So I didn’t have the most competent Tuesday afternoon â€” barely left the house in time to make the talk at the library, only to be thwarted by trains and get there fifteen minutes late. Argh. Good thing they’re doing that talk again on March 18; I’ll try to give myself more of a head start then (or I’ll be out doing something awesome for spring break, and either way the expected value is pretty darn good).
I wandered off from the library, grumpy at myself and feeling socially awkward, only to spy this FreshDirect ad, which made me so happy I almost forgot about my little blunder:
All hail, we used to say on Everything2 back in the day, but here’s the only relic I could find of that golden age. Anyway.
That was good, but what happened a little later was even better. I kept wandering down Madison until I got to Spice Corner at East 29th. We’d been out of chana dal and red lentils for a while at the Grille, and I hadn’t been able to find either chana dal or black or brown mustard seeds for the Wednesday night dinner I bragged up on Monday, but little Indian market? Had to be worth a shot. Sure enough, I found all three items (barely resisting a bag of mixed chana and masoor dal) but then I struck out a little (or so I thought) at the register, where my total was $13.97. “Can I pay with a card?” I said. Sure, they said. “I only have $13,” I explained by way of apology.
“You have $13?” asked the guy working the register. ” Just give me that. It costs me $1.50 to run the card.”
Well, boo-yah! I’ll take the screw-the-credit-card-companies discount any day. I left the store with a smile on my face (okay, their big crazy pastry case would have made me grin no matter what), then took the very long way home via the greenmarket at the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall terminal, where I found not just cider and cider donuts, but homemade apple fruit leather for $2. So worth it!
That night, Ophelia came over with piles of super-discounted post-Valentines Day chocolate and we got tasty Indian takeout from a place I’d been meaning to try for months now (Ajanta, at Amsterdam and West 121st) and a good time was had by all. Yay for awesomeness!