Would you?I blurbed about it but I think it needs a longer comment so I'm blogging about it now.
I'm over at the house with the electrician figuring out the work to replace the circuit box (doing that Saturday at 7 AM!) and this guy wanders up from the street. "Neighbor?" "Solicitor?"
He started in talking and I knew it was some sales talk--he had the body language and the pitch.
Him, "I was down the street delivering an order to Mrs. So-N-So and ended up with a surplus of frozen steaks and chicken and seafood. If you have a big freezer, I can make you a great deal"
My reply, "Thanks, I'm a vegetarian".
My reply "I'm a vegetarian".
My reply "I DON'T EAT MEAT - I'm a VEGETARIAN"
He finally got it. Really gave me confidence in what he was selling that he couldn't understand the word vegetarian. Maybe it was WHAT he was selling that made that impossible to imagine.
I do eat seafood but it was disturbing on so many levels that someone in a very obscurely marked truck (something like Midwest Distribution Company--Midwest??) was driving around the neighborhood, going door to door selling excess frozen meat.
Why an excess? Did he get a smaller order after he got to her house? Did she run out of room in the freezer and have to take less? Does he usually overload the truck and do door-to-door meat peddling?
In this day and age of meat handling horror stories and meat recalls in stores (I heard even Trader Joe's had a meat recall--amazing) and people contracting e.coli and other diseases from meat consumption, why would I buy unknown meat from an unknown person with mysterious credentials?
It was funny. Sean, the electrician, said "I would have told him I'm a vegetarian too if he asked". He isn't. He said his wife made the mistake once of buying meat in a similar fashion and it wasn't very good meat. I'd say they were lucky it just didn't taste good and there weren't bigger issues.
My first interaction at the house turns into a meat encounter of the close kind.