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Don't Be Gross At The Grocery Store
Thanks to Ronen, who posted this link to, I finally found non-hideous reusable bags, sans dumbass hippie-ish illustrations and messages, to take to and from the grocery store.


These bags fold down to change-purse size, and the set I bought comes with a bunch of reusable bags for your fruits and veggies. The whole schme-deal compresses into a packet the size of a grapefruit, which will fit quite neatly into the storage space on the other side of the battery in your Honda Insight. (Buy one of those to go with your grocery bags!)

P.S. Seriously, if you do want an Insight, put in your order today, before Be Cool opens, March 4, because the car is one of the stars of the show: "The Cadillac Of Hybrids," Travolta calls it. I call it a great way to forget how to get gas, because getting gas is something I do so rarely these days.

Regarding my review of Be Cool, I'll just say this: Read the book (or listen to it on CD) before you see the movie so you'll know what you're missing.

Posted by aalkon at March 1, 2005 8:48 AM

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It sort of looks like something from Abu Ghraib torture photos. Didn't they make somebody wear that bag over his head?

Posted by: Lena at March 1, 2005 6:07 AM

Not your Joan Didion hallucinations again!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at March 1, 2005 7:14 AM

Yes, it is exceedingly difficult to imagine oneself as Cathy in Wuthering Heights while standing on top of a cardboard box with electrodes attached to one's genitalia.

Posted by: Lena on self-respect at March 1, 2005 7:44 AM

Leave it to Lena to always get the chuckle out of the... bag!

Posted by: Frania W. at March 1, 2005 10:38 AM

That's even better than Joan's version!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at March 1, 2005 2:06 PM

But seriously, that's a very ominous-looking bag! Do you like it because toddlers run away crying when they see it?

Posted by: lena at March 1, 2005 4:13 PM


Posted by: Amy Alkon at March 1, 2005 4:26 PM

It's that long shadow behind it! By any chance, is Boris Karloff the spokeman for

Posted by: Lena at March 1, 2005 4:53 PM

One of my favorite girlfriends was a reusable bag. Said I was great in the sack. She had great love handles, but she couldn't fold up to coin purse size. That was my talent, actually. If that could be called a talent. One thing always bugged me though. Whenever the passion started roiling, she'd thrash about yelling Re-use me, Re-use me, Fill me up, Baby. She eventually dumped me for a guy with a Von's card.

Posted by: allan at March 1, 2005 5:48 PM

Very poetic, Allan!

Posted by: Lena at March 1, 2005 7:07 PM

That bag in the photo looks more like a tank top for a cocktail waitress on an oil rig. That line cracked me up when I heard it in "Best of Show." I just knew I could find a use for it.

Posted by: allan at March 1, 2005 8:29 PM

Why do you need this new bag anyway, Amy? What's the matter with the fashionable "20th Annual Conference on Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment" totebag that I brought back to from Uppsala last year? I thought that the graphic on the side pocket representing the progression of esophageal gonorrhea was really neat.

Posted by: Lena-doodle-doo at March 1, 2005 10:17 PM

It does clear a grocery line. But it's not broad enough in the beam for my chardonnay habit.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at March 2, 2005 12:21 AM

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