Saturday, February 4, 2017

Don't Flush in Michigan and Hoard Your Avocados

If it's yellow, let it mellow - if it's brown, flush it down - But Wait Till the Game Is Over.
Macomb County, suburban Detroit, has a giant sinkhole and the public works chief there is fearful that if everyone in that area waits till the Super Bowl half-time to visit the toilet, that all of the subsequent flushing will further damage an already-broken sewer line that serves 300,000 people in 11 communities.  If it's a big party you're throwing, rent Port-a-Potties?  Line them up on the driveway and charge a small fee to neighbors wanting to "drop in"?

Work is progressing on the sewer line but whether it will be functional by tomorrow seems uncertain and, based on the public works chief's urging to return to hippie days, probably not.   

(source):  LA Times Sports section 2/4/17)

Trump Didn't Eat All of the Avocados
Whatever plans Trump may have to charge a 20 per cent fee on Mexican imports which presumably includes avocados, that edict or Executive Order or whatever the hell it is, does not take affect (if ever) until 2018.  So don't call the White House sniveling about "No guacamole this year!"

And never mind Mexico anyhow.  California produces nearly 90 per cent of the U.S. avocado crop.  The U.S. eats 2 billion pounds every year and I think some of them go into one of the new food fads - avocado toast which is bruschetta basically.  Toast a slice of baguette and slather guacamole on it. 

Besides the US and Mexico, these countries export avocados - Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic and New Zealand (where, quite possibly, they've never heard of guacamole.  Maybe NZ started the "avocado toast"?)

As the proud co-owner of an avocado tree I grew from a seed, I would, of course, be stationed on the balcony (next to the tree) with a bb gun and a gin martini to ward off interlopers, but the tree hasn't hit its full stride yet and generally speaking, only gives us one or two avocados a year, if any.  It is a Big Deal when we get an avocado from it.  Granted they weigh about 5 lbs. each, but ... I have hopes for next year just as I have had hopes for the past five years.   Avocados aren't an instant crop like carrot-top ferns.  (sigh)

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