TASK 01: Create a piece around your first purchase of the month of March.
Bacon & Egg On A Roll On Bleecker Street
In the month of March 2006, I sampled and reviewed every bacon & egg sandwich
available on Bleecker Streetits entirety runs from The Bowery to Hudson Street. There
were a few stipulations: 1) each establishment had to have a Bleecker Street address; 2)
my ordering had to be “bacon and egg on a roll” without any further specificationsif
asked how many eggs, I consistently ordered one; 3) sandwich had to be available to go.
Village Clubhouse Deli - 164 Bleecker St.
roll: airy, too large for sandwich
bacon: overwhelms the sandwich, pre-cooked and oily
price: $2.00 + tax
stars (* to ****): *
comments: Overall disappointing. The bacon is too plentiful and too crispy.
Evergreen Deli 171 Bleecker St.
roll: too large for sandwich, otherwise average.
egg: excellently cooked for over-mediuma slight runniness to the egg.
bacon: pre-cooked and crispy, broken into small pieces.
price: $1.75 + tax
stars(* to ****): * *
comments: Asked: “Just one egg right?” A pretty typical sandwich except that the bacon
seems to be of high quality even though it was broken into bits and pre-cooked.
Bleecker Farm Corp. 272 Bleecker St.
roll: excellent, soft and doughy.
egg: soft scrambledprobably 2 eggs
bacon: more chewy, less pre-cooked.
price: $2.00 + tax
stars (* to ****): * * *
comments: The service was slow but personalized as the owner seemed to be the cook as
well. There is an excellent balance between the bread, egg and bacon.
Café Village Delight 335 Bleecker St.
roll: very good, toasted.
egg: srambled and folded like a small omelette.
bacon: very salty and oily, pre-cooked, broken into small pieces.
price: $3.25 + tax
stars (* to ****): * *
comments: Asked: “One egg or two?” Medium-long wait but there are tables and chairs
for table service. A very average sandwich because of the pre-cooked and oily bacon,
but the toasted roll is a plus.
Mini Mart Deli 355 Bleecker St.
roll: more dense, doughy and more brown on top than usual.
egg: over-medium, slightly runny in the middle.
bacon: not over-cooked or over pre-cooked, longer strips and relatively chewy.
price: $2.00 - no tax.
stars (* to ****): * * *
comments: Asked: “One egg or two?” Overall, a surprisingly well-prepared sandwich
with a higher quality roll.
Bread & Pastry Café 330 Bleecker St.
roll: grilled in press.
egg: over-hard, oily from a dirty grill
bacon: pre-cooked, crispy, smaller pieces, very oily
price: $2.75 no tax
stars (* to ****): *
comments: American cheese or some kind of processed cheese was put on the sandwich
without being requested. The pressed roll is an interesting twist, but the preparation is
very poor and grill is not properly cleaned.
|Monica de la Torre
My economy is circular: I earn money from an institution that owns most of the
businesses where I tend to spend most of my money.
My economy is quasi-Medieval, trade-centered and guild-like.
My economy is not arch-canonical.
My economy is a misfortune that recently befell me.
My economy admits foundational narratives.
My economy is language.
My economy is the executioner’s reversal of fortune.
My economy has no essential features.
My economy admits parallax critiques of ideology.
My economy owes something to over 3,200 dead soldiers.
My economy does not intimate and would rather not split hairs about what belongs to whom.
My economy can’t stay out of things, but can’t make it into the thick of things either.
My economy has questionable purchasing power.
My economy has no surrogate.
My economy has no interpretive skills but is rife with interpretive communities.
My economy is of trees chopped down in Brooklyn, and the gradual encircling of brick.
My economy is the new black.
My economy thrives on shades of grey.
My economy is an unremarkable tuna sandwich that is missing the slices of tomato I had
My economy is a liter bottle of Poland Spring water coming not from
Poland but from Maine and bought at a university cafeteria in Uptown Manhattan where there are quite a
number of water fountains that deliver water with a funky metallic aftertaste.
My economy is a poem called “First Purchase of the Month” consisting of two stanzas
with six eight-word lines each within a larger poem that could be endless but won’t be:
.....................Could’ve been an outfit for the Whitney Biennial
.....................Couldn’t afford one, nor did I need it.
.....................Who cares how you look at the zoo;
.....................it’s about the animals, stupid. Which reminds me,
.....................could’ve been the trail mix I snacked on
.....................& which I managed not to purchase myself.
.....................It was tuna on whole wheat, lettuce, jalapeños;
.....................a one liter bottle of water (Poland Spring.)
.....................Asked for tomato too, which the lady forgot
.....................You Puerto Rican, she asked? Don’t think so,
.....................said another one in Spanish. Let me answer.
.....................No, what made you think so? The peppers?
My economy needs contractions and abbreviations.
My economy is not fixed.
My economy is broken, mispronounced.
My economy has cold feet, even if there are plenty of socks at home.
My economy would like to be wholesome and sound.
My economy is a gift certificate that is not enough for what I’d like to have, so I end up
spending money at a store that I dislike in the first place and will never visit again.
My economy is a business lunch where I end up paying the bill instead of the person
who’d like me to work with her.
My economy consists of performing tasks for which I receive no quantifiable pay.
My economy grows when it’s enough to buy someone else a drink, or a meal.
My economy does not allow me to say no.
My economy pretends to be booming, but instead, is shaky and imploding.
It doesn’t matter, because my economy is predicated on virtue, and it posits that it’s purer than yours.
My economy has no exchange value.
I’d like to think of my economy as one of resistance and tactical difference.
My economy is not a disposable good.
There are no surpluses in my economy.
I already owe what I just wrote.
My economy is derivative, parasitical, and residual.
My economy is a hand-me-down.
My economy is not environmentally friendly, although it’s not ravaging non-renewable
My economy doesn’t force me to put my money where my mouth is. Were I to pay for what I say, it would be a different story.
One cent a word is not fair trade.
My economy mistakes what it means to trade in futures.
In theory my economy is not the result of deliberate choice, it is makeshift and a tag-
My economy has double standards.
My economy has attention deficit disorder.
My economy is the symptom of an incurable disease.
My economy is not even mine.
Word count: 682
0.00CA = parking (10:00am, lot ¾ full)
0.00CA = access to restroom (changing table, running water, soap, 2 ply-tissue)
0.99CA = 1 scoop scrambled eggs, 2 sausages, 1 croissant
1.00CA = 1 bottle of pulp free orange juice from concentrate
0.00CA = unlimited use of ketchup, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, paper napkins
0.00CA = access to design forward swivel seating
0.00CA = view of Highway 40, Montreal, Canada (lined with dirty snow)
0.00CA = access to children’s play area with oversized “bean bugs,” 3 ft nylon leaves
4.99CA = Fixa Chev (36 pieces) (“I want it! What is it?”)
7.99CA = Ritva Cous Chai (“I bought it, but what was it?”)
9.99CA = Kavalkad Casser (“huh?”)
$24.96CA Merci de Magasiner Chez Ikea!
3/1/2006 10-16x20 $292.61
size: 11" x 14"
On March 1st, 2006, my first purchase was 10, 16x20" pre-stretched canvases
from Soho Art Materials, in the total amount of $292.61. For this project,
I made a small painting of the 10 canvases. Then I painted thumbnail
sketches of each of the four paintings that I did on these canvases by March
31, 2006, including, "Infinite Cherry Blossoms II," "Infinite Cherry
Blossoms I," "Casinoparken, Stockholm I," and "Casinoparken, Stockholm II".
I also gave one canvas to Emily Sartor, and she included a thumbnail sketch
of "Wild Blue Yonder."
MARCH 1, 2006, an attempt at a partial accounting
75 mcg synthroid
.29 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
4 500 milligrams of amoxicilline
.90 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
.15 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
2 500 milligram tablets of vitamin C
.11 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
400 iu of vitamin E
.07 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
1 slice bacon
.14 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
2 eggs, organic
.81 (actual cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
two tablespoons leftover red sauce
$1.50 (estimated cost; produced for dinner on February 28; 2127 Blake Street)
two cups of tea
.40 (estimated cost; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
several glasses of tap water
unable to estimate (2127 Blake Street and Mills College)
2 0z of vinegar potato chips
$1.19 (bought and ingested on March 1; Mills College tea shop)
two small servings of sour cream
.50 (bought and ingested on March 1; Mills College tea shop)
1 slice of bread with some sort of vegetable dip
unable to estimate (came with the meal; Ristorante Raphael; 2132 Center Street)
Melenzane alla Parmigiana (eggplant, mozzarella, tomato sauce, parmigian)
$14.95 (bought and ingested on March 1; Ristorante Raphael; 2132 Center Street)
one third bottle of red wine
$9.17 (bought and ingested on March 1; Ristorante Raphael; 2132 Center Street)
$5 (Ristorante Raphael; 2132 Center Street)
1 glass of red wine
$2 (estimated; ingested but not bought on March 1; 2127 Blake Street)
electricity at 2127 Blake Street
.40 (estimated; based on daily usage for the month and divided by 3 people who live in house)
gas at 2127 Blake Street
.87 (estimated; based on daily usage for the month and divided by 3 people who live in house)
mortgage payment and taxes at 2127 Blake Street
$46.27 (divided by 3 people who live in house)
drove car 8.34 miles, used about 1/4 gallon of gas
.65 (estimated; used but not bought on March 1)
total partial costs for March 1: $85.37
(and yes, this does exceed my current daily take home)
unable to estimate:
cost of use of computer for 12 hours at 2127 Blake Street
cost of use of computer for 8 hours at Mills College
cost of use of house and household appliances
cost of water for drinking and cleaning
cost of cleaning supplies, soaps, toothpaste
cost of use of car
(I’m not including costs of roads, governments, etc., all of which I used this day also.)
purchased 200 gram gray pigments on March 1st for a painting on black paper
made from a cup of coffee, bought in a turkish coffee house on Flora street in Berlin on March 1st