This Isn't Walmart!

By: Ylee , 7:15 AM GMT on October 06, 2012

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Today's Western society is largely consumer driven; people want things, lots of things, and they want it as cheap as possible. Malls, supermarkets, discount chains, and even online retailers, have made shopping mostly efficient and relatively inexpensive, due to sheer economics of scale.

But it didn't used to be that way. Folks who now collect Social Security used to remember a simpler time, when family owned businesses were the norm. Giant corporations squeezed out the vast majority of these mom-and-pop operations, and we are all poorer for it. You could take a short drive or even walk to the local grocer or bookstore, and odds were the owner knew your name, knew what you liked, and threw in a little extra something, just because they appreciated your business. Nowadays, more often than not, you'll run into someone making minimum wage, that has no stake in the business, and couldn't care less if you never came back. Others(me included) make a few clicks and wait for the truck to show up a few days later.

But even now, there still are exceptions. For example, even though most family owned bookstores have gone the way of the dodo, there's still a few out there making a go of it. The one in Maine who owns the cam featured in this blog has gone through the trouble to put their web address on a roof in full cam view! Of course, in China, neighborhood markets are the norm, as well as in Europe, where the city squares still attract vendors with carts selling their wares.



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From Quart-A-Nancy Point, Ltd., the Cooper Island cam!
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From Milos, Greece, the Pollonia cam!
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From Stadt Bensheim,, the market square cam!
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Thanks to UCLA's Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Mount Wilson Observatory cam!
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There are PEOPLE at the watering hole! I have never seen that before. Also, mountains. When did those get there? lol Guess it's been cloudy when I've looked.
Happy days off, Ylee ... though you'll be back soon, now, I imagine :)
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found your hiding out spot, but before you leave maybe you should take a look at that top hinge :)


also noticed they are ribbing another canoe in the shop. Wonder how they and the boolstore faired with the earthquake this morning. That would have been interesting to watch also.

Hope you are making the most of your last day..don't forget that hinge
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Morning trauma!

Morning Ylee, wonderful cloud formation over Milos :-)
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Hope you are enjoying your days off man!!

Good morning gang!!
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Hi Ylee. Hope your resting up for the next barrage of long hours at work. Nice weather here today with lots of sunshine. Rain for the rest of the week.

Been watching the ship flow through the Locks and notice more and more tandem boats going through at one time. When they are smaller tankers etc they are now bunching them together into the lock to get them through faster. The big boys of course always fill their side when passing through. Still wondering why those boats who pull over to the side of the shipping lane for a day or two are actually giving their guys some shore leave before they head out to sea or if there is another reason.

Anyway dear one, enjoy your time off. I am sure the Honey Do List is finally getting some stuff done on it now that you are home for a few days...LOL

Today is the first day I actually see a person in the Canoe Shop.

Have a great day.
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Hi, hope your day(s) off were fun. Am really liking the China cam.
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Hi, Ylee, it is me!!
A flower market in Mannheim, and not a wave to rustle the sea on the peli-cam!

Hope you had a restful time off work!
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while the cats away the mice are playing :)

boats are returning to Nancy Point & canoe builders are back to work...so much for playing
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Hmmmm... the cams are all quiet. Again.

I think they know I'm coming.
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looks like more boats have left & a storm over the ocean in St. Thomas


We'll miss you while you are gone. Hopefully nothing serious. See you upon your return, take care.
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104. Ylee
Time to go home! I may not be back til Thursday. :(

Everybody take care!
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103. Ylee
Here's one of the more unusual cams that I've seen; There is a Santa Claus attraction in Finland where people can go see Santa every day, a la Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana!


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102. Ylee
I guess that's one advantage of being retired, Alley, you can stay up all night and not have to worry about going to work in the morning! :)

You were lucky you didn't make a big stink!
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101. Alleyoops
9:08 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Now why would that not surprise me Ylee, that the UScam site is not working properly. I will remove it and see if I can find something else. What a bummer. Still have not been to bed yet. Been reading a new book I started at 10 PM and have it over half finished.

Just put food out for my kitties and had to scare one black and white furry beast away twice now from the dish...I don't mind kitties but Skunks I will not feed. I hope this last time will be it and the stinky old thing is gone for tonite. Sure put the fear in it but it still did not spray....so far so good...LOL

Not bad enough to have a skunk to contend with but old possum decided to show up to...He got a spray of household cleaning fluid in his face. I don't think he will come back for a long while. Just waiting for that skunk to show up again and it will get a spray of the cleaning fluid too. May end up blinding them but it will discourage them from coming around....


anyway, have a great end to your shift. Catch ya on the flip flop whenever that may be. Hugs
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100. Ylee
5:56 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
I believe Hi-Fi Do has a sale! Everything has a yellow sticker on it!
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99. Ylee
5:52 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
The USACE site is showing up a blank white screen for some reason, Alley! :(
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98. Alleyoops
3:11 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Found this, thought you might like it. A Welland Canal webcam


Some cool links at this site...Link
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97. Ylee
2:53 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
I hear ya Alley, there isn't much worth watching on TV any more, just regurgitated pablum! :P A rainy night's good for sleeping, if you ask me!

Karen, you're not being picky, you're just tired of a long, hot summer like the rest of us! :)
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96. SBKaren
2:36 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Ylee-you are right, we rarely get thunder and lightning, so it's a real novelty when we get it.
We're heating back up tomorrow, so our short stint with fall is heading out the back door, and summer is returning. I'm just hoping that at least we'll cool down in the evenings. I like nice weather, but I don't like hot!! I'm not too picky .... Am I ?? LOL
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95. Ylee
2:33 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Good evening! This will probably be my last night this week, as OT has gotten a little thin! Might not be back until Thursday!

We've had a warm day today: I think it almost hit 80! Supposd to cloud up tonight, and get some Tstorms tomorrow, the SPC giving is a 15% chance of severe weather!

Feeder cam has stopped updating, 1:05 PM local! Maybe a squirrel chewed through a cable or something! :) Canoe cam will likely be inoperative until Monday!

Alley, it wouldn't be good to have broom failure at altitude! :) 10AM isn't too bad; a lot of younger people sleep in until noon or later before they get their lazy hind end out of bed, and they don't even have a night job!

Bug, I hope you get your wash dried without rain or wasps! :)

Briar, good luck on the applesauce! Are Fujis a tart apple, like Granny Smiths? Enjoy the rain!

ycd, I didn't notice the electrical box open on the table saw! My guess the shop owner is the electrician in this case!

Hi, Janet! You're probably right about the boats at Cooper Island taking refuge! Rafael may be cruising past there at some point!

As for working too hard, It's taken me over two hours to finish this post! Had some extra chores to take care of!
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94. Alleyoops
2:24 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Just dropping by before I go to bed and do some reading. Nothing much on TV, same old crap, just different titles...LOL

Been raining here off and on for the last couple of hours and with temps going up to around 70F tomorrow, it should prove to be an interesting night.

Have a great shift and will try to drop in around 4:30-5 AM to see how ya doing.
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93. janetlee
11:53 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
didn't go to the Mumfest after all :/

there a couple riding A bicycle on the streets of China. all the shops are still closed, they are either getting an early start or had a very late night.
Notice there are not many boats at anchor in St. Thomas, wondering if they are seeking safer harbor.
Don't work too hard & stay safe
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92. ycd0108
11:05 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
Right Ylee: The Canoeshopcam is still showing the switchgear on the table saw all torn apart. The electrician left his hat there.
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91. BriarCraft
7:39 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
Mt. Wilson is looking crystal clear and scenic.

I'm enjoying our first rain in 3 months -- no feeling like I should be out tending to flower beds or watering something. I've got about 30 pounds of Fuji apples left to make into applesauce tomorrow. After that, I can start clearing the cobwebs out of my woodshop. It's been too long since I've made any sawdust.
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90. palmettobug53
3:16 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
All the cams are quiet at the moment, except the Cafe China. That one is hopping!

Cool and sunny here today. Got clothes going in the wash. It's a good day to peg them out on the line.
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89. Alleyoops
2:19 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
Good morning Ylee, just stopping in to see how you are doing as I fly by on my broom. Just taking it out for a test drive since I had some bristles repaired and the seat widened ..... ROFLMBO

Time to get some work done around here. Felt lazy this morning and stayed in bed longer than I should have. Oh well. Retirement allows that.

Have a great day dear one. Catch you later.
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88. Ylee
11:53 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Hi, Janet! Have a good time at the Mumfest!

Time to go home! Be back tonight!
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87. janetlee
11:18 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Good Morning, your VI cam could get interesting in the next few days with Rafael out there.
Its a bit cool here again this morning, when I went out to feed the kitty it was 44*.
Today is our MumFest downtown. I'm going to try to get an early visit to the farmers market before the crowds start forming there.
Have a good one...
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86. Ylee
9:25 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
The German market is busy today!

YCD, I also posted a reply to your earlier comment, and it met an unknown demise!

I've done some simple bookcases and stuff, but nothing as intricate as a canoe!
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85. ycd0108
5:23 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
I was convinced I had put some comment up here.
I'm still confident that it was REALLY GOOD but who knows?
Looking at the wall on the Canoeshopcam and trying to imagine what they use all those jigs for.
I built one small boat and renovated some others but that workshop looks like a dream come true -'specially when the dog is minding the store.
Jupiter is out on the porch (barking now and then) and Roxy is ensconced on the couch (also barking but a much higher pitch) tonight.
Tloml and Grand Daughter just arrived home from a live play.
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84. Ylee
4:45 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Woohoo! Cards win! Happy flight! :D
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83. Ylee
2:38 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Good evening! Quite a bit warmer than the past couple of nights, with temps still in the 50s! Might get some rain this weekend; we'll see!

Cams look OK; Canoe cam shut down early again, it seems!

Tony, the only way I can figure that you can do this is have a streaming cam running on a browser, and shrink the browser window so only the cam is showing! Of course, your icons on the screen would be covered up!

GG, I guess Roxie was channeling her inner warthog! :)

Very nice capture of Silver Creek Falls, Briar! Nice fall colors! I've always intended to bring that one back someday, but I kept finding new cams that were too cool to pass up!

Karen, if I'm not mistaken, your neck of the woods doesn't get much thunder, so I guess it was a treat to see some!
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82. SBKaren
12:28 AM GMT on October 13, 2012
Love the cams! I'm surprised by the Mt. Wilson cam, it looks like it is in clouds! We're clear and blue skies here near the shore, but today was an unstable day. My daughter and I were out running errands and hit a light shower, and clouds have been skirting across the sky all day long and it's cool out! But more heat this weekend!

We actually awoke to lightning, thunder and a bit of rain on Thursday....it was fun!
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81. BriarCraft
10:07 PM GMT on October 12, 2012
Several months ago, you shared the webcam for Silver Creek Falls in Oregon. Well, I saved the link for that, as it's one of my favorite places. I went back to take a look at it after 3 months of no rain; it's hardly recognizable. Good news is it has started to rain.

Silver Creek Falls, October 12


What's with all that pretty green NW of Lewisport on your weather map? The loop looks like the action is headed away from you. Did you get wet a little while ago?
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80. GardenGrrl
3:50 PM GMT on October 12, 2012
Was just starting to type when I heard a strange grunting sound behind me. I guess Roxie has reached the age when they start snoring.
Thought the savanna cam was adding sound.
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79. plapman
11:32 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
Good morning YLee.
I'm looking for a way to use a streaming webcam for my desktop. It would be strange to watch people walking across the screen.
Enjoy the day.
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78. Ylee
11:49 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Workers are cleaning the streets on the Cafe China cam!

Time to go home! Be back in 24!
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77. Ylee
10:17 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Briar, you have a planer, a table saw, and a router? Heck, I'm envious of your shop, lol!

Cats are sneaky like that, aren't they? Like finding a half-eaten mouse on the living room carpet! :P


SP, I'm glad they didn't shoot an interstate through my front yard(a la
Pink Houses). Fortunately, local, state, and the fed pols at the time thought it unecessary to link Ky.s' largest city(Louisville) with the 4th largest(Owensboro) via a limited access highway. Actually, to this day, there still isn't! :)
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76. Ylee
9:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Raggmunk makes me think of that old Ames Bros. song(Rag Mop) every time I see it! :)

Canoe cam isn't updating!
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75. sp34n119w
9:14 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Over the last few days (nights), I finally saw the China cam in daylight. It looks a nice place to be and not at all like Blade Runner when the shops are open :)
Really enjoying the Cooper Island cam. Mt Wilson might give morning people a sight of snow tomorrow (before it melts) (if the clouds clear out). Saw zebras, finally, and a warthog, I think. Also, a man in the record shop. The Maine main street looks like a fun place to spend a day. I, too, noticed the German venders setting up despite the weather. The tools at the canoe cam have me drooling, lol. Good selection, Ylee!

Walmart is about to open a new store in Ventura, right by my Trader Joe's. I'm bummed. There used to be a Kmart there and since it's been closed (years, now) parking has been much easier at TJ's. That will change! I guess I'd be happy if I shopped at Walmart, but, I don't. Ah, well.

Hope you are enjoying the Autumn weather, Ylee, frost and all :)
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74. BriarCraft
9:13 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
I've got shop envy with that canoe shop. They're closed for the day now, but I'll have to pop back when they're working. I love to watch folks make sawdust almost as much as I love to make sawdust.

My planer shoots directly into a Rubbermaid trash can and my table saw and router table just dump piles of sawdust on the floor. Since I put cat doors into all buildings to give my kitties bolt-holes in case of dog or coyote emergency, I need to remember to sweep up after using the table saw. Otherwise, some snoopy furperson will think it's a convenient kitty-litter pile.

I saw over at JanetLee's that you had a bit of ice this morning. Guess that'll be the end of any warm-weather crops in your garden now.
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73. Alleyoops
8:13 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Raggmunk....not only good for breakfast but can be great for any meal of the day....yum yum
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72. Ylee
6:19 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Most of the stuff that I have, in for what passes for a workshop, is either fodder for a landfill or recycling! :) I can build simple things, just don't ask for anything with a Roman ogee! :)
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71. janetlee
6:15 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
You can keep your freezing temps on that side of the mountains! Winter is not a season look forward to, I think the bears have the right idea on that.

I, like Ally, enjoy checking out the ditch to see if I catch anything interesting sliding through.

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70. ycd0108
5:07 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Mornin' Ylee:
Some Pigeon action on the Bookstore Cam and a pretty nice tool setup on the Canoe. I have smaller copies of most of the tools shown there but the floor of my shop is a mine field of boxes and random leftovers: Wood projects stalled; electrical and plumbing bits to be needed someday; dust and metal filings and whatever I should have thrown out years ago.
Off I go to take Jupiter back home and shoe horn the water supply.
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69. Ylee
3:40 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Mornin' Todd!
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68. toddluck
3:02 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
mornin sir
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67. Ylee
2:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Good morning! Had a light freeze, as standing water hat a light skim of ice on top! Supposed to warm up a bit later, as we have a chance of rain and Tstorms tonight!

Cams are looking well; canoe cam shows the business end of canoe making, showing a tablesaw, bandsaw, router, and more chisels and whatnot than you can shake a stick at!

Old? Moi? That's saying something, especially coming from a retiree, Alley! LOL! The rascal part I can handle; all I can say about that is that it takes one to know one! :) Hugs back!


Slept pretty good, Tony, even went to be a little early last night! Wasn't bright eyed and bushy tailed though, at least not until I went outside in the cold! :)

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66. plapman
12:40 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Good evening Ylee.
Hope you had a good sleep.
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65. Alleyoops
10:02 AM GMT on October 11, 2012
Good morning you old rascal. Been up since 4:30, fed the livestock and now sitting down to WU and a cup of coffee. Pretty quiet this time of the morning, not much going on. Suppose to be a decent day here with temps in the 60s. Looking forward to the little warmup.

See a few zebra at the watering hole but nothing much else of interest going on. Will check out the "canal" cam on your previous blog to see if there is anything starting up there. Sure will be nice to see daybreak in an hour and a half. Use to hate going to work in the dark but thank goodness those days are now long past.

Anyway, have a great day and try not to work too hard. HUGS
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64. Ylee
11:57 PM GMT on October 10, 2012
Time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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