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A tale of two melon-choly babies

Where does a cantaloupe leave off and a muskmelon begin?



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As for the "muskmelon" I got in the Fraser Valley, let me further confuse you. It’s likely a pancha melon, which is a cross between a muskmelon and the charentais – the true cantaloupe. The clue: the bit of stem left on the end, which is a sign of a true cantaloupe. Never mind, just go get one and enjoy.





Like many others, I was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Ken Quon, former manager at IGA. Whenever I spoke with Ken I was impressed with his bright, articulate manner. If the topic turned to alternatives – organic foods, greener cleaners – invariably we came to the same junction in the conversation. You know it’s really funny, he would say, when I came up here I thought oh, it’s Whistler, everybody’s healthy and into the environment, I’d better bring in all the healthy stuff. But that didn’t sell. You know what we sell the most? Pop and chips. So I asked him if he thought this was a case of mistaken identity, that Whistler’s image was way different from reality. He laughed and said, "You’d be surprised how conventional people in Whistler really are."

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who likes her melons ripe enough so the juice runs down her elbows.

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