Info Gluttony

Two Buck Chuck Hysteria

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on December 15, 2006

Having seen the permanent traffic jam caused by the tiny parking lot of the Trader Joe’s on Masonic, I can understand why some neighborhoods, such as the Castro, have fought the opening of a TJ’s branch within their zip code. Simliarly, in Berkeley, where the zoning board just approved a new store, residents added a couple more concerns to their list:

“Trader Joe’s is a nonunion store owned by a secretive German family that sells specialty food and low-cost alcohol,” said Steve Wollmer, who lives 250 feet from the site. “Do we really need this in our neighborhood?”

What struck me was the xenophobic “secretive German family” and Charles Shaw complaints.  Is this person trying to suggest at sinister, ex-Nazi’s own TJ’s?  Also, I’ve never seen a homeless wino swigging out of a bottle of the cheap Merlot, so I don’t quite get the “Oh no, there goes the ‘hood, people are going to get drunk on two buck Chuck” cries of protest.

There’s Berkeley for you.


Not Measuring Up

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on December 15, 2006

I’ve never felt so short in my life.  As reported in the NYT, the Census Bureau’s 2007 Statistical Abstract of the United States tracked the height of people in their 20s, and their data shows that I’m the tallest, of the shortest 10%:

Taller, too. More than 24 percent of Americans in their 70s are shorter than 5-foot-6. Only 10 percent of people in their 20s are.

This doesn’t make sense than me.  If you figure that roughly half the population is female, than this means that 80-90% of women in their 20s are over 5’6″.  Can this be true?  are 80% of girls taller than me?