Saturday, November 3, 2012

Just a Little Jar of Pickles

Costco style! She Whose Food Must be Tasted is planning something mysterious. It involves masses of pickles. Hence she dispatched me to buy three jars. Looking for these I encountered the gallon-jar of Vlasic Kosher Dill Wholes—and, being at Costco, it was massive. I figured that she would be delighted and settled on buying just one. Well, she was! She wanted a picture of it, presumably for Facebook.

Well, my little Kodak M893IS, whose characteristics are that she is the smallest Kodak, presumably, decided not to be cooperative. She absolutely refused to show just how HUGE this jar really is, despite various efforts on my part to introduce perspective.  Instead, she made it fit her own view of size. Well, it’s the best I can do—but I do include a duette in which that jar is next to a 1/2 gallon bottle of Buttermilk. And I show images with and without a flash.

Costco features industrial-size retailing. If I owned a forklift, I’d take it with me shopping there. You want to see a cucumber that would not fit in this jar? Here it is. I purchased in mid-September from a household in our neighborhood; they were selling the surplus of their garden on the curb. Are we in some ways fixated on cucumbers around here? No. But unusual size does fascinate. A recent fascination is with Shi Tzus—trying to recognize them from a distance. And I do keep hoping that, someday, genetic science will deliver the miniature elephant, the perfect pet, about the size of a goat.


  1. Say, did you add the picture with the half gallon of buttermilk to the post later? I ask because I hadn't noticed it right away and it does help put that enormous jar... into perspective.

    Bon appetit!

  2. No, Monique, it was there all along. Sometimes cameras just fail. Or maybe just the little ones. Did you take a pictures with your mighty Canon?