Monday, November 24, 2008
What a great pic ...!
When I was in high school, my dad got me a part-time job sweeping floors and emptying trash cans at the trucking company - in Lebanon, TN - at which he worked. The only upside to that job was the 'round-the-corner market, Bobby's Market, that sold $1 baloney sandwiches and $1 bottles of Double Cola.
Now, let me tell you about Bobby's baloney sandwiches:
The baloney was thick-cut, 'bout a half-inch thick; each sammich was served on white bread that was so so soft and fresh, each bite would literally stick to the roof of your mouth; and two slices of pre-packaged yellow cheese was standard issue on each sammich. Perfection, indeed.
I last worked in Lebanon in 1996. Since that time, I ain't never (apologies to Webb Pierce) had a baloney sammich that could match a Bobby's baloney sammich. I don't reckon I ever will. That said ...
I was out and about, and doin' business, in Donelson this morning, and I tooled into the Donelson Kroger to pick up the latest Soldier of Fortune magazine. As I was passing the deli, I spied a hair-netted lady who was wrapping and neatly stacking sandwiches near the fried chicken and sich. I picked up a baloney sammich, and the bread was so fresh that my fingers made dimples. I looked at the price, $1.99, and I said to myself, "This is lunch!" (see above pic).
Was the Kroger baloney sammich as good as a Bobby's country market baloney sammich? Of course not. It was pretty damn good, though, and the green-leaf lettuce was an okay - just okay - substitute for cheese.
Will I go out of my way to buy another Kroger baloney sammich? No. If I ever again enter a Kroger over-worked and hungry ... will I buy a baloney sammich? You betcha I will (apologies to Gov. Sarah Palin).