Shinola, etc.

I’ve been coming across the word disambiguation somewhat frequently on the web lately. It always brings a smile when I see it, gives me a momentary ambition to disambiguate something.

But the problem is that I don’t know anything much.  Even inside the 21st Century where uninformed opinion is respectable, almost universal, and carries the certainty and power of positive speaking, I just don’t know anything much.

Besides, the dialup connection, or WordPress is being a pure D Communist this morning.  It’s taking me forever to even load the site.  I’m rolling on the floor with joy everytime it tells me it can’t find the webpage.

So instead of disambiguating you readers on some uninformed opinion I have, I think I’ll give you a quick and dirty on something I know something about because I’ve discovered it around here and watched it happen.

I’ve told you about the Great Speckled Bird and how he’s in decline because of something he did in his youth to cripple him up something awful.  One side of him just doesn’t work the way it ought to, and it causes him a lot of pain and distress.  I’ve expected him almost every morning to be dead when I go out to turn them out for free ranging.

But  I’ve been making up orange-peel tincture and treating him with it for a longish while, and it always makes him feel better after I’ve done it.  Sometimes when he’s in particular pain he actually volunteers, gimps over and sits around near where I am, hinting.

I don’t have arthritis troubling me, but if I did, the Great Speckled Bird testifies it’s the way to the truth and the light, orange peel tincture.  He says it’s the difference between Chit and Shinola.

Costs almost nothing to make, too.  Just put your orange or grapefruit peels into a jar of vinegar instead of throwing them away.  In a while you’ll have a tincture.

Chit and Shinola disambiguated.

Old Jules

Today on Ask Old Jules:  State of Democracy?

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22 responses to “Shinola, etc.

  1. Thank you, Jules for calling it as you see it, as well as the tincture info… Gonna try both.

  2. Terrific post! I remember being told I didn’t know chit from Shinola as a youngster. At least I’ve remained consistent.

  3. How would it work if you put the citrus peels in alcohol? You know, like iodine crystals in alcolhol.

    • DizzyDick: I’m not an expert, but my thought is that grain alcohol works for almost any tincture, but is expensive unless you’re distilling it yourself. For orange peels vinegar’s worked well here, so I haven’t tried anything else for tincturing it. Gracias, J

  4. Interesting and I can’t wait to try making the tincture.

  5. Thank you for the seasoned tincture advice…

  6. Thank you for reminding me where the expression came from – although I don’t think I’ve heard it with a ‘C’ before. I’ve always been prone to heavy use of the other word, and used to use either Shinola or Sheyboygan as a quick replacement when necessary. Funny, over here no one seems to care if I use the original…

    • heretherebespiders: I suppose it doesn’t matter to anyone but the Sheyboyganers now that Shinola’s out of business, or more likely being made in China. Gracias, Jules

  7. Our Elder cat Goper came to us about fifteen years ago she may have been thrown from car anyway her rear leg was in pretty bad shape but masageing it for years it has slowly healed the closer she gets to death the better it gets i always feel she has been cheated but who am I. I wonder what could I change? Jules thats a great header.

  8. Sorry I couldn’t tell it from shit.

  9. I’ve been taking a test drive around WP trying to get a better handle on what I must be doing wrong. I always find my way back here though. I have known a lot of people who didn’t know chit from Shinola, myself included. I did use spit and something like Shinola to put a nice shine on the toes of my combat boots many years ago. Thanks Old Jules for once again giving me clarity. I still don’t know what I am doing wrong.

    • Morning Honie: Probably it’s because whatever you’re doing wrong isn’t wrong enough to come out into the open and announce itself. Thanks for coming by. Jules

      • Yep, I guess comparing my writing with the writing of others and trying to understand what makes for interesting reading isn’t as productive as I thought. Maybe if I just keep doing it, people will start to comment more. BTW, thanks for your comment on Stop The Presses.

        • Honie: I don’t know the answer to that. About all I can say is that whatever it is makes a blog successful probably moves around inside a sphere of dependence on what the person writing it chooses to define as success. Hope you get what you want from it. Gracias, J

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