Requiem for a Turkey Sandwich

I love Trader Joe's pre-made foods and snacks. Their frozen foods can't be beat and while the chicken is sometimes hit and miss, I swear the sweet and sour chicken tastes just like McDonald's chicken nuggets. Don't even get me started on the nut mixes, chips and chocolate covered everything.

Most of my former roomates would remember that my all-time favorite TJoe's item is the smoked turkey sandwich with the mayo spread. Well, about 2 months ago, I went to Trader Joe's and it was gone. I thought they might have been out of stock, but everytime I visited it wasn't there. So I wrote the nice people at TJoe's a letter:
This sandwich has abeen my favorite product at Trader Joe's since I was a little girl. I remember going grocery shopping with my mom and she'd buy one for me and I'd eat it in the car. I remember when the may came with a little spoon. I remember all the different evolutions of bread. I remember when the sandwich didn't come with greens, but instead with a few little tomatoes. I've been eating this sandwich on a regular basis for the past 15 years. In my last 3 visits, my Trader Joe's has not stocked this sandwich. Is this a fluke or are you guys really not making it anymore? I'd be heartbroken if it isn't coming back. I think eating this sandwich as a child is what made me love turkey sandwiches. The basil mayo stuff is so good, I could eat it alone with a spoon and be satisfied. I'm well aware of the fat and calorie content, I just don't care. So if it really isn't coming back, I'm very disappointed in you, Trader Joe's. Please provide me with the recipe for the basil mayo so I can attempt to recreate this part of my childhood. And if it is just taking a brief hiatus, boy do I feel like a hysterical idiot. Many apologies.
Trader Joe's wrote me back a week later:
Thank you for your recent inquiry. At this time we have discontinued this Trader Joe's product due to slow sales in all of our stores. We are indeed very sorry to hear that we have discontinued this favorite product of yours. However, we also wanted to share with you that we have seen discontinued products make their way back onto our shelves due to high demand from our loyal customers, like you. So, we will certainly share your comments and request to bring back this product with our Buying Department, and this will be taken into future consideration.
I realize this post may not be interesting to most of you, but I felt I had to eulogize my favorite sandwich. I hope that maybe, maybe this will inspire others to write Trader Joe's and demand the return of their own favorites. Or maybe, just demand the return of mine. sniff.

Trader Joes Turkey Sandwich - RIP 
R.I.P old friend


The Ugliest Houses in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to some of the most gorgeous Victorian buildings in the country. These houses are some of the most expensive and, in my opinion, some of the most interesting houses you can find in seven square miles. For the most part, San Francisco home owners consist of an eclectic mix of ex-hippies, yuppies and liberals. The residential expression of this diverse, compact population is often times spectacular, and sometimes down right hideous. See four of my favorite eye-sores:

Poo House

This first house is a personal favorite of mine and Greg's, and certainly a favorite of our neighbors'. You might think it's unfair to put a house that is obviously under construction on this list. What you don't know is that this house has been looking like this since we moved into our apartment a year and a half ago, plus who knows how long before that. What posses someone to paint poo swatches all over prime San Francisco real estate and then do nothing with it for over a year, is beyond me. Poo house, we salute you.

Orange House on Fell 
"with all the flags and shit"

Sure, there are hundreds of houses in San Francisco that are painted bright, hideous colors. What makes this one special? It's located on one of the busiest streets in the city, plus, this monstrosity is nearly half a block long. I'm sure most people that are familiar with the Panhandle area will remember this house. I'll give the owners kudos for standing out, which can be a tall order in these parts. Sidenote: the picture does not really do justice to how bright this house really is. It looks like a Del Taco.

the Haunted House
Haunted House | The Ugliest Houses in San Francisco | Crappy Candle

Haunted House | The Ugliest Houses in San Francisco | Crappy Candle

When I first saw this house, it was close to Halloween. I quickly realized the fluff and clutter was never coming down. What with the multiple tacky knicknacks, year-round Christmas decorations, multiple dirty hippie bumper stickers and obvious hatred for re-painting, this house is not lacking in character.  There is a fine line between interesting and ugly. I like to think this one falls on the interesting side.

zee Gaudy House zee ugly one
Gaudy House | The Ugliest Houses in San Francisco | Crappy Candle

For every house with character, there is one of these. sigh. The front of the building is completely flat. It was painted to appear to have inlays and protrusions. And the fountain on the garage? That isn't real. Disappointing, I know. I also noticed after taking this picture that they chose to paint the side walk as well. sigh. Words fail me.

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