I don’t know how it is where you live, but all of a sudden there are watermelons for sale everywhere! I am always afraid to buy them when it’s not summer because nine times out of ten, I end up with some pale looking, perfume tasting bowl of chunky yuckiness that sits in the fridge until it dissolves into lumpy water. So I’m at Walmart the other day, “spanking” the melons to test if they are ripe. (Supposedly you can sense an echo or vibration if they are ready to eat.) All of a sudden this old guy appears and tells me I’m supposed to flick with my thumb, not thump with my hand. So we both stood there for about 3 minutes basically beating the fruit. Now I get my June Southern Living magazine and see that we were both wrong. To test for ripeness, you have to look for the spot where the melon sat on the ground..it should be deep cream colored or yellow- not white or light green. Also, if the rind is too shiny, it may not be ready either. Fine- I’ll add these steps to my repertoire, but I’m not quite ready to give up the pat-downs.