marissa writes a blog on saturday....
So today I went to a butcher to pick up some meat for a bbq. Yep, a real butcher, not just the meat section of the supermarket. I haven't done that in years! It has always seemed easier to just buy meat while I am doing the grocery shopping, and while I will probably still buy meat at the supermarket weekly, every now and then I will still visit my local butcher as well. Especially considering the great service they gave me today :)
You see, I don't think I am the ideal customer when it comes to ordering meat. The prices are all done by weight, not by item. You know, like 'sausages: $9 a kilo'... well, I like to order '6 sausages' instead. Normally I think it would go quite smoothly, but today I was on a budget, so it made it a bit more unusual...
I had $10 to spend, and I wanted to get a) some sausages b) a little something else to give to my friends hosting the bbq - like some 'thanks for having us over' meat...normally I would make another stop and get a bottle of wine or chocolates instead but I had baby Sophie with me and it was raining and we were running late, so I am hoping my friends still liked the 'meaty' gift :)
Anyway, when it was my turn at the butcher's counter I didn't know how much my $10 would get me, so I asked a couple of questions. Here is where Ben says it went a little crazy...
Marissa: "What can I get for $10?"
Butcher: "Uh... pretty much anything, it just depends how much of it you want."
Marissa: "How many sausages could I get for $10?"
Butcher: "A bit over a kilo."
Marissa: "How many sausages are there in a kilo?"
Butcher: "Well, it depends on how big they are..."
Marissa: "How about 6? Could I get 6 sausages with $10?"
Butcher: "Yep, you could get more than six sausages."
Marissa: "But what if I only want 6? Is that allowed?"
Marissa: "Yeah - is there a minimum sausage amount?"
(At this point I think the butcher started looking around for a hidden camera)
Then I realised what the problem was. I was approaching it like I used to with my corner store when I was a kid - you know, when you could say "How many eucalyptus lollies can I get for 40 cents?"....
The butcher was great and very patient, but I think he felt a bit sorry for me seeing I clearly didn't understand the standard meat ordering practices. I think the other 5 men in the shop may have felt the same way. But to their credit, they all waited patiently and politely while I eventually got my order. So I'll definitely be going back!
By the way, I could get 6 sausages and 2 crumbed pieces of lamb and had a bit left over... just in case you were wondering :)
See you next time...