one boston fund. org - I'm in line at the grocery store and the lady ahead pledged $20

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:13.

 YEAH,  I'm still hang'n here in B-town.

Got to eat, so I go the store.

Not a good experience.  Mint Oreo's .   

Mint Oreos.  

Sick, shit.

Aisles of sick shit. 

not food.


Corporate madness.  Corporate shit offered as food.


Even in the produce section.   There was no staff. the entire produce sectionwaass so weird. silent except for the refrigerationfans.  hummiing. fans.

But all the stock was loaded on plastic shelves - most all the veggies were in cellophane.  Yeah they had red bananas, Yeah, the bell peppers were red, yellow, and green. 


But the place was not comfortable.  the corner of the store with the veges was off. hummmming refrig fannnns

Maybe I am just getting old.

Or smarter.

But the lady ahead of me, when the check out cashier asked if she wished to donate to the One Boston, said yes, and pledged 20 dollars.

When I was being checked  out, I asked the casher how much had been pledged during the cashier's shift.

 She said she started at 5 pm, and at her aisle there had been pledged over $1,100 dollars on her shift - she was able to look at her register to get the data.


Boston is pissed. And Boston is generous. 

But this is not an adversarial operation.   

In Boston, everyone knows, everyone needs support, encouragement and self  confidence and purpose. 

We screwed up, sadly.


time to pay up 

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 I am glad you are alive,

 I am glad you are alive, sorry you have such lousy food on offer, and your poor dog, did you run out of newspapers?

This is why people who aren't whatever the uncomplimentary word is they call "preppers" still need to have a bit stockpiled: water, food that is long lasting and rotated, something to heat water, such as a cheap sterno stove, candles, kerosene lanterns, wind-up radios/flashlights, some cash in case ATMs are out, dog food, newspapers, diapers, baby food if you have a young child, even medicine, maybe even some "junk" silver. Walmart's camping section has a lot of this at reasonable prices.

This horrible event, hurricane Sandy, proves you need at least a bit stored.

After watching the horror that was Katrina, I started stocking some supplies. Even had a picture taken and stored online of me and my two dogs so I could prove they were mine, as some poor residents of New Orleans and others in the area were forced to do if they had any hopes of getting their dog(s) back.

FEMA was useless, as was our government, for some time. Finally, a common sense general who told his men to point their rifles down arrived at the Superdome, which had horrible conditions.

Those who helped were locals with boats and individuals who came to town and sneaked in to help.

We all need to help each other.

Sorry you didn't know anyone who had some decent foodstuff stored who could (and would) help you and your family out.

Sorry for the rant.

Preparing ourselves for disaster

Even City of Cleveland has to start thinking about what to do in event of disaster:

We have to consider food, water, supply and connectivity.  I am attending the event as a resident with a concern for keeping service available in my neighborhood.  Even a few days without heat and electricity can cripple communities, as Hurricane Sandy demonstrated.  



The City of Cleveland Office of Emergency Management, Positively Cleveland, and Cuyahoga Community College are hosting a FREE Disaster Preparedness workshop in Cleveland, OH titled “Building Disaster Resilient Communities” presented by the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center. 

This half-day event will help community organizations, small businesses, and non-profits understand the effects of disaster on communities, and outline the necessary actions to continue operations and help the whole community recover.

Subject matter experts will share response and recovery lessons learned from Hurricanes Sandy & Isaac, as well as other recent disasters across the country.  You will understand what to expect following a disaster, and learn how to prepare for the inevitable "secondary disaster" which typically occurs within 48 hours.

Whether you are a civic leader, community organizer, first responder, or sole proprietor, this workshop is designed to stimulate discussion within your community, and help identify critical recovery components.

Some of the topics to be presented include: Situational awareness monitoring, elements of a business continuity plan, available data backup methods, cloud hosted applications, alternate connectivity options, backup power and fuel considerations, temporary operating facilities, crisis counseling resources, and how to leverage free planning resources.  There will also be an interactive Q&A session with the panel of experts following the presentations.

The workshop will take place in Room 229 at the Unified Technologies Center of the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), 2415 Woodland Ave in Cleveland, OH on Wednesday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 


The event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited to registered attendees only.  This is NOT a sales presentation; it is an informative disaster preparedness event presented as a public service of the technology community.

The Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) is a 501(c)(3) public charity comprised of Technology Professionals who assist communities with technology continuity and recovery following a disaster.