While we're on the subject of lychees... We are? Have you so quickly forgotten? So while, lychees are still on top of your mind, look what I saw during a recent visit to the San Gabriel Superstore.
The $.79 mangosteen drink will not replace real mangosteens, or offer any of its health benefits. It didn't even taste like mangosteens. No wonder since it only had 10% mangosteen juice. :(
But the $1.19 lychee carbonated drink does taste like lychee and it's fun! There's a marble resting at the top of the drink, where the blue cap is, and you push the marble down into the bottle with the pink top to open it.
The marble then drops down inside.
Later, I unscrewed the cap, removed the rubber seal, and took the marble out. Not sure what I'm going to do with a cleary marble, but I didn't want to waste it. After all, I was quite the marble player back in the day.
Oh? You want to hear the story?
OK, marbles were all the craze during the 1984 to 1985 school year at Gaffney Lane Elementary School in Oregon City, Oregon. (The year before it was stickers.) Well, being a poor refugee kid (We had only been in America for 4 years.), I knew I couldn't ask my parents to buy me any marbles. So one of my friends gave me a marble, I think I found the other, and I challenged my way to accumulating a total of 148 marbles. Yes, I still remember the number, even if I can't recall all the rules of the game.
I do remember we played for keepsies and I won a nice collection of clearies, cat-eyes (the purple/green combos were my favorites), a few highly prized speckled eggs, aggies (agates), alleys (alabaster/marble), steelies, and even a few boulders. Maybe it was because everyone was doing it, maybe it was because I thought they were pretty, because I have to admit I'm a girly-girl and digging little holes in the dirt, getting down on the ground, and making little fists to shoot off marbles from my thumb doesn't sound terribly exciting now.
Umm, yeah, so obviously you can tell I'm not a sequential thinker because I just jumped from lychees to marbles. Insert bad pun about losing my marbles here. :P
San Gabriel Superstore
1635 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776