The other night, I was shopping at the local supermarket, and since I've been feeling rather sickly lately, I decided to stock up -- no pun intended -- on soups.
Ordinarily, when cold & flu season arrives, I make up a gallon or so of my own kick-ass chicken soup, an extra-spicy concoction which I call "The god's Honest Soup" [sic]. The "god" part -- note the small "G" -- is a reference to one of the many unofficial titles my friends have given to me over the years, "the god of trivia." This stuff doesn't just cure a cold, it can cure leprosy, a broken leg, erectile dysfunction... But I digress.
Since -- as regular readers of this blog are all too aware -- I've been reserving what little ambition I've had lately for the Simpson/Lynch Studios: Pleasantview blog, I decided to buy several ready-made soups. And while I was looking among the soups, I looked for what every supermarket used to have, at least, in my neck of the woods: the unofficial "Snow's" chowder section.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Snow's brand, they make chowder, primarily. New England Clam Chowder. Manhattan Clam Chowder. Seafood Chowder (my personal favorite). Corn Chowder. Chicken Corn Chowder. Possum Corn Chowder. Humpback Whale Chowder. Okay, okay maybe not those last two, but still... that's an awful lotta chowders! (And I do pronounce it as "chowder," and not "chowda," because even though I'm from Massachusetts, it doesn't mean I sound like one of the Kennedys)!
I looked, and looked, and couldn't find any Snow's products! I almost walked up to a stockboy to ask if the Snow's company had gone out of business. (Yeah, like he'd know!)
And then I saw it. A few rows of Snow's New England Clam Chowder, both condensed and "ready to serve." (That second choice means that you get half the value for your money, presumably a penalty for being lazy.) But no Manhattan Clam Chowder, and none of the other chowders, either.
So. There's a lot less "Snow's" on the shelves these days.
Therefore, there obviously is something to this "Global Warming" thing.
Thanks for your time.
P.S. -- I usually strive to keep this blog non-political, so if you want to use my silly punchline as the opportunity to start a serious argument about the pros and cons of the whole "climate change" issue in my comments section... please don't. Dis ain't de place, fellow babies. I'll switch to comment moderation, and all intelligent and/or gut-level responses will never see the light of day! Just sayin'.