|new tag needed
||[Dec. 29th, 2010|01:28 am]
Davis Square Snarkarama
davis_square needs a new tag: TL;DG
for "Oh, hey, can anyone tell me if there's a movie theater somewhere dear davis?" "I've heard there's someplace to buy bar-b-que; can anyone tell me where it is?"
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2010-12-29 10:33 am (UTC)
did I miss some post that has already been deleted?
nah, I'm catching up on LJ after the holidays.
I was speaking of "when do I have to move my car," "when are christmas trees picked up," "where can I buy a chicken," and maybe less obvious but just as easy to answer w/ Google, the polaroid film question.
I searched unsuccessfully for the answer after the Christmas tree question was asked. The city's website does not make that easy to find and I gave up. And would Google really have pointed someone to a local store selling Polaroid-replacement Fuji film?
Edited at 2010-12-29 03:38 pm (UTC)
There are only a handful of camera/photography stores that are at all relevant for this kind of question. It would take a couple minutes to call them. If Camera's Inc (the only davis-local relevant store) doesn't have it, and Hunt Camera and Video or Bromfield don't... or **maybe** Dorian, ain't nobody going to have it. Why not call them and ask and ask for their recommendations? If you only know Camera's Inc, call them and they'll feed you the other three names.
As for trees: City website, DPW page, trash & recycling schedule -> "Christmas Trees will be picked up on your scheduled trash day with your regular trash."
I dunno, I just start to feel like the 311-switchboard, reading DS_LJ.
while i agree with some of this and definitely as a general concept, some things you just can't rely on calling a place for. i know i've asked where to find a certain things because a lot of time calling a place gets you someone who doesn't know what the hell they're talking about and just wants you off the phone. that being said most of the replies to posts end up being more "you know who might have that is [blank]" as opposed to "i saw that at [blank] yesterday!" it's still worth a shot.
with film, it isn't really restricted to camera places - that stuff is sold all over in drugstores and sometimes larger chain places like target and some groceries, etc. it's easier to post one question than call a bajilion places and hope someone knows what you're looking for.
but yeah, xmas tree disposal, not hard, and if you can't navigate the website, just call. and chicken? gee i dunno, THE GROCERY STORE MAYBE? heh, so yeah.
i just read the film post and that now seems odd. i have a small collection of cameras, a good chunk of them polaroids, but they didn't seem to specify in the OP they were looking for the fuji stuff. (which was around for awhile but i guess maybe not anymore, it's been awhile since i've bothered to look. i have some old stuff and some mio packs i've been hoarding anyway.) it was only later they were like "oh yeah, that's what i want, i think." sounds more like they found it while cleaning out a closet and thought they could just go buy a pack of film.
The place that eventually got recommended (Calumet) wasn't on your list -- so I think that proves the worth of the question.
I don't know how I missed that on the DPW page, but somehow I did ... and so did the original poster.
Indeed, the city's website is horrific and often *worse* than useless, but 311 is still a good resource. I've been meaning to post to DSLJ to remind people to call 311 BEFORE they post, then if thy think what they learned is of general interest, they can share it.
My favorite was when explicitly said that they'd call 311, except it was a weekend. I asked if they'd bothered to try, and of course the answer was no, since if they had, they'd have known it's active on weekends.