Besides Corona, which I would prefer never to drink or buy, there are other items that are frequently bartered in the neighborhood. One of the favorites is eggs, which can be traded for homemade bread, jars of jam, or pretty much anything from the farmers' market. Of course surplus produce is always handy to trade - tomatoes for walnuts, persimmons for apples, etc. Except the dreaded zucchini, which is like old pennies in the neighborhood currency. Everyone has too much of it (the annual zucchini game is on - see June 18, 2008 blog entry).
Note - Sandy the beach wagon was having work done to prepare her for her debut in the famous 'El Camino Cruise Night' next Friday. This is an annual Atascadero event where some people with really nice cars, some people with really old cars, some people with really unique cars, and some people who probably have spent way too much real money on Corona, drive their vehicles up and down El Camino Real, while other people sit and watch, ooh and aah, occasionally snicker, and smell lots of carburetor fumes. I will be in a chair along the route, hopefully with camera in hand, ready to snap some pictures of the big event. And in my other hand, probably an icy cold coke zero. Or perhaps an A & W root beer float. But definitely not a Corona.