Wednesday October 26, 2005. Did data entry at Pillsbury House for the Community Barter Network and Pill House's volunteer program.
Rescheduled so I'll be going there Fridays rather than Wednesdays.
***#5 bus on Chicago Avenue to Franklin Avenue. Decided to see if the Oriental food store in the mini-mall had the sweet chili sauce I wanted.
The cashiers looked East African. And the store didn't have that sauce.
#2 bus on Franklin to Nicollet Avenue. Walked to Truong Thanh, which I knew had what I wanted: Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce.
They also had politically correct Hell Money. Instead of being issued by the Bank of Hell, it's issued by Paradise Bank.
Short explanation: In Chinese (and Vietnamese) tradition, you can give gifts to dead relatives by burning representations of various goods. If you want to give them money, sacrifice Hell Money bills. (There are also checks and credit cards, but I haven't seen those in the Twin Cities.)
To see various kinds of Hell Money, go to http://images.google.com; go to advanced search; search on "Hell money".
First up: A site called pornexport.com has pictures of Hell Money with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, James Dean, Mao Zedong, and Confucius. (Direct link: ( Read more...Collapse ))
(I also bought tamarind candy. Next time, I'll check the ingredients list before buying candy there. The chilli predominates.)
Back on the #2, to Franklin and Lyndale. Bought a cart at Steeple People thrift store, in better shape than the one I already had. Bought a few things at the Wedge.
Self-help information: Posted alt.recovery.clutter FAQ to alt.recovery.clutter, alt.recovery, and alt.recovery.procrastinate.
Decluttering: Trash out.