we had company at our house out on Prudence Island
. A college friend of my stepmother
's had come for a visit, along with her husband
. It's unfortunate
that I was not in the best shape at the time, having been doing yardwork
all day. Bluntly, I was fucking exhausted and not feeling terribly conversational
, the subject of power
outages came up, and the college
friend (Eileen) mentioned that she had once very nearly lost a hundred
dollars worth of beef
she had just bought to a power outage.
"I don't know what I would have done if it wasn't already frozen!", she exclaimed, plainly very
glad she had frozen it in the nick of time
." I muttered.
"Well, if the meat
's about to go bad, might as well break out the grill
and some drying racks and make jerky."
"Well, when the power went out, I doubt making jerky was the first thing on her mind.", my stepmother
interjected, coming to her friend's aid.
, it's the first thing I think of!" I slumped my shoulders, half-closed my eyes, and did my best Captain Caveman
impression. "Ugh, no lights. Make Jerky!"
The ensuing silence and gaping expressions were a perfect backdrop
for my chuckling exit to the kitchen