Day 243 : lobster


Sandy: I’ve noticed the cost of lobster is considerably lower in the grocery store lately. I don’t usually buy it because it can be so expensive. A NY Times article recently suggested that lobster is more available which lowers the cost of lobster for restaurants. But restaurants won’t lower their prices because they think it will cheapen the idea of lobster after all these years of marketing it as a premium item. Also, lowering the price would confuse customers if halibut or sea bass were priced higher than lobster. At one time, lobster was considered the poor man’s crab. Imagine that.

Now that radiation contamination is evident in more and more Pacific Ocean sea life, including the fish we eat, I’m looking for alternatives to halibut and tuna. Looks like I have to give up Dungeness crab, mussels and oysters, too. And eat more lobster. Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s nuclear fallout is 20-30 times as high as as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945 so in my lifetime I will not enjoy seafood from the Pacific Ocean again. East Coast lobster is looking even better.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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