Family History Blog Preferences … and Cantaloupes

Right now, someone out there in the blogosphere is rolling his/her eyes and thinking there cannot possibly be any connection between a melon and family history research. Just keep reading, Mr./Ms. Skeptic.

I recently emailed several friends to ask what kind of articles they want to see from our genealogy blog. The most fun response: “The heck with my ancestors. Right now, all I want is for someone to tell me how to pick out a RIPE cantaloupe. I’m tired of buying melons that are tasteless and too hard to eat with a spoon. I just threw another one in the trash. WAAAAAHHHH!”

Hahahaha … OK, friend, we’ll address that shortly. Meanwhile, we have two genealogy questions. First, what do you want from a family history blog? Are you more inclined to look for general articles, such as the ones we have published about genealogical proof, the Scots-Irish, legal issues relevant to genealogy, or how to identify a second cousin once removed? Perhaps you’d like to see reviews of family history books? Or are you more interested in specific ancestral lines?

This blog has been oriented thus far toward particular families with a few general articles sprinkled in. Here’s the second question: what family line(s) particularly interest you? Check out the list of our ancestral names on the “ABOUT THIS WEBPAGE” link and let us know if any of them pique your interest or if you have another family you’d like to see as the subject of an article.

Many of you know how to contact us directly via email. If not, there is a link on the website for posting comments.

As for the cantaloupe question, I know of several theories, and will bet a small sum there are many, many more (PLEASE let me know if you have a foolproof approach):

  • I saw a woman a few years ago at Houston’s Central Market shaking a cantaloupe while holding it up to her head — first to her right ear, then to her left. Fascinated, I asked her what the hell she was doing. She claimed that she can hear the seeds rattling if a cantaloupe is ripe.  Ummm-hmmmm. I have made a total fool of myself trying that several times while never hearing a blessed thing.
  • Another theory is to look at the white sort of lattice pattern on the rind. The more closely-spaced the lattice pattern, the more ripe it is. Surely this is arrant nonsense.
  • Also: press with your thumb on the end where the cantaloupe was attached to the vine. A ripe cantaloupe theoretically yields a bit to gentle pressure. This at least has some superficial logical appeal. However, they all seem totally unyielding to me.
  • Finally, we have this from the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine:”

Never mind the theory: I consistently buy rock-hard cantaloupes. Gary, on the other hand, picks nothing but winners. He has the same talent with avocados. Go figure. The only reasonable conclusion, IMO, is that men should do all the grocery shopping.

Fortunately, genealogy is far more consistently rewarding, if less nutritional, than cantaloupes. As for genealogists in general, an Alexander cousin likes to say: NOBODY HAS MORE FUN THAN WE DO! So keep on truckin,’ and I’ll see you on down the road.

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