Recently returned from a lengthy Foodie tour of the UK, I am delighted to report on the fine state of grocery carts, both there and in Belgium. Carts across the Pond are fluid, graceful dancers, not only able to move swiftly forward and back, but also to glide from left to right. Once I discovered the magnificent engineering of these carts in a market outside Brussels, I twirled mine repeatedly, the Loretta Young of cart Dervishes--excellent turn ratio--and did some playful 360's right in front of the veggie bins stacked high with geographically-enticing produce labeled from Kenya, Israel, Spain, Greece, Morocco and elsewhere.
The US is clearly a Third World country when it comes to carts--ours plod reluctantly forward and back, their wheels often entwined with baggies and grocery detritus--many pull hard to the left or right, others shudder, and mine usually grabs hard on the lino underneath.
Is the graceless USA cart emblematic of something , some apt comparison that stirs at the back of my mind? Hmmmm.
(Cart pic from www.turbosquid.com)