So we ended up at Walgreens. It’s our new go-to place. In fact, it is the only place we go. After 15 months of going nowhere and seeing nobody, Walgreens is it, now that we are fully vaccinated. Our first baby step.
We have been getting all our groceries delivered from Amazon Fresh, and we’ve been happy with that. The food has been good, especially the produce, and the service has been great. We have been eating well and enjoying meals. Our cupboards are filled like never before.
But Amazon Fresh doesn’t have everything. I like a cup of ginger ale every now and then, especially in the summertime. Not often, just occasionally. Amazon Fresh has 2-liter bottles but no cans or small bottles, and even the 2-liter bottles are often unavailable. Opening a 2-liter bottle of Canada Dry just to enjoy 3 fluid ounces and leave the rest to go flat while it takes up prime real estate in our refrigerator is definitely a bit of an extravagance.
Walgreens has ginger ale in cans. They had boxes of 12-packs stacked up by the entry doors, as if they expect them to fly out the door, like any good sale would. A sign indicated each box was $10.99. I expected each to cost $4, maybe $5. Maybe even $6 . It still seemed like the thing to do rather than open a 2-liter expensive bottle just for a few thirst-quenching sips.
I brought the 12-pack carton to the register and the masked cashier behind the plexiglass window mumbled something at me. She repeated it a few more times until I finally figured out she wanted me to buy three 12-packs. “Can I buy just one?” I asked. She shook her head as she mumbled some more at me. I concluded, best I could, that I had to buy three 12-packs or none. So 3 it was. Once home, Sir Braver explained that I could have bought just one, but not at 1/3 The $10.99 price. I was ready to pay $10.99 for one 12-pack, remember? So what if it was more than 1/3 the price!
So we carried three 12-packs home. We are no spring chickens, you know. It was only a block and a half, but gee, that was heavy!
At the rate we enjoy ginger ale, we now have enough cans of ginger ale to last us through the summer of 2024. Long fizzless by then, to be sure, and a taste of our new freedom!