In the photo below is a bottle of wine which my friend John and I were drinking. As you can see it is half-empty and the problem becomes what to do with the half-full portion.

Charles Shaw's Cabernet Sauvignon hoisted into the California sky

I know, I know—some of you would be contemptuous of Two-Buck Chuck and instantly pour it back onto California’s grape fields hoping for something better next year. But not me, or John for that matter, as we rather like this poor man’s comfort. And so does Trader Joe’s, our local super successful California cuisine-style supermarket.

The obvious solution to my culinary conundrum is to put a cork in it and stash it in the refrigerator to save for another evening, to give Joe’s cheese and crackers a proper accompaniment. But here’s my problem. Modern technology has developed techniques for using corks that are so large and tight-fitting that they are impossible to get back in once they have been pulled out. Yes, Chuck still uses archaic corks rather than fancy plastic ones like the high-end wines now proffer, but let that pass unnoticed, for try as I might I couldn’t get the cork back in the bottle.

My simple whine — why can’t they make the corks with a little taper at one end? Not much of a taper and not more than a finger width in length would suffice. Then I could get the cork started back into the bottle and once started a vigorous push would be enough to seal it for next evening’s whine.

My world is filled with tiny problems that need tiny fixes.