Live Seafood at Our Doorstep - Part 1

June 2009

Under the waning light of dusk, we were walking Rossi and breathing in the soft, salty air.

We came upon two gentlemen with large buckets of live catch. I looked in the buckets and saw live shrimp. Still quivering.

I leaned in closer to take a whiff, gauging freshness.

"Ocean...," I breathed. "how much?"

The tired vendor shook his head sadly, "It's the end of the day, and I haven't sold much. How about I sell you a kilo for $10 USD?"

Moving in for the kill, I replied, "How about two kilos for $12 USD?"

It fed us for a week.

The next day, I encountered a gentleman carrying swim fins, a mask+snorkel, and a speargun.

I asked him, "what do you catch?"

He replied, "What do you want?"

"Octopus and lobster!!" I blurted, without thinking twice.

45 minutes later, there was a knock at our door.

5 Kilos of octopus. And two lobster. Alive.