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sleep deprivation, food inc, raw milk

Well, the weekend went by in a rather sleep deprived blur. I was at the hideout till 3 am on Fri, I tried to sleep in the green room but it was too noisy. As I was driving away on Congress, a young man tapped on my window and I stupidly opened it and he was like: "Can you please take us to our hotel? We'll pay you?" And he seemed really drunk and harmless and I apologized and left. But frankly, I wanted to take him to his hotel. I think it sucks being a female sometimes because you have to think about being safe, not getting raped, and such. My intuition said that he was safe, I didn't get to see his other male friend well, so I don't know. But anyways, I went with the safe route of not helping him. Which sucks, cos I wanted to.

So my sleep scheduled was really messed up over the weekend, with me taking a nap on Sunday at 3 pm, which I usually don't do. But I got to hang out with a bunch of my friends, and also had my milkman deliver raw cow's milk. I've never had raw cow's milk before (had goat's). And it was delicious. I want to make vanilla ice cream with it sometime.

We also saw Food, Inc. Which I think everyone has to watch. We made the mistake of watching it at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. And got burgers and pizza, and my appetite was definitely affected by the movie. Yuck.

Buy organic guys.



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Jun. 29th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
There are taxicabs on SoCo. I'm sure they got home without your help.

I totally agree with you though. It would be nice to be able to stop and help someone, but most of the time it's just too risky. The other week when mom was up she and I pulled into a parking space at Lowe's and jumpstarted the boy's car next to ours before going shopping. But it was daytime, in a busy parking lot, and my mom was there.
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Why yes, I have a milkman. A good looking one too.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I won't drink raw milk because I learned from the Peace Corps volunteers that it can cause tuberculosis. But I did occasionally have cheese made from raw milk, and it was amazingly delicious. I can imagine that the actual milk is even more amazingly delicious.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
raw milk can cause tuberculosis? I thought that was spread by getting coughed on by someone with TB?
Jun. 29th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought, too. But apparently milk can carry it. I don't know that it's terribly common, but there was at least one case of a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco catching TB that way.

I would imagine that raw milk from a reputable farm would be decently safe, although I'm very skeptical of the claims that raw milk cures all ills. But I could never drink it myself, having had avoidance of it too deeply engrained. I'm sure it's very tasty, though. The raw milk cheese certainly was!
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
In New England, raw milk is sold "For animal consumption only" and people buy it "for their pets" and really like it.

I'm not a huge fan of any dairy products, so I'll just skip it.
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I second the concern over raw milk. This is one area I haven't pushed into too hard (and I'm a huge local food proponent, see my comments later in this thread!) because a friend of mine (who researches TB for a living, and is as pro-local food as I am) said that it was the one area where he thought regulation was good, re: local foods. I don't recall if the objection was TB or just other pathogens, but he said that pasteurization of milk had a huge public health benefit.

That said, I do still try to buy the non-homogenized milk from a local dairy that is sold at one of the 2 grocery stores I visit regularly (ironically the Kroger, rather than the more crunchy granola one).
Jun. 29th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
A dirty, badly raised cow can have milk with diseases. But not clean healthy cows.

When milk became industrialized, lots of people got sick, and so the solution by corporations was to pasteurize it and make it sterile. Just like cows are washed with ammonia now before being made into hamburger to kill e. coli, and our vegetables are flooded with radiation.
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
You have a milkman?

Jun. 29th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Why yes, I have a milkman. A good looking one too.
Jun. 29th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I seriously need a hot milkman.

Thanks for the tip on Food, Inc! I added it to my must-see list.
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Food, Inc. is coming to Richmond July 10. SO excited--I'll probably be first on line to see it. *chuckle*.

Had to comment about your "buy organic", though. I'm firmly in the local and sustainable is better than organic bandwagon (i.e. the Michael Pollan fan club rather than the Marion Nestle fan club). Both is best, of course. But local is better, IMHO, for the globe, for nutrition, and for the future of our society.

For summer I'm managing about 75% local on meals cooked at home, although that goes down over the winter. I'm lucky because I can get deliveries of eggs and chickens from Polyface Farm (from the movie, I think, and certainly from the Omnivore's Dilemma) and also get some even more locally from a friend of mine who follows similar practices. My pasta, veggies (CSA), fruit (CSA minus bananas for smoothies), and honey (CSA) will all be local this year.
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