Saturday, December 23, 2006

Food glorious food.

Feeling smug for having left work early I decided to get a head start on my Christmas food shopping. I only needed a few things at Costco (a foolish notion at best as they don’t encourage ‘ 9 items or less’). However, having battled downtown traffic & finding even the overflow parking lot was full I realized (not so smugly) the rest of Maui had the same idea. Chuntering “there are way too many people on this Island” I moved to plan B…Puk-Sup-a kinder, gentler non bulky shopping experience. Here the natives are friendly and the veggies locally grown.

Puk-Sup led me to Foodland for the few items they didn’t have and as I was warning the local cashier about the horrors of the downtown population explosion I had to stop myself from saying “where did all these people come from”?, as I am clearly one of “those people”!

Upon opening the passenger door of my truck, the Puk-Sup potatoes & onions dove onto the concrete like lemmings off a cliff. Given that I had parked on a slight incline, they started rolling under the car next to me and were only stopped from gathering great speed by a concrete parking lot divider! As I bent over picking up my escaped verdure I must have looked like a bizarre well dressed bag lady who’d won the vegetable lottery!

Which reminds me, as my vegetable cup runneth over & there are too many mouths on the Island, I must give to the Maui food bank.

PS: Hawai'i's population grew by more than 12,000 people from July 2005 to July 2006 and is now home to 1.285 million people.

5 comments:

Nancy said...

Great commentary... I feel the same way. I made the venture to Costco and it was worse than rush hour traffic in LA with out the help of stop lights, and I am talking about the inside of the warehouse! Now that you have me as a blogger, I thought to my self, where is my camera, this would be a great blog shot!! help me.....

mater70 said...

This is obviously a worldwide phenomenon. People seem to think they have to buy enough food for a "just in case" moment when, in actual fact, it's only a couple of days at the most.

Good to be in my position and be a guest on Christmas Day - as they say in Yorkshire "nowt to do, nor brass to spend".

mater70 said...

Sorry about this but can anyone tell me why verification words sometimes have as many as nine letters or as few as five? This totally foxes my ageing brain.

A Happy Christmas to all Sharon's readers by the way from the UK.

meesh said...

hysterical - I have a full visual of the entire scenario and I have now decided to bag the shopping venture planned for today and surf into extra time. Mana will do nicely! It's small so it can't get too insane! Thanks for the heads up!

gcammar said...

Nobody can stop development, because it is drive by the thing that rules the world nowadays: money.
So there will be more houses, hotels, people, cars in Hawaii until it will be too many and somebody will start to leave.

It's inevitable and we are ALL part of the problem. It's good to be part of THIS problem, though...