We’ve got two mango trees in our yard in West Palm Beach. Some years we have had so many that I had to dig holes to bury over-ripe ones that fall.
That makes it very painful to pay a buck or more for small ones in the Cape grocery stores. Fortunately, when I went on my Fourth of July strawberry soda quest, I found mangoes and avocados on sale for close to a reasonable price.
I didn’t realize I was going photograph this for a blog post, so I made the mistake of cutting the prettiest mango first.
How do I peel a mango?
Unfortunately, it has been do long since I’ve peeled a mango that I couldn’t quite remember the most efficient way of doing it.
Fortunately, Wife Lila is an expert, and she explained exactly how to get to the good part of the mango without cutting yourself or taking a bath in the juice.
Click on the photo to be taken to her blog where she’ll explain everything in simple enough terms that even I did a passable job on my first try.
I walked up to the young man stocking the soda shelves and said, “Kid, the fate of the Fourth of July is on your shoulders.”
I don’t know if Walmart employees are issued a panic button to push if confronted with “odd” customers, but the look in his eye made me believe he wished he had such a device.
“Here’s the deal. It’s not the Fourth of July unless I can pour strawberry soda over vanilla ice cream. I’d hate to have to tell all those folks who are waiting for fireworks to go off that you’re responsible for it not happening.”
He and a second stocker scoured the aisles and came back with the sad news: the Jackson Walmart had no strawberry soda in any brand.
(By the way, you can click on the images if you want to make them big enough to see the bubbles.)
Schnucks Saved the Day
Hoping to salvage the holiday, I went to Schnucks.
They, fortunately, had at least four brands of red soda on the shelves.
Cue up the firework displays. (For the record, this was taken in Middleport, Ohio, in 2015, while escorted by Curator Jessica, who is still young enough to get excited about things like this.)
After it was over, she asked how I liked it.
My answer was to play Peggy Lee singing Is That All There Is?
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