Friday, March 23, 2012
The Doushey Basket (#dousheybasket)
The hashtag #dousheybasket can be used to refer to anything you pay too much for, especially if you pay too much for it in order to look better to the people who shop at the Little Italy Farmer's Market.
Besides, no matter how hard you try my wife and I are the doushey-est people there.
It all started on a normal Saturday afternoon at the La Jolla Farmer's Market -- oddly the second doushy-est farmer's market in the county. Jennie wanted one of the robo-baskets that a nice European-looking woman was selling. We asked the price. $40.
After her pitch (it was made in Germany with strong materials and Eurpoean design touches and better engineering), we thought it was worth the price. Especially because it would complete our doushey traveling-to-farmer's-markets-ensemble: a Smart Car.
This became apparent when we went to the Little Italy Farmer's Market in the Smarty (only we can call it Smarty; because you don't own one, you have to call it The Smart Car). We tooled past all the Range Rovers, Fiats and Priuses; we popped into an impossibly small parking spot and -- the piece de resistance?
We opened the back window (you can do that with the touch of a button in a Smarty) and pulled out the $40 basket. We knew it was cool because people didn't look at us until after we'd passed. It was such a pleasure paying extra for things and putting them in out too-small, over-heavy and exorbitantly expensive Doushey Basket. How do we know we paid too much for it?
The only thing we do that hipsters don't do, apparently, is shop at Safeway, where we saw the very same basket for $9.
It's still worth it, though.