We truly live in an amazing age! We can talk to our friends and relatives 1/2 a world away and it sounds like they're right next us. We can get from point A to point B without having to actually be able to read a map. News from around the world can travel in moments rather than months. We have a black president. These are things that most people only dreamed of 50 or 100 years ago, yet they are everyday things to us.
When I was in 8th grade, I had a great teacher named Mr. J Ackmann. He was a great teacher because he tried to show and teach us that there is a REALLY big world outside of tiny Fort Wayne. He helped to teach us the relevance of history, the importance of keeping up with current events and the ability to dream about the future.
In class one day, he told us that some day not too far in the future, we would see meat in regular packages on store shelves. The meat wouldn't have to be refrigerated to keep from spoiling and our selection wouldn't just be limited to canned meats like Vienna Sausages and Hormel chili. I thought he was insane. Meat has to be refrigerated, right? If it's not, it has to at least be cured with salt or something, right? Obviously the man was off of his rocker!
Well, call me stunned. He was a genius! Last night while grocery shopping, I was looking for lunch options other than my standard can of soup or frozen meal when I stumbled down the aisle that contained things like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Hamburger Helper. There amidst all of the boxed carbohydrates was a display of a new product from Hormel called Compleats. These little microwaveable meals (about 10 oz) claim to be ready in 90 seconds and can be stored in your pantry shelf (or desk drawer as the case may be). Amazing! According to Hormel's website, the Compleats "utilize shelf-stable technology pioneered by Hormel since 1987". They come in a wide variety of flavors and since most of them have well under 300 calories and cost about $2.50 each, they make an excellent lunch option when combined with a piece of fruit and beverage of your choice. Outstanding!
I haven't had one yet, but I will certainly let you know what I think. (Don't I always?)
Now, somebody better be working on rolling out that flying car we were promised back in the 50s!