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I’m On a Plane

June 1, 2012

Have I mentioned the backlog? It’s hard to imagine that with a post every day that there are things I just don’t have time to write about. Well, there are. Actually, there’s a lot of stories that falls through the cracks.

For example, I never got to write about Tuna Scrape, and now it feels like the moment has passed, and it’s just too late.

There are other subjects that are waiting in the wings because they just take a lot of reading, research or other kinds of preparation. And not only do these posts take time, they also take uninterrupted concentration. Too few of us ever have moments like this anymore. That’s why I’m really excited about today’s cross country flight. I have way too much to do even over the course of several hours, but I at least hope to make a dent in the workload.

My hope is that if I tell you today what I want to accomplish, I may actually have a chance of accomplishing it. Because next week would be a big week even if I wasn’t on the wrong coast.

You do know what’s happening on June 7?

It’s when the Times Union finally publishes their 2012 Best of the Capital Region Poll. I’m looking forward to this with both anticipation and dread. The hope is that we somehow made a difference, either by signing An Open Letter to the Times Union and getting the paper to stick to single locations for most categories, or by voting as a block for the FUSSYlittleBALLOT.

I’ll try to weigh in on the results as soon as I can. For that I’ll just need to refresh my memory about which places we actually decided to vote for this year.

What will be more time intensive is transcribing my interview with George Parmenter and Jen Levin, respectively the Sustainability Manager for Hannaford Supermarkets and the Sustainable Seafood Program Manager for Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Earlier this week I spoke to them at length about Hannaford’s new sustainable seafood initiative, and I’m looking forward to sharing that discussion.

But transcribing interviews is not only tedious, I hate listening to myself talk. And I’m also an awful interviewer. It’s something I need to work on. I’m hoping the more time I spend with AOA Greg, the better I’ll get.

When I get sick of that task, I’ve always got the full version of the USDA’s report entitled Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? which got some play last week when the media ran with the summary that indeed they are not. That’s a long and detailed thirty-page government report, that I suspect will get me all riled up. Because why should we reconsider subsidizing High Fructose Corn Syrup when healthy things like apples are just as inexpensive as a packet of cookies.

And when I start getting furiously angry with that, I can order a Tanqueray on the rocks from a flight attendant and finally crack the cover of the gin book that was sent to me by my good friends at the 12 Bottle Bar. Nothing like reading about gin while you are drinking gin, no?

So that in addition to your regularly scheduled Ask the Profussor, and next week should look like any other. Or at least that’s the plan. I may get sidetracked. I might just sleep through the entire flight, since I’ll have been up since 3 a.m.

Who knows?

Keep Albany warm for me, but not too warm. I’ll be back on June 12, just in time to pick up what would have been my first batch of produce from Roxbury Farm. And hopefully I’ll come home recharged and ready to take on the summer.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2012 11:21 am

    It’s been nice and chilly here in the bay area, you will be happy to know. And the strawberries and asparagus are looking awesome. Whereabouts will you be? Just in the city?

  2. June 1, 2012 1:54 pm

    Healthy foods are too more expensive, at least in my experience. And what doesn’t help is that fruits and vegetables are perishable, meaning that they’re more likely to be a waste of money, ’cause it’s very likely in our two-person, on-the-go household that a good amount of what we buy (in the smallest quantities we can) will go bad before we eat it.

  3. June 2, 2012 7:49 pm

    I just watched “food inc” last week for the first time….Probably the scariest movie since I saw “The Exorcist”. But an interesting statement was made by a particular farmer that is really sticking with me this week…”How people can complain about $3 for a dozen organic eggs while drinking a can of Coke for 75cents”. We, as a society, must re-assess the value and ideas of our food intake. I think if done properly, you can eat better for less…it just takes better planning and preparation….which may be in short supply in our culture.

    **Disclaimer** This comment is in no way criticizing KB’s post…it is an individual statement in response to the USDA report mentioned.

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