Southern Way

Southern Way

Friday, June 27, 2014

No Where to be Found

Have you ever tried to find something but realize it is to no avail? ie it is not going to happen? Well last week I ran into the quandary, it felt like a frustration dream but I had all my clothes on and when I tried to walk I moved forward - but I digress. I decided I would buy a jar of olive tapenade. Don't get me wrong I wasn't going to be picky and ask for garlic flavored tapenade with sun dried tomatoes. No, I just wanted a small jar of olive tapenade.

I went into our local grocer - the only one we have left. It was not to be found. I searched in the pickle section. Not there, although I felt sure that was the obvious location where it should have been. Then I went to the "gourmet" food aisle (such as it is). Was not to be. I stretched my mind and checked the snack and chip aisle, then the wine aisle, the cheese section. I found a young man stocking shelves. He went and asked and was no told, "No, indeed, we have no tapenade."

So I checked the other location - Walmart. Now don't laugh, yeah of little faith. One can now find such delicacies as prosciutto and pancetta, so there was hope. Once again after scouring all the areas I thought it could be I came up empty handed. While looking on the shelf with the pickles I noticed an older gentleman standing there with a look of total bewilderment on his face.

He looked at his friend, "I can tell you exactly what it is and what it looks like, but damn it if I can find it anywhere!"

A kindred spirit, although I felt certain he was not referring to olive tapenade. Is life so complicated or am I on the wrong aisle?

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