Potatoes had Mrs. Mensch and me laughing out loud in the grocery store today. Being retired can be strenuous if you are not careful, so you need to pace your days and schedule.
Today was a simple day. Out of bed by 8, coffee and English muffin for breakfast and on to Church for Mass and to water the plants. A few phone calls, a brief chat with Tom Myers and coffee at the Single Smile Cafe where the wireless network is secure and free.
After lunch at home, Mrs. Mensch and I visited the Family YMCA in downtown Summerville for a tour. Our membership there will be free as part of the supplemental health plan we have through AARP and United Health Care. They call it “Silver Sneakers”. The FYMCA is a great facility with workout rooms, lap pool, training rooms, and lockers with showers and sauna.
After the tour we visited short Central Avenue shops looking in the art gallery for something new for our kitchen wall. No luck although we did see several stunning crepe myrtle trees that have the most unusual bark. On the way home we stopped at The Pig, a term of endearment for the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to pick up a lottery ticket (hey, you never know) and some applesauce. Here’s where the potatoes show up.
According to Mrs. Mensch’s rules, tonight’s dinner entrée, shake & bake pork chops, requires baked potato as a side dish. The potatoes we have at home are not appropriate for baking so off we go to the produce aisle to find appropriate potatoes.
The Pig had a ten pound bag of Russett potatoes on sale for $2.99; almost $0.30 per pound. Mrs. Mensch loved the price since the 5 pound bag right next to it was regularly priced at $2.99, that’s $0.60 per pound. Here’s where the giggles started.
So now we had to have a big discussion about the price of potatoes. How long would it take two people to eat 10 pounds of potatoes? How many potatoes would go bad and be wasted. Mrs. Mensch contended that at $0.30 a pound, waste didn’t matter.
To raise the chuckle level, The Pig had loose baking potatoes priced at 2 for $1.39 or $0.70 for one. I checked: one potato weighed in at 10 ounces which comes out to $1.12 a pound.
At one time or another I had the 10 pound bag or the 5 pound bag in my hand. The debate raged on. Too hysterical to carry on any more, we bought one potato, 70 cents: no waste, easy to carry, no fuss, no muss. Retirement can be a lot of laughs.