I just went to

Aldi. If you don’t know, Aldi is a German discount supermarket chain founded by two brothers in 1946. They also own Trader Joes in the United States. The prices are usually better than the regular supermarkets, and they have things that I like that nobody else has. There was always a line at the checkout, but now they have installed self checkout. It’s quicker, but it’s a miserable experience. Because we have thieves everywhere now, who think they are entitled to free stuff, everything is monitored via security cams. There are cameras at the self checkout saying “monitoring in progress”. I know why they’re doing it, but I don’t have to like it. I don’t want to be monitored while I’m buying a fucking loaf of bread for Christ’s sake! As if that wasn’t depressing enough, there is a voice that keeps repeating the same instructions over and over again. “Please scan your items.” I’m scanning the fucking things, I don’t need to hear it continuously. Because of communism we can’t have nice things. Society is degenerating into even more of a slave state with the death of a thousand cuts. These are just signs that it’s ongoing. Aldi has just announced in August 2023 that it will buy 400 Winn-Dixie and Harveys supermarkets in the southern United States, so we can expect more of this dehumanizing shit everywhere.

You are constantly under surveillance here

I’ll start making my own food, it’s not that hard to bake a loaf of bread and it’s cheaper. During the fake pandemic the bread that I usually buy got reduced in size, yet the price remained the same. It’s called opportunism, or profiteering from a crisis, and it should be illegal. Now the bread is half the size it was, and costs even more. Fuck Aldi and fuck their bread. I’ll be back next week. Here’s an amusing thing about Aldi.. The brothers split the company in 1960, over a dispute about whether they should sell cigarettes. Karl believed they would attract shoplifters while his brother did not. Ha ha. Nothing much is going on. Nothing ever happens. We’re lurching towards Halloween. I’ll be putting my annual Halloween special together shortly, which a few people will watch and then it will disappear, perhaps never to be seen again.

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I’ve seen the exact same thing in my town.

I’ve got things to do. I’ve still got to get that painter’s pole out of the drain pipe. It’s wedged in because before it dropped in there by mistake, I had thrown a piece of wood down there. I have compounded a problem that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Whatever man, it’ll be fine. I’m going to start having my second breakfast out there on the balcony. What the hell, I might even put a barbecue smoker out there. I’ve seen people with them on their fire escapes here. You don’t escape from the fire, you escape to it. The best one I’ve seen was teetering on a tiny ledge outside someone’s window. That’s a cat who really, really likes barbecue. I’m hungry now.