Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). Live streaming video at http://ustre.am/TM8N
Friday, June 10, 2011
Ran errands all morning then went visiting. Stopped off to see a few folks downtown (east side of 118). Nice hot day today - perfect for watching other people work. Checked in on the Mt. McKenna container complex. Today was the day for them to marry a 20 footer with a 40 footer. All you need is some chain, a tractor, and brute strength to get them lined up for welding. Picked up a baby cement mixer from "Just Me" to get me back in the game. For some reason she hasn't named it yet so I am open to suggestions.
On the way out of Alpine yesterday, I stopped off at Blue Water Natural Foods http://www.bluewaternf.com/. Decided I would try some pricey organic chicken...$4.95/lb. Grilled it up tonight and it was a lot more flavorful than the industrial chicken I have been eating. http://www.smartchicken.com/ Now that the government is involved in the business of labeling food organic - I can't help but think the big players are gonna sway what that really means. I read a passage in The Omnivore's Dilemma about "organic" chickens living in similar circumstances to their industrial brothers. Federal rules say that organic chicken should have "access to the outdoors" - but most of these farms keep the doors shut until the birds are at least 5 weeks old at which point they are set in their ways and there is little chance of them venturing out into the fresh air and sunlight. The bottom line is: unless you grow it yourself - can you really be sure what is was fed and how it was raised? 103,111,69,0,C