For those of you who don’t follow my twitter stream (and you really should), I held an impromptu barbeque the other night (pics), which was a massive success and will, at some point, be followed up. I provided all manner of goodies, included burgers and hot dogs (which tasted fantastic, if I might say so myself). Now, those of you who know me will know that I’m not a big fan of cooking, and as such don’t frequently buy food, especially of quantity. This being a barbeque, things were different, and off I went to the local superstore to buy said produce.
I picked up some burgers. Packs of 6. Then some hot dogs. Packs of 8. Easy peasy I thought, I can do this, so off I trundle to find the buns and rolls, and that’s where it all goes wrong.
The buns and rolls are located about as far away as you can get from the burgers and hot dogs, but never mind, I found them with the help of a few friendly staff members. First the burger buns. Packs of 8. Then the hot dog rolls. Packs of 6.
I was close to going steve martin right there and then. I had always assumed that the film was making a joke, and that in the real world products were packaged in sensible amounts. Apparently not. I could, of course, have chosen to buy a combination of the lowest common multiple of both burger / buns and hot dogs / rolls, but it’s not like I had invited the entire internet to my home to feast! And furthermore this would have precipitated a journey back through the store’s maze of isles to find more meat, probably to find it had run out.
It’s crazy, it really is. If anything it’s wasteful. If they priced the buns and rolls the same as they are now, but gave me less so that they came in sensible quantities I don’t think I would care, at least I wouldn’t be wasting. Who eats a burger bun with out a burger? Not me