The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 January 2003

Powerful bleats and japes

Yeah, I know, everyone reads Lileks anyway, but I just loved this particular bit:

[W]e use one of them all-natch'ral peener butters. No, I do not have to go to the co-op, scoop it from a flyblown communal vat with a wooden spoon, put it in my reusable crock and carry it to the barter-counter with the handy hemp handle. This brand of all natural PB is made by Smuckers. (Always wondered if they really knew how odd their ad campaign sounds: With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good. By this logic, Dodgammed Sassmole Skithead Futtersmuckers would taste even better.)

I'll be sure to ask for it at the Piggly Wiggly.

Sudden flash of insight: Once Iraq is, um, subdued, the most productive thing we can do is open up the society to Western wackiness. Wouldn't you just love to see the first Piggly Wiggly supermarket in Baghdad?

I tell you, this Lileks guy makes you think.

Posted at 7:30 AM to Almost Yogurt


So what do you guys out there say when you're getting ready to go to the grocery store? Like here we say we're off to the "Giant" or "Shoppers".

Posted by: phillip at 8:08 AM on 31 January 2003

There's only the one national chain - Albertson's; everything else is local (Homeland) or regional (IGA) or Wal-Mart. Winn-Dixie and Food Lion pulled out of here years ago; Homeland is the remains of the local Safeway operation.

I usually get by with "I'm going to the store."

Posted by: CGHill at 8:30 AM on 31 January 2003

Dang, Chaz. Even in Fairbanks when I moved there, people had Fred Meyer ("Fred"), Safeway, Gavora's and Foodland.

Gavora's went out of business while I was there, but one of the three stores was reopened as Carrs (which also owned Foodland, having inherited that name when they bought out the original Foodland before we got there). Then Safeway bought the Carrs chain, and under the anti-trust agreement they wound up selling off Foodland, but its new owner has gone belly-up. Then Kmart remodeled and added groceries.

And now the Kmart is closing.

Never did have a Wal-Mart up there, and I honestly doubt they ever will.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 5:53 AM on 1 February 2003

Our K marts never had groceries, and now they're closed.

Wal-Mart relies on just-in-time inventories to keep costs down; I imagine that single stores in Alaska would make this difficult.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:38 AM on 1 February 2003