When I went to France in 2001, I lived in a small town in the middle of the country called Vichy (yes Dad, the home of Vichyssoise). It was there that I met Marta, an Italian girl who was so enamoured with Australia that she adopted me without question and put up with my tears and tantrums for the four weeks we studied together in that quintissential French town.
One thing I'll never forget about Marta was how incredible she found my habit of buying in bulk at the only Monoprix supermarket in town. Even though I was living alone in an apartment, I needed to have 30 rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom, four kitchen sponges, and a ten-bottle pack of spring water wedged into my tiny fridge. Penny-pinching was not the motivation for this though. What really tickled Marta was the fact that I stockpiled these items because I was "petrified of running out". Being Italian, her literal English translation of "petrified" as applied to my running out of toilet paper was particularly amusing to her.
Fast forward to 2006 and last night's discovery that my almost-favourite website amazon.com now features a grocery section. I was ecstatic! Browsing the categories I learned that Kelloggs are selling 90 single-serve cereal cups for $40. Bargain! I shared this with Melissa at work today (because she buys one of these cereal cups every morning for breakfast) and instead of marvelling at my online research skills and offering to go halves with me on the sensational purchase, she muttered something about me being "disturbed" and she hung up on me.
But seriously. If ever the end of the world comes, you can all retreat to my place because we'll want for nothing. And then who'll have the last laugh?!