…before I head off to dental purgatory.
Have you ever gone to the supermarket and, while standing in the dairy section, ever thought about how many eggs you and your family eat a month? Or ever given any consideration, while looking at the array of meat and pork and chicken at the meat section, how much chicken you and your family consume each month?
Probably not, chances are. We live in a plentiful country and not just because this is one of the richest countries in the world. We can go to any supermarket and purchase all the eggs and chicken and steaks and hamburger our budgets allow because there is some guy out there somewhere who provides that supermarket, and you indirectly, with eggs. There’s a company that raises chicken for your consumption. And the guy that owns the slaughterhouse do so so he can provide you with fresh meats and earn a living from it. The government, save for safety precautions, doesnt get involved.
Well, in Cuba, you can’t just go to a supermarket and buy all the eggs you need to make a cake. Or all the chicken you want for a big family dinner. All of your food is rationed. the government tells you exactly what and how much of of that what you can have every month.
Imagine living on eight eggs a month. Or one pound of chicken a month. Or 11 ounces of fish a month. Pretty meager rations, no?
This year, that’s what all Cubans will be allowed to take home to their families. The new 2005 ration cards are out, and pickings are slim:
HAVANA, January 12 (Adri?n Leiva, Grupo Decoro / www.cubanet.org) – The Ministry of Internal Commerce distributed new ration books to Cuban families at the end of the year.
The document is necessary for people to acquire certain basic products of a basket determined by the government at subsidized prices.
For starters, Havana residents will be eligible to buy six pounds of rice, 20 ounces of split peas, and five pounds of sugar, according to the weekly Tribuna de La Habana.
The rest of the month’s quota will probably be distributed later in the month of January. Going by the previous year’s numbers, residents expect it to consist of 11 ounces of fish, eight eggs, one pound of chicken and half a pound of something called “ground-up, textured soy.”