Sunday, May 3, 2009

Uneventful Saturday

This was my typical Saturday, beginning at Costco. One of the sausage vendors was giving out free samples. I told the woman I always buy their product but would be happy to have some samples anyway. I also told her I liked their sausage better than their competitor's, which was too dry for my tastes.

"Oh yeah, ours is better," she declared. I mentioned again that the other brand was really dry.

"You know what it is," continued. "Well, I'm not sure of this since I don't work for them, but I think they just throw everything in it." She made a sweeping motion with her arm.

"Throw everything in it?"

"Yeah, you know, they just throw in the whole animal, bones and all. That's why it has that funny texture."

"That would explain it," I said as I swallowed my last sample and threw away the toothpicks.

In the evening we had our usual Saturday night dinner with Julie's family, this time at NBC Seafood. Since they all talk in Chinese and I have no idea what they are saying, I normally sit there looking around the room to see what is going on.

At an adjoining table I saw someone that looked like Lena, a girl I knew in junior high. But I realized it couldn't be her because she was too young. She was more like the Lena I remembered from way back, not like the present-day Lena would probably look.

I wonder what the people I haven't seen in a long time look like now. When I think of them, I picture the person I knew then, not a character morphed to today. An old friend from high school that I stay in touch with via e-mail said she'd rather leave us with the image of how we looked back then instead of trading pictures to update things - best to leave things as they were in our younger days. Funny, tonight at the restaurant I saw someone that reminded me of her, too.

Well at least I didn't see a piece of toast that resembled anyone tonight.

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