The other day Kim, a Blogger friend, and I had a lively commentary going regarding Whole Foods chain – sometimes called “Whole Paycheck’ according to Kim.
And this in the news:
“Whole Foods said that it’s cutting 1,500 jobs.”
The grocery store chain said this represents 1.6% of its workforce
The company said it was conducting the cuts to “invest in technology upgrades while improving its cost structure.” The cost structure (as in sky high pricing) was part of our discussion; and obviously the thoughts of others and me have not gone unnoticed by Whole Foods Corporate.
“This summer the stock had plunged 40% over the last six months as the company missed analyst forecasts for sales and profit. That’s partly because the company, which is jokingly called Whole Paycheck, has slashed prices to shed its image of being too expensive.”
From these reports one might assume Whole Foods will recover with a more competitive spirit. On the other hand cutting the labor force and apparently demoting employees to accommodate the changes rather than lowering the CEO’s take home pay is harsh. Labor invariably loses ;-(
In this light I received a handy technology upgrade and labor saving device for my birthday, two actually.
For years we have hired out folks to help clean the green from our lives. Do not get me wrong – the Calypso Couple is TOTALLY GREEN save the humidity spawned algae, moss and green mold that is pervasive in our areas here in Mexico. Suffice it to say we are in the tropical zone and not the arid parts of Mexico.
The key to minimizing the problem is air flow.
Our decking at the Rancho for example is about 700 square feet of Mexican tile which goes green and black quickly. The walls surrounding our Casita are stained black as well as the cement walk ways, our stationary Lance camper is covered in mold etc.
Mold loves leather by the way – so shoes, jackets, hats and bags also gather the moss – ugh! You get the idea.
I am somewhat embarrassed to say the other day when complaining about all this to our friend and chef extraordinaire Guadalupe at Restaurant Acamalin, she reported using a small pressure washer to get rid of deck mold – a light went off in my head. “Of course – a pressure washer!”
Now I have a humongous Honda power washer in our garage. However the garage is in New Mexico – oops.
We tracked one down via Google and a thick Truper Tool catalog supplied by one of our Ferretería amigos (hardware store friend). In Spanish it is a “hidrolavadora de alta presión” by the way.
We still consigned some labor from a friend in the Hood to do most of the operating of our snazzy orange washer (the remover of the new black in this case).
The results of this device were substantially grand. What took two people an entire day to remove just the growth on our Lance camper was reduced to two laboring with machine for two hours – wow!
The small pressure washer works!
Now we have set out to remove green/black staining on our perimeter walls – gunk that has been accumulating for more than 10 years.
I should suggest that the pressure washers are slightly less dough in the U.S. – buy there and bring one down if you have room (in your car – it will not accommodate carry-on luggage at a bulky 40 plus pounds. We bought locally (more on this next time) in Coatepec for about twenty-five dollars U.S. more than what it was up there – hardly worth the hassle of driving one down when it takes the space of at least one guitar
This device definitely goes on our “Things That Work” list. Moving this way – get one!
Next time – birthday item two. Stay Tuned!