Wednesday, March 28, 2007
But I soon reoriented myself to new choices and settled into a routine only to find that once I formed a liking for something in the new line of offerings, almost invariably that item would be dropped. For example, Shaw's non-fat yogurt in a wide variety of fruit flavors and plain, is virtually absent. They started by cutting the variety of flavors way back and now they don't restock any of them very often. The last vestige of loose tea in tins was the three Twining's standards: English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and Earl Gray. I bought them faithfully--now they stock only Earl Gray as loose tea in a tin, and I'm willing to bet the Earl's days are numbered. Ditto Old London Flatbread Crackers in the Everything flavor that were so good with a slice of Manchego, Tomme or extremely sharp Cheddar on them--completely gone.
Fritz has a big Hannaford's about two and a half miles from him and I've become pretty happy with it. The fish section extremely good and their produce is impressive in quality and variety. There's a decent gourmet/foreign foods section. Even they eliminated some great brands, like Edy's Whole Fruit Sorbets, a couple of years ago but they've still got a superior selection and I'm looking to shopping there all the time once I move. Add a specialty tea shop that Fritz discovered a short while ago and some internet shopping and I'll be able to stock the kitchen the way I like.
Which brings up the subject of selling my present house. I met with Bill, my broker, yesterday afternoon and we went through the grim figures. The foreclosed houses are being unloaded by the banks or other mortgage businesses to brokers for relatively low prices. The brokers can therefore tack on fifty or even seventy-five thousand dollars and still put them out on the market at prices lower than houses being sold by owners, even when those owners have already cut their asking prices in response to the market. I have sometimes had great good fortune in timing during my life but now isn't one of those occasions.
Bill had floated the idea of reducing the price of the house by $5000 a week until it found the price that would attract buyers, like a Filene's Basement automatic markdown. I said this sounded like slow torture and that while we were settling gradually, lots of other houses would already have arrived at a price attractive to potential buyers. So we bit the bullet and officially lowered the asking price of my house by a whopping $35,000 to put it into immediate competition with several others in the neighborhood that are getting decent numbers of potential buyers looking at them. Also, the "Staging Lady" had recommended marketing my house as a uniquely styled artist's home, in areas like the South End and Jamaica Plain which have a high gay population. So I passed on Fritz's suggestion that an ad should be placed in Bay Windows. Bill thought that a great idea and said he'll place one ASAP in preparation for another Open House at the newly reduced price this coming Sunday. I don't feel great about this but this is the reality of the current situation.
At MIT, I'm working on producing the coming Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company performance on Friday evening, April 6. This isn't the main Taylor Company but six of the most accomplished younger dancers who do both the signature Taylor dances and material created especially for them. Right now I have to sort out parking details for the Company's two mini-vans and the big truck that will bring in the stage platforms, lighting equipment, dance floor surface, etc. I’m looking at an eighteen hour day on the 6th but at least so far everything's going well.
Because our own final production of the year is putting in at the theater that day, I'll have virtually no equipment available to me from our own stock, and can't recruit too many students away from our own production's scenic and lighting crews. Fortunately, a donor gave enough money to fund my hiring a production company to bring everything we need in to equip the bare hall the performance is to take place in and turn it into a dance theater for the evening.
of course moving up the river from the fabulous offerings of Fairway and Citarella in Manhattan and a almostallyear greenmarket and Fresh Direct in Park Slope... shopping here (especially without a car for the first year) was pretty abysmal to say the least.
however I have cobbled together several places to get together enough of what i like and with an occasional foray to Citarella and Fairway for those impossible to get items (really good meat for one) I am managing.
Whole Foods - once a month or six weeks for the basics that can be frozen or stored
Silver Tips TeaRoom (on the web too) - must bigger selection and much better prices than Fauchon (no kidding). Love it and its right up the road in Tarrytown for when I forget to order in time - one day shipping is so hard to get the car out for - Highly recommend the Fair Trade Assam and Darjeeling .
A&P (a Food Emporium) in Hastings - since doing a once a week shopping for my Village Sister while she is nursing the newborn I have adopted back to that from my previous - walk down the street to the village deli (expensive but convenient). And its been pretty good - still missing things like Stonyfield WHOLE MILK Vanilla Yogurt but they have a pretty fair selection. And having the car helps now of course.
Geordanes - local village deli has a very good fresh meat/seafood etc dept - surprising for a deli - infact they do a lot of catering locally and so the deli counter is very active and the items are well cooked and as I said, convenient - but I am limiting myself to emergency trips to help with the budget. But good to have right down the street without taking out the car (and losing a hard to find parking spot)
yeah, parking - sigh, don't even get me started on that. I am finding that I am limiting my errands to what day of the week and when the next cleaning and how much I want to lose my this-block parking spot. I have applied for a spot in the village's one parking lot near my house but its a year wait. So the fun of parking on the street has begun.
still its nice to have the car.
good luck with the open house this weekend - fingers crossed!
I really love Roche Brother's fresh produce and meat sections - I want to get one of everything when I go in.