Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Assessing the Damage

Rain, neglect, then more rain, followed by a neglect so premeditated, so cold-hearted and vicious, I can’t look myself in the eye. Or maybe I can look myself in the eye, because anything is better than looking at this.




On the other hand, if you stand far enough away, on a mountaintop for example – no need to panic. How does it go, distance plus something equals something. No, maybe that’s time – time plus something equals something.




How about: “From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.”

Where's my annotated copy of Hollywood Noir? A couch plus Philip Marlowe equals no weeding.

32 comments:

  1. Weeds are highly over-rated when there is a couch that close;)

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  2. In re: metaphors. I think you're not far from wrong but your timing is off.

    JJ

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  3. I don't remember Philip Marlowe doing any weeding.

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  4. Black dog, good dirt, black stick, lots of green, then a shady chair--yet the lady complaineth or fretteth. So many things I don't understand . . .

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  5. Well that damn last BW shot knocked my socks off.
    Bravo. Get yourself a damn photoblog.
    v

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  6. I almost got to it this afternoon. The weeds, I mean. I was thiiiis close.

    (Virg, you're just buttering me up so I'll help you move. PA has some furniture for sale.)

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  7. That's some mansion on the mountaintop deal you got from those canines.

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  8. I signed up for a "How to Kill Your Grass" workshop. I'm wait-listed. I figure I don't have to weed until the lawn is dead.

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  9. I feel sorry for weeds. They just want to live! You are the heroine of the weeds, so don't let anyone tell you you're cold-hearted.

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  10. Weed Haven. Weed Hollow. Weed Glen.

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  11. Weeds are green. Think oxygen.
    Think GREEN.
    Isn't that the mantra now?

    wv:begsta. Sista, I begsta to leave the weeds.

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  12. love it.

    I have to admit, the weeds ARE green, providing that nice oxygen exchange you so desperately need in the LA basin. Just call it "native plantings" and leave it at that?

    The last shot is perfect, except one thing...that phone on the table. Other than that, it could have been from *any* timeframe. I could see myself sitting there, sipping iced tea, reading a book or taking a nap, ignoring those "native plantings"

    wv: matress...really? I thought it was a couch of PA's you were coveting

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  13. Anything that gets you quoting Raymond Chandler can't be all bad, Karin.

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  14. Re Bellis: I feel sorry for the slugs. But I drown them anyway.

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  15. Hereabouts we say that weeds are to be cherished, because they will tolerate kids, dog and drought better than any old wimpy grass will.

    I also have a friend who tells his wife that he likes crabgrass, because it's the "manly" grass, while not confessing that he likes it because he thinks killing it off is a waste of effort. Which leads back to my cherishing of weeds.

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  16. Hyperopia, that's the ticket.

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  17. I recently bought a lb of white dutch clover seed. I have to mix it with a yet to be determined amount of sand, then I'll broadcast it - so screw my weeds, better still, screw my entire lawn, the Dutch Colonials are taking over and I'm giving them my unwavering support.

    wv wuultic

    PS I agree with V, WOW!

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  18. Having not an inch of ground to call my own, I'd happily weed in exchange for a spot in the sun to park my lounge chair for a few hours to catch up on my reading. I'll even bring snacks to share.

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  19. M, manly grass, but I like it, too.

    Paula, I'm going to investigate that. But Katie, you are more than welcome. I'm mixing up a batch of Meyers lemonade as we speak.

    Trish, I've got the old phone. Bought it in Santa Barbara and still has the tag -- exchange of GRanite xxxx.

    WV: Reptop. Let's reptop the lawn with clover and crab grass.

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  20. May I join you and Katie? I can't face my own yard. I showed it to my green-thumbed neighbor and she said, "Wow. Well. Good luck."

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  21. The idea is to plant something that fixes nitrogen in the soil, chokes out other "weeds", and provides fodder for bees and butterflies and, more specifically, bunnehs! Keating loves the outdoors.

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  22. Perhaps you are in want of utilizing the Pythagorean theorem, a^2 + b^2 = c^2.

    You need to be c "squared" distance away from something for that something to not appear as the original something.

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  23. In addition to lack of weeding, our green areas are suffering from lack of watering, thanks to a freeze which caused bits of the watering system to break.

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  24. Rob, that's the one. I think I'm going to have that carved over my front door.

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  25. K---wow...not many of those old phones are in circulation any more as the phone company technically owned them and would take them back. Still remember my grandparents SYcamore6-XXX number. of course, I also remember the family cabin that didn't HAVE a phone, but several rocking chairs.

    lol...manly grass...guess clover and dichondra are out for that guy!

    Petrea et al, how about clover and whatever wildflower mix you can find, scatter and enjoy? Did that with a friend's backyard strip---overseeded by a LOT and now for a good part of the year, a) I don't have to help him weed just to sit in the backyard and b) it looks like he gives a damn about his yard, without having to water, mow or tend to it.

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  26. I'm writing all this down. I like that one, Trish.

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  27. Ants damage my garden, principally at night...too bad...

    So beautiful all this green around your garden!

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  28. I LOVE it!!!!
    One thing about weeds (as well as housework)...they will always wait patiently for you!! :-)

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  29. I want to sit by those windows and watch you weed! :)And thanks for the offer PA but I've got so much @#$% to purge I can't use another thing!!!! And Meeps is no help. She just wants me to stop what I 'm doing and have a rest on the sofa with her. So of course I do.
    V

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