sunflower-amaranth-sorghumThis weekend Mari called with the 411 on a source of castor bean seeds at Garden District. While I was there I managed to find some packets of sorghum, sold as ‘broomcorn’ off the shelves. Both are dramatic additions to a garden and drought-resistant, thus save on water bills in the long run.
There is supposed to be an exhibit about maize, the true gold of the New World, at the U.S. Botanic Gardens down on the Mall, but I could not find an official notice to link to on the subject.
Fighting for Life is a new feature documentary portrait of American military medicine. The film includes coverage of students at USU, the “West Point” of military medicine in Bethesda, on their journey toward becoming career military physicians. Our rugby team has played the USUHS Fighting Docs on many occasions, and they manage to balance their studies with good rugby and sportsmanship. There will be a screening at the E Street Cinema on March 14.
A friend pointed out an article from today’s Washington Post that predicts a leadership crunch in the nonprofit sector. The article, based on a study of tomorrow’s leaders, explains that potential organizational leaders are going elsewhere after feeling pressed for cash.
I Come FirstAfter living in DC for over ten years I’ve seen more than enough examples of nonprofits taking advantage of a passionate young workforce. After a few years living in such an expensive town you have to move on to greener pastures, as passion does not fill the stomach. I hope the nonprofit sector can work things out – like perhaps keeping the CEO salaries below the six-digit mark and distributing the paychecks evenly?
That and the predictions of a massive exodus of Baby Boomers just isn’t happening. The Generation We’re Tired of Hearing About will neither die nor retire. They’re working themselves to the grave just as they have for the past 30 years. With advances in health care they now have the lifespan of Imhotep the Mummy, and don’t know what else to do with their lives but work.
The day before the Post published a somewhat related article about the sense of entitlement perceived in today’s workforce. It’s another one of those generational generalizations that tends to steam me up. You know, how the Millennials are A.D.D., my generation is forever disgruntled, but no call is ever made to meet somewhere in the middle. The bar is set at the ever-holy Baby Boomers standard. Today’s generation of workers has seen the previous generation work themselves to death with no guarantees from the companies they devoted their lives to. Pensions are withdrawn, health insurance is unreliable, and there is a certain future of eternal debt thanks to eight years of spending sprees. While I’m working to pay off the previous generation’s extravagances, I’m taking as much leave time as I can.


  1. John says:

    I might be able to deal with them living so long if they’d stop talking about the fucking Beatles.

  2. Lee says:

    Being a Baby Booker myself, I can tell you that I definitely got the heart of a Slacker (Man! Was it hard ripping it outta his chest! But I digress…) And John – not every Boomer talks about the Beatles – other than a couple of songs, I’m not much of a fan.
    As for water-resistant plants and their seeds, dunno if you knew of this place and/or Homer mentioned it to you but check out this place when yer in town and have the time:
    They’ve got a seed store.

  3. Jujupiter says:

    Hold on!
    You can’t post the hottest picture I’ve seen in years and just link it to a magazine website without giving the name of the model!

  4. Ohio Tom says:

    Castor beans are wonderfully dramatic. My parents plant them in their back yard next to the shed. These exotic-looking plants keep ground moles away according to an old gardener’s tale. It’s one of the few plants the deer won’t touch.
    Personally, I enjoy the thought of ingesting one or more beans every time a conservative speaks.

  5. Sean says:

    I’m total in total agreement with you on being sick of hearing about how younger workers feel “entitled.”
    Excuse me if I don’t feel that a soulless corporation is entitled to squeeze me dry and cast me aside at will AND I’m supposed to take it all and feel grateful to them.
    Damn right I’ll be taking all my vacation.

  6. Wrecks says:

    Why so negative lately? If you need to get laid, I’ll gladly help out…

  7. Shawn says:

    Jimbo – I think you’ve got the right attitude:
    >While I’m working to pay off the previous generation’s >extravagances, I’m taking as much leave time as I can.
    And John – One can never stop talking about The Beatles. They are/were truly one of the greatest bands to come upon the scene. One cannot look at pop music without referencing their influence.

  8. Jason says:

    Amen! My fellow ‘Gen X’ colleagues and I often wonder when they will simply retire and get out of the way. Our guess is that when they do retire, we will be considered too old and the generation behind us will be simply advanced.

  9. cb says:

    Yeah, you wonder why there is such discontent. Our generation is the first that is pretty much guaranteed NOT to do as well financially as the previous generation.
    Jobs moving offshore, inflation, trade deficit, social security failure, terrorist threats, falling dollar, no company loyalty, no pensions, etc.
    When you are set up to fail, why the fuck would I bust my ass??

  10. Dax says:

    I tend to agree with this article. given my experience these “new” 20 somethings feel they deserve constant praise and acknowlegement of what should be their standard duties in the workplace.
    And that it is all about their feelings(I think it is total bullshit)
    Here is an example of a conversation I had with one of my coworkers (he was 22)
    He was complaining that he does not ever get any praises or rewarded for his work.
    I told him that of course he gets rewarded.. its called a paycheck.

  11. homer says:

    I dutifully put away about 13 percent of every paycheck for retirement, fully believing that all of that money will disappear before I ever have a chance to spend it.

  12. DougT says:

    We get our castor bean seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Generally our plants produce enough seeds to use the next year. Castor bean plants look really dramatic.

  13. Herb says:

    As a baby boomer who works for a large non-profit thats about to lay off 1000+ employees you would think I would have something to say here. However, I am delightfully distracted by both pictures! Layoff? What layoff…