ONE PROBLEM with growing older is that things go away. People die, stores close, items we've long taken for granted disappear.
The day was shimmeringly hot. We'd completed our errands and our thirst was serious. We headed for the Baskin Robbins ice cream store that we've frequented for years. It was a little out of our way on this outing, but visions of a chocolate soda danced in our heads.
We arrived, parked, entered and ordered. Somewhat akin to the Auto Club lady who didn't know what "blue highways" were, the clerk behind the counter had never heard of an ice cream soda. So I explained, step by step. When I came to the seltzer water, the young man said, "Oh, we don't have that." The closest he could offer was some sort of lemon/lime soda which just doesn't cut it. We settled for what they call a "chocolate blast", but I didn't feel happy about it.
Chalk it up to another loss.