Lunch: Spicy Sardines, Yeah!

Self is in her kitchen, doing the equivalent of the Howard Dean YEEAAAH! that sunk his campaign. But, in self’s case, there is no one to witness such depravity.

The reason self is so exercised? She just ripped off the wrapping of her last remaining can of “spicy sardines.” In the Philippines, self thinks her Mum used to get Mabuti. Or was that Ligo? Anyhoo, it was sardines doused in olive oil and spicy red chili peppers.

Here, self finds that Asian supermarket Marina Mart, in Foster City, carries a spicy sardines brand called “Mascato”, which is from Portugal, and tastes exactly like the spicy sardines self used to eat back home in Manila. Not only that, the wrapper is almost exactly the same: yellow, red, and white.

Suddenly, self finds the wrapper infinitely fascinating. She can’t recall whether American sardines have this same kind of wrapper. It took self some time to rip off the yellow/white/red wrapper because it was also firmly secured with scotchtape, which absolutely boggles her mind: thousands and thousands of yellow,white, and red sardine tins leaving a factory every day, and someone there has the added duty of applying scotchtape to both ends — unless there is a special scotchtape-applying machine, though, which self very much doubts.

And, speaking of scotch tape, why make it so hard for a person to unwrap this sardine? Americans are genius at packaging: the whole purpose of an American package is to allow consumers/suckers to get at coveted product in two seconds flat. This morning, it took self three minutes to undo scotchtape and undo wrapper, etc etc

Well, heaven. Self feels things can’t be too bad today, even though today is the class where she meets J & J.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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