Chapter One: Groceries
Our journey begins with Grocery Stores. Keeping in mind that the distinguishing difference between city living and existence in Wilbur's Suburbo is Robert Moses's dream come true (a society enslaved to the individual automobile), that is where we begin. While you can walk to a variety of "markets" when you live in New York City, your car gives you access to countless "grocers" in the suburbs.
I'm old enough to remember, as a child on Long Island in the late 1950's, the advent of the Supermarket. Think about that simple turn of language. A "super" market! While we were glued to our small, black-and-white television screens watching Superman, Mom was hopping in our 1954 Dodge station wagon and driving to the A & P --- and later King Kullen --- supermarkets! Those individual stops at the bakery, the butcher, & the "general" market were no longer necessary. With the Suburbs came the
Supermarket --- one place to get everything!
And now, of course, not only can you get everything (and then some) at your local
supermarket BUT you can get your groceries at Wal-Mart and Target, while you shop for car parts and phone accessories. Of course, with Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods and the already thriving Blue Apron, et al "meal assembly" delivery services, how long will it be before we simply order Alexa (or Siri, or Google) to start our totally automated kitchen preparing breakfast/lunch/dinner?
In the meantime, enjoy Chapter One of Wilbur's Sububo: Groceries.
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