Supermarket Tales

Aug 03 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, German Life, Uncategorized

Grrl and I just went to the supermarket to get some stuff. We are debating whether to get another Alocasia, like this one:

Alocasia wentii

We bought this one when they appeared in the New Year. Since then we've been watching the other Alocasia wentii on sale. Every time we go there to shop they look at us with doleful leaves asking to be taken to a good home. Finally last week we found that we had won our standoff with the supermarket, as they reduced the plants to half price. So we took another oversized waif home, and it's now recovering in the bedroom. But there are still two poor plants left, waiting to find a good home. Will we resist? Should we?

The other event of note from the supermarket happened in the drinks section. A gentleman came up to us with a bottle of wine and asked us (in German) if he was holding white wine. We both looked at him, looked at the bottle containing the obviously clear wine, and told him "yes".

6 responses so far

  • grrlscientist says:

    grrlscientist wanted to tell him that it was red wine, just to see what his reaction would be.

  • Kausik Datta says:

    Awww... Perhaps he was color blind in a reverse way, or had some other obscure, physics-defying eye defect? Perhaps he saw a rainbow in every clear fluid? Perhaps someone made him see red and he knew that and didn't want that inconvenient fact to cloud his judgment while choosing a wine to go with that smoked salmon or fried kilbasa?

    Perhaps he was attracted towards one or the other or both of our formidable feline-psittacine-combo hosts, and just wanted to come up and talk?

    End of the working day - I have too much time. I shall slink away now. Toodle-oo.

  • Christina Pikas says:

    Too many of those big plants and it will be like you're living in a jungle! Well, maybe the birds would like that.

  • Bob O'H says:

    So would The Beast. He finds that they're great props for his "I'm so hungry I could eat anything" act.

  • mackerelsaladboy says:

    Weißwein ist Weißwein und eggs is eggs

  • Bob O'H says:

    I can't argue with that, mackerelsaladboy.