Musing #1: For the last couple of weeks I have heard Men at Work’s ‘Down Under’ no less than 5 times. This isn’t by choice mind you; the song will just be playing when I’m running around in the grocery store or flipping through radio channels. It did dawn on me that my entire life I have always thought they were singing “…he just smiled and gave me a bite of my sandwich…” which confused me to no end since why would some guy be feeding another guy his sandwich? Did he have no hands of his own? It only recently occurred to me that they are actually singing, “….he just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich….” I attribute this mistake from the fact that when this song came out (1981), I was only 7 years old and had no idea something called Vegemite even existed. Because the word wasn’t in my vocabulary I substituted it for words I did know and never bothered to correct myself.
Musing #2: I sometimes go to Gelson’s for lunch. Gelson’s is one of those high end grocery stores that insists on never having anything on sale. They do have a great lunch deal though at their deli – a half sandwich with two sides for $5.50. I was there today (coincidentally where I heard ‘Down Under’ again) and while I was waiting for my sandwich to be made I saw this as one of my sides that I could choose to have:
I did a lot of giggling about it as chopped liver is, in my mind, one of those made up foods that you joke about serving to someone (“Yeah, come on over – we’re having chopped liver tonight!”) but that doesn’t actually exist in real life. Spam and chicken gizzards also fall into this category. I guess it’s not that I don’t believe that they really exist; I just have a hard time fathoming why someone would willingly put something like that in their mouth. Then again, I should talk. I eat hot dogs.