Paper or Plastic: Life in the Check-Out Lane
I read "Paper or Plastic" in one afternoon that I dedicated to not going biking. I read it while I sat on the top or second step of my pool in Southwest Florida. At my side was a cooling beer, with several empty cans awaiting their final destination to the recycle bin in the garage. Several times I spread out on my plastic raft (Pinch A Penny, Englewood) and risked toppling over from laughing, adding to that the risk of my current beer falling into the pool. Heaven forbid! Who wants to drink a watered-down beer?
I enjoyed the humorous manner in which the book was written and I enjoyed visualizing some of Bobbi's experiences (can you say "eating rattlesnake"?) and, knowing Bobbi, picturing her saying some of the comments appearing in the book. We've all been there: to the supermarket and we've all heard some of the tales that Bobbi relates in her book. We've all seen the obese woman whose hair is always in pink curlers and we've encountered "grazers."
I know Bobbi ... I live minutes from her. That made it all the more special for me ... learning more about a person whom I know. And, I didn't know there was a Rotonda River. I DID learn something new from the book!
"Paper or Plastic" had me grinning, when not downright laughing out loud throughout the book except for the chapter that dealt with homeless people (Bobbi has a soft spot in her heart, too.)
If you enjoy a good read that doesn't require analyzing ("what IS the author trying to say?"), this might be the book for you to read on a quiet afternoon OR while you're in your walk-in closet, trying to escape nature's wrath during a hurricane.
It's a good read and I imagine we've "been there, done that," but perhaps not through the eyes and clever, creative mind of Bobbi Erhart.
And there's a bonus: Bobbi adds some recipes near the end of the book. Be sure to try "Mom's Blueberry ___" ... Mom's description added a final laugh to the pages that precede it.
Give it a try and when you do, don't be surprised if you're asked: "Paper or Plastic?"
Robert J. Scott