mundane questions for the day - 1370°C
Jun. 4th, 2004
01:03 pm - mundane questions for the day
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)?