Chocolate or Vanilla?

From a Plinky prompt: “Chocolate or Vanilla?”


Giant Vanilla Cupcake

Probably one of my defining characteristics is that I’m pretty anti-vanilla.

And not just vanilla in the literal sense, but even moreso the figurative vanilla.

I don’t like the plain, the default, the norm.

I don’t care for vanilla ice cream. At least not unless it’s as a base for tasty toppings.

Given a choice, I’ll get the pizza that’s not pepperoni. I will not eat bologna sandwiches. I eat plain potato chips only as a means of consuming dip. And so on and so forth.

There are a few exceptions. I drink Diet Coke, probably the most normative of diet drinks.

So getting back to the question, it depends on what we’re talking about. With ice cream, my preference would be neither. Both options are pretty vanilla. Give me fried ice cream, or blackberry cobbler ice cream, or pumpkin pie ice cream, or whatever else happens to be new in my grocer’s freezer.

But, if I have to choose between the two, I’ll go with chocolate ice cream, because it’s a little less vanilla.

But if, on the other hand, we were talking about, say, flavors of milk, I’d go with the vanilla milk, because chocolate milk is totally vanilla.

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Planting Seeds

This is the latest in my series of blog entries taking a fresh look at a variety of topics over the year. I’ve set up a page on the blog explaining the project and linking to my entries. This post’s topic is “Gardening.”

"The Garden of Eden" by Thomas Cole ...

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In my defense, I tried. I’ve been trying to think since writing my last post about what I could say about gardening. I’m for it? I mean, not like in an “I’ve got any desire at all to do it myself” sort of sense, but more in a “hey, if you want to do it, go for it” sort of way. But that’s not really much of a post.

To make it practical, I could say that if you are interested in the topic of gardening, you should check out the works of Felder Rushing,but that’s still not a whole lot of meat for a blog post.

I even considered getting all metaphorical and talking about, like, the Garden of Eden, or some sort of parable-esque use of gardening as a way of talking about evangelism, but I’ve got nothing that wouldn’t jsut seem forced.

So, that’s it. Sorry. Anything about gardening you want to discuss?

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