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?