The Watering Hole, Monday, April 29th, 2013: Tending the Garden

I’m taking off from work today and tomorrow in an effort to, if not resurrect, clean up and replant my poor neglected garden. At one time I had had a nice little garden, nothing big or special, but a garden nonetheless.
GARDEN0305GARDEN0309GLAD7GARDEN031I had started major renovations at one point, expanding the area, installing a trellis/gate with climbing roses on either side, changing the crushed-marble walkway to a wooden one encircling a center planting area, salvaging what plants I could and slowly adding more. Then 2004 came along, with its ever-increasing, time- and heart- consuming care of my dying parents. During, and after this time, I only made half-hearted attempts at maintaining the garden, which usually ended, due to lack of will, right after raking and weeding the area. This year I am trying to muster up some continued impetus to re-create something that I can be proud of, instead of the mess that’s out there right now.

It’s kind of like a miniature version of our country – it’s a big mess, and strangling weeds are doing their best to kill off what was once beautiful. It needs a lot of diligent work and constant attention, but it’s definitely worth trying to salvage.

This is your Open Thread. What’s on your mind today?

51 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, April 29th, 2013: Tending the Garden

      • I feel ya! Since last year my back makes audible noises as I bend and stand up. I planted about 1500 seedlings over the weekend and am very glad it’s raining today. I hurt.

        • I’m glad for you that you got them in the ground ahead of the rain. I thought that stuff was never going to end yesterday.

  1. Homeless Hurricane Sandy Victims To Be Kicked Out of Hotels, Nowhere to Go

    Late last month, Carmen’s family, along with roughly 200 other households, received notice from the Department of Homeless Services that they’d be getting evicted from the hotels by April 30. Many have nowhere to go, and 125 people, several of whom have lost their jobs, do not qualify for NYCHA housing–partly because NYCHA lacks single-occupancy homes. Today, City Council members grilled DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond on the issue, and while he testified that the deadline would be extended to the end of May for some already transitioning to new housing, many Sandy victims would still be left out in the cold.

    I saw a report on the recovery on MSNBC. They’re getting the shore cleaned up for the upcoming tourist season. Seems to me those hotels are expecting their busy season, and need to clear out these less lucrative tenants.

    • Thanks, Z. During that summer of 2004, my sister brought mum up to visit for the last time. That was right after I had put up the trellis/gate, which she loved. (sigh) Back then we actually had matching, un-ruined furniture, too! Not so much anymore.

  2. More proof that John McCain is a senile, old war monger who really needs to be put out of our misery. On Sunday senator McCain stated that Syrians will take out revenge if the US doesn’t attack Syria.

    • What really puzzles me is why anyone in the US, including even Obama, should ever give one big rat’s ass about ANYTHING that might or has already happened in Syria. Maybe it’s as T. Jefferson suggested a long time ago when he noted that “Constant apprehension of war has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force with an overgrown executive will not long be a safe companion to liberty.” Seems to me as though TJ nailed it.

      How insibidly stupid, the perpetual call to war by oh, so many small minds.

    • Law & Order did a similar trick once. They did one of their “ripped from the headlines”-stories that involved the Bronx District Attorney, who in real life was named Robert Johnson. They changed the character’s name to John Robertson. He was played by Keith David (who played Mary’s stepfather in “There’s Something About Mary”. “Is it the frank or the beans?”), not to be confused with actor David Keith from “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

    • If Gore had been elected they still would have had Republican control of Congress. If she had not resigned, because of her husband’s illness, not wanting a Democrat to appoint her replacement, she would have still flipped the majority on Citizen’s United. She came out against that decision shortly after it was announced.

    • Well that’s odd. I posted this story earlier this morning and I even used “Ya, think?” at the end of an O’Connor quote. Dafuq?

      • It did appear – in the

        In a nutshell….


        badmoodman on April 29, 2013 at 7:49 am said:
        Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor expressed doubt Friday about the decision to take the 2000 Bush v. Gore case that resulted in the election of President George W. Bush.

        “It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue,” O’Connor told the Chicago Tribune editorial board in an interview. “Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye.’”

        “Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a decision,” she said. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.”

        – Ya think?

    • Sarah, Let’s see…I remember something about some partial term governor of some remote village somewhere, just can’t place the name with a screech…

  3. Where’s Fox News When White Right-Wing Extremists Commit Acts of Terror?
    Fox’s ugly religious attacks represent a brazen display of bigotry and bullying.
    April 28, 2013 |

    On August 5, 2012, just before 10:30 in the morning, Wade Michael Page pulled up outside the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., took out his semi-automatic handgun and started killing worshipers. An Army veteran and an avid bass player in a neo-Nazi rock band, Page killed two Sikhs outside the house of worship and then made his way inside. There, he reloaded and killed four more, including the president of the temple who was shot while trying to tackle Page. Three more were critically wounded in the massacre.

  4. My youngest sibling (47 yo) is making remarkable progress after suffering a stroke.
    Johnny was struck in the neck by a baseball (on 15 April). Blurred vision and arm tingling sent him to ER where the ‘symptoms’ subsided as he was being examined. Tests didn’t reveal anything at the time.
    A few times the vision blurred and he saw the physician.
    Unfortunately they never caught the carotid artery dissection until Wednesday when he went to the ER, presenting with r/side paralysis and slurred speech = stroke.
    The tear allowed clot to form and it broke loose slowing blood flow to the brain.
    A regime of blood thinners and an increase blood pressure to speed the flow, of blood, to brain has, so far seem beneficial. Johnny can, again, walk; his r/arm has motion. Speech is a bit slower to return – it is happening though!
    They’re lowering the blood pressure and will do a neurological evaluation.
    (he was in good health before this and since the stroke was due to the ‘freak accident’ vs. disease caused, the prognosis and recovery are good)

  5. HuffPo:

    Fox News: Glenn Beck Left Network ‘To Save His Ass’

    “Fox News did not take too kindly to Glenn Beck’s recent words about why he left the network.

    Beck, who left Fox News to start his own Internet TV channel, spoke at New York University on Friday. “If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said about cable news. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you won’t leave with your soul intact.”

    A Fox News spokesperson pushed back in an email to Politico’s Mike Allen, saying, “Glenn Beck wasn’t trying to save his soul, he was trying to save his ass. Advertisers fled his show and even Glenn knows what that means in our industry. Yet, we still tried to give him a soft landing. Guess no good deed goes unpunished.” ‘

  6. Cool escape from politics. Excellent documentary by Dave Grohl called ‘Sound City’ about the analog studio located in Van Nuys, California where many of the big hits from the mid 70’s and 80’s were recorded. Appearances by Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Tom Petty and others. Interesting little history about a studio and the custom Neve mixing console that made so many hits and its demise to digital.

    • That was a total trip! Groups I’d forgotten, such as “Masters of Reality”; “Fear”, Ratt, etc.
      Neanderthal looking equipment, compared to digital sound boards.
      Thank you, very much, for posting!

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