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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Random sustenance shopping blurbs

44lbs of cat litter that I carried while rollerblading

My brand new shopping cart that I can use instead of being a mule on wheels

Lugging a 44lbs (4 pounds was free!) bag of cat litter while rollerblading is pretty tiring. The people at the pet store looked at me funny as I rolled away carrying the stupidly large bag. The funny thing is that now I know what it feels like to carry 44lbs of stuff while rollerblading and I've definitely carried a lot more than that before.

Side note: I use organic, non-clay based, clumping, flushable cat litter now.

I typically procrastinate grocery shopping and will go only when I have to. This means every 2-3 weeks and I'll spend $100 - $150... and carry it all by hand by myself! I go prepared. I bring a large duffle bag and a backpack! I tell you, that's way heavier than 44lbs. 44lbs is a walk in the park compared to carrying groceries. When I go grocery shopping, the first thing that I think about when I see a product is not the price or it's healthiness, but rather, it's weight and size.

But no more! I finally bought one of those shopping carts from Chinatown! You know, the ones that the old women push, but I got the large, manly size. I've been thinking of getting one for a while, but just have been too lazy to do so. I tell you, it's amazing! Of course, the first thing I do is buy a 18lbs bag of rice and a bunch of groceries from Chinatown. Now, I can go grocery shopping without thinking about whether I can carry it back or not :). People look at you funny when you are rollerblading and pushing a shopping cart though. I had one guy in my apartment building audibly laughing.

In my shopping in Chinatown, I made some interesting observations:
  • If you're shopping for a shopping cart, they speak to you in English

  • If you randomly stop at a fruit stand and quietly pick mangoes, they speak to you in English to tell you to pay inside

  • In the Chinatown TD Canada Trust, despite all their Chinese signs, Chinese tellers, and Chinese customers, they speak to you in English by default. I think the only non-Asian in that building was the security guard.

  • If you buy esoteric dried food products, such as 茶魚 (tea fish), from a small shop where they only have signs in Chinese, they speak to you in Cantonese

  • If you ask for Chinese vegetables (菜心) from the guy that grabs them and puts them in a bag, they speak to you in Cantonese

  • If you're reaching to the top of the shelves for a whole box of instant noodles, and there are 2 boxes above the one that you can reach, they ask you in Cantonese if they can help

  • If you're staring at the multitude of options for rice for 5 minutes, they speak to you in some language I don't understand (Mandarin?), and you reply in English


ark said...

just a quick note on

Side note: I use organic, non-clay based, clumping, flushable cat litter now.

Hope you're NOT flushing that flushable litter.

Sea Otters and Cat Litter

rin tin tin said...

the swheat litter that you recommended is gross. my co-worker and i both purchased it to give it a try and we both agree that it leaves a really disgustingly harsh stench of ammonia. it also didn't do much good; all the ammonia just sank like a rock to the bottom (it did not clump what so ever!) it is the worst kitty litter EVER!!! but i guess to each their own :P i'll just keep experimenting with other kitty litters until i find the one that suits me best.

it's okay to flush your kitty litter since you do not live on the West Coast. we have no sea otters on the East coast~

Venus says hi ^-^

Vince said...

Maybe you didn't use enough cat litter. Tiki's pee always ends up in a nice ball clump and it doesn't even reach the bottom of the pan. Maybe, Venus was digging a hole, peeing in the hole, and then burying it, as opposed to actually peeing on the litter itself.

rin tin tin said...

trust you me, i used alot of litter and i watch her go and she doesn't dig and pee. she just pees. my co worker was saying the same thing, it does not clump and it leaves a stench of ammonia. it is disgusting, but i guess whatever works for you and tiki. i however am not a fan. :( - but i do like the all natural factor of the swheat, but that is is.

Vince said...

That's strange. Mine clumps into a really hard ball. Not right away though. It's usually loose right away, but after a while when I actually go to scoop it (usually more than an hour after she does it), it's rock hard.

rin tin tin said...

yeahi wait for a while before i scoop it. some clumps but for the most part it doesn't. it really really stinks, i nearly passed out from the smell. pooeyyy

Ms. Ly said...

any connections/conclusions between your chinatown observations?

Vince said...

Apparently my look can pass as being either Chinese or white washed and the language that people choose to use with me is based on how Chinese my actions are :). The "Chinese"-ness of actions are probably determined by the frequency of the same actions by Chinese vs non-Chinese.

It is probably quite common for people of any race to randomly walk along Spadina and buy mangoes off the street, but probably not many white washed asians buy tea fish.

X said...

Ho Lee Chow Vince!!! That's intense :P

I had a shopping cart thing like that in the village... easier to go up the hills... but I refused to be seen with it... My mom is the one who forced it upon my sister and I. They can tell you're not Greek because you need an extra device to carry lots of stuff.

No chance in sucking it up? :P

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