Seattle has a lot of stuff that we didn’t have ready access to back in Montana, but Lorie found a bit of a road bump at a chain grocery store the other day. She wants me to be sure to point out to you that this store was the size of a football stadium, yet they did not have any eel to be had, in a city where sushi places are as abundant as… well, bars back home. And it’s not like we were looking for fresh, free-range organic eel or anything. I could’ve just been the canned stuff– we’re not picky. And I also feel like I should emphasize that not being able to find eel in a grocery store is a delightful non-problem, and it wasn’t nearly as inconvenient as this comic makes it out to be. In a world where hunger, poverty and food shortages are a problem for millions of people, I’m glad to live in a place where food is accessible and abundant.

In actuality, I don’t think Lorie made any sort of scene, or even raised any of these sarcastic points. I was in another aisle at the time, so I might be putting words in her mouth, but I do know that we’re not banned from the store or anything. Consequently, it gave us cause to head to Uwajmaya, a magical land of all sorts of delights, where we were able to find unagi in spades, as well as other delicious aquatic creatures. And have you ever had octopus? That stuff is good– you don’t know what you’re missing out on if you turn down a nice bit o’ tentacle. Mmmm.

As for pickled pigs feet, I’ve never had them, but my grandpa and brother would eat them from time to time. In fact, for family photos, we still to this day say “pickled pigs feet” to encourage smiles and signal the picture-taking, in lieu of the more standard “cheese”. Now that I think of it, that’s probably kind of weird.

And speaking of food, and access to it, with Thanksgiving coming up, it’s kind of a traditional time for food drives and what not, so don’t forget to make a donation to your local food bank this holiday season. Needs might vary locally, but sometimes the supplies that are most needed are unexpectedly non-food items, like diapers, pet food, or cash for the organization to make specific purchases and fill in gaps.