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June 6, 2006

U Street self-contained ecosystem paradise

The iris in my pond out back gave one blossom a few weeks ago, and I took a photo before I left for NYC:
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This Saturday I planted two Russian sage plants, and relocated some castor bean plants to flank them on each side. Behind them are sunflowers, and to the left are zinnias, echinacea, rudibechia and daisies that promise a few blossoms later this month. I don't know where I'll put the Devil's Claw plants that are coming up behind the sunflowers, but I think they'll need more light when they get bigger.
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Out back I planted some elephant ears, and the hostas and my bathroom fern are enjoying the shade. The pond iris is done blooming now. Small lily pads have come up, and I've relocated the aquarium guppies into the pond to control the mosquito larvae. Once outside they'll get bigger, more colorful, and have lots of babies.
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And here's a photo I took of one of my favorite birds, the simple song sparrow, that has a very cheerful call. His wings are spread out because it was hot that day, and he was airing out his armpits. I like the pattern on his chest - cuz baby, he's a star:
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I suppose since I'm still burning in gay hell for being critical about that gay cowboy movie, I can burn in geek hell for being critical about X:3. I will say that it was entertaining and it was cool to see all the powers displayed so well, and I can give the writers a break for downgrading Phoenix from a cosmic force to a mental disorder. It was good to see Cyclops with scruff, and of course you know I LOVED that muscle and fur on Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, and Colossus wasn't bad either (but could have had some more lines). But a lot of the lines were layered so heavy with Cheez-Whiz I was shaking my head, and where the hell was Nightcrawler? He was my favorite, but Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man was a surprise to see. At least Storm got some better lines this time around and got to kick ass with her powers, and I was impressed with Kelsey Grammar as the Beast.

And yes, I stayed for the secret ending part, and someone's cell phone rang THREE TIMES during the film with some classic old skool rap ring tone. But I held it together and didn't go Jimbo Postal on them.

God does exist, but she apparently was hungry. Is this the return of Sekhmet, raining vengance upon the wicked and those filled with hubris, perhaps?

For some people, every day is the day of the beast.
Please, don't kiss the beast.
Be superior at least.

Rain is wet,
and sugar is sweet.

Clap your hands,
and stomp your feet.

Everybody,
everybody knows,

when Love calls,
you got to go.

Welcome to the New Power Generation.
The reason why my voice is so clear is that there's no smack in my brain.

Posted by jimbo at June 6, 2006 8:42 AM

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I honestly don't think you'll burn in geek hell for your opinion of X3. In my posse of geek friends, I'm the only one who had anything positive to say about it. I thought it was an entertaining action movie with poorly drawn characters.

And I think Jean Grey's 'mental' condition was caused by the costumer putting her in a Stevie Nicks dress for the last half of the movie.

Posted by: Howard at June 6, 2006 11:45 AM

"Jimbo Postal" is officially recognized by the DSM-IV as "Intermittent Exlosive Disorder." http://www.psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/intermittent_explosive_disorder.htm

Posted by: DSV-IV at June 6, 2006 12:22 PM

According to the Novelization Kurt Wagner was away studying to be a Priest.

Posted by: Dax at June 6, 2006 12:35 PM

So, Jimbo, do you hire yourself out to build barrel ponds. I have a deck that is just beggin' for a water feature. Do you do this work shirtless? Is there anyway you can bring Ben Cohen along to supervise . . . also shirtless.

Seriously, I do want a barrel pond. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Boo Augustus at June 6, 2006 1:24 PM

I loved the action scenes and the bit where Magneto moved the Golden Gate Bridge was awesome, but would someone tell me why people think Halle Berry is a good actress?

The snickering in the theater during her "dramatic" moments in X3 was audible.

Posted by: bryce at June 6, 2006 2:58 PM

Hey! I want a water feature and still need poison Ivy Extermination Support in my backyard!

Oh, and hasta is like "Hasta la vista, baby!"

The plant is a HOSTA!

:)

Posted by: Dan at June 6, 2006 5:43 PM

Nice garden!

Posted by: Aaron at June 6, 2006 7:27 PM

Hostas are so gay. No seriously, every gay man's garden I've ever seen or heard of in DC has them. Those and elephant ears.

It looks very nice back there, clearly worth the back strain.

I've gotten to the point that I think I may get a really long stick to poke the cell phone users from afar. Or a slingshot.

Posted by: copperred at June 6, 2006 7:38 PM

Can I hire/beg/persuade you to come to Bmore and help me landscape my back yard?

Posted by: Donald at June 7, 2006 9:49 AM

Wow the garden looks great. I planted some mint last year and it has gone crazy. Time for a Mojito party. Pond looks good, got a large papyrus for our pond, and some cool lillies from Lily Ponds over in Buckytown, MD. Have you been there by the way? Think Keniworth, but with about 90 more ponds out in the country. Oh have you tried Yarrow? Mine really bloomed beautiful this year, red and yellow.

John

Posted by: John in Arlington at June 7, 2006 10:14 AM

Be careful with your plants in that neighborhood. I live over there and all of my best perennials were plant-napped on Thursday night.

Posted by: The Boy at June 9, 2006 4:57 PM