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Wednesday, September 21

thoughts under the droning

i still havent figured out which mp3 player to get. i'm sure i'll report on it in full when i finally get one.

in the meantime, i'd like to say that today, i like purple. i also really want to eat a lot of chips, but i'm not going to. i'm going to chicago this weekend for my cousin's wedding, and i'm terribly excited about it. tonite, when i'm done packing, all i want to do is sip white wine, eat chips and watch Sex and the City reruns. or maybe start 6 Feet Under as it's cycling through on comcast's on demand.

i have made entirely too much applesauce. i made 2 cinnamon versions and one curry version (yes, curry. its fabulous. i'll make you some if you ask nicely). i still have leftover apples. i contemplated using them to make hard cider, but when i looked up recipes online, it looks like too much work. plus, i'm not sure if it's legal. is it? not that that's stopped me before....

the USPS is entirely unpredictable. this is a separate blog entry, so i'll leave it here as a simple complaint.

it's now time for me to take the hang-over poop. enjoy your days.....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

making your own beer and mead and wine is legal, why wouldn't cider be as well?

You might be interested to know that apples were sour until the late 19th century, when a tree (I think in India) had a random mutation that made the apples sweet. All apples that are sweet are a graft (clone) off of this original tree. The myths you hear about Johnny Appleseed feeding the plains and old west are incorrect as the apples weren't really edible. Anyone who has tasted a crabapple knows what I'm talking about. However, these wild apples were extremely useful for making alcoholic cider.

I read about this in "The Botany of desire" which is a pretty nifty book.

and you should totally watch 6 feet under!

5:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I beg to differ about the grafts, current apple trees are most likely decendents from the original tree, but they aren't only grown through grafts. My mom has apple trees and they are sweet apples, but perhaps I am not sure what your definition of sweet is. Also, every plant does have a fruit bearing cycle, they won't always bear fruit when older or it won't be as sweet; that why they tear apart orchards after a certain amount of time.

There is one tree that has to be grafted onto another to grow and I believe that is either walnuts or plums. I am pretty sure it is walnuts... why am I confused you ask? I had a tree that was half one and half the other but I can't remember which was grafted part.


6:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So your mom grows sweet apples from seeds? I thought that apples grown from seeds are sour, but perhaps the genetics for the sweet apple are a passed down, so it's possible to get sweet apples that way now.

10:06 AM

Blogger dr gonzo said...

wow, debates about seeds.

i did watch the pilot of 6 feet under. very interesting thus far. i have caught a few episodes over the years, so i know who the characters are. good acting except for dear old mom. wayyy overacting there... and damn, that nate is cuuuuute! i'm hooked for sure.

10:20 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

rhett, no my mother doesn't grow trees from seeds, much less apple trees from seeds. I am saying that once a mutation occurs in a plant the plant usually stays mutated, ie all descendants are mutated. They can also breed trees for certain characteristics. (like dogs, or humans - it's called a 'race circle', they can develop too far apart too where if they mate they will not produce fertile offspring - mules are a case in point) This also happened with onions, a mutation caused the sweet onion though that was in combination with soil type.

I've never watched 6 feet under, but peter krause is hot...


1:20 PM


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