An Upside of the Lockdowns

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I sometimes miss going to the Sweet Donkey Coffee Shop, the little cafe in Roanoke, VA where I used to spend a few hours working on my laptop practically every day – until a day around this time last year, when I was told I was no longer welcome there because I was unwilling to stop showing my face – i.e., to  perform the sickening ritual affirming the hideous lie that has turned the country half crazy – and the other half angry for objecting to being pressured to pretend they share in the crazy, by looking just like the crazies.

But I am no longer missing the money I used to spend at the Donk, every day.

The sum isn’t small, though it was incrementally so.

Each day I went there, I generally got at least one cup of coffee – which cost an astounding-in-retrospect $3 per. Plus tax, as Elvis once said. Refills were another buck and I almost always got at least one of those, too. Plus usually a cookie, on account of it being very hard for me to resist those, especially when I am trying to write – the cookie’s cost justified to myself as necessary cost of doing business and the cookie itself my Pavlovian reward for getting it done.

The cookies cost about $3 each, too – which seems (which is) expensive, no matter how “artisanal” but as anyone who has a sweet tooth knows, it is very hard to think about the price of a cookie when you just want that cookie  . . . and there it is. Plus, they were really good cookies – and so was the coffee. I genuinely enjoyed both as well as being there. And then – just like that – I no longer was.

And neither was my money.

I suddenly had noticeably more of it.

One $3 cup of coffee per day plus a refill and perhaps a cookie every other day averages out to about $5 per day I was spending at the Donk. Plus the tip I always put in the jar, because I liked the people working there and appreciated their work as well as them, personally. The total I spent per day at the Donk was at least $5-6 per day and probably more but for the sake of some rough math, I’ll say $5.

I generally spent a few hours there every day, six days each week. Sometimes, seven. It was part of my ritual; the way I made myself get down to business every day. It is hard to play hookie when you’re seated at a table, laptop open – and just spent $6 for a cup coffee and a cookie, which you just rationalized doing by telling yourself that now you were going to  sing for your supper.

Anyhow, I recently added up what I haven’t been spending at the Donk since last summer.

Six (days) times five (dollars) equals $30 dollars per week, not counting tips, which I always gave – often generously, especially as Sickness Psychosis descended and – in the first stages thereof – I was sometimes the only person at the Donk giving tips because almost no one else was willing to transgress The Coonman’s (Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s) “lockdowns,” forbidding the “nonessential” – i.e., not himself and other essential government “workers” from even leaving their homes, except for necessities – which didn’t include coffee and cookies.

Thirty (dollars) per week times four (weeks in a month) comes to $120 each month I was spending at the Donk – not counting what I put in the tip jar every day I went there. Over the course of one year, that amounts to an incredible-in-retrospect $1,440 I was spending on coffee, cookies and camaraderie each year at the Sweet Donkey coffee shop. For several years, following my divorce – when I developed the habit to keep myself on the rails.

Well, I haven’t spent a cent on Sweet Donkey coffee, cookies or tips since last summer – and that has made paying what are styled “my” property taxes a lot easier this summer. Instead of going up, they have gone down – effectively, if not formally – because I am paying a lot less for coffee and cookies now.

Plus gas.

And, time.

I’ve been saving a lot of money by making coffee at home – and eating home-made cookies, even more “artisanal” but a whole lot cheaper. And in no small measure, I have been tipping myself every day – by no longer tipping the people who work at the Donk. If they still work at the Donk..

My small withdrawal may not have cost the Donk that much in the overall scheme of things; the owners probably more than recouped it via Uncle, to whom they appealed for six figures in “stimulus”  – provided by people who didn’t even get a cup of coffee in return for it.

But it has saved me enormously.

And not just the money. It didn’t cost me my self respect to continue spending money at the Donk, where coffee was no longer served to people like me who refused to participate in Mask Psychosis. I walked out of there, forever, my head held high, my face showing – and my dignity intact.

And now I’m the richer for it, literally.

The best revenge is living well, goes the saying. And indeed, it is.

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60 COMMENTS

  1. Eric, I could plagiarize your essay almost verbatim, merely replacing every “Donk” with a “Subway.”

  2. Sound’s like Springsteen’s “My Home Town..” They’re closing down the coffee shop across the railroad tracks. Barista says, “Eric’s gone and he ain’t comin’ back…

    It’s the same in my town. The governor says we don’t gotta wear masks anymore but we’re paying no mind to what the governor says. Folks are clinging to their masks like they imagine white supremacists (that’s you) cling to their AR-15’s of which they’re hot to deprive them of. The maskless still get dirty looks. The logic works like this: yes, we’ve all been vaxxed but we should keep wearing our masks for the sake of the people who would get vaxxed but, for some reason can’t, since we can still get and spread the bug even though we’ve been vaxxed. And all the coffee shops and other establishments still require masks if you want to do business.

    Bet you can guess where I’m located. Think the place Tom Brady escaped from and took Gronk with him.

  3. Thanks for the great article, Eric — and for reminding me why I am so thankful that I hate coffee! Cream, sugar, both, neither — can’t stand the stuff in any form. Ironically, I love the smell of coffee grounds.

    As others have noted, it’s amazing how many things we think of as “necessities” really aren’t. And we are often better off without them.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Zenit! I know – personally know it – how easy it is to slip into a funk over what’s been going on. Which is why it is so important to find good news where one can.

  4. Excellent. That’s my game plan too. I figure saving $1,400 on coffee and cookies (actually donuts for me) a year means that in the year 2075, I will have saved up about $75K and maybe another $33.57 in interest, and then when I am 125 years young, I can go out and buy me one of those Musk-mobiles and pay cash…well maybe buy it with digital pesos. By then, we will be working on surviving CoV-35 and joey will be on his 15th term as basement warden due to those darn dominion voting machines stuck on DEM.

  5. I almost never eat out, and I haven’t very often in many years. I prefer my own cooking. And I know what’s in it, as opposed to what might be in commercial food. As inflation takes it toll on prices for everything, I’m even amazed at just how much food out costs these days. I took my grandson to Burger King the other day. He bought one sandwich, small fries and a drink – and it was almost $10! I was amazed as I recall way back when fast food was not only fast – but cheap. Apparently not any longer, and since I’m suffering from sticker shock, I’ll just avoid eating out anything anywhere in general, and I’ll keep my hard-earned money for something more important.

    • Hi Kitty,

      My girlfriend and I went to Five Guys last weekend; we each had the standard single patty burger with cheese. No fries. No drinks. $18.50 – I almost had a stroke.

      • Back when I lived in Aspen I took the folks out to the “locals” restaurant, Little Annies (long closed because their landlord wanted to make better use of the land with more condos). Dad cringed when he got the bill and saw his burger and fries came to $25. Now it’s a darn good burger, but for someone on a 2 for $5 Whopper diet it is pretty hard to digest at that price. A few years later when I told him I was leaving Aspen and going further out west he protested “But Aspen’s a nice place!” My retort was simply “Remember the $25 burger?”

        We’re headed to a Marie Antoinette moment and the cake eaters have no idea what we are facing. It’s going to go south pretty quickly too. At least in the 1970s the kids had enough jobs and free sex to keep themselves occupied. This time the Chicoms are happy to stir up the pot with the Cultural Revolution road show.

    • I remember getting the $.99 specials at Burger King not that long ago, guess I’d have to add a zero on the end of that now 😖

  6. I am in Alberta, Canada. It is HORRIBLE hear. At least three pastors have been put in prison for refusing to abide by “Alberta Health Orders”. Other pastors across the land are in similar peril. Yet, there were Muslim protests in Calgary and not a single person was ticketed.

    I was under the impression that the States was putting and end to this nonsense at least in Texas and Florida.

    While I don’t want to go off the deep end in terms of conspiracy theories, the whole world got on board with this nonsense. It is a bi hard to believe that this is not at the very least an exercise to observe behavior of the masses.

  7. Have you ever heard of Mr. Money Mustache? I read his stuff back in the day it was all about how little habits add up to big money spent over time. Mask mandates here in Thailand have certainly made me change my shopping habits. The woman at the local shop nearest me does not enforce anything I buy things from her daily. There are two other shops nearby which have no interest in enforcing mandates: one family owned in which a child, perhaps 8 or 9 years old and diaper clad, is clearly autistic. He always smiles at us when we enter the store and nobody in the family ever dons a mask. I sometimes wonder if whatever happened to the dear boy coincided with those routine childhood vaccinations given the world over. I do wear a mask for a few official things (keep in mind the official penalty for not wearing a facemask in public is 20,000 baht or like $666, including while driving), like going to the police station to get a clearance certificate for my husband’s visa to come to America. These are hard to get around in my situation though even at entrance checkpoints I don’t cover my nose. I wear the filthiest medical mask laying around, because really why would I buy those awful things or be sentimental about them? This makes many folks in Thailand uncomfortable. They often give me masks in these places like the nice cop whose computer I was using last week. The police here are kind to us, we know quite a few.

  8. I stopped eating at resturants completely when i saw that the cooks and waiter staff couldn’t keep their hands off of their filthy masks, constantly pulling them up and down and adjusting them, then handling my food, YUK!

  9. Nice one Eric, everyone enjoys hearing about another pack dog having some good fortune to happily wag their tail. Now coffee, I really enjoy coffee and educated myself on the subject and coffee’s rich history. I roast my own coffee and not on an amateur level but as well as the best professional roasters do. Yes it takes a little money to get started but you make it back in a few years. I can even give coffee as a gift which is always well received. Believe it or not but coffee is the number two commodity in the world behind oil as a matter of fact. Kind of puts you in big with the top two commodities in the world. A good deal to roasting is, you get to roast the finest beans on the planet. No more spiked coffee with extra caffeine just smooth and rich coffee that doesn’t get you wired. I’ll never go back to store bought coffee.

  10. It’s always surprising how much minute expenses add up to when constantly indulged. You’re a better man than I, though. The only place I can get sugar-free Shasta Cream Soda (I hope to be buried with a barrel of it for refreshment in case I go to hell) is at a business that was a pack of jackasses during the pandemic. I must give in once in a while.

  11. Kind of glad I work in a location that has no nearby restaurants. I now rarely eat take out at work (and the nice thing about the place I work, the few times I do eat out, they often pay for it!).

    It adds up fast if you do it even once a week. Even fast food is 7-8 bucks a time. It’s the same with coffee of the Starbucks variety, it really is too expensive to do daily. I once worked at a place that had a fantastic bar-cafe next door. I found myself eating there several times a week. They had lasagna on Wednesday that was the bomb, and nearly the whole office would go there for it. It was really good, but boy that was a lot of money just for lunch….

  12. Hi Eric,

    Why don’t you play that video from last year, when the coffee place refused you service without a mask?

    With the perspective from one year later, it might bring new enlightenment.

    The whole video now. Don’t go editing out anything that was in there the first time. 😉

  13. I won’t shop any any store that kicked me out or told me to put a face diaper on. It was my test to see in the future who will get my hard earned money and which store will not.

    • Amen, Stephen –

      Those that treated us Heretics with decency, even if they did have signs on the door, I am willing to absolve. But any joint that belligerently insisted upon conversion to their sick religion, I cast into the mephitic pit, forever.

      • I wish every place would have stood up but I’ve given up that there’s any fight for core beliefs left in the average American. So since it’s not possible to boycott every place that put up signs following the principle of non-belligerency is about all you can do. I have crossed off a couple of places from ever going again because of that. And since I’m in not in a big city with lots of options that’s a tough choice because it might be the only local option at all, not to speak of them being my neighbors. But when the SHTF I know better now who to trust and suspect.

        • Indeed, Anon… we now know the fulsome scurvy truth about the credulity and submissiveness of Homo Americanus. He is a sheep – a herd animal. Desperate to be accepted by the herd; terrified of standing apart from it.

          But these are not the animals I worry about. I worry about the aggressive ones. The ones who did more than submit. The ones who enforced – and considered themselves good people for doing it.

          • (different Anon)

            Had that experience with my brother recently. He not only mocked me for explaining to him that all human beings have a “medical exemption” from diapering their faces, he also actively tried to get the gatekeeper we were dealing with to enforce…I suspected obsequiousness, but not aggression towards dissenters, esp. his own family.

            BTW, he wasn’t successful, but at least now I know he is a kapo.

  14. Back when I smoked a pack a day my morning routine was to swing by Sheetz, get a pack and refill my giant soda and usually get a sugar bomb or two. Or stop on the way home and grab a sandwich or dogs. That $2.50 pack turned into a $5-10 per day habit, back in the 1990s. When I quit I went from being in perpetual debt to debt free in about 8 months. Lesson learned.

  15. “Soap is being manufactured in England and prior to this time bathing was rare in Europe. The Roman Catholic Church considered it a sin to expose the body, even to oneself. Some called the Middle Ages as 1,000 years without a bath.”

    metis dot history dot info

    “After three days, sheep and people begin to smell the same.” – quote from a sermon I heard one Sunday a month of Sundays ago.

    Don’t have to use deodorant at all, saves money, buy soap. lol

    Fast Orange with pumice is the way to go to get your hands clean, has to be used on dry hands. Ten bucks a gallon is a bargain for what it does. Cleans up stainless steel purdy good too.

    Lava, Ivory, that’s about it for hand soaps.

    A free pound of coffee each week, one of those freebies out there somehow. 13 x 52= 676 dollars saved in coffee expense per year.

    Buys more beer, that carbon dioxide laden beverage is adding more CO2 to the atmosphere, another outrage. Ban beer! Riots would erupt worldwide.

    Give us this day our daily beer.

    • Bathing more than once per week was uncommon here, prior to an ad blitz by one of the major bathroom fixture makers in the late 40s to early 50s. Kohler or American Standard, I forget which.

      • I remember that from the Stooges, where it would be something like “A bath? It’s not Saturday night!” 🙂

  16. ‘My small withdrawal may not have cost the Donk that much in the overall scheme of things’ — EP

    That’s equally true when individuals shun virtue-signaling corporations:

    ‘In mid-March Audi’s CEO, Markus Duesmann, confirmed that it had ceased all development of gasoline and diesel engines.

    ‘The reason cited was the stricter Euro 7 emissions standards, making it virtually impossible for an internal combustion engine to exist as a standalone unit.

    ‘In a shocking (sorry) turn of events, Duesmann has announced that Audi will be going fully electric from 2026.’

    https://carbuzz.com/news/audi-will-only-sell-electric-cars-by-2026

    Boycotts don’t work when Big Gov imposes blind Greenthink on all the players.

    Despite his many deficiencies, Orange Man Bad would have put the US on a very different path than Europe in his stolen second term, with relaxed CAFE rules continuing.

    By contrast, the ‘Biden’ regime regards Europe as a shining model, both for its socialist economy and its coming all-electric vehicle market.

    I don’t need no arms around me
    And I don’t need no drugs to calm me
    I have seen the writing on the wall
    Don’t think I need anything at all
    No, don’t think I’ll need anything at all
    All in all, it was all just bricks in the wall
    All in all, you were all just bricks in the wall

    — Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)

  17. I think the vast difference between need and want are becoming apparent to ever growing numbers of people as this psyop progresses. Not a good sign for the debt promoting bank cartel.

  18. My coffee experience predates convid, but when i was commuting to jersey city to work every day i couldn’t bring coffee from home because i tended to nap on the train so by the time i got to the office it would be ice cold. That was usually between $3 & $5 per day, then i would also get breakfast as well, depending on what it was could be another $3 to $5 per day. When i finally moved jobs to something much closer to home not only did i save on commuting costs but i saved between $6 and $10.per day on coffee and breakfast that adds up.

    Now with convid my kids missed almost a year of hockey, baseball, 4H and scouts. We also never went to our usual trips to because all parks like hershey were demanding diapers be worn at all times and as a family we decided that was not going to happen. So the savings has been noticeable. But, thanks to the selection, i’m now spending over $1 more per gallon of gas and food prices jave gone through the roof so they are looking for a way to separate us from that new found money.

  19. these “luxuries” were the result of living in a place and time where we had the means to pay others to perform services for us.

    it added to life, but they were not necessities

    unfortunately for those who provided these services, many have become more self sufficient, and their livelihoods may be impacted

    on the plus side, we will recover the art of providing more for ourselves, but that comes at a cost of your time and perhaps quality

    there are only trade offs in life and the govt has unnaturally brought some about through their heavy hand that will cost/benefit outside natural forces

  20. I suspect a great many that have managed to maintain some cash flow at least, have experienced the same. The irrational behavior, and tyrannical demands do not put one in a spending mood. I take no pleasure in exposing myself to the delusion, and so don’t go out unless I really need something, which I’ve discovered isn’t nearly as much as I used to believe. The likelihood of a somewhat reduced cash flow makes one more conscious of what they’re spending on, and how much it costs.

  21. Once upon a time there was a thing called a Cafe. One could walk in and order a cup of coffee for a buck or less, and sit there as long as you pleased with free refills. If you sat there long enough to get hungry, they also served food, and not the chemistry experiment called fast food, but real food made of real ingredients put together in the kitchen, and served in abundant portions. Alas, between excessive regulation and ever increasing taxes, they became a failing business model, and have been replaced by Star Bucks et al, where coffee is $5 a cup, and the virtue signaling is overwhelming. They were in my good graces briefly when they refused to disarm their customers, but they eventually complied with the propaganda.

  22. I read a story the other day about 2021 being the first year on record in the US with no tornadoes in the month of May. In the comments, somebody said this is proof that lockdowns can reverse “climate change.” People drove less, polluted less, and see? No tornadoes!

  23. I estimate that I’ve saved a ton on “impulse buying” – since for a year I have been the lone unmasked ranger…and that usually meant that I would just buy what was needed and leave, since the environment was often, if not hostile, at least uncomfortable.

  24. I’ve been forced to come up with a way to save money, too. A year ago, all the barbers and hair cutteries were shut down. That forced me to learn to cut my own hair. Now that I’ve been doing it for a year and can at least do something presentable, I’m not going back. Saves me, what, $500 a year perhaps? Bonus.

    • I have never paid for a haircut in my life. I either let it grow, as I did in my youth, or crew cut it. Either half way down my back, or a half inch long. Both are far lower maintenance than a “hair style”. Long hair gets brushed out twice a day, and tied back if you’re working. Nothing of course for the crew cut, except cutting it every two or three weeks.

    • I have gone to a barber periodically to realign everything since my self-service haircuts tend to over time become crooked. Not to mention I like to keep the ears and collar tidy and that requires an impartial party to do.

      In any case the guy I go to was, of course, nonessential but was doing hair cuts by using the back door with appointments, meaning if you called and he was in the shop and it was empty the voluntary exchange of money for a service was executed. Until he got snitched on by his neighbors at the pizza joint. Fucking rat. Then he’d do the hair cut at his home for regulars.

      Regardless, I felt compelled to actually try to get MORE hair cuts last year than normal just on principle.

    • Where i live, a barber will set you back $15 a pop; at least it was the last time I checked. Is it more now? I don’t know, and I don’t care, either. I started doing my own hair long before COVID and its lockdowns.

      Years ago, I got my own clipper, and I’ve been doing my own hair ever since. The Indian guys I used to work with did it to save money, so I did likewise. Why not? I do a buzz cut, so why pay someone to do it when I can do it myself? $15/week*52 weeks/year=$780/year. You know what the best part is? I only paid $12 for the Conair clipper! I never had something pay for itself the first time I used it… 🙂

      • Hi Mark,

        Yup!

        I haven’t paid for a haircut in more than a year. My girlfriend cuts it now, saving me $20 each time. I’m a “dirty hippie” – Nixon voice – in that my hair is abundant, so this saves me about $20/month.

        If I didn’t have to pay for insurance/taxes, I’d be doing ok!

    • During my working career, I would occasionally let my hair grow a bit to look more “suitable for hire” when changing jobs. Other than that, since about 1968 it has been a quick whirl with my own clippers with a 1/8″ guard on it. Lots of dough saved. However, in February of 2020 I decided to grow Covid-protest-hair. At 82 there isn’t as much on top as there used to be, but, overall, it is approaching my shoulder blades now. Wife “hates it” but can’t keep her hands off it. Envy is a horrible thing!

      At first, I figured when all the Covid-crap was done I would cut it again. But I have come to look at it as my “He’s a crazy bastard, we better leave him alone!” haircut. (I also have come to realize that “all the Covid-crap” will never end.) The crematorium will reek of burning hair when they get hold of me.

  25. “And now I’m the richer for it, literally. Revenge is living well, goes the saying. And indeed, it is.”

    Excellent article.

    My similar experience predates covid and resulted in my boycott of Starbucks.

    It was their policy of “gender neutral” bathrooms that caused me to move my business from Starbucks, across the street to Panera Bread.

    • When the masks went on, the mask came off.

      I now know definitively who to support financially in the needs and wants categories of my day to day shopping.

      There is a mental list of never shop there again and a new list of those pushed to the top of the list of “do shop there” I didn’t have before 2020.

      Some areas is a net gain in $ others I’m spending a bit more. Like shopping at local gun shops for ammo instead of corporate franchise sporting goods stores (more). Growing/raising more of my own food = higher quality food, less money, time fuel, mileage on vehicles etc. It’s amazing what can do without when we’re nudged hard enough.

      The main gain I see is community. I know with a greater level certainty who the mind controlled slaves and order following karen-stasi are. The type of people to stay far away from. Of course some items just can’t be bought without supporting the converged companies but now at least I have some ideas who deserves my support and who doesn’t.

      I have no belief that I, or any small group is going to bankrupt Wal-Mart or Cabela’s, but I know I won’t be throwing any coins in the collection baskets of those who fell down and worshipped at the alter of the diaper.

      • Hi SS,

        Growing your own higher quality food is an understatement. The government (and food manufacturers) have slowly been killing us for years. It is almost laughable how much trust we provide them when it comes to our food supply. They need to be treated with about as much disdain as the pharmaceutical companies.

        I actually conducted a small science experiment recently. My daughter’s birthday was earlier this month and I stopped into the grocery store to purchase a cake. I usually will bake them myself or pay $100+ to have one made (if we are having a large family party), but this year we pared down the celebrations. Well, I wanted to get her something and I was in a rush and not reading the ingredients (which I do religiously) and grabbed the first small cake that I saw that looked halfway decent. I got home and read the ingredients and it was absolutely disgusting – propylene glycol, dextrose, maltodextrin, etc. We didn’t eat it. We did use it to sing Happy Birthday and for her to blow out her candles. I actually cut a piece off and let the cake sit out on the counter for three weeks. The cake looked the exact same as the day I purchased it – no mold, no dryness, nada. Hubby, tossed my science experiment away yesterday. I was slightly disappointed, because I was hoping to see some aging take place on it over the next couple of months, maybe the next year.

        Basically, the crux of my demonstration is that the government or business doesn’t have to raise arms against us, because they are slowly killing us from within. It is a waiting game. There are 600K cancer deaths a year, 500K deaths from heart disease and diabetes annually, and our government still advises a high carb, low fat diet although science has proven time and time again a diet of protein, high fat, and low carbs is the healthiest for the human body when it comes to lowering obesity rates, killing cancer growth, and levitating insulin.

        • RG:

          Absolutely. I’ll bet the ants wouldn’t even eat that “cake” because they wouldn’t recognize it as food. People I know who eat standard packaged grocery store bought trash regular are riddled with health problems. Fat, no stamina, sick all the time, depressed (many on psychotropic drugs for years). They have little to no understanding how much diet, nutrients, and exercise (or lack of) has to do with it. They chalk it up as “getting old, bad luck/genes, etc.” Literally everything BUT their life choices.

          When the garden stops producing and I have to resort to buying produce again I feel almost disdain, like I’ve been cheated out of something. Maybe next year I’ll get that greenhouse built!

          I seriously don’t even know how some of these people are upright and functioning with what they put in their bodies.

          • Hi SS,

            I highly recommend the greenhouse. We purchased one this year. I don’t have any plants in there yet since it is warm enough for them to be outside, but I highly recommend one. I am planning to tier my plants by cycling them by planting them every month or two. So when one goes dormant I am hoping the next one is in bloom. We go through quite a bit of berries in our house so I am hoping this will allow me to get strawberries and blueberries all year even in the middle of January. We will see. 🙂

        • After growing one’s own food for a few years, the thought of trying to gag on those tasteless red balls of water they call tomatoes, or those green pieces of bland paper they think they can pass off as spinach is nothing less than revolting.

          Don’t forget that the same people who own corporate AG, also own Big Pharma; a win/win for them. They feed you the poison that requires you to buy their petrochemical medications. I’ve been off of corporate Amerika’s food and pills for a few years now, and have no plans of ever going back. I feel too good.

          There are still a few tribes in Africa and South America who have no contact with the modern world. They all live well into their 90’s and look RIPPED!

          • McDonald’s uses the cardboard tomatoes even in the summer when good ones are available…all for product consistency.

          • Hi SVB,

            I am in 100% agreement with you. Nothing tastes better than your own tomatoes (or actually any food, homegrown). Every evening I walk outside and pick fresh ripen cherry tomatoes for tomorrow lunch’s salad and they have so much flavorful, that the grocery store’s previously frozen, watery, unsavory pale in comparison.

            The connection to Big Pharma and who oversees the Diabetes, Heart, and Cancer associations is one that most people aren’t aware of.

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