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I’m Not Crazy


$2.79 for Quaker Oats, $0.50 less for the store brand. Seemed like a no-brainer which one I should choose. I mean, this wasn’t supermarket vodka versus Kettle One. As far as I could tell, the two products were exactly the same. So why, in the name of soluble fiber, would anyone choose the leading brand? As I pondered this, some lady pulled her cart up next to me. Apparently she saw things in much the same way, because without a moment’s hesitation she leaned over and grabbed some of the cheap stuff, then straightened up and smiled at me.

“You’d have to be crazy to get the expensive kind,” she said, nodding at the shelves. “Why waste money like that, especially the way things are now?”

Although I agreed with her, there was something about her tone that didn’t sound right to me. Uninquisitive is how I’d describe it, which was a problem because I’d always found a lack of inquisition distasteful. As she turned and put the oatmeal into a cart filled with all kinds of other knockoff products, I became motivated to articulate my opinion of her assessment.

“What do you mean, ‘You’d have to be crazy?’”

“Pardon?” she turned back from her cart, looking at me with surprised eyebrows.


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