We're starting a new daily feature in which we put a spotlight on a particularly funny, servicey, or just plain interesting comment that we think you should read, in case you missed it. Today the award goes to Uncle_Billy_Slumming.
I spent a few evenings at a frozen orange juice factory. For operation, it required just about 5 people total, just to make sure nothing weird was getting mixed in with the fruit. Everything was automated — even the night manager went home with a beeper, secure in the knowledge that the machines would give him a call if anything interesting happened.
Things got pretty boring after the initial tour, so we let a french girl try to put us in a barrel. She couldn't so we put her in the barrel instead. She giggled and giggled.
Years later I was talking to our handyman. He had grown up in a tent in the orange groves, he told me. One night he found himself at a party at Errol Flynn's house near Mullholland Drive. Errol locked him in a closet.
The box on my counter contains "Cuties." Cuties are E-Z Peel, Seedless, tasteless California Clementines. The product information is written in both English and French. Despite these being Clementines, there is a label that reads "Size" and "Mandarins" (Clementines are a seedless variant of Mandarins, apparently).
"Coated with foodgrade vegetable, beeswax, and/or lac-resin based wax or resin to mainatin freshnesh," it says.
"Proudly packed by Fierement emballe par Sun Pacific, Bakersfield, CA"
On the bottom of the box:
"Treated to maintain freshness in transit with one or more of the following: Imazilil, Thiabendazole"
We're not sure what every word in there means, but we still like it!
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