Thursday, March 19, 2009

An embarrassment of (walnut) riches

My intensive clean-up of the garage recently reminded me that I still have about 80 pounds of black walnuts which have been husked and dried but not shelled. The thought of cracking and shelling that many walnuts threw me into a depression. What to do?

Solution: I packed 40 pounds into a bag and offered them for free on craigslist. The posting had not been up 10 minutes when I got the first call.

I specifically said in the posting that the walnuts were husked but not shelled. I even posted a photo. The caller's first question was: Do I have to shell them?

"Yes," I said. "My generosity only goes so far."

Anyone who has tried to shell black walnuts knows wherewith I speak.

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