Lauren makes an awesome anti-pasta salad. I was sent out to pick up some of the ingredients so she could make it for our 4th of July celebration.
When I got home from the store she pointed out that I picked up the wrong type of the main ingredient.
I went back to the store to return the item. This is the conversation I had with the guy behind the deli counter.
"I need to return this. My wife said I picked up the wrong thing for her recipe."
"Okay. What does your wife need?"
"She needs a harder salami. Apparently the one I got is too soft."
He turned red. So did I.
"What's the difference between a hard salami and soft salami?" I asked.
"Are you setting me up for a joke?"
"No. I looked out here." I said pointing to the prepackaged meats in the aisle."But they are all the same brand."
I then paused and composed myself and accepted what I had to ask. "Do you have hard salami back there?"
He paused and composed himself and then answered. "Yes. How much hard salami does your wife need?"
"I don't know. Can I see it?"