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Jun. 4th, 2004

01:03 pm - mundane questions for the day

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two practical queries from my dull life for your consideration:

1) every once in awhile i drive past a bumper sticker that i don't understand *at all* and the fear that i'm not privy to some vital bit of pop-culture detritus begins to eat away at me like Creutzfeldt Jakov disease of the soul. years ago, my big mystery was a sticker that read "I saw Dan Quayle at Barbara Bush's Bake Sale," and no kidding, it took me 3 full years to discover that Barbara used to hold bake sales to benefit mentally handicapped children. as the children themselves were present, the sticker's implication about Mr. Quayle's mental capacity is obvious. the gratification of that discovery wasn't the catharsis for which i was hoping, so in an effort not to let these things annoy me, i've been ignoring a particular sticker for some time. however, i've cracked, so i'm hoping that you all can just tell me what it means and i can reassign the neurons taken up by this process to something more productive. the text of the sticker is "So, How Are the Children?"

2) i have a houseplant that's called a "Wandering Jew," which is a hanging plant with green and purple leaves (his name is Malachai for those of you still trying to analyze my personality by examining my inanimate object naming schema). Malachai was a happy, fluffy looking plant with a few trailing tendrils when i got him, but it soon became clear that the pot he was in was way too small. so...as i'm usually very good with plants, i gingerly coaxed him out of the old pot and into a new much larger and fancier one. assume at this point that i knew what i was doing and adequately watered, separated the root ball a bit, and added new happy potting soil. however, as i was doing this, i discovered that most of Malachai's tendrils were in fact carefully arranged and wrapped around the parts of the old pot that suspend it from the ceiling, which gave him the fluffy look. out of necessity, i detangled most of these when repotting. so now, Malachai is sort of flat on the top with lots of very long hanging tendrils. however, some of these tendrils seem to be slowly dying or simply falling off. i guess i'm not sure whether this is still from the shock of the replanting (more than a month ago now though) or whether perhaps some of the larger tendrils are too heavy to drape over the sides of the pot, and i should be trying to repile them. any ideas? if i do need to repile it, anyone know how to do this without breaking off tendrils (even when they're healthy, they're prone to break if manipulated)?

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From:zevhonith
Date:June 4th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
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Wow, I learned a new thing (about the bake sales).

I have no idea what So, How Are Your Children is about. There are so many splinterings of pop culture and so much special interest and everything's got a bumper sticker, so I usually just ignore the ones I don't understand. I will be eager to see if someone else can tell you what it is, though.
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From:coffegrl
Date:June 4th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Wandering Jew's just do that once they get bigger. I tend to just break off the live part and stick it back in the pot. I dont even bother rooting it first most of the time.

It will always look flat on top unless you repile it around something. The only advice I have for that is to do it slowly and carefully.


oh Hi! we met briefly at NMA. I was stitting with zevhonith

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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 4th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
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hey! i remember meeting you, and i see your posts about. good to be able to match the person with the evil blue ducky ;)

thanks for the plant tip. i'll give it a go. the broken off bits do seem to have a tendency to stay alive almost indefinitely, now that i think about it, replanting them is the obvious solution.

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From:elegantelbow
Date:June 4th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
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1) could it be in response to the rallying cry, "Won't Somebody Think of the Children"?

2) I don't know what to recommend for Malachai. My very first plant in the world was a jade plant named Joshua.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 4th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC)
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so what you're saying is that it's a joke that simply isn't funny at all? makes sense.
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From:thaildellewyn
Date:July 20th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
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Right now I've got amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 7th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
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so, you're having déjà oublié?

;)
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From:gothaminserenia
Date:September 5th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
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I've seen that bumpersticker too. I always thought it was just poking fun at making smalltalk with strangers. But maybe it's an inside joke from a movie or something.

You've probably solved your wandering jew mystery by now. I have a lot of plants, many of which were until recently unidentified. So one day I went to Bachmann's, wrote down the scientific names of all the plants I have, then did some searches on google. And I learned some surprising things on their proper care ... one plant I'd had in an east window could tolerate only indirect light ... another plant's leaf tips were turning brown, which apparently was due to it being over-fertilized (now I would've never guessed that!). The wandering jew is a popular plant ... I bet if you did a search you'd turn up the answer you're looking for.

PS - If you have cats ... how do you keep them from snacking on your plants?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 7th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
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yes, i think my first notion was that the sticker was just making fun of small talk. but it's still just not all that funny. i guess i was just hoping for something more. ah well ;)

both of my house plants are hanging, and my cats in fact *do* snack on them...or at least Vector does. he can jump about 4 feet high from a standstill, so he occasionally leaps up and grabs a leaf or two. i'm sure i couldn't have a non-hanging plant though.
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