Dunkin Donuts, Styrofoam, and Somerville

In a marketing class a few years ago, we were discussing sustainability and the fact that Dunkin Donuts still had styrofoam cups.  The professor was completely ineffective at actually leading the discussion and allowed me and another girl argue for about 30 minutes.  I wasn’t technically arguing for styrofoam, but I was arguing that Dunkin Donuts doesn’t need to switch to recyclable cups to keep its customers.  She was arguing that they were losing customers to Starbucks because of the cups.  Regardless of the cups, Dunkin Donuts was going to lose a certain number of customers to Starbucks based on tastes, desires and income and they certainly weren’t going to win them back with paper cups.  What they would do with paper cups is lose a huge portion of their business.  Namely, the blue collar workers getting a coffee at 5am on the way to a job site.  Not only was Dunkin Donuts open earlier than Starbucks, they were also equipped with a drive through more often than Starbucks stores.  This was for the early-rising blue collar workers that needed their coffee to stay hot while replacing roof shingles outside in the winter or tiling new condos that don’t have heat, yet.  Lest you think I am just a privileged blogger spouting off about shit I only learn in books (I totally am), members of my family and friends are the aforementioned workers that want a goddamned styrofoam cup.  I think Dunkin Donuts would stand to lose more customers from going the sustainable route.

Well this argument has come up again this year, albeit with myself and some imaginary Dunkin Donuts CEO.  The actual CEO is Nigel Travis – I just looked him up.  And I should probably write to him instead of ranting in my blog.  But then what would I write in my blog?  Who knows.

See, the town that I live in, Somerville, Massachusetts, passed a polysterene ban in 2013.  Any food business in the town is essentially banned from using styrofoam cups, take out containers, you name it.  Polysterene, used in styrofoam, is non-biodegradable and was added to the carcinogen list, but really, what hasn’t??

I understand the environmental benefits and that’s great and all, but Dunkin Donuts new cups are complete, fucking bullshit.

Usually, any Dunk’s coffee I get is in Boston because that’s where I work and it’s on my way.  Their cups look like this.  They don’t leak, they are resealable, and they keep a medium coffee hot for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I know because I use to make the 3 hours drive to Albany, NY to visit a friend and I knew that I was getting close (this was before smart phones) when my coffee got cold.

The only time I ever get a coffee from a Somerville Dunkin Donuts is when we’re driving out of the city, because the 3 Dunks on the way to the highway (no matter which way you’re going – north, south, or west) are all in Somerville.  Every single time I forget about the non-styrofoam cups until we’re pulling into the drive-thru.  It seems silly to get on the highway, only to get off one town over for coffee, and then get back on again, so I suck it up (although I would totally do that if I was driving alone).

It’s not so much the cups I have a problem with, but the lids.  I do not understand why they had to change the top of the lids.  My big problem is that the lids on the styrofoam-alternative cups are not resealable.  This fucking sucks for the car…which is the ONLY time I’m getting them.  I hereby boycott all Somerville DD’s – not because of the lack of styrofoam (although my drink does get cold faster) – but because of the lack of a resealable lid.  Look at this shit.  It spills all over the fucking car.  Better wear a rain poncho, lest coffee end up all over your holiday dress.  Mother fucker.

I know you can’t see it, but the lid just opens. It DOES NOT close. It does NOT reseal. It’s complete crap.

 

 

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Tattoo Chronicles: My First Time

My dad had always told me that when I turned 18 he would take me to get my first tattoo for my birthday present.  I knew since I was around 12 that I wanted that to be a Patriots tattoo.

As a young child, I didn’t watch football at all.  My favorite player was Dan Marino because I thought he was cute and he was in Ace Ventura.  My dad loved the Patriots and my mom hated my dad, so she did everything she could to foster my division rival fandom.  I had a Dan Marino jersey, Miami Dolphins Starter jacket, player trading card, even the Beanie Baby.  I was a card carrying member of the Miami fanbase.  It was a shameful time in my life.  My dad would lock me out of the room when the Patriots were playing the Dolphins because my only goal in rooting for the team was to annoy him.  If I were him, I would have locked me out of the house.

When I was 10 years old, the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl.  They played against the Green Bay Packers.  By this point, my Dan Marino crush had subsided.  I was onto bigger and better things…like Jonathan Taylor Thomas.  And I wanted to support my dad.  So, my adorable 10-year-old self was chanting, “I’d rather be dead than wear cheese on my head.”  And my dad was going fucking crazy.  My bedtime was before the end of the game, but I snuck halfway down the stairs to watch my dad screaming at the tv and rolling around on the ground in true fan agony.  The Patriots lost.

After that game, I decided that being a football fan looked exciting and it was something I wanted to do.  So I asked my dad to teach me about football and, once I understood the rules, I got really into it.  Thus, the Patriots tattoo.

We went to a tattoo parlor that my dad had been to before, but I got a different guy.  I thought it was going to hurt, but I picked my upper thigh where it’s all muscle, so it felt like sharp pen.  That’s all.  Someone writing on you with a sharp pen.  It turned out okay, not great.  Then I picked the scab a lot.  Today, I’ve had it touched up twice and it’s mostly raised scar tissue, beyond repair.  My current guy said he could give it a black outline to clean it up a bit.  I’ll do that next time I want something.  Despite it’s haggard appearance, it’s still my favorite tattoo.

Sorry for the awkward upper thigh photos hahaha

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*In this pic I’m wearing Saucony’s Runderpants.  The butt says Get Used to The View and they make me really happy (not that anyone can see it because I wear these underneath my running tights or shorts).  BUT, they’re not quite as comfortable as the Champion for Target running underwear that they no longer sell 😡  I just checked and they finally have them in stock again – woohoo!!

Five Thing Friday

  1. I survived foreign thanksgiving!  Haha.  It was definitely more formal than mine, and much much longer.  But the spinach balls were delicious (spinach, onion, stuffing meatballs from what I can tell).  And there was a rousing game of Apples to Apples (that made me miss Cards Against Humanity) and charades.  It was fun!
  2. I’m in love with this nailpolish non-color.  It was in this Nails, Inc. Autumn Winter sampler pack, and I can’t figure out what actual color it is.  I know it looks like skin, but it’s slightly pink, very matte, and basically the best neutral I’ve seen (when I don’t feel like gray, that is).
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  3. Black Friday is insane.  I don’t understand why people do it.  Most stores have their Black Friday sales online AND research has shown that the best sales are right before Christmas.  What is wrong with people?  We do this to ourselves.
  4. Wednesday was my first run outside in forever and I remembered to take two, count em TWO, pictures.  They’re both shitty because it was dark out and my phone sucks.  My phone’s GPS never registered, either.  So, I got back to my apartment and stopped recording the run and it said 21 minutes, 0.0 distance.  Glitches aside, I love the city at 6am.  There are so few people and cars out.  It’s really beautiful when it’s not being all creepy (I’m looking at you, dudes who hang out outside the convenience store from 5:30 – 7, I see you).
  5. wpid-img_20141126_061533_681.jpgwpid-img_20141126_063342_966.jpgMy holiday diet has been horrendous, which is to be expected.  French toast and waffles for breakfast, in place of my usual Luna bar.  We’re having two turkey dinners.  I’m gonna end up buying a pumpkin pie.  Oh well.  I won’t weigh myself for a week to give me time to right the ship.

Final thoughts: YAY! I’m running again!!!!

Workout Wednesday 11/26

My abs hurt for 3 days after doing the 8-minute and 5-minute ab workout videos.  I hate doing ab work outs and, not coincidentally, my stomach is my trouble spot, so I gotta give it some attention.

For at home exercises, I really like doing them while I watch TV because given the choice between watching an exercise video and watching Parenthood, I’m choosing Parenthood every time.  Time out for a sec – seriously though, how good is this show?! If you don’t watch it, start from the beginning immediately. It tackles like every bad and good thing that could happen in your life in a realistic way that leaves you feeling everything for the characters – ugh I’m gonna miss it when it’s gone.  

Time out over – If I have a workout plan that doesn’t involve a video, I remove any excuse for not exercising.  So, I took the liberty of rewatching 8 minute abs and 5 minute abs (both embedded here) and wrote out the exercises and reps in what I’ll call 15 Minute Abs.  I still encourage you to watch the videos because the exercise names are weird.

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Here was my week – I kicked ass at the gym!  AND I GOT TO RUN!  On the treadmill, which I hate.  I run way slower on the treadmill, or I fall off.  And it was just run/walk intervals.  But I got to run…all with no pain, not even the next day.  130+ minutes of cardio this week 😀

Day Exercise  
Wednesday 11/19 PT + Gym 10 min Arc Trainer & 40 min Elliptical
Thursday 11/20 PT
Friday 11/21 PT + Gym 44:63 min Elliptical (10K)
Saturday 11/22 PT
Sunday 11/23 PT + Arms + Abs 15 reps of this set of 17 exercises for toned arms w/5 lb. weights and 15 minute abs
Monday 11/24 PT + Gym 17 min. treadmill – I ran for about 8 of the minutes; 20 min. recumbent bike; 2×10 Pull ups & Dips w/60 lbs assistance (improvement from my usual 70)
Tuesday 11/25 PT

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO THE U.S. FOLKS!  A great American excuse to be totally gluttonous!

My goals for this week are PT every day, run outside today, work out at home Sunday and Monday, and Gym Tuesday.