Not-so-great adventure at the feria….

This was actually several not-so-great adventures. The good part is that I got what I needed for very little money. The bad part was that I made the common mistake of mistaking a 50 for a 500. So when I left the house, I thought I saw a 500 in my wallet. Either I had a 500 and it got swiped, or it was a 50 all along. I don’t see how anyone could have swiped the 500. I had all my money in my wallet and that wallet only came out of my pocket when I paid for something.

This was the topic of conversation between myself and my neighbor. She said the most common error is just that, mistaking a 50 for a 500 or vice versa. Our bills are each a different color, but that doesn’t faze me too much because I can’t really see the subtleties. I’m somewhat colorblind. I can easily spot a 20 by its green color, and sometimes a $1,000 cuz it’s got a lot of metallic dyes in it. But the other bills are about the same nondescript color to me. This leaves me with only the option of reading the number on the bill. I try to be careful. But I’m not perfect. No one is.

Another mistake which is probably done around the world is to hand someone two bills that are stuck together. From what I can tell, due to the consistency of paper currency, this error is more likely to happen with US money than UY money. US money is more “sticky,” especially bills straight from the “mint.” Or off the tree. Usually when I hand a cashier a bill, he or she checks to make sure I haven’t screwed up. I’ll bet hired cashiers are trained or instructed to do this till it becomes automatic habit.

So I looked in my wallet and said, “Oh shit, that’s not a 500 after all.” I knew in fact I had very little money left. Oops.

So I told myself I still  hadn’t bought my spices. I headed over to the place I know sells bulk spices in any quantity you want. This is probably the best vendor from whom to purchase certain spices. I saw a guy there today selling adobo, oregano, and about ten other spices for excellent prices, too.

On the way, I ran into a USA person I know. I don’t know her well. I’ve only had brief conversations with her.  She’s a fair amount older than me. She got my attention and said hello. She was with someone else, another woman. She asked me how Puzzle was.

So here came the problemo. I said Puzzle was doing great and that I’d made a cake for her. I listed the ingredients, using my bad Spanish. I was proud that I could rattle off the ingredients without a thought.

Finally, I mentioned papas. Potatoes. Scream fest! No, I wasn’t screaming, she was! She started yelling that potatoes are very poisonous for dogs and I should never give them to Puzzle. I know that they must be cooked. So I responded that to my knowledge, so long as they are cooked they are okay. I know the concern with raw potatoes is the skin and the layer just under the skin. Some dogs cannot digest potato skin, but I’ve never heard that cooked potatoes in moderation were a problem.

She was yelling more and more. I mean, this was embarrassing. Treating me like I was stupid. Her gestures indicated she thought that she knew better than I did in every aspect of life.

She said, “Go look it up on the Internet. Sweet potatoes are okay but not potatoes.”

I shrugged and said, “Okay.” I wanted to end the conversation right there.

Then she rattled on with some nutrition myth. Don’t you hate when people do that? Impose their idea of nutrition on their pets, you, and even your pet? I was wanting to make a quick exit. She said, “Potatoes turn to sugar when you eat them. Pure sugar.”

Oh, please. I didn’t say anything, just walked away and I knew she was thinking, “Wow, Julie’s stupid.” and I was thinking, “I am not going to argue anymore.”

Yeah, potatoes do turn to sugar. Not table sugar, which is sucrose, but glucose, a simple sugar. Eventually. All starches do that! Just about. It’s complex, because some starches break down sooner in digestion than others.

Most foods contain some form of sugar. Is sugar bad? No. Please don’t give your dog candy and especially not chocolate. Or booze. But starches? As far as I know, it’s okay to give your dog many veggies, including starchy vegetables, so long as the bulk of your dog’s diet is meat.

So I vowed I’d look this one up. To prove her wrong. But no, I won’t say anything when I see her next, no way. I’ll smile, be sickly sweet polite and not stay in the conversation very long, lest she find yet one more reason to call me stupid.

So I left. I felt kinda bad. I don’t like that kind of know-it-all attitude. I took a different route home.  I guess I wasn’t looking carefully where I stepped. I tripped on a bump in the sidewalk and boom! Down I went.

I told myself, “Dang, this is embarrassing.” I started to get myself up and a guy came and made sure I was okay. I said I was and I laughed. My toe is bloody, though. I was wearing flip-flops.

Suddenly, I realized my cell phone was in my front pocket. I’d fallen forward. Uh-oh. I didn’t want to look. I told myself if this was gonna be bad news, I didn’t want to know just yet. So the whole rest of the way home, I reminded myself that my phone was inside a case. Likely, that’s what saved it.

I came in. Unpacked the small amount of stuff I bought, then checked my cell. I think it’s fine. Aren’t cases great?

I came to my computer eventually, sat down, and googled every possibility of Are Potatoes Poisonous to Dogs. I checked about ten websites.

The answer? No. Potatoes aren’t poisonous to your dog. The green leaves of potatoes are very poisonous to cats. So don’t let your kitty chow down on potato plants! One website said that potatoes should be fed in moderation but otherwise they are okay. The MSPCA and ASPCA websites make no mention of potatoes. I checked a site that had a complete list of poisons, and potatoes weren’t on it. Only potato greens for cats.

As for potatoes turning to sugar, I was right on that one, too. They are higher on the glycemic index than sweet potatoes. That means they turn to sugar sooner.  They sound like good food to me, actually. Tomatoes contain sugar, too. As do carrots. The starches in these vegetables also turn to glucose in your digestion. Does the glycemic index even have any relevance to dogs? If a dog is diabetic, I suppose. Otherwise, most likely, I wouldn’t worry.

I don’t give Puzzle seeds and I am careful about skins, pits, and cores. Corn on the cob is said to be a very bad idea for dogs.

Now think about this one: Sweet potatoes vs. white potatoes. How do people eat sweet potatoes? With brown sugar and butter. So what’s this sugar concern? If you want to avoid it, don’t use it!

Please don’t give your dog prepared mashed potatoes or fries. Or potato chips. Or potato salad. Some dogs can’t have potato skin, so peel it off if that’s the case. If you want to know more about what you shouldn’t give your dog, ask your vet, do a Google search, don’t rely on only one website, and use common sense.

If you get yelled at and the person isn’t making much sense, yell back the following,


Know what that means? Don’t say a word. Walk away and when you are round the corner, laugh.



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