Times are hard, and people are selling their valuables, or "monetizing their assets," as Wall Street calls it. South of town, things must be super-tough if this craigslist "for sale" item is any indication of Brentwood economics.
"Nice tater bin with 2 drawers and a paper towel holder.
SMOKE free and PET free home."
I tell ya, for people with the cash to spend, there's an upside to the downturn. Not just a tater bin, but a nice one.
Good thing it's a nice tater bin, because that's what we'll need to hold the taters purchased by my 90-year-old grandmother. She thrust out her jaw to make that Scots Irish look of disgust and handed me the receipt, saying, "Can you believe $3.40 for 3 Irish potatoes," the old term for a russet or Idaho potato. In her Missouri accent, it comes out "Arsh potatoes."
That's $1.49 per pound for potatoes. It does seem like a lot, probably especially to a person who remembers the Great Depression.
So I checked around Nashville. Kroger: $1.19 a pound for Arsh potatoes. Whole Foods: $1.99 a pound for conventional Washington state-grown Arsh potatoes. (I wonder if it's the extra adjectives that cost more.)
So what's the Arsh tater index at your local shopping venue?