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January 18, 2019

the evil of banality

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...