Downscale Girl, Upscale World

myhouse.jpgI dunno who Stefanie Murray at the A2 Snooze is but if she has decided that my neighborhood does not have a “decidedly upscale demographic”, maybe she needs to visit. Er, not that my neighborhood *does* have a “decidedly upscale demographic. But. The article is in regard to a new and much-awaited, at least on my part, “upscale” grocery store in Maple Village. It is literally within walking distance of my house. Think Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, et al. She opines that the new store may not have enough “up-scale” customers in close proximity to it to survive. Now, I worry a little bit about whether another “upscale” grocery store can survive around here too. But I’m worried more about the already heavily flooded market of “upscale” grocery stores we have on The Planet Ann Arbor and there are many and I’ve already listed two. And actually, you can get just about every kind of “upscale” grocery product you want from the local Kroger and Meijer networks. It’s just more fun at the “upscale” grocery stores, which is why I sometimes schlep all the way across town to go to an “upscale” grocery store. I don’t think the new store will have any problem attracting customers from my decidedly down-scale (??) neighborhood. Harumph.

I don’t have the foggiest idea about who this particular reporter is, but it seems obvious that she doesn’t have the slightest idea about who lives in my neighborhood. Take *us* here at The Landfill. Is this a fancy house? No. Do I ever wish I had more than the Blue and Only Bathroom? Sometimes, but I sure like the idea of only *cleaning* one bathroom. Is this house more than adequate? Yes!! I mean, it wasn’t always easy with two teenagers but it wasn’t that hard either. Is it in a beautiful location? Woods behind the back yard? Get my point? IS IT PAID FOR??? Yesirree, for years now. ((((Is yours? You don’t have to answer.)))) Who’s next door? Elderly neighbors who have been here since the beginning of time. On both sides. People seem to like this obscure little neighborhood well enough to pay their houses off and stay here forever. If it’s such a horribly poor, desolate, “downscale” neighborhood, why on earth would anyone want to do that?

Kee-reist. We are not wealthy here at The Landfill. But this is a house we were able to pay off way early and that allowed me to drop out of the corporate world for a while to raise my children. Was it easy? No way, but we *could* afford it. We probably could’ve moved out into somebody’s old bulldozed woods or farm field into one of those ticky-tacky McMansion subdivisions. We didn’t want to. We are here. We love this neighborhood. I hate real-estate developers and their terra-forming ways but that’s a whole nother story.

Sorry. I dunno why that article made me so mad. I am happy to have an “upscale” grocery store close by. I *hate* having to drive all over hell and gone to get to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. So, Stefanie, I’ll be there on Thursday after work. Will you? Sincerely Yours, Kayak Woman!

P. S. That’s the GG in our loverly living room. No, I dunno what he is doing. He is always doing something but I don’t always know what. Yes, you’re right, we do not have a separate dining room. Love, Your Snarkiness, aka Kayak Woman.

7 Responses to “Downscale Girl, Upscale World”

  1. Jay Says:

    I am assuming that is an archived photo, what with the door being open …
    A house that is paid off … what a concept. Someday, maybe, the way time flies – probably sooner than I think.

  2. kayak woman Says:

    It’s archived but it is a recent photo from xmas time. We have a heavy duty glass storm door that keeps the cold out in even the coldest weather, so I can keep the ugly wooden door open and let light in. We bought it a few years ago and it wasn’t very expensive at all, like in the $100-$200 range, I think. Lots of people around here have them.

  3. Scott Farnell Says:

    My guess is he was packing and preparing to pack and prepare. But that’s just my guess, is that a map laying on the cushion?
    Doesn’t Stephanie know that those “upscale types like to drive their SUVs all the way across town? Sheesh, everyone knows that 🙂

  4. mouse Says:

    the first thing i noticed about that photo is that it depicts a crazy man wearing a sweater. why, in the suffering name of wool, would ANYONE be wearing a sweater with weather like-
    oh wait. i forgot again, not everyone is sitting here in the 80s range thinking about cold juice and a nice sweaty walk to the pool. never mind…

    really though. where does that woman expect me to do my back-to-college stocking on (hopefully cheap-ish) bulk food items from the fancy upscale gro(k)cery store? is it comparable to trader joe’s? how are the avocados?

  5. kayak woman Says:

    I had SUVs in my mind too but I decided I was being snarky enough for one entry.

    Anyway, Mouse and all: Opening day for Plum Market is Thursday if I have today’s date right and I’ll be there. Hopefully I can get a few pictures.

  6. jane Says:

    Hey – this Stephanie Murray person has been a business reporter for a few years. I know this factoid becasue she has often written articles about Borders with many factual errors. I suspect she is not from A2 and doesn’t understand the intricacies of the different neighborhoods, but rather makes assumptions based on…. whatever.

    Like, if you can afford a McMansion, surely you would buy one (ICK!). And therefore if you haven’t bought one you must not be able to afford it. And you live half a mile from the new grocery store, but won’t be able to afford to shop there since you don’t live in a McMansion.

    I wonder what neighborhood she lives in….

  7. kayak woman Says:

    Jane says it better than I did in my rather hasty and clumsily written entry yesterday. It’s all of the assumptions based on superficial characteristics of my neighborhood that bugged me. Of course, there are people in all kinds of neighborhoods who can or can’t afford things. Actually, given the state of the housing industry right now, one has to wonder how many people in those McMansions are struggling to pay their mortgages.

    And it’s true that The Planet Ann Arbor is not as easily defined in terms of neighborhoods as many other cities, er, planets.

    I’ll shut up now. 😉