"I am rubber, you are glue, what bounces off me sticks to you."
Turns out, I am glue. The bad news - still not the coolest.
The good news, while some of the stuff is junk, SO much of the stuff stuck to me is turning out useful. It has just taken awhile to organize.
Who know an affection for slides of onion bulb cells in the 8th grade, an actual understanding of what a carbohydrate is, and how fiber is a subset, would all come together in a real job?
Beyond Yucky and Yummy, here I come.
By the way - to keep up the continuity - fake apple flavor is an extract that can be mixed with water sweetened cheaply and largely rot free with HFCS (high-fructose-corn-syrup) and flavor anything. It is so shelf stable because it contains pretty much nothing nutritious.
Real apple flavor is less predictable, and thus less marketable - and goes bad. We are programming our kids to appreciate predictability.
("Why is it so cold today?"
"Well honey, it is winter..."
"I want strawberrries!"
"But... ummm..." <--- see this is where the make or break comes in as a parent. Fill in your favorite ending. Is it the one you really do?)
Patience, Lighting and Timing anyone?