Thursday, December 02, 2010
A Different Kind of Jackpot
I feel especially happy this morning because last night I scored myself a little jackpot. No, I didn't win the $95 million Powerball (apparently, one of my homies out in Arizona did, though)--I settled for something a bit less flashy.
First a little background. Y'all know of my fondness for coconut creamer in my coffee. I love the hazelnut, and I've even dabbled around with peppermint mocha around the holidays. But coconut is my all-time favorite. Sadly, I have had none since I've been back in Tennessee (I had some on the camping trip, but that was in Alabama). I guess it's just not a big favorite of the southern folk. So I've been making do with hazelnut (no complaints) or even cinnamon vanilla (feh... but I'm coming around). Well, last night, I was at the super WallyWorld up in the miniature city of White House TN, and they had some! Four large bottles, and I took every one of them.
At first, I felt a little guilty about cornering the local market on the stuff, but then I realized that I probably did a good thing--that is, if they sell out, then they'll get more and start carrying it on a regular basis. I swear, I've been all over Nashville looking for coconut creamer ever since I got out of the hospital, and I've never been able to find it. Until last night. Actually, Mamasan told me that her friend Mary had scored some up here at the local WalMart, so I told her that next time she's there to pick me up a couple of bottles and I'll reimburse her for it. Well, since I come up this way almost every week, I thought I'd check for myself--and I was rewarded!
Not only that, but since I braved the bitterly cold weather to find the coffee creamer, I was rewarded with yet another product that I've had a hard time finding. I've been on a personal crusade for months, ranting the entire time, looking for firm toothbrushes. I hate medium and soft-headed ones. They feel like they've already been used for a couple of months. I mean, seriously, how do you know when a soft-headed toothbrush has worn out? I blame the do-gooders who started making kids wear helmets when they rode their bicycles. Hell, when we were kids, nobody ever wore a helmet, and we did all kinds of crazy shiat on our bikes. Yet nobody ever went to the emergency room with a cracked melon. Anyhow, before I get lost too deep in the Angry Woods, let me just say that whoever decided that firm toothbrushes are Bad For Us is full of shiat. Enough with the pussified soft-headed ones. I want my mouth to feel like I'm taking a wire brush to the BBQ grill! Ok, maybe not that extreme, but still, I prefer the firm ones. And yet it seems that NOBODY sells them anymore. What's up with that? Can a brotha get a firm toothbrush?!?!?!??
I know that some dental health 'experts' have said that it's bad for your gums or hard on the enamel or some other such nonsense. Bullshiat. You don't have to grind on your teeth like you're refinishing furniture with a Dremel tool--in fact, I'd go so far as to say that you have to brush much harder with one of those wimpy soft-top ones because they're so ineffective (kinda like low-flow toilets that you always have to flush twice because they suck so bad--not really saving water there, either!).
Anyhow, two weeks ago, I scored a couple of them at the local Walgreens, but they don't have a big supply on hand. And since they are becoming harder and harder to find, I like to stock up whenever I stumble across a new source. Well, last night, after my coconut creamer victory, this same store also had one single row of firm-headed toothbrushes tucked away on the bottom shelf of the toiletries aisle.
Now, I didn't take all of them, like I did with the creamer. I left a few behind, especially since we're so close to Kentucky and dental hygiene is something they kinda need to work on. So I left a few behind for my fellow travelers. Still, I replenished my stash, and it was a very productive trip to the store, if I do say so myself.
But not all was right on my shopping trip. I was unable to find any warm wool socks, which I desperately wanted. I bought a dozen pairs of plain white socks (all of mine seemed to have disappeared in the past couple of months, and Amy's theory is that they're all buried under the leaves in her backyard, courtesy of those thievin' pugs), but no cold-weather socks were to be had. You'd think, being 28 degrees outside, that they'd have an entire section of wool socks. But you'd be wrong. That's ok, I'm sure I'll be able to find those somewhere--the People In Charge haven't come up with a reason for us not to have them yet.
I picked up a few more treasures here and there, but I was so excited about the coffee creamer and firm toothbrushes that I probably forgot half the stuff I went in there for. No biggie, it's not like I don't have plenty of time on my hands if I need to go back.
But the plan today is to drink a few more cups of coffee, and then Mamasan and I are going to set to work making another double- or triple-batch of her famous peanut butter balls--we've got a lot of recipients this year, in addition to the regular family gatherings. After that, we've got nothing else on the agenda except to listen to Christmas music and maybe drink a little eggnog while we get all festive, preparing for the holidays with the family. Not a bad way to spend the day, if you ask me.
Y'all have a good one.
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