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October 21, 2011

A box of raisins. Really? In my lunch box? Everyone will know we are poor. Because raisins are poor people food. Grape juice is poor people drink, and when you spend 4 bucks on a fruit cup and it’s heavy on grapes, how do you feel? You feel ripped off. Somebody skimped and stuffed fluff fruit in your cup. All up and down the line raisins are an uncomfortable marker of caste.
Isn’t it weird then, that wine is so sophisticated? What is it that can turn this third world seed into first class status? Time. Time, more than anything, indicates wealth. If you can hold onto your grapes for 15 years as they age, then you have money. If you need to sell your grapes this season to pay for next season’s advance, then you are not rich.
Poor people have time on their hands, don’t get me wrong. They don’t, however, have it at their disposal. That is what separates the grape juices from the Bordeaux’s.

2 Comments

  1. If eating raisins makes you poor, where does not having raisins at all, put you?

    Comment by ken — October 22, 2011 @ 2:15 am

  2. eating grape jelly sandwiches?

    Comment by Rolston — October 25, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

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