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    Andy Guest

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    Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"

    Pro: Their no-sodium bread is back
    Con: I'm onto another brand of sodium-packed bread from ACME.

    Pro: They still sell the Valrhona 85% cocoa dark chocolate. 2 bars worth!
    Con: They still haven't carried the boxes of Spanish rice they once did.

    Con: They don't carry the chilled pints of mango juice. Great on a HOT
    day.

    Con: They still sell those giant NY style cheesecakes! My taste buds and
    me are at odds!

    Pro: A favorite woman cashier of mine cheerfully commented that I lost
    weight. I asked "how many fingers am I holding up?" We both laughed.
    Four!

    Con: With a line of customers behind me, we didn't have time to talk any
    further.

    Andy

    Andy's Evil Twin: My brother the dimwit, without a magic phone number
    pen!!! I'd've tattoo'd it on me right then and there!!!

    Andy: you would. "Hello, Charles Schwab?" Fidiot!!!

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    Dimitri Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"



    PRO - There is a Trader Joe's near.
    CON - There is not a Trader Joe's near.
    Double CON - Trader Joe's has been discovered in your area, they opened a
    larger store, and the parking lot is always full - crap!


    Dimitri


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    Steve Freides Guest

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    Andy wrote:
    > Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"


    I love TJ's - I go to mine a couple of days a week, on average, right
    after I drop my kids at school. Most of the usual morning crew knows
    me, several by name. 8 AM is a _great_ time to shop for groceries.

    -S-



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    Andy Guest

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    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"

    >
    >
    > PRO - There is a Trader Joe's near.
    > CON - There is not a Trader Joe's near.
    > Double CON - Trader Joe's has been discovered in your area, they
    > opened a larger store, and the parking lot is always full - crap!
    >
    >
    > Dimitri



    Dimitri,

    There's a strange location of my Trader Joe's. The parking is pretty
    sparse and they share an old historic building with a Veteran's Museum on
    State St., Media, PA.

    To complicate matters, you have to climb up stairs to enter TJs. They
    have a gradual two-stage downhill ramp to leave the store with your
    shopping cart of goods, if needed.

    Best,

    Andy

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    Kent Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"
    >
    > Pro: Their no-sodium bread is back
    > Con: I'm onto another brand of sodium-packed bread from ACME.
    >
    > Pro: They still sell the Valrhona 85% cocoa dark chocolate. 2 bars worth!
    > Con: They still haven't carried the boxes of Spanish rice they once did.
    >
    > Con: They don't carry the chilled pints of mango juice. Great on a HOT
    > day.
    >
    > Con: They still sell those giant NY style cheesecakes! My taste buds and
    > me are at odds!
    >
    > Pro: A favorite woman cashier of mine cheerfully commented that I lost
    > weight. I asked "how many fingers am I holding up?" We both laughed.
    > Four!
    >
    > Con: With a line of customers behind me, we didn't have time to talk any
    > further.
    >
    > Andy
    >

    \>
    Pro: Bread: their Tuscan Pane sliced bread is tastier than Acme's sour
    dough.





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    Lew Hodgett Guest

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    RE: Subject

    Pro: 2 Buck Chuck
    Con: I don't drink wine.

    Lew



  7. #7
    Andy Guest

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    "Kent" <[email protected]> wrote:


    > Pro: Bread: their Tuscan Pane sliced bread is tastier than Acme's sour
    > dough.



    Kent,

    I'll ask the TJ staff if they carry it and try it if it's available.

    I've never bought from Acme's bakery. Well maybe once or twice loaves of
    their Italian bread. I don't think they make it, actually. I dunno.

    Best,

    Andy



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    Andy Guest

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    "Lew Hodgett" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > RE: Subject
    >
    > Pro: 2 Buck Chuck
    > Con: I don't drink wine.
    >
    > Lew



    Lew,

    I've meant to try it but PA restricts wine sales to their state
    controlled retail stores.

    The TJ brand of two buck chuck hasn't appeared here. ((

    I've read and heard that it's won great awards in the wine trade!

    Best,

    Andy

  9. #9
    Lew Hodgett Guest

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    "Andy" wrote:

    > I've meant to try it but PA restricts wine sales to their state
    > controlled retail stores.

    ----------------------------
    Shades of the "Blue Laws" still live in PA, I see.

    Lew



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    Omelet Guest

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    In article <4c0b59a3$0$32045$[email protected]>,
    "Lew Hodgett" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Andy" wrote:
    >
    > > I've meant to try it but PA restricts wine sales to their state
    > > controlled retail stores.

    > ----------------------------
    > Shades of the "Blue Laws" still live in PA, I see.
    >
    > Lew


    And South Texas.
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    Peace! Om

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  11. #11
    Lew Hodgett Guest

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    "Andy" wrote:
    >
    > I've meant to try it but PA restricts wine sales to their state
    > controlled retail stores.
    > ----------------------------

    "Lew Hodgett" wrote:

    > Shades of the "Blue Laws" still live in PA, I see.

    -------------------------
    "Omelet" wrote:

    > And South Texas.

    ---------------------------------
    Back when I was in college, the state of Ohio also controlled retail
    liquor sales.

    Somebody figured out the state would make more money if they got out
    of the business and let private enterprise handle it.

    Don't remember when it happened, probably in the 60s.

    Lew



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    Andy Guest

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    "Lew Hodgett" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "Andy" wrote:
    >
    >> I've meant to try it but PA restricts wine sales to their state
    >> controlled retail stores.

    > ----------------------------
    > Shades of the "Blue Laws" still live in PA, I see.
    >
    > Lew



    Lew,

    Yes!!! Blue!!!

    They have gotten a bit better in the past 10 years!

    PA didn't allow sale of alcohol on Sundays period! What that meant was if
    you wanted a keg for football Sunday, you had to buy your keg on Saturday
    and stock up on enough ice to keep it cold overnight, which always lent
    itself to a Saturday "pre game" party!

    Now, at least alcohol sales begin after 12pm on Sundays.

    [throwing up hands in disgust!!!]

    Andy

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    Andy Guest

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    Oh...

    And...

    Beer distributors can be privately owned, while wine and spirits are
    state owned operations.

    Least I mention, the Johnstown flood from back in 1889 caused a 19%
    "relief" sales tax on alcohol that is still in effect to this day. At
    that rate, Johnstown should be more populous than Los Angeles, CA. Proof
    that once a tax goes into effect, it never goes away!

    [again throwing up hands in disgust!!!]

    At least there's the state of Delaware, a few minutes away from me with
    no BS "relief" tax and no sales tax on ANYTHING. You do run the risk of
    transporting alcohol across state lines but it's mostly ignored. At least
    it hasn't made news as long as I've lived here.

    I should probably go to church now!

    Best,

    Andy

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    dejablues Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"

    >>
    >>
    >> PRO - There is a Trader Joe's near.
    >> CON - There is not a Trader Joe's near.
    >> Double CON - Trader Joe's has been discovered in your area, they
    >> opened a larger store, and the parking lot is always full - crap!
    >>
    >>
    >> Dimitri

    >
    >
    > Dimitri,
    >
    > There's a strange location of my Trader Joe's. The parking is pretty
    > sparse and they share an old historic building with a Veteran's Museum on
    > State St., Media, PA.
    >
    > To complicate matters, you have to climb up stairs to enter TJs. They
    > have a gradual two-stage downhill ramp to leave the store with your
    > shopping cart of goods, if needed.



    The one in Jenkintown is like that. At least there's a state store next
    door. The one in Devon smells like rotten vegetables (also next to a state
    store) and the new one in Montgomeryville is always packed.



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    Andy Guest

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    "dejablues" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>> Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> PRO - There is a Trader Joe's near.
    >>> CON - There is not a Trader Joe's near.
    >>> Double CON - Trader Joe's has been discovered in your area, they
    >>> opened a larger store, and the parking lot is always full - crap!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Dimitri

    >>
    >>
    >> Dimitri,
    >>
    >> There's a strange location of my Trader Joe's. The parking is pretty
    >> sparse and they share an old historic building with a Veteran's
    >> Museum on State St., Media, PA.
    >>
    >> To complicate matters, you have to climb up stairs to enter TJs. They
    >> have a gradual two-stage downhill ramp to leave the store with your
    >> shopping cart of goods, if needed.

    >
    >
    > The one in Jenkintown is like that. At least there's a state store
    > next door. The one in Devon smells like rotten vegetables (also next
    > to a state store) and the new one in Montgomeryville is always
    > packed.



    dejablues,

    I don't know how they get away with that architectural design (fit?)!

    I limit my TJ purchases to a carry out paper bag worth of stuff.

    They may probably summon up an employee to take the cart down the ramps
    for customers who don't have the strength.

    I've always pictured "run away" shopping carts, taking it's customer with
    it but have never witnessed one, thankfully!

    Best,

    Andy

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    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

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    "dejablues" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hugafr$27s$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    >> "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>> Trader Joe's "Pros & Cons"
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> PRO - There is a Trader Joe's near.
    >>> CON - There is not a Trader Joe's near.
    >>> Double CON - Trader Joe's has been discovered in your area, they
    >>> opened a larger store, and the parking lot is always full - crap!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Dimitri

    >>
    >>
    >> Dimitri,
    >>
    >> There's a strange location of my Trader Joe's. The parking is pretty
    >> sparse and they share an old historic building with a Veteran's Museum on
    >> State St., Media, PA.
    >>
    >> To complicate matters, you have to climb up stairs to enter TJs. They
    >> have a gradual two-stage downhill ramp to leave the store with your
    >> shopping cart of goods, if needed.

    >
    >
    > The one in Jenkintown is like that. At least there's a state store next
    > door. The one in Devon smells like rotten vegetables (also next to a state
    > store) and the new one in Montgomeryville is always packed.
    >

    And that's a fact, Jack. Have been in the Devon and Montgomeryville
    stores.......The Devon one reminds me of an Ollie's (a bit run down at the
    heels) and the Montgomeryville one is nicer and cleaner, but you can't move
    in it.
    -ginny



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    Nan Guest

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    Hey Y'all, be glad that you have TJ's nearby. We're in the middle of
    DE and have to go to Wilmington or Annapolis. Son in Manasses VA has
    one nearby and brings us treasures!!


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    Lew Hodgett Guest

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    "Andy" wrote:

    > At least there's the state of Delaware, a few minutes away from me
    > with
    > no BS "relief" tax and no sales tax on ANYTHING. You do run the risk
    > of
    > transporting alcohol across state lines but it's mostly ignored. At
    > least
    > it hasn't made news as long as I've lived here.

    ----------------------------------------
    Way back when, booze was cheap in Chicago compared to neighboring
    areas.

    The sheriff (A Republican) of Cuyahoga County (Cleveland and largely
    Democrat) was caught bringing a large trailer of booze purchased in
    Chicago back to Cleveland.

    They waited until he crossed the Cuyahoga county line before arresting
    him and seizing the booze.

    As you could expect, it created quite a brouhaha.

    You think maybe there was a setup in play?

    Lew




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    Omelet Guest

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    In article <4c0b66ce$0$11834$[email protected]>,
    "Lew Hodgett" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Andy" wrote:
    > >
    > > I've meant to try it but PA restricts wine sales to their state
    > > controlled retail stores.
    > > ----------------------------

    > "Lew Hodgett" wrote:
    >
    > > Shades of the "Blue Laws" still live in PA, I see.

    > -------------------------
    > "Omelet" wrote:
    >
    > > And South Texas.

    > ---------------------------------
    > Back when I was in college, the state of Ohio also controlled retail
    > liquor sales.
    >
    > Somebody figured out the state would make more money if they got out
    > of the business and let private enterprise handle it.
    >
    > Don't remember when it happened, probably in the 60s.
    >
    > Lew


    If I want booze after hours, I simply stock up on it. <g>
    Blue laws only affect retailers, not the target subjects...

    They are stupid.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

  20. #20
    Andy Guest

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    "Lew Hodgett" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "Andy" wrote:
    >
    >> At least there's the state of Delaware, a few minutes away from me
    >> with
    >> no BS "relief" tax and no sales tax on ANYTHING. You do run the risk
    >> of
    >> transporting alcohol across state lines but it's mostly ignored. At
    >> least
    >> it hasn't made news as long as I've lived here.

    > ----------------------------------------
    > Way back when, booze was cheap in Chicago compared to neighboring
    > areas.
    >
    > The sheriff (A Republican) of Cuyahoga County (Cleveland and largely
    > Democrat) was caught bringing a large trailer of booze purchased in
    > Chicago back to Cleveland.
    >
    > They waited until he crossed the Cuyahoga county line before arresting
    > him and seizing the booze.
    >
    > As you could expect, it created quite a brouhaha.
    >
    > You think maybe there was a setup in play?
    >
    > Lew



    Lew,

    I dunno what to think other than I'm sure glad I wasn't sheriff of the
    county that day! ;D

    Best,

    Andy


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