https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

Honey Roasted Peanuts - My Disappointments

Three months ago, I bought a container of honey roasted peanuts. I love honey roasted peanuts, but they're not perfect, and I'm disappointed.

I have a lot of experience with walnuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, and I thought these peanuts would be really good. Indeed the first few nibbles were quite delightful. A touch of sweetness, salt... the savory taste of the peanuts. Eventually, though, it was overwhelming... or numbing. I noticed right away, though, that the peanuts were not packed in 1887 as I would have expected.

As I progressed, and the level in the container went down, my fingers weren't clean, and I was feeling thirsty, and I had learned just about nothing new about my native language. I cut my finger on the rim of the jar, and noticed that honey roasted peanuts had never helped me to make a new friend, or introduce me to new, unexpected ideas. It's clear that honey roasted peanuts will never work as an international language.

I've heard a lot of good things about honey roasted peanuts, so I decided to stick with it - although I did take a break to wash my hands - at which point I read the ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, Peanut Oil, Honey, Corn Syrup, Sea Salt, Fructose, Cornstarch, Xanthan Gum. Nothing in the honey roasted peanuts was there to further my own political or social agenda. I fully expected it to be totally regular - with just honey, some roasting, and some peanuts - so why is there sugar and xanthan gum in there? Everybody advertises them as "honey roasted" and they never mention the cornstarch. I was deeply disappointed.

These peanuts have never connected me with someone who sees the world from a different perspective, or helped foster a community of like-minded, often quirky-minded people. I took the peanuts with me when I traveled overseas, and they didn't help me recognize a single word of a street sign anywhere I went. Nobody ever said "Oh, I see you are eating honey roasted peanuts - why don't you be my guest and I'll show you around my city?" What good is a snack, if it's not mentally stimulating, and they never take you off the beaten path. Peanuts should expose me to things that I never imagined possible when I start eating them.

Eventually, there was nothing but sugar and salt in the bottom of the container. I'd thought after investing so much time into this that I would feel the joy of being able to talk to people in a way that I'd never been able to do before, but no. It was just this nasty powder in the bottom of the can. I ate it anyway.

So now I have nothing but an empty container. I have not gained a new perspective. I have not participated in anything unique. Nobody would ever describe an empty container as "a thing of beauty". I've certainly never translated a song into this container. It just doesn't do what it should.

I really think people should stop eating honey roasted peanuts and start eating chocolate covered peanuts instead.

August 14, 2019

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

Snacking should be more like Esperanto.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

Explain that idea, please.

August 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

I wrote an entire essay explaining it above.

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carbsrule

I for one am disappointed that I can't tell what is meant by Honey Roasted Peanuts. Is Honey a person, and why is it important that she roasted the peanuts?

I feel this would be easier to understand if parts of speech were obviously marked. Or perhaps if there were ways to combine words in a comprehensible manner.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malfruemulo

This is gold

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertHans782160

You totally misconstrued my post – your right, not everybody has been born with an ability to read with understanding. I don't find it even funny, just mumbling with no idea of coherence and the totally illogical ending... Then I never said that "I was left with an empty container". I just carry on with Esperanto preserving my right for criticism (even if Zamenhof comes from my country of origin). Besides, I'm allergic to nuts (and nutters). Nonetheless regards.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

The good news is that I didn't read your note until AFTER I wrote this. This way there was nothing for me to misconstrue.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertHans782160

OK, because in that case I must apologize... But isn't the title a coincidence? BTW Zamenhof mixed all those aforementioned nuts to obtain his own kind ;)

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

Not a coincidence. Your title was the inspiration. Thanks.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaveRutan

Thomas your humor is priceless.

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/This_Dark_Soul

This is quality gold right here.

August 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaveRutan

It could only get better if it were a video on YouTube!

August 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lectroidmarc

It would have to be on a channel of some... variety.

August 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/This_Dark_Soul

XD

August 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Randybvain

Some people looked for peanuts and found peas and metal nuts :)

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ooklasvecla

funny

August 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kongreso

Saluton! Cxu vi scias kial la lernantoj de Esperanto en Meksiko, ne ricevas inviton al la renkontigojn de Duolingo? Mi lernas aliajn lingvojn pere de Duolingo kaj sendas inviton al mi, sed de Esperanto neniam. Kion fari?

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

Mangxu pli da arakidoj!

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kongreso

Cxu neniu respondo?

August 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lectroidmarc

Wasn't this all covered in the Tips and Notes on each section, did you read those first?

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

Mmmm. Honey-roasted pea-note tips.

August 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaulJGarcia

Where is the original?

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

There really is no "original" - unless you mean "Esperanto - my disappointments" which was the inspiration for the title. It should be easy enough to find if you look at Esperanto discussions and sort for "new". That one and mine are right next to each other.

When I saw the title, I had the feeling "haven't I seen this all before?". I did read the first and last line of this "original" but at the time couldn't bring myself to read any more. A friend (unconnected to Esperanto) suggested that "my disappointments" seemed like a terrible way to engage a reading audience, and suggested the title "Honey Roasted Peanuts: My Disappointments".

RobertHans782160, the author of "Esperanto - my disappointments" accused me of misconstruing his point. However, I hadn't read his point when I wrote my reaction. A few people have asked what my point was - and a large part of me thinks that if I could have made the point in some other way, I would have - but my point could be summarized as follows:

  • We shouldn't judge honey roasted peanuts by the wrong standard. We should enjoy things for what they are. Some things are enjoyable in ways which we can't imagine when we first dip into them. There are many things in life to enjoy.
August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NegoXing

And, some things have negative experiences when tried for first time. i.e - lethal things. Just a fact of life too. This comment of mine has nothing to do with Esperanto, I quite enjoy it's existence. Good things can come out of bad things and vice verse. Although, some things are completely bad and some things are completely good.

August 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

In fact, my son is allergic to peanuts. He does speak Esperanto.

August 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaArakido

I like the connection between peanuts and Esperanto. Wonder why...

August 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salivanto

:-)

August 17, 2019
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