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Part Two Of The Food Chain Story

I told you about our little battle with a CEO the board put in charge and the beloved ousting of a true leader that all loved working for in https://nutsfortreasure.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/the-end-maybe-near/ here is the rest of the story……….

The walkout/boycott lasted 6 long weeks.  Speaking personally for me I just used almost all I had up in the cupboards. I made just a few trips to Wal-Mart for canned dog and cat food, coffee and Half and Half, toilet tissue, I shopped the farmers markets for veggies and one steakhouse 3 miles away has a butcher shop and they had a mega sale on hamburger at just $1.99 per pound. On that day I picked up 10 pounds, there goes the diet :).  I will use it for pasta, meatloaf, tacos as well as a couple of days for burgers on the grill after all it is Labor Day here in the US were we celebrate the American Worker. 

Now you see we do have a story for us to look up to.  Our area of the US known as New England is full of very determined people and after 6 long fought weeks we did what businesses here never thought could happen.  We by standing together as one workers and customers alike we brought this family run grocery chain to their knees and made them yell uncle lol no not really but they did indeed see our resolve growing stronger and not weaker as they had hoped and finally in the 11th hour approved the sale of the whole business to the ousted CEO Artie T DeMoulas.  of Market Basket fame.  The only leader the workers and customers would come back into the stores to shop for.  Have you heard the news where you live?  Give a Thumbs Up for the little guy WE WON!  We have Unions scratching their heads and other companies realizing the same could indeed happen to them if they don’t play nice. Be fair.  Be kind to people and not always make it about the billions you will earn.  Here is a link to a real writer’s story though I bet his cabinets were not empty when he sat down to compose his.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-market-basket-ceo-arthur-t-demoulas-20140828-story.html    The motto here has been NEVER GIVE UP, Never ever think there is nothing you can say or do!  Stand up for what is right. 

In the end he bought his cousin out for over 1.5 billion dollars US while his cousin also an Arthur was over in Greece getting married.  I love my brand new Market Basket store and will shop tonight for the upcoming week and set about filling at least 2 cabinets with canned goods 🙂 you just never know when an emergency will arise when you must live off them. Grandma always canned and I would have but with all the injuries and surgeries this year a full garden just was not in the cards for us.
I will end this by saying POWER TO THE PEOPLE WE DID WHAT THEY SAID COULD NOT BE DONE, we stuck together to right a wrong and I am so proud of each and every worker and more so for the customers of Market Basket you joined in to have your voice heard and indeed they were!  Happy Labor Day to you all. 

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The End Maybe Near

Have you read in your local papers all about the saga playing out here in New England?  The story of a family run business in turmoil?  Where one cousin was in charge and all kinds of money was being made and new stores held “Grand Openings”,  then the new shareholders wanted the other cousin to run the show. 

Well it has been a well known fact about this families inner turmoil for those who grew up near the where it all takes place.  I have looked on from the outside and as a trucker I have delivered loads of goods that would be placed on the shelves in their stores.

  When I moved to my home in 1988 I made 20 mile round trip runs once a week,  to do my food shopping.  No they were not the only game in town just a place that toted “More For Your Dollar”.  I have shopped at their many stores since I was 18 and now 58 I would say I have been a very loyal customer.  From the very old original stores to my towns brand new one,  I love them all,  what I don’t like is that family squabbles, yes we all have them, have to interfere with the shopping public.

You see back in July they told Artie T. he would have to step aside to let his cousin Arthur S. run the show.  The store was about to take on a look and feel unlike the last 40 years I shopped.  The workers were upset and unrest began pretty quickly.  The workers said “Bring Artie T BACK!”  You see he cared about the company as well as the workers and maybe just a little less about the bottom line as his cousin maybe.  The worker’s made signs. Some stayed home but most worked their shift and then stood outside for a month boycotting the way Artie T. was told to go.  They rallied behind him in a way that makes me so proud.  You see they stood up for a man they loved to work for and held their ground to the point where almost all customers showed their support for them and refused to enter any of the many, many stores of this famous New England supermarket chain.  Have you shopped at one of our Market Baskets/Demoulas stores?

Day after day we had to shop elsewhere.  Customers would bring their receipts to their local boycotted stores and tape them up as a reminder they had to eat and that this is what their beloved stores were loosing in revenue.  Store after store windows were covered with receipts how could management not see?  It has been going on for so many days that it is usually the lead story on our local news.  The duel being played out by the two Arthurs.

Well the recent news on this fiasco is that they will all will be fired should they not go back to the stores and warehouses.  Managers told to CLEAN UP the properties.  Signs of BOYCOTT must come down!  Receipts too!  See they have had enough,  well so did the workers. 

It comes down to power plays and greed.  Artie T. from the moment he was told to go home said he would buy controlling interest from his cousin.  There came a point where this group of CEO’s stated another local food chain was interested in sweeping in to purchase the whole package.  I for one watched that store put a Mom and Pop run small chain out of business when they moved in 3 miles away,  with great prices and as soon as the other one failed up went their prices,  which is why I traveled the 20 miles round trip each week for 40 years.  So should they sell to them I will continue to shop my local Farmer’s Markets and Meat shops yes it will be more expensive but I have my priorities and principles as well and my allegiance is to my much loved Market Basket store.

We miss you Artie T.

Rock on to all those workers who held their ground and brought this company down upon their knees,  begging for customers and for their workers to return to their posts,  when maybe they should stayed on theirs knees just a bit longer and gave thanks to God for all they have enjoyed for so many years here in New England. 

I will miss you so much if you go.
A valued customer indeed

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The Beach Is A Mess

Well last night we lost an hour of sleep due to our moving our clocks ahead in spring as we do here in New Hampshire for Daylight Savings Time.  I went to bed early after being at the beach.  Yes a perfect day in the mid 40’s.  It was a very Messy Beach and some lost their homes.  I am not sure if you caught it on your news as I never know if AP news will broadcast things that happen here, all over the world.

You know I will keep you up on the stories in the news throughout New England well at least when it comes to storms and flooding.

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JT and I walked along the shoreline for exercise and play while her daddy searched for treasure.  I left her Frisbee in the truck and grabbed a stick we keep for windy days.  I knew she would want to jump waves if we played with her favorite toy but today was not a day to be playing in the sea.

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The waves were strong and very powerful.  One after another slammed into the coastline.  Remember we go when the tide is heading out.  He only hunts low tides and I hunt the beaches when people have just left from a day of beach going and I never go down to the water with my machine.  This is winter though in New England and we had an enormous coastal storm.  It was very far out to sea but we still got nailed by it.  The beach had 3 days easy of seas with 20 foot plus seas.  It slammed into sea walls and busted them again.  Roads were closed due to rock and four feet of water in some sections where the beach breached an area where the state has determined  a pretty coastal route would be.  Mother Nature has a funny way of taking back what always should have been a place of give and take.  I never really think to add video to these lengthy posts but if you want to go to the web to look here are a few local news stations where you can see it in action.

http://www.wmur.com
http://www.necn.com

So as we walked the dog and I we met others who were shocked by what they saw had taken place with yet another storm.  The dunes which help to keep the water from homes and businesses were just about gone.  They were huge.  They were tall with pretty grasses holding them together.  They had been a part of our lives forever if you grew up in New England.  We were not allowed to ride dune buggies on them they were not for fun.  They were to protect us and a place for wild birds to make their nests.  Where would they go now?  Tax money spent over and over to fix the beach.  We have people who flock here from Canada and other parts of the world will they still come?  I am sad people once again lost their homes.  Yes they were silly to want to build by the sea but she is so beautiful on most days. Look at other beaches.  Huge hotel chains line the beach in Virginia, Florida too.  Everyone wants to get close to the sea.  These past thirty eight years I can remember,  spending so much time visiting them  have seen so much change.

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When sand was washed out to sea dunes collapsed  and drainage pipes show up I guess filthy storm drain water screened through all the sand was supposed to be OK for the oceans now with rain coming and it will fall for days where will it go besides straight into our ocean that feeds us. So very sad.

 

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Foundations showing up from buildings long ago gone.  I used to go to the one that stood here beside the sea.  The Frolics was famous for music, and  drinks.  Many years ago there had even been a huge swimming pool alongside this beach.  Salisbury Beach have you ever been.  It used to be a fun place to go not so much anymore well unless you are a dog with a great Mom and Dad.

 

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She really wants to run time to let her off leash for a few minutes while I show you some of what we saw at the beach that was a mess.

 

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That is JT’s Dad hunting the beach

 

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See the metal stakes?

The dunes came out this far and a wooden fence was attached to these all along the shoreline to KEEP PEOPLE OFF THEM but no one told the Sea to  STAY AWAY.

 

 

 

 

 

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We Headed Out For A Free Show

We woke early to get ready to attend.  We took the truck and dropped of the dog with my Mom.  She was very sad and didn’t really want to see us go.  I knew she would be safe for a few hours with Mom and it was time for me to have some fun after the last week I had just been through. I had it planned down to the minute as we would drive 22 miles from Mom’s then catch one bus then catch yet another and a short walk would put us front and center of 1325 Commonwealth Avenue a place the band had called home and where they actually wrote a few hits.  I am talking about old friends from long ago you know them as Aerosmith.  So let mew show you some photos of a beautiful day we spent with them at a free concert they set up for us their FANS.

 

Waiting for the first bus

 

 

Flatbed Trailers full of Speakers, for the show, parked along the road ready to go.  They never broke them down!

They came in like our sports stars do in Boston, well they are ROCK STARS!
By DUCK BOATS.
They brought friends and family too.

They were going back home to where they had started this journey.

 

I have to tell you about some friends.  MR. Kraft and his Son who are owners of our NFL Football Team The New England Patriots!

They brought Footballs for each of the band members.  Game Balls.

Best of all they brought our Quarterback, I am sure you have heard of him lol Tom Brady.  The band had made a new track for them to use while on the field when they play.

 

When we arrived there may have been a thousand of us early birds.

 

 

We were up pretty close to the entrance of their old place.

 

 

One rig was for them to perform from the other two of these trailers loaded with speakers one for each side of this section of street.  They said there could be 100,000

of us fans show up.  I think they said it was more like 30,000 I can’t say as we were shoulder to shoulder dancing and screaming for MORE!

It was a cool day as you can see but Steven Tyler took of his coat and asked us to do the same.  I had dressed in layers so my light jacket was already tied around my waist but

boyfriend said we were nuts and he chose to stay bundled up.

 

 

TV and Radio stations were everywhere

 

 

Police too, but it was a party they really were not needed. They were loving the show as well,  even helicopters hovered above to take it all in.

 

 

 

There is always one in the crowd who never thinks of who they may be blocking so before they took her down they passed her their cameras

 

 

Steven Tyler turns to include all the college student who have gathered along the ground in front of their old place on Comm Ave

 

 

They shot us with cannons full of confetti they part was over it was time to send them back on tour as the following day TODAY their new album dropped

 

A sea of rockers as you can see and this doesn’t really show much at all as they had started to disperse from that end.

 

 

The Roadies break it down, sure wish they had had room for a piano we really wanted to hear DREAM ON maybe next time

 

A very orderly crowd

 

 

As you can see we were very well protected

 

 

 

Never been so glad to see our truck sitting and waiting for us safe and sound.  Time to get in and go see Mom and our little pup JT

 

Wish you could have joined us for the show.

Catch them when they come to your town they will have you rocking all night long!

 

Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Woods Around The Lake

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Pawtuckaway Lake

 

Just  six  more weekends before they close the State Park,  for camping.

They will again draw down this lake so the State Park and others with property along its shores can

fix their places up before winter rolls in,  like only New England winters can.

I think I spoke of this draw down,  you know where it goes right?

Sadly it will end up on my lower lawn, yes the beautiful spot that saw so much water, for so many years.

I have made calls with  all the rain we got overnight to beg them to use some common sense, I pray they will.

They empty a whole cove, one whole end into my little stream.  This I see as crazy.  One year I had to laugh.

I was taking photos in these woods and came out at the boat launch and there  were men, with boats on trailers,

scratching their heads as to where all the water was.  I told them it was sitting in my yard.  They too thought the

practice of doing this year after year was insane.  That early spring  the only thing you could do was Kyack or Canoe.

Motor boats could not navigate those rocky areas.  They left angry , as angry as I was when I went home and saw my land being eroded

to save the STATE Property!

 

I no longer  will stay silent.

Should they do it again I will call in the Newspapers and TV Station here.

There is no reason for taxpayers to pay for land that the state keeps taking more and more of.

 

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Water still here as snow arrives