austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I've got a pocketful of dimes

I should mention that my cold came and went without any really great fuss. It was tiring, of course, and I spent a couple of days doing a lot of coughing and blowing various things from my nose into tissues. When my mother was in the midst of the cold and told me to get tissues, Contac, and whatever I would need in a day or two when I would get the cold, is that I figured I'd need to get something to serve as really easy to make food. The supermarket had a pack of five pounds of Sabrett's hot dogs for sale for about twelve dollars, which seemed like a good deal to me and so I picked it up. That sounds to me remarkably unexceptional, and I would agree with you if you thought that was nearly the dullest thing I'd ever taken the chance to write about.

However, when I got home, my father was stunned by the purchase. The thing is that a pound of hot dogs is about ten hot dogs, and a five-pound bag is therefore about fifty hot dogs. (The wrapper even says: serving size one hot dog, servings per container about fifty.) I figured this was not at all excessive: my father or I could have two hot dogs easily for lunch or dinner, and my mother another one, and they're easy to make and reasonably satisfying if, say, you're mighty sick and can just about handle the cooking involved in putting a hot dog in the toaster oven and pressing 'dark toast'. Plus, hot dogs keep roughly forever, so it's not like they'll be spoiled even if we go through a couple weeks of not wanting to eat a hot dog.

My father finds this purchase about the greatest fit of excess ever. He's shown the package to my mother a few times, trying to get her to react, although she doesn't get the joke either. However, every meal since I got the hot dogs last Sunday my father has suggested hot dogs, and he's been instant messaging my siblings to talk about this. I really can't wait for the hot dogs to be finished, although even that isn't going to be the end of it, I'm sure. I stand by the wisdom of my hot dog purchase, however.

Trivia: The average person takes in approximately eight grams of molybdenum over his or her entire life. It is essential to human life. Source: Molecules at an Exhibition: the Science of Everyday Life, John Emsley.

Currently Reading: Challenge To Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945 - 1974, Asif A Siddiqi.


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