Christmas is over: two down, one to go. Anyone working in retail will understand. I was out on my feet, literally in a daze, for the final two hours of my shift on Christmas Eve. This is not a “be nice to the poor retail workers who serve you at the holidays” plea; just about every customer was friendly and wished me a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, and I’m certainly glad to have a job I enjoy and which allows me to pay most of my bills on time. That being said, I came home and passed out on the couch quite early in the evening; great company, no doubt, for my brother and sister-in-law who made the two-hour drive to spend the night with us. At least the chain I work for has the decency to close on Christmas Day. Oughta’ be a law, but I suppose that would discriminate against non-Christians or some damn thing. Whatcha’ gonna do?
Lots of grassfed beef lately. Short ribs from our freezer cow on Christmas Eve and tenderloin at my stepdaughter and son-in-law’s house Christmas Day. Tomorrow we will feast on cornfed beef finished , I’m sure, on a CAFO (concentrated animal feed operation). I wrote that I’m not a grassfed only fanatic in one of my first posts; $4.99 a pound for choice rib-eye roast was too good a deal to pass up. I look at it this way: 90+% of the beef I’ve eaten in the past two years has been grassfed. Three years ago 100% of the beef I ate was cornfed and finished on a CAFO. If enough consumers make that same choice in the future we’ll start to see a real improvement in the way the animals we eat are treated, a reduction in the pollution generated by industrial farming and improvement in the general safety of our food supply. How’s that bumper sticker read, the one usually seen on sub-compact, foreign-made cars driven by someone who looks as if he or she were stuck in the 1960s? BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. Hmmmmm…..