Today at the deli counter is asked for a 1/2 pound of cheese and instead of the ambiguous "sliced thin" I asked for precise 1/2 ounce slices. Not Troy Ounces, Grains, Singapore Taels or Klingon Ghmeeels- Ounces, as in 1/16 of a pound.
Why did I do this? I'm back on Weight Watchers and 1/2 ounce of cheese is 1 point and I want my value for my point.
I told the young girl behind the count that 1/2 ounce is 0.03 pounds on her scale (well technically it's 0.03125 but 0.03 would be close enough). I also told her that there should be 16 slices to a 1/2 pound. I gave her all the answers.
Still, she was baffled. Math. It's hard.
She went back and consulted with a colleague. I could see her mouth "half ounce slice". Now the colleague was baffled too and I was on the cusp of "a scene".
How thick of slice of deli cheese is exactly 1/2 ounce? That was the question.
She came back to me and I could see where this was going. She was going to deny me my 1/2 ounce slices but behind her I saw another deli counter clerk slicing cheese. They looked close to my 1/2 ounce.
There! like those, I said, pointing.
She cut me a 1/2 pound.
Later while finishing my shopping I saw one of the deli counter clerks on the store floor. We gave each other a smile but I could tell what she was thinking.
"You are the 1/2 ounce slice guy".