in large bags, so Colin on average has maybe a month’s supply on hand. Not that it really matters. Dog food is a pretty recent invention–the 1930’s IIRC. Before that, dogs ate what their humans ate, scraps and leftovers. Colin would be perfectly happen eating human food in an emergency.

  13. Dog food is a pretty recent invention

    Right. Dogs eat people food. They’ve been bred for tens of millenia to eat people food. In fact, some vets say you’re better off feeding your dog people food rather than special-purpose dog food, unless you’re a vegan or something.

    Exception for some over-bred breeds, including many popular lapdogs. They’re too delicate to eat anything but their special mix. (Editorial note: blech. What kind of asshole deliberately breeds something which can’t survive without painstaking care?)

  14. Yes, I’ve made that point for years. Humans and dogs formed a partnership roughly 33,000 years ago. For about 32,900 of those years, dogs have been eating what we eat, and it did not noticeably affect their morbidity, mortality, or mean lifespan.

    Speaking of which, domestication of dogs predates the disappearance of H. sapiens neanderthalensis. No one really knows why H. sapiens sapiens flourished while the Neanderthals pretty much disappeared, but I’ve often wondered if it was because we had dogs and they didn’t. Nowadays, most people think of dogs as pets or at most useful working animals, but back then having dogs could be literally the difference between life and death.

  15. If Chelsea Clinton is going to (try to) be a public personality, why doesn’t she get herself a competent stylist? She often looks unkempt, she often wears inappropriate clothing, etc. The skin-tight leather pants not only look trashy, they are utterly inappropriate to the event.

    But that’s all secondary. Primarily: I don’t understand why anyone pays Chelsea Clinton for appearances? She, herself, has done nothing of note. Being the child of politicians doesn’t give her any special insight. Why is she worth this kind of money?

  16. The apple don’t fall far from the tree; the Clintons are basically trailer trash, who scurried and chiseled and schemed for years to get into the game and then work their way up, repeatedly engaging in serial felonies and dumping to the side of the road the friends they no longer had any use for or considered a detriment. Some of those ex-friends went to jail or were murdered or “committed suicide.” All forgotten now in the United States of Amnesia. They’re evil, but only the precursors to the evil scum that now inhabit the WH.

    So their spawn automatically get the various windfalls in cash and social positions from their legions of followers and worshipers. There is probably a vicious cat-fight going on all the time between the worshipers who wish to feature and “sell” Chelsea Clinton, who is a typical overfed Murkan dollymop pig.

  17. But that’s all secondary. Primarily: I don’t understand why anyone pays Chelsea Clinton for appearances? She, herself, has done nothing of note. Being the child of politicians doesn’t give her any special insight. Why is she worth this kind of money?

    Because, to modern Democrats, the Clintons are like royalty. All that matters is her last name is Clinton and her daddy is Bill. That’s enough for dems to hand her wads of cash to make an appearance somewhere.

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