Classy

Due to our very fortunate living circumstances, we are now living in a neighbourhood that would have been out of our price range for quite some time.  Although there isn’t the HUGEST jump in the changes between the neighbourhoods, I have noticed a few differences.

OLD HOUSE NEW HOUSE
mail delivered to communal box down the street mail delivered to front door
garbage and recycling picked up between 5-7 pm garbage and recycling picked up before we even leave for work in the morning
street gets plowed within 4 days of a snowstorm street gets plowed day of snowstorm
kids who need money for various sports of activities come by asking for donations or our empty bottles kids who need money for various sports of activities come by singing carols

The plowing thing really bugs me the most. Everything else I find nice but of no consequence.  There are streets literally just a couple of blocks away that don’t get plowed for days after a storm and the fact of the matter is that the streets that don’t get plowed as soon are those that are generally populated by people with lower incomes. People of lower incomes would be less likely to have giant SUVs who plow over snow, less likely to have snow tires on their cars and apparently, less likely to complain to the city about their streets being plowed. 

That makes me feel sad. Although, we all know I like to complain and write poignantly angry letters so I guess next time I drive down an unplowed street after a snowstorm I’ll have cause to do so.

On this day:

In 2009 –
In 2008 –
In 2007 –
In 2006 – reading this makes me crave pate.  I wonder if there is a suitable vegetarian alternative?
In 2005 – xmas insanity – looks like this year will be just as nuts
In 2004 – HAHAHAHA! That was a stupid idea!

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8 Comments on “Classy”

  1. nyxie says:

    Re: pate, yes there are suitable veggie alternatives. If you were in TO I’d just recommend my friend Bonnie’s pate but instead I’ll say look for ones by fontine sante or sunflower kitchens. Both are pretty tasty (or you can make your own, lots of recipes out there)!

  2. nyxie says:

    Re: pate, yes there are suitable veggie alternatives. If you were in TO I’d just recommend my friend Bonnie’s pate but instead I’ll say look for ones by fontine sante or sunflower kitchens. Both are pretty tasty (or you can make your own, lots of recipes out there)!

  3. metahara says:

    with $ / higher income / higher social status
    comes a sense of entitlement
    that reuslts in fewer pot holes, garbage service, plow service, mail service, etc. being on the ball.
    When you are struggling to get food on the table, it’s depressing, makes one feel unworthy, makes one focus on accomplishing that meal and rent and that doesn’t leave a lot of time to have one’s assistant or stay at home wife call the appropriate dept.s to complain.
    Also, frankly, the senators wife’s complaint will be heard over the short order cooks wife’s complaint or the waitresses complaint.
    It’s the way it is in the US anyway.
    I was hit by that reality while driving in an affluent African American neighborhood. The homes in the neighborhood were big, expensive, there are singers, actors, Dr.s, Music producers, Engineers, etc. living there, yet
    the potholes reminded me of Detroit. A ghetto in Detroit.
    Complaints are either not made or not heard.
    Someone from a more affluent neighborhood, with “status” & lighter skin, chiming in with a complaint would probably make a difference.

  4. metahara says:

    with $ / higher income / higher social status
    comes a sense of entitlement
    that reuslts in fewer pot holes, garbage service, plow service, mail service, etc. being on the ball.
    When you are struggling to get food on the table, it’s depressing, makes one feel unworthy, makes one focus on accomplishing that meal and rent and that doesn’t leave a lot of time to have one’s assistant or stay at home wife call the appropriate dept.s to complain.
    Also, frankly, the senators wife’s complaint will be heard over the short order cooks wife’s complaint or the waitresses complaint.
    It’s the way it is in the US anyway.
    I was hit by that reality while driving in an affluent African American neighborhood. The homes in the neighborhood were big, expensive, there are singers, actors, Dr.s, Music producers, Engineers, etc. living there, yet
    the potholes reminded me of Detroit. A ghetto in Detroit.
    Complaints are either not made or not heard.
    Someone from a more affluent neighborhood, with “status” & lighter skin, chiming in with a complaint would probably make a difference.

  5. thebookpile says:

    About the pâté, there was a recipe for “vegetarian chopped liver” in this month’s Fine Cooking that I’ve been meaning to try. Not sure if that can do the trick.

  6. thebookpile says:

    About the pâté, there was a recipe for “vegetarian chopped liver” in this month’s Fine Cooking that I’ve been meaning to try. Not sure if that can do the trick.

  7. i think its cool that you write such letters.

  8. i think its cool that you write such letters.


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