I went to the grocery store after work to get some ham and cheese for sandwiches. While I stood in line at the deli, I thought about the best way to describe how much cheese I wanted. I’d gotten a package of four rolls, so I’d need eight slices of cheese. I have no idea how much eight slices of cheese weighs. When it was my turn, I asked the guy if I was allowed to order eight slices of cheddar cheese and he said absolutely. When he handed me my order, he asked if I needed anything else or if “this is just a cheese day.” I looked at him for a second or two while I tried to think of something funny to say. I couldn’t, so I told him that was all I needed. The eight slices ended up weighing about a third of a pound, which is a more common way of ordering amounts of cheese and how I’ll do it in the future if I ever need exactly four sandwiches-worth of cheddar again.
I went to the lunch meat section to pick out some ham. I needed more of that than I needed cheese and wanted to save money, so I didn’t need to get my ham from the deli. I spent a few minutes comparing prices and what I could see of the product through the packaging. I don’t like rectangular-shaped slices and thought the store brand would almost definitely be that kind. There were several different kinds of turkey flavors like mesquite, black pepper, honey, smoked, maybe something else, but that’s not what I needed and I regretted not having that many ham options.