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.