Trader Joe's have stopped selling many things that I used to eat on a regular basis. (Surely there's a home page somewhere for fans of discontinued TJ's products?) The kung pao chicken has been missing for about a year now, and the $2.99 "mystery coffee" they used to sell ("we don't know what it is, but it's not Robusta") has been gone for something like a decade at this point. The gorgonzola pizzas didn't last, and the honey nut cornflakes are also a thing of the past. Perhaps most depressingly, they're losing a lot of their funky names for things and replacing them with more "normal" appellations. Now that's something I just don't understand. Why lose any of the charm to cater to a few confused seniors in Bullhead City?
Safeway have stopped selling leeks due to low demand, according to the greengrocer I spoke with last week. I guess that'll put the kibosh on my nasi goreng episodes.
All of the breakfast cereals I saw this morning (OK, with the exception of the "adult" stuff like Grape-Nuts) have mutated way past the point of recognition. I would have bought Trix if the modern shapes hadn't been so complicated - I liked simple colored balls well enough, but bumpy grape-y shapes with actual green stems? No thank you. Lucky Charms seem to have twelve different types of unappetizing marshmallows. Cap'n Crunch come in too many "limited edition" "OOPS!!!" flavors. And so on. I wound up with Golden Grahms, which suck and are now in the trash can.
Walking back to the car, I realized why it is that so many seniors seem so depressed, lost, and confused in shops: it's because nothing ever stays the same. The novelty may appeal to the relatively young with a bunch of disposable income, but when you've finally found the one deodorant you like (Nivea for Men) and suddenly it's changed (by adding allantoin, which, like, gives me an unsightly rash), it's frustrating. If I were to go shopping for things I knew that I absolutely liked, I'd likely come home empty-handed (save for the Magnum condoms).
OK, time to start packing. Got Mom's tortillas, aspirin, macadamia nuts, and so on, and I'm ready to go.