Does anybody else have this wierd quirk around sunflower seeds?
I love the things and go through bags a week. But always shell on. There is a tradition involved in the sunflower seed of throwing a handfull in the mouth, cracking one open and eating the seed, the spitting the shell on the ground/garbage can. Everybody should have learned this sitting on the porch with grampa or dad, or around the campfire or somewhere. Hell even if you learn from watching baseball dugouts, it’s simply the way things are done. And whenever I get to the botton of the bag where the friction-shelled seed are exposed I always match them with a properly opened shell before chewing.
It has always seemed vaguely, but clearly, immoral to buy shelled sunflower seeds, and eat them by the handfull. They are missing the tradition and ritual tied to the sunflower seed culture, and taking advantage of the glory and bounty of the sunflower seed. They are to lazy too do it the right way, and and obviously at the forefront of the instant-gratification-take-no-pride-in-doing-it-right corruption of American values, leading us down the path to destruction.
Whenever I see the pre-shelled-seed degenerates I lose respect for them, and get a sence that they are not to be trusted.
Shelled-Pistacios are the same way, but not quite as strongly indicative of the true worth of thier character. Peanuts are a lost cause I guess, so It doesn’t hit me much anymore, but I still gain respect for people who do it the right way and earn their peanutty goodness with a deft pop of the thumb.