Alas, it was a product of its moment in time. Pandemic in force, restaurants were shut down, and there was an excess of pasta that might not be used for an unknown period – that’s how it all came into existence.
@briannameeps@Kyeh@mehcuda67 I did egg drops with my college students from the third floor to the lobby. Had a different set of rules those as the purpose was to show them people worked for the individual (to their small group in this case) reward of extra credit points and not for the institutional goals (several collective goals for the entire class in this case, which was not rewarded with extra credit points) - ha! They fell into that trap every single time and then tried to deny it when I pointed it out at the end (taught management - it went along with that 1940’s or so Harvard Business Review article of ‘The folly of rewarding for A while expecting B’.).
@lisagd OMG that made me laugh, thank you. Right off the bat I gave away about 150lbs of it to various friends and family. Then, they came crawling back for more. I put some in Mehtizen Exchanges and we ate some. It dwindled. House guests got pasta as parting gifts, trick-or-treaters got their bags of pasta, it all slowly disappeared.
@cbilyak Giving it to trick-or-treaters! So funny! I forgot it was Halloween last month, so when a little girl knocked on my door, I was caught off guard. I didn’t have any candy I could give her, so I gave her the cake pop I had just gotten at Starbucks. I guess the mom figured I hadn’t tampered with it since I was so obviously unprepared. As soon as they left, I turned the lights off and nobody else came.
I can concur with the dates above…In my obsessive/compulsive (though to be fair, this is self diagnosed) nature, I keep track of every purchase I’ve made from the entire Mercatalyst family…PS: I’m almost to $4K if anyone is curious…
My memory is fuzzy, but I think across all the friends, family, and our own orders, we ended up with 750+ pounds of pasta. My boss got 100 pounds of Ziti and it took his Italian family just over 2 years to finish it. Our household still has about 40 lbs. of spaghetti and linguine left out of the ~300 lbs. we received in our own orders.