Day 006 Randomocity
Day 006 – July 28, 2011
Double the Independence
Today, July 28, marks Peruvian Independence Day and it is the first day of two that is a national celebration called Fiestas Patrias. This day celebrates the 1821 proclamation by Jose de San Martin of this country’s independence from Spain.
Happy Birthday, Peru, on your 190th birthday.
Since the family and I were in the States at the start of this month, we were able to celebrate Independence Day in the United States in the Washington, D.C. area and we were able to wish a big happy 235th birthday to the U. S. of A. on the day it declared its independence.
That’s a first for me when I can celebrate two Independence Days in a month.
Warning: Really Bad Pun Ahead
Since variety is the spice of life and it’s always good to do some comparison shopping, we tried a new grocery store today. In addition, in typical bloggy fashion, I took a picture of it (see below).
This store was slightly different from our first experience at a grocery store. Wong appeared to have a wider selection of products than our first store including some products commonly found in the States such as Wishbone salad dressing, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes (although this blog posting notes that Tony the Tiger has a bit of a different look about him), and Kraft’s macaroni and cheese.
However, with greater options comes a greater price as it appears that the prices here at Wong were slightly higher than our first grocery store.
There is one other difference between this new store we were in and all the other grocery stores. It apparently is a custom among the local high school students to go through a rite of initiation during their senior year. Before their last set of finals, these seniors must run through a pair of grocery stores and purchase six packs of any product from the “Casino” line of cookies and snacks. There are a fair number of casinos in Lima and the thought among the seniors is that the “Casino” brand of cookies carries with it the good luck that people hope to find in the casinos.
What is interesting is that for this rite of initiation to be considered successful, the seniors will run through any other store such as Plaza Vea, Tottus or Vivenda, but they will completely and utterly avoid running into Wong.
Because, as everyone knows…
…two Wongs don’t make a rite.
(Show of hands…how many saw that pun coming by the second paragraph?)
And with that, Day 006 was finished.