This tale goes back to a couple of weeks or so before Thanksgiving. It had been a busy day, and I was at Wal-Mart late in the afternoon, trying to get home before dark and start dinner. Knowing that Wal-Mart doesn't usually have the style of hash browns I like (shredded, not diced), I just had to look anyway. The hash browns were on the top shelf of the freezer. Because they were over my head, I had to stretch to reach a package, yup they're the diced ones.
Oops, it's falling...gotta catch it. Almost got it...nope there it goes again. Smack...hit my hand, glanced off and hit the floor. I tossed the offending item back into the freezer, and holding my injured hand, made my way around to collect the rest of the stuff on my list. The pain was growing, and the bruise was starting to form by the time I reached the checkout. See my nasty not-so-little bruise. This picture was taken a week after it happened, and it took several more weeks for it to completely heal.
The burning question is how did a little ol' package of hash browns cause this much damage? I'm glad you asked, and I'm here to tell you. It was two pounds of solidly frozen taters. That's right, coming at me like a brick. Owwww! Felt like a brick, too. Apparently, they had been allowed to thaw before being put in the freezer. That was bad for the food and worse for me. Unfortunately, you find refrozen food a lot, and not just at Wal-Mart either.