“What’s that“, you ask?
That’s an actual character called an ‘interrobang’. It’s used to denote a thought which asks in a most emphatic manner. Look it up. We like to think of it as the punctuational equivalent of “What the ‘bleep’?!?“
In the case of Harwich Spirits Shoppe, the interrobang is a good introduction to Bruce’s latest idea — his so called ‘Scavenged Sacks Of Shite’ or SOSS. Here’s the way it works…
Da Gizz will rummage through the store and find collections of goods, and each collection will be worth at least $20 retail. He will (probably willy nilly) pick and choose a bunch of stuff and throw it in a bag or a box. For the purchaser this could be a boon or a bust. The bag (or box) might contain a nice old wine and a lottery ticket. Then again, it might hold a too-small tee-shirt, a hat, a couple of key chains and a piece of jewelry that you find ugly. Trust this cat; please trust this cat… You never know what you’re going to get! All you really know going into this deal is that it will be worth at least $20 whether you like it or not. And sometimes, the SOSS will be worth considerably more than $20.
The beauty of SOSS is the randomness of it. It’s summertime, and Da Gizz is busier than the proverbial one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Obviously, he’ll try not to leave anyone feeling ripped off, but his scavenging is going to be the traditional ‘Gibson Flurry’. When the smoke settles, not even Bruce is going to know what he’s done. This will be a true crap shoot.
Watch for signs at the store (and this blog) as to when the SOSS mayhem begins, and good luck to you…
See you by those happenstance racks,
Two cats blogging…
P.S. Did or did not this cat warn you two days ago that the overall, long-term financial stability of this country is in deep doo doo? Tonight, S&P just lowered our credit rating from triple A to double A. So where does the world’s largest economy (which spends roughly $3 trillion/year, but only takes in $2 tn in revenue?) go for its missing moolah? We have little choice now but to borrow more at a higher rate of return, and tax. And read my lips… The taxes won’t just be on the millionaires and billionaires. Oh goody…
* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.