liquor buying on Sunday mornings
Sunday, August 18 2013
location: rural Hurley Township, Ulster County, New York
I dropped Eulayla off at the bus station in Kingston at around 10:00am this morning and then went to the nearby Kingston Plaza (the Uptown shopping centre with the "Ghetto" Hannaford and Herzog's Hardware) in hopes of getting some liquor for the laboratory liquor cabinet. In the not-too-distant past, this would have been impossible on a Sunday morning, but Sunday blue laws in New York State were rolled back in 2006. It turned out, though, that the liquor store at the Kingston Plaza was closed and wouldn't be open until noon. The same was also true of the liquor store at Miron Liquor & Wines out on 9W.
Later this afternoon I was on a recreational dose of pseudoephedrine when I returned to the Kingston Plaza and carried out my previously-attempted purchases. While there, I couldn't think of anything else in the world I needed to purchase. But I wandered into the Radio Shack to check out their Arduino stuff and other electronic kits. It was an impressive collection of stuff, certainly better than anything I remember from any time during Radio Shack's thirty year decline (roughly from 1982 to 2012), and possibly even from Radio Shack's golden age (the 1970s). It seems Radio Shack has recently embraced the Maker movement (I've seen their well-designed two-page advertisements in Make Magazine), and this change is making their stores useful to me for the first time since the 1980s. Still, the only thing I could think to buy was a $2 tip for a desoldering iron. One can never have too many of those.
This evening Gretchen harvest a bunch of kale form the garden while I harvested scads of pole beans. Gretchen made another of her Asian noodle dishes with the kale and we left the beans on the kitchen island to be dealt with later.
At some point we watched tonight's episode of Breaking Bad, a show that seems to have corrected the self-parody ("shark jumping") problem it had throughout last year's half-season.
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