More Instagram posts on Cicada Parade-a

I got the black t-shirt and it’s great!

My experience with online grocery shopping

I never shopped for groceries online until the pandemic. I don’t drive so I usually bartered a dinner out with a friend in return for a trip for grocery shopping.

Since the pandemic, I have been getting groceries delivered from Safeway and am overall satisfied with the process. I’ll keep doing it after the pandemic is over

It’s not quite the same as ordering from restaurants with the delivery services.  When you order, you select a time in the future – there’s no ASAP.  This is different than the restaurants: Some items that appear to be in stock will not be available by the time your order is delivered and you won’t be charged for them.  I would say I get about 3/4 of the stuff I order.  You get a receipt several hours before your order is delivered.  You can let them substitute if items are out.  That has worked out fine but I still don’t get everything.  One time, I ordered jalapeno cheese bagels and they were going to substitute cinnamon raisin bagels.  I got jalapeno cheese bagels in a bag labeled cinnamon raisin – see the pictures.

The delivery fee can be paid annually or by the order.  I would say if you get groceries once a month, the annual plan is worth it.  The fees per order depend on the length of time for the delivery window you select – one, two or four hours.  You will be notified when your order is being delivered similar to the restaurant services.  The food comes in regular grocery bags and they do keep the refrigerated stuff together and the frozen stuff together

Here’s an article on online grocery shopping.

How a permanent shift toward online grocery shopping means less innovation, fewer new brands – The Washington Post

Relish finally wins a Hot Dog Race at the Orioles game

Relish had lost all of his races against Mustard and Ketchup this year. The races are animated videos shown on the scoreboard.

Before the big win:

Terrible Republican election laws

They are afraid they can’t win a fair election. The worst things they are doing concerned how ballots will be counted and certified. They will make it possible for some legislatures to overturn the will of the voters.

Update on the terrible QAnon conspiracy theory 6/20/21

Great Twitter thread on how to commercialize Juneteenth

Some great bitter humor here. Make sure to scroll through the replies.

What’s going to happen when Juneteenth and Father’s Day both fall on June 19th?

Climate update 6/20/21

Phony right-wing outrage about Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Republican politicians and right-wing media can’t attack Biden because he is popular. Their supporters don’t hate him because he is a white man unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. They don’t attack his policies because they are popular, too.

Instead, they stoke the culture wars – Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, and now CRT. CRT is not taught in K-12 schools. It’s an undergraduate/graduate school level subject. However, talking about it inflames the white nationalist Republican base.

How did the Orioles lose?

The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays 10-7 last night. It was probably their worst loss of the year. They led 7-3 late in the game but the bullpen gave up six runs in the 9th inning. The Orioles’ first six hits were home runs. This is only the second time in MLB since expansion this had ever happened. The Orioles bullpen is getting worn out because the starting pitching is so bad (though it was good yesterday).

If you think this is bad, I remember a game where the Orioles hit two grand slams and lost:

Two Grand Slams in an Inning – Almost Always A Win – Baseball Roundtable

The box score

Blue – Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell’s Blue is 50. It’s a great album. It’s very much about her life but has plenty for all of us to relate to. It’s very stripped down and not easy to listen to. It reminds me of Plastic Ono band by John Lennon and John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan – austere, stripped down albums I don’t listen to much but are among the best I know.

Joni Mitchell releases ‘Blue 50,’ with outtakes and unreleased tracks from 1971 classic (