mom and pop businesses


“Long time no see, stranger.”

Tia jerked in shock; she hadn’t realised that someone else had come into the room, and her face flushed with shame at the thought of being caught dancing to her music. Alone. In her room. Where she didn’t worry about which way her elbows went or how out of tune her singing was.

“Don’t look so mad!” Ollie laughed. “It’s just me. I’ve seen you do weirder things.”

“Still!” Tia snapped, but she wasn’t mad - it was true, after all. Ollie had seen her covered in her own vomit, or that time she face-planted in the mud… yeah, this had nothing on some of those other times.

Ollie shoved her hands in her pockets and cocked her head a little. “Thought I’d pop in. Y’know, you’ve been busy with your mom ever since she got back from space an’ all… I haven’t been over since your birthday and I actually kinda miss taking the piss outta you.”

Tia frowned deeply, scrunching up her nose and watching as Ollie snickered behind her hand. Then, without any warning whatsoever, Tia bounded across the room and threw herself into her friend’s arms. “Yeah, well, I missed you and your stupid bald head too!”


JB: [The show] became a bit more of an ensemble at that point. Did you enjoy working with Robert and Annabeth as much as you did with Gillian Anderson?

DD: It was very different, because Gillian and I were like a mom-and-pop store. We made the business, you know? And at that point we were trying to hand it over to the kids while still being part of it. It’s kind of a difficult thing for the writers to do, to make Mulder and Scully part of an ensemble…

Impact, Dec 2004

The Vongola have a crazy huge fortune, so Tsuna decides to actually do something good with his money.

He opens up a few schools and shelters, and safe spaces for lgbtq+ youth. He protects small business owners and buys people out of debt and has Kyoya deal with crime in the towns under his care.

And in the end, the police literally can’t lay a hand on him because even if they could somehow get their hands on evidence (there always seems to be a suspicious lack of witnesses for anything regarding the Vongola and by time they get to the crime scene, all evidence has been swept away by some well-intentioned civilian), they can’t do shit to Tsuna or his people or else there would be a public outcry.

The Vongola have a higher approval rating than the police or the government.

Because at the end of the day, the civilians don’t give a shit if their protectors are making money illegally or being vigilantes, all they care is that their daughters are safe, large businesses are no longer harassing tiny little mom and pop stores to sell their land, there’s almost no homeless on the streets.

Their lives have gotten infinitely better.

And if their beneficiaries sometimes blast through town fighting against suit clad strangers with flames that sprout from their hands, then that’s no one’s business but their own.

The towns people just have to stay out of the way to make sure there are no casualties, and wipe up the blood afterwards.

Toy Story (1995) Starters

“Excuse me, I think the word you’re looking for is space ranger.”

“One minute you’re defending the whole galaxy, and, suddenly, you find yourself sucking down darjeeling with Marie Antoinette… and her little sister.”

“What happened to you?”

“This is no time to panic!”

“This is the perfect time to panic!”

“You are a sad, strange little wo/man. And you have my pity.”

“Don’t talk to me about importance! Because of you, the entire universe is in jeoprady!”

“What are you talking about?”

“You’re not a space ranger!”

“If you hadn’t pushed me out the window in the first place…”

“Reach for the sky!”

“Who you callin’ busted, Buster?”

“Hey, who’s got my hat?”

“Look, I’m Picasso!”

“Who invited that kid?”

“You uncultured swine! What’re you lookin’ at, ya hockey puck?”

“This isn’t flying; it’s falling with style!”

“Wow, impressive wingspan. Very impressive.”

“Not right now, Mom, I’m busy!”

“(name) your Pop-Tarts are ready!”

“I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection!”

“Nirvana is coming, mystic portal awaits.”

“Plus is positive, minus is negative!”

“Where are your rebel friends now?”

“A good soldier never leaves a man behind.”

“Oh! I’m so glad you’re not a dinosaur!”

“Great, now I have guilt.”

“Well honey, just take some other toy. Now come on.”

“Before your space journey, re-energize yourself with a slice of pepperoni, now boarding at counter three.”

“I found a spaceship!”

“What do you mean you don’t know?”

“They must’ve kicked him out early this year…”

“Mom! Mom, have you seen my Sally doll?”

Simple Gifts

Happy holidays to my secret santa giftee @the-garbage-can-is-my-home ! I hope you enjoy this cute little AU I thought of for solangelo. Thanks to @pjosecretsanta2016 for organizing all of this!

This is my first time writing in present tense (and writing solangelo, but let’s not dwell on that) so bear with me.

word count: 3800 because I have no idea how to be concise

summary: The holiday season brings Nico to his dingy shopping mall more than he’d like, but the cute employee at the entertainment store makes his shopping experiences a bit more merry.

The local mall in town wasn’t a sight for sore eyes, it’s walls and tiled floors bland with hues of brown and grey. The lack of department stores and the multitude of mom-and-pop businesses that resided within the outlet never attracts many customers. The Mexican place at the food court receives more customers than many of the stores did.

Nico very rarely offers his service here, considering the limited options and boring atmosphere. There were few reasons he would drive himself half an hour from his home and spend his time here, them being: 1) The cinema that the mall offers, whose kettle corn was pretty good, actually, 2) His group of friends had arranged for a bowling night and he was dragged along by his roommate, and 3) The Mexican place at the food court made the best tamales he’s ever had.

More often than not, he was here to see a movie. A new sci-fi film had been released that looks mildly interesting, so he figures why not put off his rhetorical analysis essay and come out into the frigid weather to see an evening show.

The line was short, which was to be expected for a Thursday evening, and he buys his ticket with a whole hour to waste before the pre-show trailers would even start. He considers waiting in his car with the heat on high until about 20 minutes remained (he wanted time to buy his kettle corn, the concession line was always so long), but he decides to avoid using his quarter-tank of gas he needed to get home.

A quick stroll through the mall ought to waste his time, he thought. Maybe he could spot something for his sister; the holidays approaching fast and he still clueless about what she might like.

The mall had been decorated with strewn garland and tinsel, the occasional wreath hung along the small corridors. Nico thinks it’s still pretty pathetic, but at least everything wasn’t so bland.

He finds himself wandering into a dingy entertainment store which seems mostly empty of people. The entrance displayed cardboard cut-outs of celebrities and fictional characters, making Nico grin bemusedly. The store held rows upon rows of CDs and DVDs, shelves near the back stocked with t-shirts and snapbacks emblazoned with the symbols of different comic book characters. He thinks he’s been in here with Jason and Piper a few times.

“Hi! Is there anything I can help you with?”

Keep reading

Now on view: Zoe Leonard: Analogue, a photo project a decade in the making. Analogue documents, in 412 color and black-and-white photographs, the texture of 20th-century urban life as seen in little bodegas, mom-and-pop stores with decaying facades and quirky handwritten signs, and shop windows displaying a mixed assortment of products. 

[Zoe Leonard. Chapter 17 from Analogue. 1998–2009. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Zoe Leonard]

anonymous asked:

Businesses and corporations aren't people; They're monsters. (Unless it's a small business or a Mom and Pop place obviously.) I don't condone ripping up nature by any means, but lifting culture isn't always bad. They're taking from businesses that use unethical labor to produce products that they are selling for large profit. Businesses that polute and deforest and mistreat everything. Taking from them doesn't hurt workers and the company has more than enough money for it to matter anyways.

You realize that by stealing from big businesses you hurt THE EMPLOYEES right?

Their hours get cut based on the amount of money the make which is subtracted by shrink or money they lose due to waste, damage and THEFT.


A team of UC Berkeley researchers has discovered that the 85% of the average tech worker’s clothes are free tech t-shirts, hoodies, and other assorted clothing.

The study of this prevalent free clothing, known by tech workers as “swag,” has come at the same time as a massive tech boom that has swept the Bay Area. On a normal weekday in San Francisco, you’re liable to see dozens of young hipsters walking down the street wearing t-shirts, jackets, hats, and even socks emblazoned with the names and logos of companies ranging from tech titans to ten-person startups. Tech companies hand out free logo-festooned paraphernalia at career fairs, company events, and almost any opportunity available.

Jacques Larue, the Berkeley sociology professor who led the research team, explains why giving away free t-shirts and other clothing has become so popular. “Trendy tech companies offer free snacks, free drinks, free meals, free personal trainers, free laundry, and free egg-freezing, so why not also give out some free swag?” Larue also found that this trend had unexpected effects. “We noticed that in the period between 2009 and today, Bay Area clothing retailers have experienced a massive drop in sales of casualwear.”

It’s not hard to see why. A tech worker that we stopped on the street (easily recognisable by her branded Airbnb hoodie) said that she hasn’t needed to buy any clothes for 2 years. “I have just bundles of free shirts from work and from conferences, and there’s too many of them to wear! But they’re really nice: like, they’re the American Apparel 50/50s that are really soft, so I gave them to my parents and my corgi to wear. And one of the middle schoolers that my dad teaches was like, ‘Hey, my mom works for the company on your shirt!’”

We asked her why she didn’t just stop taking the free clothing if she already had too many. 

“But… but it’s free!”

We also asked a man about the hat he was wearing, emblazoned with “Keta Labs” in bright green type. He shrugged and responded that he “[doesn’t] know what the company does. I just took the hat because it’s soft and I thought it looked cool.”

Charities have also received a massive influx of unwanted tech company paraphernalia, and as a result, many of the homeless people around Golden Gate Park have been seen wearing MongoDB shirts.

Larue’s team followed a group of tech company workers for a year and found that the prevalence of free clothing in the Silicon Valley ecosystem has in fact created a “hierarchy of swag” in tech companies. In more traditional companies, employees show up to work in suits (or, in the case of venture capitalists, in tastefully unbuttoned suits and blazers). In Silicon Valley, the almost uniform work attire is the t-shirt, hoodies, and jeans: the Mark Zuckerberg look. As a result, Larue discovered that casual clothing has taken on a new social significance in the swanky offices of Silicon Valley.

“For example, Dropbox t-shirts are very common. They’re given to basically everyone, they’re fairly cheap. So although Dropbox is a very respected company, wearing a Dropbox t-shirt doesn’t mean that you work there and doesn’t signify anything special. However, if you’ve got a Dropbox backpack, it’s almost certain that you used to work there and deserve the respect accorded a Dropbox employee. Certain types of swag can also be specific to an event or period of time or achievement: for example, Google sends hoodies to candidates who receive Google offers, so if you get one of these hoodies and you see someone else with an identical one, you know that both of you got Google offers.”

Larue’s study also revealed that the choice of clothing can also signify one’s status within a company. While employees at an investment bank may show up to work with pretty much the same business suits, a techie’s choice of a t-shirt signifies one’s status in the workplace.

Most normal people wear old t-shirts because they can’t afford new ones. But in Silicon Valley, a person wearing old company swag, possibly with an outdated logo, signifies that a person is an early employee who newer hires should defer to. By showing up to a formal event with flip-flops, tech CEOs show that they have the power to ignore social and clothing-based norms that less privileged employees feel obligated to follow. Larue calls this the “hierarchy of swag.”

Meanwhile, reaction to the study has been mixed. Protesters have already begun gathering at GoogleBus stops “to stop massive techie clothing corporations from driving local mom-and-pop t-shirt-printing stores out of business.” On the other hand, startup ShirtMe has announced plans to give people free t-shirts with company-sponsored ads on them. A spokesperson detailed their long-term vision of putting LCD screens on t-shirts, literally turning people into walking billboards. Other startups have begun to compensate employees with clothing instead of equity because “the clothing is actually worth something.”
Photos Reflect on City Neighborhoods in Flux
A decade of change is on display in Zoe Leonard’s collection of photographs, ‘Analogue,’ on display though August at the Museum of Modern Art.
By Andy Battaglia

“A lot of people take pictures of New York’s ever-changing neighborhoods. Zoe Leonard took 12,000.” - The Wall Street Journal

See Analogue in The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium through August 30, 2015.

“How can I compete with these larger bookstores that are popping up nearby? They sell their books online, offer bigger discounts, and pay to advertise themselves - we cannot do that. We’re just a local mom-n-pop bookstore that’s just trying to survive. Although we’ve been in business for over 40 years, we’re a dinosaur right now. People come once or twice out of curiosity but never come back again, unless they want to sell their books to me.”

“어떻게 우리가 주변에 새로 생겨나는 대형 서점이랑 경쟁을 할수 있겠어?  그  대형 서점들은 온라인으로 책을 팔기도 하고 , 세일도 많이 하고 심지어 돈내고 광고 까지 하잖아.  우린 그렇게 못해.  우리 서점은 그냥 살아남으려고 애쓰는 동네 구멍가게 서점일 뿐이야.   40년 넘게 이일을 하고 있지만, 이젠 정말 가게 운영하기가 힘들어. 지나가던 사람들이 쳐다보곤 궁금증에 한두번 쯤 찾아오지만, 책을 팔려고 오는게 아니면 다시는 찾아오지 않는다네.”

If you’re in the area around Itaewon, make sure to stop by Mr. Choi’s English bookstore located near Noksaypyeong Station. He has a vast collection of used and new books that span decades, giving the quaint bookstore an old-school vibe.The place is English-friendly.

이태원 근처에 사시는 분들은 한번쯤 발걸음을 멈추고  녹사평역 최씨 아저씨의 영어 서점에 들려주세요. 그는  어마어마한 양의 중고책들과 최근 몇 십년간 발행된 새 책들을 취급하고 있어요.   그 많은 양의 책들로 인해 이 서점은 진귀하고  멋진 느낌 가지고 있어요.  참고로 이곳은 주로 영어권 책들만 취급하고 있습니다.

Itaewon Foreign Book Store
533 Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-gu
Phone: 02-793-8249 / 010-2254-8249
Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am - 9pm

Signs As Guy Fieri Quotes


I’m a big fan of doing ‘Triple D.’ But I don’t want to do it forever, don’t get me wrong! Travel away from my family, are you crazy? But do you know what it does for these mom-and-pop restaurant joints? It changes their lives forever. I mean, their businesses will never be the same.


If you’re cooking and not making mistakes, you’re not playing outside your safety zone. I don’t expect it all to be good. I have fat dogs because I scrap that stuff out the back door.


Some people are just born to cook and talk.


Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.


I don’t know what singers feel like when they make a song and people clap along and love it, but when people walk up to me and say the food was outstanding, that’s what it is all about. I cook because I like to make people happy.


Liver is my number one most hated food. Oh, God, I get sick talking about it!


My stay-married secret would probably be exercising good communication, not when you have to but all the time. I think if you do that, you kinda just cleanse the situations, so there’s not build up. I think that’s probably the best way to do it.


I don’t care what the weather is like. My hair is impervious to any kind of dampness, so I don’t have too much to worry about.


You don’t have to eat a whole cheeseburger, just take a piece of the cheeseburger.


Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.


Shut the front door, son of Tatum O’Neal, that’s dynamite


Sometimes you pull up to a place and you just know it’s going to be good. 


For a guy that has never outwardly done anything wrong, Guy Fieri sure seems to take a lot of heat (no flame shirt pun intended). You’d think maybe he attacked a customer at a restaurant or driven a small mom and pop shop out of business on purpose. But people seem to hate Guy just for being Guy. He’s become the Nickelback of chefs: the punchline to a joke that doesn’t need to be made. A person that doesn’t really make the kind of products I want to consume, but isn’t necessarily shoving them down my throat. Just like Nickelback’s music, Guy’s presence isn’t overbearing enough to become unavoidable—You can turn off the radio. You could not put on the Food Network. Why are you anywhere near his restaurant in Times Square? Why are you even in Times Square? Run. Run away. It’s so easy.

But why has one man become the epicentre of so much snark and ire? Is it because he isn’t interested in fine dining? Most of the people I know that make Guy Fieri jokes would eat day old pizza off of the street if no one was looking. Or maybe it’s how he presents himself.  Let’s face it, Guy Fieri is the definition of id. He’s everything we wish we could be. He’s loud. He’s in your face. He’ll create something called “donkey sauce” and your kids will eat it. He’ll wear flip flops in the winter. Most of us are so concerned with our Instagram feeds and exactly how our pants fit while Guy is busy traipsing through his 5 television shows wearing exclusively cargo shorts. Guy Fieri is you. Guy Fieri is me. Guy Fieri is America.

Maybe you’d be right if you said he kind of talks like a knob, looks like the assistant to the assistant manager at a Guitar Center, and bites into food less like a human and more like a super horny boa constrictor. He’s kind of like your weird uncle—You don’t want to see him every day but it’s always a good time to hear the wacky shit that comes out of his mouth. If we learned anything from 80’s sitcoms it’s that you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life. Here’s a fun fact about me: I’d much rather watch an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives than see Tootie try to rollerskate or whatever she’s up to. In each and  every episode of Triple D (that’s what us Fieriheads call it), Guy showcases local businesses and brings national recognition to people who are doing great things for their neighborhoods. He’s helping little guys get a leg up instead of just showing you how they make the slimy meat tubes for Subway. What have you done to get the boots off of the collective throat of the proletariat lately?

I’m begging you.—buy a roundtrip ticket to Flavortown. I assure you it won’t be a bad vacation. You might not even need that second half of the ticket. Plus, you’ll probably be too full of donkey sauce to even get on the plane.


 you know all those 90s movies where the big business would take over the Mom & Pop stores and thats the entire plot of the movie

yeah thats how it feels when someone posts a supernatural gif on your post

Ted Cruz explains the danger of Obama's scheme to regulate the internet

An excellent op-ed in the Washington Post today by Ted Cruz.  The freedom of the internet is at stake, and Ted Cruz isn’t going to let it go without a fight. 

from WaPo:

Four basic principles should guide policymakers, in a bipartisan manner, to preserve America’s leadership role in developing the future of the Internet.

First, we must abandon the idea of further taxing Internet access and sales. At this very moment, online retailers face an enormous threat because Washington may pass a massive, new Internet sales tax during the next two months, in the lame-duck session of Congress. As the hashtag puts it, #NoNetTax.

Such a tax would force online retailers to comply with every sales tax jurisdiction in the country. There are more than 9,600 state and local sales tax jurisdictions across the nation. Forcing small online retailers to track all of them, keep records and collect the taxes, or risk being penalized for noncompliance by distant governments over whom they have no control, is simply not fair.

But lobbyists in Washington love the Internet sales tax because it benefits big business at the expense of the mom-and-pop online retailers — many of whom are women, minorities or young people struggling to achieve the American dream.

It would be a crying shame if the first thing Republicans do after winning a historic election is return to Washington and pass an unprecedented, massive new tax requirement — up to $340 billion over 10 years — on Internet sales nationwide.

Instead, the new Republican Congress, when it is sworn in, should demonstrate its commitment to a free, thriving Internet by making permanent the ban, originally signed into law by President Bill Clinton, on imposing any additional taxes on Internet access.

Second, we should dismiss all plans to give nations hostile to human rights and democracy more influence over Internet policy.

This year, the Obama administration took steps to end its contract with ICANN, a California nonprofit organization that manages basic Internet functions, including the creation of Web addresses and domain names. Once this contract expires, ICANN will be governed by a global, multi-stakeholder community that could grant nations such as Iran, Russia and China more authority over the rules and regulations that govern the Internet.

The likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Chinese President Xi Jinping should not dictate what can be read, written, distributed, bought and sold on the Internet. Countries that do not give their own people the right to speak freely deserve no say in what Americans can say and do on the Internet.

Third, we must promote growth in the technological sector, a consistent bright spot for the U.S. economy. But we won’t realize more of that dynamic growth unless we keep the Internet free from the kind of unnecessary regulation that is strangling our health-care, energy and banking industries.

And one of the biggest regulatory threats to the Internet is “net neutrality.”

In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It would put the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices.

President Obama this week came out aggressively for net neutrality and turning the Internet into a public utility. Some in the online community have embraced this call, thinking that cheaper prices would result. But when has that worked? Government-regulated utilities invariably destroy innovation and freedom. Which is more innovative, the U.S. Postal Service or Facebook and Twitter? Which is better for consumers, city taxi commissions or Uber and Lyft?

If the federal government seizes the power to regulate Internet pricing and goods and services, the regulations will never end.

Fourth, we must recognize that our constitutional rights are digital rights, too. In 2012, those who care about Internet freedom were shocked as bills such as the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts, which would regulate speech on the Internet under the guise of protecting property rights, started gaining popularity in Washington. Thankfully, online activists were quick to mobilize to protect their free-speech rights. But we must remain vigilant. Intellectual property must be defended, but any threat to quell speech on the Internet must be treated seriously and subsequently defeated.

We don’t leave our constitutional rights behind when we go online. The same commitment to the principles of liberty that made the United States the greatest economic superpower that the world has ever seen must prevail in the virtual world as well.

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As with so many things, opposing “net neutrality” shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but sadly, the climate in Washington has made it as such.  The argument that “Government needs to regulate the internet in order to keep it free” just doesn’t hold up.  Obama’s plan to let the FCC regulate the internet can only result in decreased freedom and stifled innovation.  There’s really no way around it.  

Big government doesn’t like the internet because it can’t control it.  That’s why totalitarian regimes all make great efforts to restrict access to the internet or regulate what kinds of things can be said and accessed on it. Net neutrality is is just the first step in the slow creep towards that kind of oppression. It gives government a finger-hold where it should keeps it hands off completely.