And it had a pearl inside.
This morning we ventured out in search of food. We hit the proverbial meat-lovers jackpot when we came across L&L Drive In. I have no idea what L&L stands for, and no clue why it’s called a drive in, because it isn’t. It’s just a store, in a strip mall, that serves the best BBQ Short Ribs that I’ve ever tasted this site of the Mississippi. After stuffing my face with no less than 4 strips of ribs, we began looking at a couple of stores.
As soon as we walked into one store, I got suckered by the lady behind the jewelry counter when she said, “Do you want a coupon?” Did you say coupon? Did you know that I’m half Chinese…and a blogger? Getting coupons is part of my genetic make-up. I chose a nice pink coupon and BAM! I got 40% off a find a pearl oyster. Pick an oyster for $7.50 (originally $14.95) and find a pearl! GUARANTEED! No pearl, no pay!
So we selected a nice fat oyster from the bottom of the pool of water. She carefully pulled on a glove and began the dissection. Out popped this beautiful pink pearl, that looked to be just over 1/4″ in diameter. NICE. Before I could reach out my hand to grab the pearl, she ran off and drilled a hole in it. The sales lady then began the long sales process of trying to sell me a piece of jewelry to match that lovely pink pearl. Wait a second. How did my $7.50 pearl end up as a $500+ necklace? Can I just take the pearl? LOL.
We settled on a happy compromise. I did want a nice pair of earrings, and she threw in a matching pearl for “free” and five minutes later, I had these beauties:
Even though the sales lady was putting on the hard press in terms of sales pitches, I came out with a pair of pink pearl earrings where I actually got to pick the pearls (or at least one of the pearls) right out of the oyster. Well worth the memories and the experience.