Pot-luck of leftovers: 8/21-8/27

grocer.jpg ***Austin Grocer delivery service must really exist: here’s the evidence, seen at the Congress and Oltorf H-E-B. The design on the van is by “creativity in action,” but I’ve learned no more about the artwork. Neighbors used to subscribe to the Peapod service when it existed, but I haven’t yet found anyone who’s tried Austin Grocer. The website makes it look well organized, with shopping lists that include a wide range of the indispensable Night Hawk products, for example. ***P & K Grocery intends to keep Saratoga spring water stocked (the version in the bottle of blue glass), but I took home the last of it this time around. ***Civic questions of the week: Why are perfectly serviceable poles supporting street-name signs being replaced with taller poles in residential neighborhoods all over town while swimming pools and particularly wading pools are closed during weeks when the temperatures are frequently over 100 degrees? What are the priorities here? Has nobody ever heard of revising a budget? ***I heard a rumor from a guy who says he heard it as a fact from a meat-fish-poultry employee that H-E-B has bought all of or a substantial interest in Buddy’s Natural Chicken. True or false? ***In Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with ’50s Pop Music, Karen Schoemer confesses to having fallen in love in Texas, with Austin’s own Jo Carol Pierce. This isn’t in the index, but on page 153, in the midst of the chapter on Tommy Sands. ***The early bird gets the cantaloupes. We saw them at the South Austin organic farmers’ market at El Gallo on South Congress, but the fastest sprinter got to them first.

3 Comments so far

  1. robbie (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    I think a lot of the swimming pools close when school starts, which was aug. 15. I remember years ago thinking how strange it was that the pools were closed midway through August.


  2. M1EK (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 8:31 am

    They close so early because our puny budget can’t afford paying adults to be lifeguards – so we’re stuck working around the high school schedule.

    One might think we could at least attempt to recruit some UT students…


  3. Rantor (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 8:41 am

    In some years, some neighborhoods have raised money to pay to keep the wading pools open longer, which doesn’t seem at all fair to the neighborhoods with closed wading pools because the parents don’t have money to spare or time to spare for begging for money from others. Do we really need taller poles for street signs and stop signs?



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