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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:48 PM

So I took a bunch of vegetables from my garden to the coffee shop this morning

to share with my friends and neighbors. Although we rarely discuss politics there, I know most of them are Republicans. Not teabagger wingnuts, but on the conservative side of the political spectrum, and mostly elderly people whose company I enjoy.

As I set the large box of zucchini, peppers, squash, okra, etc on the table I told everyone to help themselves. Someone said "You're not charging anything for this stuff?" and I said, no, this is a communist produce stand. It is collectively owned by all here. They all laughed, as did I.

Didn't slow them down from garabbing the stuff, though.

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Reply So I took a bunch of vegetables from my garden to the coffee shop this morning (Original post)
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 OP
PoliticAverse Aug 2013 #1
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #4
Aerows Aug 2013 #2
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #6
Aerows Aug 2013 #8
Wait Wut Aug 2013 #3
lpbk2713 Aug 2013 #5
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #7
lpbk2713 Aug 2013 #9
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #10
babylonsister Aug 2013 #11
sheshe2 Aug 2013 #12
rdharma Aug 2013 #13
hopemountain Aug 2013 #14
snappyturtle Aug 2013 #15
jtuck004 Aug 2013 #16
SammyWinstonJack Aug 2013 #17
Momgonepostal Aug 2013 #18
TxDemChem Aug 2013 #19
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2013 #20
Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #30
onethatcares Aug 2013 #34
Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #35
dballance Aug 2013 #21
randome Aug 2013 #22
OldRedneck Aug 2013 #23
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #25
grasswire Aug 2013 #27
Swamp Lover Aug 2013 #24
Catherine Vincent Aug 2013 #26
Little Star Aug 2013 #28
Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #29
Gormy Cuss Aug 2013 #31
TBF Aug 2013 #32
DrewFlorida Aug 2013 #33
joanbarnes Aug 2013 #36
SCVDem Aug 2013 #37
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2013 #38
DeSwiss Aug 2013 #39
JNelson6563 Aug 2013 #40
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #41
emsimon33 Aug 2013 #42
Iwillnevergiveup Aug 2013 #43
fascisthunter Aug 2013 #44
steve2470 Aug 2013 #45

Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:50 PM

1. You could have told them it was free produce supplied by Obamacare... n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:53 PM

4. One of the reasons they are not to radically right wing

is most of them are collecting Social Security and are using Medicare.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:52 PM

2. You are a good man, Mr. Bill

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Response to Aerows (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:57 PM

6. It's an easier way to live

than arguing politics with everybody. In a political argument, most of these people are seriously unarmed

Somewhere in my upbringing, a little bit of respect for my elders took hold.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:59 PM

8. Like I said, you are a good man, Mr. Bill :) n/t

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:53 PM

3. Ah!!! I love that! n/t

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:55 PM

5. Did they at least pay for your coffee this morning?




I think I know the answer.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:58 PM

7. To be honest, most of them would be pressed to afford it.

They drink the $1 stuff with 50 cent refills while I pay $3.75 for a latte.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 07:59 PM

9. OK, your call.




You did good.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:02 PM

10. It's only fair to mention

that some of them often bring things to share, like baked goods.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:17 PM

11. Love it, and your generosity!

Great job, Mr. Bill!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:19 PM

12. Well done Mr.Bill!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:38 PM

13. Some Republican voters aren't "bad people" ... they just vote against their own best interests.....

 

..... hoping that some day they might be welcomed through the front door of the 1% country club too!

Not "bad people"...... but IDIOTS!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:44 PM

14. now that's being neighborly!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:51 PM

15. How kind....what lucky friends and neighbors!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 08:59 PM

16. NIce. Thank you for sharing that. n/t

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:07 PM

17. Oh Nooo! Mr. Bill.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 09:27 PM

18. you're very cool!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:02 PM

19. Awesome Mr. Bill

You remind me of a Mr. Bill I used to work with. Kudos to you!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:07 PM

20. Wonderful! I could say that gardeners are just great people....

but I guess I would have to admit to being just a bit biased!

Well done, Mr. Bill!



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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 11:29 AM

30. You really have to do something with those photo's of those delicious looking ....

 

tomato's. Makes me hungry for a tomato sandwich every time I see them. The down side of that is that there are no good tomato's here in Florida.

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Response to Rebellious Republican (Reply #30)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:46 PM

34. au contraire

grow your own in a bucket. It's planting time right now in zone 9 (mid central/west central) you'll be harvesting in December if you can get some heirloom seeds, or even some plants from a big box store.

Ain't nothing like home grown tomatos, raw, fried green, sliced on a burger, or in a salad.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #34)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:58 PM

35. You make me hungry, you are a tease!

 

I have tried, there are so many critters down here, it makes it damn near impossible. How ever I am on to someonre who just started both a hydroponic and organic farm. Hoping it works out well for ME.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:16 PM

21. Hmmm, I remember a time when in a situation like that it would be more like....

"You mean you're charging for that stuff?" if you brought it to some place like that. Not a farmer's market mind you. A social gathering place.

It was just what you did with neighbors - you shared the excess. Well, heck it's better than it rotting away if you can't can it all.

Good for you though doing the nice old fashioned thing called "sharing!"

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:23 PM

22. That's how you win hearts and minds.

Obviously you already know that.

There is nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it.
Nothing.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:26 PM

23. I do the same thing

I live in rural Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay.

Every morning I run, bike, or drive to a local Mom-and-Pop quick stop to buy a Washington Post.

I put in a garden each summer and it's way more than Sweet Thing and I can eat ourselves. We can a lot of tomatoes, freeze okra and beans, and the like but there's still excess.

So, every 3rd or 4th day, I drop off a few buckets filled with tomatoes, squash, bell peppers, sweet peppers, and other veggies at the quick stop. It's all gone within a couple of hours.

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Response to OldRedneck (Reply #23)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:39 PM

25. It makes perfect sense

during that time when the garden is producing more than you know what to do with.

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Response to OldRedneck (Reply #23)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:39 PM

27. you live in a beautiful area

I've spent a lot of time 'round there, but never lived there. I'll bet those tomatoes are gooood.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 10:34 PM

24. thumbs up.

 

one heart at a time....

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 11:01 PM

26. Cool!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 10:42 AM

28. "communist produce stand" Your tale gave me a chuckle. Thanks!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 11:26 AM

29. You should have said no, there is no charge or tax, just a user fee.

 

I wonder how many would have jumped at that?

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:09 PM

31. Nice post, commie.

Oddly enough, I've had a similar experience with some Republican neighbors and family. I think it says something about the difference in thinking. We grow extra vegetables to ensure that we have the yield for ourselves and our city friends and most years that means that we also have extras to share. It wouldn't occur to me to sell the excess. Either it goes to the community food bank or on a table in front of the house. The money I could get for selling the stuff wouldn't be worth as much as knowing that I made someone's day. When we were new to the area, putting out the free table helped break the ice with the neighbors too. A win all the way around.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:21 PM

32. Sharing is good. K&R nt

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:28 PM

33. That was very nice of you. Sharing is a reward all by it self, giving free stuff to capitalists...

well, that's priceless.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 01:03 PM

36. Thank you for sharing your plenty

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:03 PM

37. I long for the day

when you can plop down a bag of bud straight from the garden.

My kind of homegrown!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 02:34 PM

38. lol. great story. rec

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:35 PM

39. LOL!



- K&R

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:38 PM

40. Well done comrade!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 03:44 PM

41. Thanks to all who rec'd this thread.

It's at the top of the Greatest Thread page, which is a big deal for this Noob.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 06:44 PM

42. Gotta love them communist produce stands!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 07:40 PM

43. Most excellent, Mr. Bill

Share and share alike is a great way to go, but you already knew that!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 07:49 PM

44. most people share

it's a fact, but our economic social political system wants us to abandon this concept to enrich the pew(yes, I meant pew).

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 07:50 PM

45. very kind of you !

I hope they can see we leftists are a generous bunch by nature

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