As engaging as Winternship has been,
I caught a touch of cabin fever, so welcomed
the chance to go foraging... for groceries.
First stop Costco, the world's largest
retailer of organic food. Then a detour to
Whole Foods, which I normally avoid but was
the only somewhat nearby place that sells licorice root, which
can be used as a toothbrush according to Steph, who's been
sharing alternative dental hygiene methods.
The cashier, Tara, had a superhuman hawser of a blonde
braid, the envy of any Valkyrie, and I
couldn't resist commenting, "Your hair is
fantastic!" "Thanks." "You must get that a
lot." "Only today. I have 16 wigs."
Something in her eyes told me there was more
to the story but I didn't want to press.
"Well, you wear it well." Then hardware
store, Kroger's, and Goodwill, where, being
so close to Detroit, I daydreamed of finding
a cache of northern soul 45s,
settled instead for a couple of Laurel & Hardy soundtracks. Downtown
Oxford is cute as hell and I hoped to
quaff a cold one at quaint Oxford Tap, but 5:30
TGIF found every chair and stool taken, so I
dodged traffic to The Ox across the
street. The beer was good and normally I'd
be tempted to have a second, but the wall to
wall screens were oppressive so I was happy
to return to Strawbale, where Sarah
was sliding 3 homemade pizzas
into the oven...