Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Story That Unleased a Writer? and The Reaction it Caused in The Garden

There was a very spicy gardening forum not too long ago that had a major reputation, good and bad, where I cut my teeth as a complete novice learning how the communities that form online operate. I was also learning a lot about computers at the same time. One of the things I learned was to save things when they seemed to be in danger of disappearing.

I didn't know I was in a tough room until a food fight with a different forum unleashed a lot of long held judgmental opinions. No wonder I had felt so stimulated.

Before there was this blog a spark started things going. One particular forum member's behavior inspired a parody. Most, including the subject of the story were having fun until the plug was pulled.

You can learn an awful lot about people in blogs and forums.




The House Across the Street

Posted by illicium9 (My Page) on Tue, Sep 27, 05 at 22:17

Thwap, Thwap, Creeeak, Thwap, Thwap Creeeak, Thwap, Creeeak.
The sound is as persistent as the wind. The house across the street is unavoidable. It is talking all the time in one way or another. It is centered in the view outside my living room windows. I don’t want to look at it but somehow you can’t help but look and ask yourself a million questions.

I just moved here and have spent a lot of time and money researching, designing and installing my new garden. I did not want your standard foundation planting. I wanted to use my front yard, not just look at it. A little outside the box, people have called the plants that I find interesting, Dr. Seuss plants. Still, I wanted it to look good from the street, work with the house and to have nice views from inside. I neglected to take in to account The Presence of the house across the street. Thwap.

It would be very easy to just buy curtains and close the living room windows but then I’d be stuck with a blank screen, no picture to look at. Perhaps I need to rethink my landscape design to screen The House from my view. That persistent noise would continue though never letting me forget it was there. Creeeeeak.

Looking at it you can tell it may have been a fine house in its day. It is clear now that it has not been cared for in years. The foundation plantings are drying and thinning and starting to reveal it is perched way too high above the ground, a problem that had been hidden away for awhile. One of the windows has a big crack but all the glass is still there. It is the screen door tattered and loose that is wagging its tongue at my new garden like some bitter ageing queen of a lesser principality, perched on her throne and twisting her shiny pink necklace of trim, twittering away through thin pursed lips telling me that is not how a garden should be. Some times a mighty wind will blow the door open and then it will slam shut again with a loud hollow boom. Boom!

For some time I had believed that some one still lived there because a fancy new car was always parked in the drive. I had never seen it move or anyone come or go but the car stayed clean so I thought of way too many scenarios to explain This Scene from my living room window.

Thwap, Thwap, Creeeeeeak! Thwap. Yesterday the wind was blowing strong and that screen door was wagging its tongue again. Then came that loud hollow boom and I’d had enough, I went across the street, up the long drive through the half brown and unmowed lawn to confront the owner. By the time I got there the wind had opened the door again and I could see inside. The house was empty. Nobody was there. I found out later the car belonged to a neighbor who works night shifts and the house now belongs to the kids of the owner and they live far away. All I really got of that excursion was a million more questions.

I put so much energy into creating my own inner garden and I like it the way it is but This House is getting on my nerves. It would take a really large tree to hide it completely because of the lay of the land and where the tree would need to go is right in my full sun perennial garden.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could do?

Tally Ho
illicium9



Follow-Up Postings:

RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page) on Tue, Sep 27, 05 at 22:29
We have an oppressive little hovel like this on our street.
One of the new neighbors to our hood suggested that "Jewish lightning" may someday be the fate of Hillbilly Jethroes' little shanty town.
praise Judah.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: SayPoint 6b CT (My Page) on Tue, Sep 27, 05 at 22:29
Got a picture? I'd like to see this house. Creeak.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Eric_OH 6a (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 0:10
In perfectly legal fashion you could contact the faraway owners and ask for permission to install hook and eye hardware on the door of the Addams family home that might cost $1.49, prevent door swinging and banging and give you a bit of peace of mind. Or you could forget to contact the owners and just go over some dark night and install the hook and eye without permission, but that would be wrong. And some hideous Stephen King nightmare creature might bound out of the foundation plantings and wrap its tentacles around you.
It is up to you.
Or you could move to Worthington, Ohio, which is in the process of passing laws which will more or less turn the entire city into a neighborhood association. For instance, they want to ban seasonal lighting displays on your property more than a month before the event or over 2 months after the holiday passes, as well as preventing you from parking a vehicle containing a business logo more than a foot across, within sight of your overly observant neighbors. The Creak Home would undoubtedly fall under some Worthington ordinance or other. Your home and garden might also be bannable, however. Better stay where you are.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: SayPoint 6b CT (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 8:28
A less invasive fix for the flapping door might be a makeshift doorstop in the form of a large rock or brick set against it on the porch to hold it shut. More easily removed, no holes in the door or frame.
My mother lives around the corner from me in a neighborhood of mostly converted summer cottages. There is one eyesore almost directly across that spoils it for everyone, with spare tires, lumber, kids' plastic toys, rusty camper trailer, dead lawn mower, etc. all in the very small front yard. What isn't covered with stuff is used for overflow parking for the multigenerational household, so there is no lawn, just beaten-down earth. She'd trade you for the creaking door.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: INKognito (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 8:31
Before tackling any landscape problem it is necessary to ascertain exactly what the problem is. For instance, are you sure that it is the door making all that noise or could it be a shutter, often the cause of concern when considering landscape changes. It is also important to document issues such as these and if you want help from this forum you will need to take and post lots of pictures, I understand that Kodak sell a nice model suitable for this purpose. As for the sound, you need to pinpoint this by a process of Illimanation.
You will find the members of this forum always willing to help a newcomer, I noticed you only just joined us, so welcome.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Eric_OH 6a (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 9:18
I believe that the suggestion about teaching by example (using photos) was directed at Socratean-style lecturers, not the casual poster asking for assistance. ;)


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: OutsidePlaying 7/No. Ala (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 10:02
If the owners (or is it kids of a deceased owner?) live far away, can you find an address of record and send a letter to them documenting the problems? If you have a letter to them signed by all the neighbors, it might have more impact. They are probably unaware of the problems and may not even care, but at least you've done something toward documenting and addressing the problem.
We live in the Alabama country (REALLY country)...I give directions to my house by telling people to go 2 miles and turn left at the junkyard. Needless to say, our little upper-middle class hood is always on our Hill Billy Bob's case about something. All thru our fine legal and county government system. The latest breakthrough is through ADEM (AL Department of Environmental Management) who is citing & fining Billy Bob for dumping of all manner of waste (petroleum products, batteries, etc from wrecked cars). We'd be so happy for a creaking door and a few over-grown and dead shrubs.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: KarinL BC Z8 (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 11:56
Did someone say The Addams family? Perhaps this is Laag's house - or was it INK's?
And a photo would be great, also of your inner garden while you're at it. You know, we just had a thread on this forum about cameras - a very clever fellow from Hawaii posted a link for us. Say, you're also from a warm climate, aren't you? What a coincidence. And I notice you posted in what is likely a western time zone, and gosh your name reminds me... say, you wouldn't happen to be related, would you...Ilima?


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 12:35
KarinL,
We need to treat you to a trip out west.
Zone 9a is still way not Hawaiian zone 10 to 11.
We still have undeniable zone envy here in zone 9.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: KarinL BC Z8 (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 12:39
I AM on the west coast Michelle, you'll have to bring me just due south. But it's still warm, and I think my guess is too.


RE: Addams Family House
• Posted by: KarinL BC Z8 (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 12:41
(and Ink's guess)... I should have added, to give credit where credit is due.

what did South Park say ? Blame it on Canada


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 12:56
my bad KarinL
well at least the air fare will be cheaper !

: ~ )


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Catkim San Diego 10/24 (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 13:22
Nice Halloween story, illicium9. Please post more stories.
Cheers,
Catkim


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: ilima Kihei, HI. Z11 (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 13:53
It is always very windy here too. My noise problems are the neigbors parrots. They are nice to look at but they screeech incessantly. They have ducks. Quack. Quack. Then there is my neighbor the sculptor who carves driftwood logs with a chainsaw. His work is amazingly beautiful. The crazy old women two doors down has an ever expanding feral cat colony going. Cat fights are common.
Then directly below me right in my ocean view is one of those hideous plastic car houses side by side with a Sears storage shed and the man's "collectables" spilling out onto the drive.
Poor illicium9, I understand. It takes time but I have gotten used to and learned to live with a lot annoyances because the good outweighs the bad in my neighborhood. Thwap.
ilima


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Nushka_IA 4b IA (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 16:23
All this makes me feel much better about my neighborhood bagpiper.
If no one lives there, who's to object to a few unauthorized, quick and dirty repairs? I bet you might get the other neighbors to help. And, even better, what about guerilla planting on The House's property? I know, it's work, but so are the legal routes, like getting your city to condemn it.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: JillP 5/6 OH (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 16:50
Does your town have a housing code, a building code, nuisance code? Go to city hall and find out. Complain. Get the city to send a letter to the people citing all the code violations and that they have so long to do something or face what ever consequences the city has. That said, when we first bought our house, there was a vacant lot next door. The out of town kids who inherited did not mow it. Letters from the city did nothing. So the dh would mow it, sometimes another neighbor would.
Are they behind in property taxes? Stop off at the county courthouse and find out. Might be able to buy it for a song. Or do what a neighborhood in my town did. Had the horrible junky loud party neighbor. They pooled resources and bought him out, fixed up the house and sold it.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: JuniorBalloon Z8a WA (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 17:36
(Spoken in a deep, throaty Slingblade kinda voice) "Burn it down, um hm."
Just kidding. I am a bit surprised that you have lived there a while, spent a goodly amount of money and this house is only now begining to impinge on your world.
A vegetative screen could certainly be planted, but it would take a long time to grow in and it would take a lot of space. Espeically one big enough to block out the view of an entire house. How much space do you have?

jb

RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: kmickleson z9 CA (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 17:39
Our very own LD scamp, ilima!


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: KarinL BC Z8 (My Page) on Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 22:51
C'mon, Ilima, time to 'fess up. It was a good practical joke, if you like practical jokes, but it has drawn in good people who are not the target and is wasting their time and good will.
For those who are not "in" on the joke, the reference thread is the one titled "Anchors aweigh." Ilima won the humour quotient in that one, but I give INK the win in this thread. The "shutter" comment is hard to beat and I will remember it for a long time.


RE: The House Across the Street Spooky
• Posted by: illicium9 9a (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 0:14
My, there are more suggestions now then those I read this morning. Thank you all for your responses. It is good to know I am not alone and others have similar problems.
I am a life saving nurse and have been trained and have some experience as a first responder to disaster situations but my current schedule is a 4day, 10am to 8pm shift. Yesterday when I posted was my day off but I like to keep the same schedule which may explain the Time Warp some people saw.

I have followed some of your suggestions and went to the city records office before work to see about contacting the children. I was not told whether the owner was deceased or not. I ask for the records by the address and the form I was shown had the name blacked out and the line for the mailing address was empty. The form had the history of sales and the previous owner name was also blacked out and with no address. When I held it to the light I could just make out acj7000 on the previous owner line since the blackout had faded a bit. How odd! When I asked about this I simply could not get a straight answer. It was like spinning in circles. Bureaucrats!
I did take some pictures this morning. Funny you should mention a Kodak camera that is exactly the kind I have. I went out on the street to get some good shots and I saw this sign somewhat obscured by weeds at the bottom of the drive that said "Exit Forward Only". What is that supposed to mean?

Now things get just plain weird. The pictures I took all looked like smoke with a flash of light in them. I checked the camera. It was fine. I decided to go try again. Fortunately one of my neighbor’s dogs was out so I took her with me. She is the sweetest Border Collie but a real escape artist so they named her Illude.
Illude and I went up the drive to get a close shot of that screen door. It was just kind of chirping tonight. Tweet, Kwee, Tweet, Kwee. The same thing happened. The pictures were just smoke and a flash of light. The House will not show up on film. It feels like This Is An Alternate Universe.

I am such a dilima. Again my efforts have only led to more questions. I have read some of the other threads now and have seen some of the photo imaging stuff. Do you think if I made a Photo Shop image as close to the real thing as I could make it and posted it that it might help?

This question may make you think I am nuts but nature does some amazing things. I am not having much luck getting anywhere with The House so I am back to the screening it idea. I have heard of fabrics used in bathing suits that allow the sun light through so there is no tan line. Does such a tree exist that I could plant in my full sun perennial garden? Or maybe a bio-luminescent tree that gives off light has that been invented yet? Patent something like that and you’d be rich. I’d sure want one.

Ilima are you there? It seems you and I are the last ones here.

Tally Ho and Away I Go
illicium9


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Frankie_in_zone_7 (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 0:22
I feel like I've caught a virus. Not good; no fun for me. Hope subsequent threads can remain "uninfected".


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: GingerBlue z6 MO (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 8:05
This makes my head hurt.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: punamytsike 9b FL (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 8:45
Nothing to hurt, it is confirmed that illicium9 and ilima come from the same source. Of course I cannot be 100% certain that it is the same person but the computer access is the same - 72.234.80.109. If next time you do not want to be that easily detected, couple of pointers. Use different access providers for each user name, make sure you remember witch one you used for witch user name and do not mix up. If you do not have more than one access provider, then only the original message lacks the string that tells where the poster comes from, so if illicium9 would have not posted reply, It would have been impossible for me to confirmed the issue.
For those who do not know how to do it, just click on view page source and you will see what I am talking about.
Fun thread anyway...


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: OutsidePlaying 7/No. Ala (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 10:00
But a great Halloween story. I can use some of this for a scary story for our grandkids on our hayride. Thanks illicium, or ilima, or whoever you are.
Did anyone else google "illicium" here are a few interesting extracts:
"The U. S. P. describes star-anise of commerce as follows, giving also the distinctive differences between it and the poisonous fruit of Illicium anisatum..."
And maybe the best one:
"ENGLISH : Basxxxrd star anise, Japanese sacred anise tree, Japanese star anise, Poison bay, Wild star anise..." (Can't use the REAL B word here)
Are you sure you want to give INK the win?


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: KarinL BC Z8 (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 11:22
I'm scoring them in part based on the extent to which they've met the standards of their own previous performances. Ilima did so much with three words and a link in the earlier thread that on humour density alone he fell short of his own mark here. Density being one of my favourite measures, though, INK got in so many good hits in one short message that I do lean in that direction. I welcome the input of other judges, however!
And Punamytsike, may I say how much I like your property? The first time you posted a picture of your house I was struck dumb with astonishment, having - in my Victorian/rainforest environment - never seen such a thing before, and not knowing how to react. But on looking again at your page (not that I could get your computer ID off it...) with more pictures of the house and surrounding grounds, I have to say it is absolutely magnificent, and a real cohesive picture, however foreign to my eyes it may be.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: punamytsike 9b FL (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 12:15
Thank you Karin for your nice compliment. Now if you want to see some more porjects and how they came about, I included link with more pages...
As for who is the winner, I think it is close to tie and we need some more to get a clear one ;)
Here is a link that might be useful: Punamytsike's projects


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Catkim San Diego 10/24 (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 12:51
Ah, illicium9, as a life saving nurse, perhaps you can use your skills to resuscitate this forum?? Or should you bother to save such a lowly pursuit of discussion? I am in awe of your skills, but I still need help with my foundation obfuscation.
In any case, do tell us more Halloween stories. Were you able to make out anything in the smoke and light on the pixels? Maybe a noose or a butcher knife? Perhaps the shape of a leaf on a flag to give you a clue as to the identity of the, uh, former occupant?
As to a bioluminescent tree, well, Target sells trees in November that light up all over their tips and shimmer from gold to red and all through the rainbow and back again. They do make a shadow, though. But a row of maybe ten of these would at least distract you from the house across the street.
Cheers!
Catkim


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: KarinL BC Z8 (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 12:56
Punamy, the stained concrete floors are impressive - very impressive - but the ceilings nailed it for you: you win, hands down - you've simply reset the rules of the contest and the competition has dropped out of sight. Speaking for myself, I am going to leave the computer for the day and go out in my garden and eat worms.... It's raining too, but that's all I deserve for my piddly little home improvement efforts...
Ceilings. I mean how can you compete with someone who thinks of doing CEILINGS!!!
:-) Fabulous.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Brent_In_NoVA z7/6 VA (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 13:37
I am still trying to figure out how INK nailed it so fast (though I have to admit that I don't get the shutter comment...maybe I am just a tad on the slow side).
punamytsike: I notice that all that hard work has given your DH quite a nice build...errr...not that I was looking...that was just what one of the forum gals told me!
- Brent


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: OutsidePlaying 7/No. Ala (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 13:49
Brent! I'm surprised....shutter...Kodak....get it? It's ALMOST Friday, LOL!


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: kellilou3 z6 TN (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 14:40
Dang, Pnamytsike! When you do something, you do it right! Your house is amazing.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: INKognito (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 15:52
How did I nail it so fast?
Every time I go to the throne and peep through the worn curtains there is this woman across the street staring, sometimes I think she can see through walls so I pull my pants up a bit quick. Having perfected an off putting facade to my house it is unnerving to have someone prying, she may even be taking photographs. It seems that the woman is a nurse, probably of the same ilk as that one Jack Nicholson was so fond of.
How did I know it was Illima? Probably the grass skirt, it is way too cold up here for that.
One flew East one flew West and one flew over the cuckoos nest.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: ilima Kihei, HI. Z11 (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 17:00
I apologize to anyone whose head hurts, feels infected or was offended unintentionally. To me it feels a bit like a hangover after a binge and I do not drink. It may have been fun doing it but when you wake up in the morning you have to deal with any damage you may have caused.
I am also glad that some of you did enjoy the parody.
I did not want the source of the poison pen to be too difficult to determine and several people ascertained that immediately without the use of web page numbers.
It is a bit irritating when someone hides behind a name and does not reveal their true self and feels free to jump out and attack at any time then retreat into anonymity only to return later all sweetness and light isn’t it?
What I have done, create multiple personalities is a bannable offense and we could both disappear into the ether at any moment. It is time for illicium9 to bid you farewell
Say Goodnight illicium9
Goodnight and Aloha ilima
Aloha illicium9

ilima



RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: INKognito (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 18:15
"It is a bit irritating when someone hides behind a name and does not reveal their true self and feels free to jump out and attack at any time then retreat into anonymity only to return later all sweetness and light isn't it?"
Is this a justifiable stance, I wonder. I have been contributing to this forum since before I was acj7000 and at a time when I was naive enough to put my e.mail and my name as my sign in. Being outspoken has resulted in more than my fair share of visits to Disney and the constant snapping at my heels from the likes of Eric. I have been banned and needed to change my name to return and to avoid strange people from sending me unkind messages at home.
I do not participate here to teach people how to design or landscape, I have some knowledge and experience and I use that to encourage interested participants to find the way for themselves and some find this intimidating.
I am not aware of attacking anyone beyond the context of who and what. However, it would be nice if someone who knows me would back me up otherwise I may well be as "The Nurse" suggests.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: kmickleson z9 CA (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 18:56
All I want is to know what on earth it means to run with the fox and hounds! I can't decide whether to feel honored, dismissed, or stupid.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: INKognito (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 19:33
It means that instead of making up your own mind you go with what seems to be winning at the moment.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: kmickleson z9 CA (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 19:45
Rather than get into whether I agree with your assessment or not, or what made you think that, what I'll say right now is how much I appreciate your clear, straightforward response to a question.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: ilima Kihei, HI. Z11 (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 20:09
Just so you know the proper Hawaiian attire is the malo and the proper position title is Kahuna anaana.
ilima


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Eric_OH 6a (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 20:33
So, do I bring my papayas in tonight (40F forecast) or wait until the weekend and the big banana and citrus roundup?
"I am not aware of attacking anyone beyond the context of who and what."
I suppose we should be grateful that where and when are exempt. :)
Eric (who has been posting since '96, without having to fear the dread consequences of having my name and e-mail publicly exposed).


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: INKognito (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 22:10
You see what I mean and how difficult it is for me to reveal myself when this wanker jumps on every word I say.


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page) on Thu, Sep 29, 05 at 23:04
Speaking of wankers....
I'd like to see you reveal yourself Ink.
: ~ Q
... oh my !!


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: Brent_In_NoVA z7/6 VA (My Page)
No, not annoyed at all. Funny, when I was fairly new to this forum there was a thread where somebody mentioned plopping kidney shaped beds in the middle of a lawn. I posted a follow up mentioning that my wife might get suspicious if I started creating beds shaped like breasts. I was worried that posting something like that would be too risqué for the forum...I have learned a little since then!

BTW, I vote that Ink NOT expose himself to this forum!!

- Brent

Brent_In_NoVA


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page)
Miss ZD
oh puhhhhlease sharon,
how much more childish can you get ?
If the mere mention of sex repulses you then you might want to cover your eyes next time you wander out into your garden, what with all those sexual organs in all.
Hairy Pistols, Protruding Anthers and Bursting Ovaries , Oh my . Sexcapades in the garden .

This smacks of the Victorian era when Orchids were banned from the homes of ladies because the conserative puritans were so uptight about the sexualness of the flowers.
I suppose not too much has changed in some conservative circles though, considering that some from the religious right want to clothes those buck naked disgusting nude statues that Rodin and the likes have sculpted.

Now back to the garden where the Amorpho phallus bulbs are to be planted under the Clitoria vine.


RE: The House Across the Street
Well, if it's bawdiness that one wants to avoid...one had best stay away from the 'Conversations' page over on the rose forum.

Me? I've been accused, on more than one occasion, of 'channeling' the Wyff of Bath.

melanie

mjsee


RE: The House Across the Street
Sharon, I don't WANT to count. It's not important to me. I like it here...that's why I'm here. I don't really care how many sexual reference are made in this or any other forum. I don't focus on sex enough to really notice it.

And just curious...what, exactly, is wrong with humor that includes sex?

Reminds me of a craft forum I used to visit. They were of the belief that all nude art is pornography. I guess for some reason some people always will think nudity equals sex and sex is always dirty. How sad.

GingerBlue


RE: The House Across the Street
True story: My Amorphophallus konjac has been lush, vibrant and green (which is not easy) ever since June.

What staying power!

Eric_OH


RE: The House Across the Street
• Posted by: mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page)
What are you feeding that thing with Eric , Viagra ?

I suppose we should be happy that it is green and not blue.

Congratulations on a horticultural endeavor well done



mich_in_zonal_denial



RE: The House Across the Street
Mich, you crack me up. Much needed, I assure you.

GingerBlue



RE: The House Across the Street
I am glad that someone mentioned all the wild and crazy procreation that goes on in our gardens right under and sometimes in our very noses.

Some of my adult formative years were spent in places some would consider unsavory, so the mention of 'IT' has to be a pretty good bawdy joke before I will even take notice.

Our resident Madame, MZD was toying with the idea for the sign on her truck:
The Doyenne of Dirt and Design .

Could I be so bold as to suggest a slight alteration?
The Doyenne of Down and Dirty Design.

We could call her the Da De De for short.

ilima


RE: The House Across the Street
Sunday was a WILD day at the Garden Center. Customers were feeling their oats--staff was goofy--butterfly copulation EVERYWHERE--particularly on the cone flowers--(something about their sturdy surface perhaps?) All I know is that at one point I looked at my colleague in her late 20's and sang 'Bow-chicka-bow-bow.' (Accepted immitation of porn sound track.) Hillarity ensued.

Off to the salt mine--600 six inch Pansies to unload today.


Melanie


RE: The House Across the Street
I have been puzzling about what Sharon wrote and then Ginger's explanation started to explain things and I realized that Sharon might be trying to protect Brent?
Anyway, I have yet see anything that is too racy or not appropriate :)

punamytsike


RE: The House Across the Street
'a dirty, stinky, hairy and sometimes scary man's man'

Yeah, Brent, I'm wondering about that, too. I'm of the female persuasion, and this does not sound like something most of the women I know would look for on a resume.

Nothing personal, ilima. :o)

SayPoint


RE: The House Across the Street
I don't mind hairy, and sometimes certain musky odors might be enticing but I have to agree with SayPoint that dirty will no do it and scary is not that interesting either ;)

punamytsike


RE: The House Across the Street
I Clean Up Real Nice!

ilima



RE: The House Across the Street
glad to hear it ilima. I've heard the same thing said about myself, as my usual condition straight from the garden chores is none too tidy either.

SayPoint


RE: The House Across the Street
It may have gotten Rasputin what he wanted, but does Ilima want what Rasputin got?

The key indicator is not whether moms are drawn to you, but how moms and dads react when you are drawn to their daughters, or they to you.

KarinL


RE: The House Across the Street
Fear not Ilima, for I have no mother and father could give a sh*t at this age in my life.

mich_in_zonal_denial



RE: The House Across the Street
I'm wondering if Ilima belongs to a man both hairy and scarey?

The six inch pansies were...unimpressive. LOTS of cleaning and dead-heading. At least they aren't as unwieldy as the mums.

melanie

mjsee

Some Comments were Deleted
Then the Entire Thread was Removed.

4 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

Oh yes, Christopher - I remember reading this, and thinking how well it the story was written and how fast-witted everyone was, and what descriptive powers you could unleash!

I only found out that your particular segment of the larger community existed when other segments of the community got their knickers in a twist about people being snobs. Being nosy, I went over to see what was going on. It was quite daunting for a total amateur, but it was so much fun to read, and seeing posts from people who were excited about ideas was irresistible. Trying to follow the arguments was difficult, and it took me a long time to get up the nerve to comment.

I still look in, but so many of the original cast members have left; it isn't the same. Every once in awhile there's a good thread with some energy to it.

You were smart to save it.

Annie

christin m p in massachusetts said...

My favorite part was where INKognito uncovered you. It's fun to read, but I would've been too timid to comment too.

Are there any fun threads running there right now, or is that the site that banned you for sounding the alarm?

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

I didn't even know how to post a comment when I first entered that room. It was my internet birthing grounds. I learned how to post photos and do some HTML there. The subject matter was what I do for a living and the snobbery to me was undetectable. That was what I encounter in the real world, the people I work for.

I learned so much about my own profession in that room and I laughed so much. It was great fun.

The World Wide Web is a big place and while I was unable to stay there the world keeps expanding.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

At GW you don't have to be a member to read the forums, but you will be barraged by ads. You went there once before I think.

I wander in and see what's up on occasion, but I am blocked from posting. Inky is still at it. Inkognito and Landscape as Art