B. J. and I travel. In fact, we travel a lot. We collect things from around the world where we travel. We collect coffee cups, bottles, key chains, refrigerator magnets, caps, cookbooks, ad infinitum. And, when circumstance allow, we collect food items (packaged of course) such as dips, jams, jellies, preserves, sauces and condiments. We like to sample the unusual cuisines of the world. We have found some of the cookery quite tasty and some of it not worth repeating.
Sometime back somewhere in Florida, we stopped in an eye-catching shop in an out-of-the-ordinary shopping center near a cozy condo on a lovely beach where we were spending some time. This is us. We do this.
Over nearly fifty-three years of happy marriage, we have shopped in unique shopping places far and wide.
The store was big. Both the façade and the interior of the mart was a study in arresting arrangement. Multitudes of colorful whatnots and indescribables inundated the place. One, or in our case two people, could spend hours in the place and barely graze the surface.
We plundered the place happily and curiously looking for something inimitable to add to our collection of curios. B. J. ransacked the clothing section looking for something “different” while I moved randomly about. Someone we took to be the proprietor appeared to be eyeing us suspiciously.
Then something across the aisle caught my eye. I moved over to examine it. The quaint multihued wrapping was intriguing. I read the label; it said in big vivid letters: REDNECK PEPPER MADE IN THE USA. A drawing of an uncommon carved circular spice rack on the cover was the clincher. I had to have it.
The proprietor saw me investigating the article and came to me. “There are several varieties of peppers contained the rare pepper shakers in the package; it’s a great buy for $12.95.”
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