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  •  I fondly remember a Safeway for an opposite (12+ / 0-)

    reason.

    Many years ago, while living in the central part of San Francisco, I took a driving tour through the west and some National Park sites.  I drove through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho before returning.  I didn't realize until I started back into California just how "white bread" the areas I'd been traveling through were - the caucasian (and I'm one) percentages were extremely high, but once I got back to the Bay area I started to relax and I listened to the radio where a riot was going on in Berkeley on some social justice cause (seems to me I remember something about a Coca Cola truck being either attacked or even pushed over) and while social unrest isn't desirable, it shows that people care about social justice.  In San Francisco, I stopped at a Safeway on Market Street on the way home for some groceries.  It's just off Casto Street and the people in the store were a wonderful mix of colors, decorated skin and clothing and I just was very happy to be back where people felt free to express themselves.

    So while I am very sorry for your experience, I happen to remember Safeways in a good way.

    •  It's an interesting experience to realize (2+ / 0-)
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      aitchdee, ColoTim

      how much more normal the mixture feels. Had a chance to spend time in Oakland twice in '98 and 2000. It almost felt cleansing to be in a community that was so naturally diverse rather than forced conformity.

      It was also when I had a chance to experience being a total outsider, unable to understand the language around me or the culture very well. Ten days in Japan with my sister who had been living in Tokyo for 6 years and spoke a fair amount of Japanese*. The contrast is stark because the culture is so polite, friendly and a mix of conformity, traditions and modern diversity. Wonderful for people watching, which Martha and I both love.

      Just want to point out that the article on white privilege Hellotwin links to in the last paragraph is by Tim Wise.

      Tim, is the garden holding up with all the snow?

      *My favorite vignette. Martha had lived in an apartment well situated to the train system and it seemed almost every day we walked three winding blocks to the closest station. She would easily go straight through the maze of boarding stops to the one we needed.

      Near the end of the trip we were passing a wall map of the system where an elderly Japanese woman was standing perplexed. She saw Martha, stopped us and began speaking in Japanese, my sister responded while pointing to the map.  

      She told me the woman could not figure out how to get to her destination and she had been able to explain the routes and transfers. She did not know the woman or recognize her but had to acknowledge the woman must have been aware that Martha spoke Japanese, and knew the subway system well enough to be able to help! In the largest metropolis in the world.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 02:58:45 PM PDT

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      •  Many of the flowers were frost damaged a couple (0+ / 0-)

        weeks ago.  The hyacinths were hurt the worst, but the tulips also suffered quite a bit.  The daffodils stuck it out, but most got bent over so they're not in great shape either.  Some of the later tulips are still coming along - they were still developing rather than sticking up ready to be frozen solid so they're doing better.  The snow this week will hopefully not freeze them so I can hope they'll do ok.

        I need to get out and fertilize them so they grow strong the rest of this season and come out with a fantastic show next year.

        The trees and bushes still haven't flowered yet, though they're giving signs they really want to.  I'm hoping that any buds weren't too frozen as I'm hoping for lots of fruit and flowers like snowballs and lilac again this year.

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