[Swiftwater Gazette] We have returned to Greenville, SC

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Sat Oct 15 17:07:25 EDT 2016

  We got back to Greenville, SC, just before 4 p.m.
I am catching up on my emails, here is post by Robert Hall.  I have not verified the authenticity. This is all I could find:
Capitalismvs. Communism Frommy friend George:
RobertHall's post to his website:
Forthose who emigrated out of the former Soviet Union, what struck youmost about the similarities and differences of life undercapitalism/communism?
VickiBoykis, Made in the USSRWrittenAug 27, 2013
Iwas five years old when we left in the summer of 1991, so I didn'tunderstand anything at a large, intellectual level. However, ourrelatives that had sponsored our trip monetarily and emotionally tookus to a grocery store for the first time; if I remember correctly, itwas an Acme in Philadelphia. 
Beforewe got out of the car (an also completely new experience for me --wehad to walk everywhere in Russia since it would take probably 7-8years to save for a car and another 5 to receive one), my relativesturned from the front seat to me, my mom, and my dad, and said,"Don't get overwhelmed. There's a lot of food in there, and it'sperfectly normal."
Wewalked into the store, and I have never had a similar experience. Istood, probably four feet tall, in front of an endcap of canned cornor beans. That WHOLE wall was full of food, from top to bottom. Thiswas insane and unbelievable. I had never seen this much food in myentire life. I had sensory overload. It was similar to walking intoa Vegas casino for the first time, or being at a rave party. "That'sall food?" I asked my parents, squinting. They couldn't believeit, either. 
InRussia, there were always lines for food of any kind. Food wassomething handed out to you by a frowning overweight woman with a badattitude problem standing behind a counter, not available freely, foryou to just take. Rows and rows of cereal, of fruit, of beans,things of different colors. Life had changed from gray and teal andpale, to neon ON SALE, 50% OFF, LOW-SUGAR CONTENT, DELICIOUSCHOCOLATE FLAVOR, 3/$2 overnight. 
Thirty-twodifferent cereals! In Russia, there was only one: kasha. Every day. 
Igrabbed fistfuls of wrapped candy in the bulk department, not eatingthem, but just letting them run over my fingers, completelyoverwhelmed, swimming in capitalism. It was the taste of freedom,and it tasted like caramel.


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