Until the last oil boom, fresh fish of any kind was a rarity here in the grocery stores. The influx of oil workers from Gulf Coast states changed that, and now we have a pretty reliable supply of fish and shellfish. Fresh lobsters are still a rarity, and when one of the local grocery stores advertised fresh lobsters, $9.99 each, Husband and I decided to try to get a couple.
The sale was on for a Saturday starting at 10:00. Customers were limited to four lobsters each. We arrived at 9:45 to find the line stretching from the back of the store to the front door. We qued up, and waited patiently while the line got longer and longer behind us. Store employees were taking photographs of the customers. By 10: 15, they were sold out. We didn’t get to move ahead much at all before the lobsters were gone.
I can’t say I was too disappointed not getting lobster. It was going to be a busy weekend anyway, and a couple of lobsters would have made it even busier. I marveled, though, at the dozens of people who got there before us, determined to get a lobster at a fairly decent price. I typically hate standing in line for things. I don’t know why I was willing to do so this time. I suppose the novelty of fresh lobster was a draw.
When have you stood in line for something. Was it worth the wait?