Out of stock is a catch phrase for just about anything you need and can’t find. It’s a term I use a lot (jokingly) since I first arrived here. I caught on to how it works back in the early 1990’s. You could be in a large grocery store see the young employee stocking spam. If you asked him where in the store spam was, they’ll say; “Out of Stock, Sir”. What I learned over the years was that they really didn’t know, and at the slave wages they earned, there was no incentive for them to find out. Don’t get angry; go look for it yourself it can be a journey of discovery.
Knowing how to find it is the first step, there is no standard system for shelf stocking. Take for example you want ketchup, while wandering you find mustard, do not assume that ketchup will be close by, In this store they have their own way, I’ll bet you will find different brands of ketchup in various locations within the same store. Keep looking, if you don’t need soap this shopping trip, do not skip the soap aisle, because you could find Tomato juice among the soap, and vice versa on the next aisle.
I pick a day when I know, I’ll be doing nothing else that day but searching store aisles. Another thing to remember, if you think you remember where the item you want was the last time you were there. It’s been moved, when the kid working that aisle tells you, “Not in stock” keep looking, you’ve got a 40/60 chance you’ll stumble into it, over on the candy aisle.
The power is shut off to your house that afternoon; the power company must be “Out of stock.” For what other reason could it be.
The refuse truck didn’t show up last week, now you know, it was out of stock. It can apply to any situation you may run into on a daily basis. No water today? Do I have to say it?
If you see it on a shelf and you really want it, buy a lot, if it’s non-perishable or you have a lot of space in your freezer.
I love Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup, I have two cases of it in stowage, and this week it’s, what? I’ll not say it, because you already know!
On the plus side, I’ve yet to find SMB out of stock, I’ll dread that day if it ever comes to pass, but you can bet, I’ve have enough onboard to see me through that dry spell. There are certain things I just can’t abide, and that’s my number one!
This week has been troubling, here in the Subic area, no store has Tanduay Rum in stock, neither the Tanduay 12 year old Superior, or the Tanduay 15 year old 1854 rum. Both are: you figured it “Not in stock”. But the Tanduay 5 year Rhum is available, but since I’m not stripping paint, I’ll give it a pass. By chance I was wandering around a small store on base, while the twins were in a dress store across the parking lot, I stumbled upon 8 bottles of Tanduay 1854 rum, (the 15 year old) on the shelf. Yes I bought all 8 bottles that they had. To insure I’d weather the dry spell, but shed no tears for me, and please hold the pity, for I always keep back-up stock; I’m good for now, unless there is a run on my house by my friends.
Living in the Philippines like anywhere, it has its up’s and down’s, as long as we can keep them in balance, as with our Yin and Yang from the Tao teachings. All is fine.
Just a quick question to Mr. Bob Martin; “If one of us, who contribute every week, fails to submit an article, are we considered to be “Out Of Stock”?
Life is grand! With our choosing to live here, we also have the right to just stay at home and declare to the world that, we are “Not in Stock” for the remained of the day.
Paul Thompson; Resides in the Philippines, close to Subic Bay. He is married to the wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang). Our to daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen (AKA Ling-ling). Our youngest is living in Singapore, enjoying her life's adventure. I'm a retired Senior Chief from the U.S. Navy after 21 years. Post Navy he lived 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. After Hurricane Hugo told him to find a new line of work, he was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. Then after 30 years at sea he buried his anchor in the Philippines residing now in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt Bataan where he build his home. And last but not least, anything he writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek" if anybody is offended, He'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!