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Such A Deal I Have, For You My Special Friend…

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So I’m busy making supper and a guy knocks on my door and says, “I’ve finished making my deliveries and have extra steaks. Only $3.00 each. Would you like to buy some? I have filet mignon and ____.”

I didn’t hear the second cut of beef he was selling. My brain was too busy trying to process the fact that this guy showed up out of no where – well, actually New York (and I live in Rhode Island)  – and he just happens to have these extra steaks… for $3.00 each.

There was this little mouse in my head scramblin’ around squeaking things like, “Who are you?” “Why my door?” “Is it the house? It’s a perpetual construction zone of unfinished projects. Does it look like I would eat filet mignon?” Maybe that’s the thing. He figured I would jump at the chance to have filet mignon on a ground beef budget. (Which, come to think of it, isn’t cheap either.)

The truck he drove was the size of a small pick-up and had a box refrigerator unit in the bed. (About the size of a small U-Haul truck.) Emblazoned on the side of the white refrigerated box were the words ‘USDA Beef’ in a red and blue diamond logo.

  • He appeared spiffy and clean, but what was the name of his business?
  • Have the steaks been kept at proper temperature on the trip from New York to Rhode Island and during an entire day of deliveries?
  • Has the meat been federally inspected? (Maybe that’s a mediocre argument given some of the documentaries out there, but still… mad cow, anyone?)
  • And again, what’s the name of the business?

Okay I admit, I was running on instinct powered by that silly mouse and these questions didn’t pop into my head until after I said ‘no thanks’ and closed the door. I’ll never know the answers. But standing there confronted with this mobile meatman, I just couldn’t think this was a good thing. After all, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Right? (I know, I need to be more open to new things – but food poisoning isn’t one of them.)

Filet mignon for $3.00. Each.

It’s been forever since I’ve even seen one. With my frame of reference, he could have passed off almost any cut of meat (well, not a T-bone steak or a lamb chop) as filet mignon and I’m not sure I would have known any better. (I just had to google to be sure I spelled it correctly.) And then I have this magnificent piece of beef, (how many ounces do you get for $3.00. Each.??) and I don’t know that I’d do it justice ‘cuz I like my beef cooked and an expensive (except this time) cut like filet mignon is more of a stick-it-in-the-oven-turn-around-three-times-take-it-out-and-eat-it piece of beef. USDA beef. Butchered who knows where, by who knows who and only $3.00. Each.

I wouldn’t do it justice grilling it either. I know your supposed to use tongs to grill meat, but I lost mine someplace (how does that happen?) so I use my long handled granny fork and, yes, I lose some of the juice and I’m sure grillmasters everywhere are breaking out in hives. Deal with it. I don’t want to buy another pair of tongs when I have a pair around here… someplace. And for filet mignon, I’d feel obligated to buy tongs. (There goes the savings on the filet mignon for only $3.00. Each.)

And here’s the spooky thing. I already told you I was busy making supper when he showed up at my door, right?

I was grilling a (bought-on-sale) steak out on the back deck.

It’s like I drew him in with the smell or something.

So what do you think? Did I say ‘no’ to a good thing? What would you have done if he showed up at your door?

About anitakgreene

I write romantic adventure for the inspirational market. I enjoy needlework, papercrafting and gardening. I'm at home in the Ocean State with my husband, son and a spoiled Belgian Malinois.

2 responses »

  1. This happened to us in the late 80’s in up-state NY. Same kind of deal. We bought several of the steaks he was selling. Course, things are different today with e. coli, mad cow, and some of the other discoveries about meat. Not sure if I would do it today.

    However, it was delicious meat. We actually asked them to come around the next time they were in the area, and they did. Today, I might look them up on the internet.

    Interesting.

    Reply
    • Thank you, mj, for sharing your experience. Looking back, I think part of my discomfort was how ‘generic’ the truck was. No company name. I’m glad to hear, that these kinds of visits are not uncommon.

      Reply

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