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October 10, 2007

Burning the Ground

Photo sent to me from Cobban at Lopaka Lounge - an illustration of why we hate those little stickers they put on the apples these days.

For slow or clogged drains I highly recommend Rooto brand drain opener - but please follow the directions. As I write my leg burns from some backsplash, I'm kind of high, and mosquitoes are dying as they try to enter through my open doorway. My beloved basement spiders are all dead (Lloth is not amused) and the burning poison gas cloud roiling out of my home drove away the raccoons too. As I poured it in the clogged drain a burning brown geyser shot up from the drain, but it's no longer clogged. Rooto can be purchased at Logan Hardware.

It's the 17th Annual Reel Affirmations International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival weekend, organized by my former roomate. One of the featured films is Circle of Friends, featuring Bob Mould, on Saturday, October 20 at 11:45 AM in the delightful Lincoln Theatre Only $10, plus a free drink! The festival runs Oct 11 - 20.

As Halloween approaches, size does matter: I watched Lords of the Gourd: the Pursuit of Excellence on PBS the other night. Mark Lewis' The Pursuit of Excellence, a series of four one-hour films, celebrates the ambition, determination and passion of those who pursue distinction in slightly unconventional fields. In Lords of the Gourd, viewers encounter offbeat and endearing growers who tend, pamper and coddle their plants as if they are children, coaxing them to grow to unnatural size.

OMG a blog dedicated to Olivia Newton-John: More Than Physicial from DJ Paul-T, who also gives us Burning the Ground, an 80s and 90s remix blog. Thanks for the link, Stebbins!

Posted by jimbo at October 10, 2007 8:10 PM


Jim: The next time you need to unclog a drain, try the natural method. Get yourself a small box of baking soda (50 cents) and a small bottle of white vinegar (85 cents). Generic brands will do. Pour about a cup of baking soda in the drain. Follow with a cup of vinegar, pouring slowly because it will foam. This method works surprisingly well in kitchen drains, is far safer than harsh chemicals and leaves a pleasant smell.

Posted by: Rick Douglas at October 10, 2007 9:02 PM

I tried several natural methods - pouring boiling water down the drain, less-caustic chemicals, etc. But the shower drain was slow when I moved in, and after several post-rugby practice showers where loads of mud came off of me, it just got worse. I think there were decades of congealed human hair and curdled skin cells in there, but the super-chem method worked out in the end. I think this was a hardcore task that required caustic methods.

I made a batch of crystal meth with the rest of the chemicals I had left. It turned out nice!

Posted by: jimbo at October 10, 2007 9:37 PM

You mean the stickers aren't added for extra roughage?

Posted by: moby at October 11, 2007 4:33 AM

Stickers? In general I find it useful to actually examine my food before eating it. I'd be more worried about finding a worm or rotten spot than a sticker. They're fairly obvious. :)

Posted by: Jeff at October 11, 2007 1:51 PM

Do you have Farmer's Markets in D.C.? I go to many markets in NYC, they're great and NO STICKERS!!!

Posted by: Gary at October 11, 2007 3:13 PM

Gary makes a good point. The farmer's market in Dupont on Sunday has a wide selection with no stickers. And there's prolly one close to Shaw.

Posted by: durban bud at October 11, 2007 9:21 PM

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