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Mehr Licht: A Gardening Adventure

Mehr licht! -attributed last words of Goethe, apocryphal

Return of the Jedi Hobbit

I'm back from a day trip to Topeka, Kansas, our state capital. Some years ago, Topeka was overrun by a historical reenactment Confederate army, but they have rebuilt nicely. I've even visited some seven or eight times since I came to Kansas. (For those of you who are... untenured: do the math!)

A light for when all others go out: the HardwareQuest

The parentals took me to Red Lobster to celebrate a recent promotion, and afterwards, we headed over to Lowe's Home Improvement (yet another store we don't have in the Little Apple). A guy could really get used to having a real, honest-to-goodness hardware store around, you know. (Yes, I'm trolling. Local men do not comment enough in this heah journal! Respect mah authoritah! I hate you gahs... so much... *ahem*)

I had a $20 gift card courtesy of a web promotion, which I decided to use on:

  • 1. A new wire cutting and crimping tool: $4.95
    Gardner Bender GS-66
    (Agh burzum-ishi krimping tûl!)

  • 2. A 6-lb box of Miracle-Grô: $8.47
    (It's the closest thing this Banazîr can have to a box marked 'G')

  • 3. A wearable, hands-free LED light: extra bright, lithium battery-operated, and the bulb never burns out: $5.97
    (A light for when all others go out...)

Total plus tax: $20.83
Getting started on The ProjektTM: PRICELESS

Cute kitty. Watercolor. What's not to like?

Now this video from chunkygoat is just adorable. About 35-40 seconds into it, watch the "model" appear and become interested in the evolving watercolor.

Smeagol the Catholic: a Tripitaka Crackpot Theory

cavlec, your husband comes up with the zaniest theories. Even for a TEUNC. Seriously!

[20:38:39] Kalimak_Brandagamba (Tripitaka): When is Good Friday?
[20:39:53] Demzor_the_Consuminator: now!~
[20:40:33] Razanur_Tuk (banazir): Er?
[20:41:05] Kalimak_Brandagamba: I've stopped paying attention to the ecclesiastical calendar
[20:41:14] *** Demzor_the_Consuminator is now known as emos.
[20:41:19] Kalimak_Brandagamba: I assume it's either this Friday or the next one
[20:41:42] *** Kalimak_Brandagamba is now known as Tripitac_Brandagamba.
[20:43:24] Razanur_Tuk (banazir): Oo
[20:43:33] Razanur_Tuk (banazir): It's tomorra, yesh
[20:43:39] Razanur_Tuk (banazir): Acos this is Easter weekend coming up
[20:43:45] Tripitac_Brandagamba: Aha
[20:43:52] Razanur_Tuk: Ask the one here who gave up CHOKLIT for Lent!
[20:43:55] Tripitac_Brandagamba: Spring!
[20:44:04] Tripitac_Brandagamba: Who gave up chocolate for Lent?
[20:44:07] Razanur_Tuk (banazir): Figgy!
[20:44:15] * Razanur_Tuk gives figgylicious some Oestre CHOKLIT
[20:44:22] * figgylicious did
[20:44:23] * figgylicious won
[20:44:29] * figgylicious is victorious
[20:44:35] *** You are now known as Aragon.
[20:44:39] Aragon (banazir): Christ is risen!
[20:44:43] Aragon (banazir): Arise, take food
[20:44:53] Aragon (banazir): Thy hobbit bids yew EAT!
[20:44:56] * dragnflye doesn't celebrate Lent.
[20:45:01] dragnflye: Therefore, I didn't have to give anything. :)
[20:45:13] Aragon (banazir): One doesn't exacterly CELEBRATE Lent; one observes it ;)
[20:45:21] Aragon (banazir): One celebrates the END of Lent :-D
[20:45:33] figgylicious: yah
[20:46:12] Tripitac_Brandagamba: One repents for Lent
[20:46:18] Tripitac_Brandagamba: In sackcloth and ashes
[20:46:22] Tripitac_Brandagamba: Like Gollum
[20:46:31] Tripitac_Brandagamba: So that at the end you are purified
[20:46:35] Tripitac_Brandagamba: Ready
[20:46:39] Tripitac_Brandagamba: And willing
[20:46:50] Tripitac_Brandagamba: To be cast into the fires of Doom
[20:47:21] Tripitac_Brandagamba: March 25, 3019
[20:47:38] Aragon: Hrm
[20:47:48] Aragon: Gollum wore ashes and sackcloth?
[20:48:02] Tripitac_Brandagamba: Well, lembas tasted like ashes to him
[20:48:24] Tripitac_Brandagamba: And he wore a loincloth

Doubtless the LOTR where a CHOKLIT-crazy Denethor is played by Alfred Molina. Coming to theatres, Lenten season, 2025.

ETA, 23:00 CST:
The Ship Meme

From havocthecat:

  • 1. Comment with any 'ship from a fandom that you know I like, or at least have some knowledge about.

  • 2. I will ramble for 100 words about aforementioned 'ship. This may be incoherent gushing or exclamations of disgust, depending on what it is.

  • 3. Put this on your LJ, if you are so inclined.

Y'know, now that I think about it, I am not very big on ship from SF fandoms. I have a few pet ones, though, and will reward you with exclamations about how well you know me if you guess one.



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(no subject) - megruder - Mar. 25th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 25th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
What we lack
Only seven or eight time?! I've been there at least half a dozen times since I moved here eight months ago.
That is correktis.
A tenure-track career doth have its casualties, and one of them is sometimes one's wings. I've been quite earthbound, save for conference travel and thereabouts. I did manage to see both Canada and Mexico in the last 3 years, but that's about it.

THANK YOU!!! Someone else that understands what a REAL hardware store is and appreciates it. I never realized how much I would miss Lowe's when I left Decatur.
And thank you for reminding me that there are still women who appreciate hardware! I get so many blank looks from females of my acquaintance when I wax avaricious for tools that it's not even funny. :-P

Menard's! (Remember the excited old guy in the TV commercials?)
Freaking Scotty's! (They went under! Sic transit gloria mundi...)

As for comments regarding hardware stores, I believe I made some in regards to my disappointment in Home Depot a few months back.
Gah, don't get me started. See here (I am sad to report that that was my last day trip to Topeka before this one, though I've driven through at least 3 times since).

(no subject) - megruder - Mar. 25th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 25th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: Hardware
Yes, I remember the old guy from Menard's. What happened to him?
I suppose he retired. I hope he's still living.
I loved that ENTHUSIASM. Back at Illinois I was thought of as the Menard's Guy of AI.

I've never heard of Scotty's though; we didn't have any in my area.
Yep. Like Cypress Gardens and Weeki Wachee, it's a Florida thing.

When I purchase tools I prefer Craftsman, but if I'm just going to shop or purchase non-tool items I prefer Lowe's.

I'll never forget the year I asked my mom for a Craftsman 8" crescent wrench.
Lemme guess: this is when you first learned to tinker with bikes?

(no subject) - megruder - Mar. 25th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 25th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Manahattan has a Home Depot...
There is a Home Depot in town...and of course True Value. Griffith Lumber, etc...
Mar. 25th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
Yay! Trolling works!
OK, I am not satisfied with the Home Depot as far as electronics tools and gadgetry go. The Staples and Home Depot in Champaign, IL were a little better stocked. Of course, they can order things from the chain, but then, so can I, online. :-)

True Value, I must admit, I have not frequented as much as my dad has. Similarly with Ace. How do you like the Ace down by Wal-Mart?

Griffith Lumber: Most of my home improvement to date has not occasioned visits here, mostly because I contracted out the one major project (basement furnishing).

Mar. 25th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)


T'Pol/Trip is not mentioning April/Trip's marriage

and...dang. There's so many I could list! But I'll leave you with these. *runs off laughing evilly* I gave you three, nyah nyah!
Mar. 25th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
(Yes, I'm trolling. Local men do not comment enough in this heah journal! Respect mah authoritah! I hate you gahs... so much... *ahem*)

This is one of the many reasons that I'm really glad you're my friend.
Mar. 25th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
South Park, Kansas
This is one of the many reasons that I'm really glad you're my friend.
LOL, likewise.

CHEF: Children, today, we're going to talk about a sensahtive issue - ten-yore. Do you know what ten-yore is?

Have you read The Lord of the Rings or watched the film? If so, take a look at Book VI, Chapter 2 of The Lord of the... Whatever, my homage to SP. It starts with the paragraphs that begin "Meanwhile, more than half a league away".

Funny thing? I've seen only 3-4 complete eps of SP, and one of them had Topeka being stormed by Confederate reenactors.

Mar. 25th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: South Park, Kansas
I've never read the books, but I did see the movies and loved them very much. I'll take a look at the book after work this afternoon.

I'm sorry I didn't congratulate you on your tenure. Mazel tov and congratulations and felicitations. ;-)

Of course, was there any doubt? I mean, really...
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