Bottle Opener

“Oh my God, I don’t have a bottle opener”, I told my friends as we began to watch the Eurovision Song Contest last night. Although it doesn’t sound all that dramatic, it was a pretty important discovery. I’d made a special effort to go to my local bottle shop to buy some Rekorderlig, a brand of cider from Sweden, so we could watch and celebrate Loreen’s win.

My friend Grant broke the bad news when he declared, “They’re not twist-tops”. “I have a can-opener. Will that work?”, I asked, grasping at straws. I checked the famous “third draw” and even under the kitchen sink to see if there might have been an implement which may have worked. Alas, nothing

With the advent of twist-top wine bottles, I can’t recall the last time I’ve needed to use a bottle or wine opener. I’ve got a couple of can-openers, of course. But when I went looking for a bottle opener, I was flummoxed. “I can’t believe I don’t have one”, I told my friends, as we settled down to twist-top beers and twist-top wine.

I guess the bottle-opener is a bit like the AM radio which I also recently discovered I no longer have at home.

On the way home from work tonight I called in to the supermarket to buy a bottle opener, and most importantly, to taste the Rekorderlig. It was a little more sweet than the pear cider I’ve previously experienced, Kopparbergs, though still very tasty.

And most importantly, for the next time someone comes to visit, I now have a bottle opener.

However, I’m also beginning to wonder what other things I no longer have.

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