Its the fourth of July weekend. What that used to mean to me, when I was single, was the beginning of the downhill slide to Christmas. Because July seemed to go by in such a rapid flash that the next thing I knew, it was the part of August where the fences for the Halloween pumpkin lots started going up. Well, come on. They have to start in August because it takes at least 60 days to get ready for Halloween. Of course, once its Halloween, then its also basically the first day of the five months of Christmas. Happily,these days Christmas doesn't cause me the same anxiety . So I am starting the beginning of this fourth of July weekend by celebrating my new purchase from Trader Joe's: Rambutan. Thank God they are finally selling it. Because we all didn't really have enough choices for snacks before. "Not just sweet or tart or even a combination of the two, the Japanese 'fifth flavor' known as Umami." is what it says on the back of the package. I don't know if Umami is the Japanese way of saying "Yo Mama." But I can tell you what freeze dried Rambutan tastes like: A very old piece of toast and jam. Like if you made yourself some and got it all slathered up but had to run out of the house and forgot to eat it. Then a week later, you found it behind something and decided that you were so desperate for a hit of flavor that you would taste it, even though you knew better. Now with new freeze dried Rambutan, you don't have to wait that hellish week for the bread to turn an odd combination of sweet and spongy ! I don't know if the big Rambutan shipment is selling but I do know the reason I own this pack is because I consider it part of my job, as a cataloguer of Americana, to make a point of trying to own one of every weird thing that goes up for sale in the supermarket. Which is why I own this:
Here is what I like about it: Its not fresh. Its not pie. AND its not NOW . (Well, except in the broadest most metaphysical definition of the word IT.) But it definitely does represent one of the things about living in this country that I can rely on for my own amusement: The endless selection of weird things I find for sale at the supermarket.
Happy 4th of July.
Causes Merrill Markoe Supports
1. The Jane Goodall Institute 2. Tailsofjoy.com 3. Best Friends Animal Rescue 4. The Humane Society 5. PETA
6. The Sam Simon Foundation