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71. Shopping at the 99 Cents Store
Once a week, Neil went grocery shopping. He
made a list, but he always forgot to
one or more items on the list. This
to anger him, but now he just accepted
. You're not as sharp as you used to
, he told himself.
It was Friday—shopping day. He
to the 99¢ store. Sometimes they had a
of fresh produce, sometimes they didn't. He got
. There were fresh, packaged broccoli, celery, eggplant, and
. Also, packages of peaches, plums, and apples. He
had enough produce to last all week, if
didn't rot first. The produce alone filled up
plastic bags. Four other bags contained other items
were on Neil's list.
He drove to Albertson's,
sold milk by the gallon and at cheaper
than the 99¢ store. Interestingly, the price of
had soared in the last month. He used
buy 2 gallons of nonfat milk for $3.59.
he was paying $4.69. Yet, the news media
silent—the same news media that reports a 2-cent
in gasoline prices or even a 1-cent decrease.
's all over the news. Milk, he thought, just
't sexy enough.
He parked his car in the
and opened the trunk. Somehow he managed, as
, to put all 10 plastic bags into his
and lug them upstairs. What a drag shopping
, he thought. And then he mentally slapped himself:
you think it's a drag now, wait till
can't drive. Wait till you can't even walk
the stairs unless you use a cane. How
you going to get your groceries then? The
you get, he told himself, the more you'd
appreciate the fact that you can still do
these boring chores and errands.