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A rare day spent in a private vehicle took me through a neighborhood I hadn’t seen in several years. Waiting at a stoplight, I watched a tiny, stooped Asian elder trot slowly across the street carrying two big plastic trash bags of goods in the traditional way: slung at either end of a pole and hoisted onto a shoulder.
One of the secrets of living elegantly in 2012 is to use contemporary technology to recreate traditional practice. The elder’s fiberglass pole and plastic bags replaced what might have been a good ten pounds of coopered buckets and tree limb.
Not a bad substitute for a $60 wheeled grocery basket or the $25,000 van we were riding in.