Last week, I purchased fresh limes for 20 cents each at north City Market. I returned today to buy limes only to find that they are now 39 cents apiece, and yet a sign touted "new lower prices" on produce. What gives? - Margarita Lover
When lime prices magically rise just before tourist season begins, it can only mean one thing: Local gas stations now are in charge of the produce aisle.
That's the only logical explanation.
After all, a couple of weeks ago, when limes were 20 cents, unleaded was a mere $2.19 a gallon. Today, limes are 39 cents and gas is $2.37 and climbing. A coincidence?
It's enough to drive one to drink, except no one can afford to do either - and certainly never both simultaneously.
But a call to north City Market revealed that your sour lime experience was a timing issue rather than a nefarious petroleum plot to gouge the margarita-making masses.
"Limes are normally three for a dollar," explained the nice person at north City Market who asked not to be identified. "A couple weeks ago, we had a super special on limes at five for a dollar. It was a limited-time promotion."
To get the three-for-$1 deal, you need to use your Value Card. Otherwise limes are 39 cents each.
And the grocer confirmed that gas stations do not control the local citrus market.
Phew! That calls for a toast, and Action Line has been known to prepare a high-octane adult leisure beverage on festive occasions. Here's the recipe.
Quality tequila is essential; none of that icky premix swill.
Squeeze one lime into a glass, add 2 ounces of good tequila (one shot glass full) and the same amount of good triple sec. Add ice cubes and stir.
No salt on the rim as it contributes to high blood pressure. Don't use crushed ice as it melts too fast and we have enough global warming these days.
The final steps: Take beverage to deck. Sit in chair. Look at garden. Sip slowly. Happy summer.
When I drive along Goeglein Gulch Road, I always look at the wall across the road from Ted's Rental. It's been five years and the Great Wall of Goeglein is still unfinished. It sports that orange plastic fencing along the sidewalk that was poured a year ago. Is there any hope this will be completed with all that stimulus money floating about? - Gerry Mulder
Ah, yes. An unfinished project. Add that to the municipal "honey-do" list.
The city plans to install railing along the Great Wall, but has run into some problems finding a contractor, according to Jack Rogers, the city's director of public works.
One of those problems is that the railing specifications have yet to be drawn up.
Rogers said the engineering staff is working on the specs "and it should be under contract soon, but I can't say when," Rogers said.
Heck, what's a couple more months added to a five-year project?
And the orange safety fencing isn't so bad, especially when compared with that bizarre three-slab sculpture thing at the Goeglein roundabout just up the road from the Great Wall.
I called all my smart friends to find out the price of the new stamps. None of them knew, and I even heard different guesses. So I'm writing to you because my bills are due, and it's too far to drive to Illinois to pay the credit card. Hurry with your answer so I can avoid a late fee. I don't need my credit card to change the interest rate to 36 percent. - Sweetie Marbury
It's time to look under the couch cushions for spare change. The price of stamps went up 2 cents last Monday. Mailing a letter now costs 44 cents.
That's a fact. When it comes to first-class postage, never second guess a third-rate member of the fourth estate.
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