Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.
Ode To The Dandelion
University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion
National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops
Amorphous and without limits, the concept of a long war could not be scientifically planned for as could the orthodox, predictable and simple solution of decisive battle and a short war. … One constant among the elements of 1914— as of any era— was the disposition of everyone on all sides not to prepare for the harder alternative, not to act on what they suspected to be true.
Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August
When you are an affluent-seeming white man and you ask for things that don’t belong to you, sometimes you’re not really asking. It’s sort like Bill Clinton asking Monica Lewinsky to have sex with him. There’s a context behind the asking.
When you ask a serviceperson for something that doesn’t belong to you, there is often a subtext of, “If I complain to your manager, you know your manager is going to listen to me. Just look at me, and look at you.”
And sometimes, of course, this is not the case at all, and you’re just being a garden-variety annoying customer. Or a bully.
If you seem to be “getting everything you want,” you should probably examine whether you’re getting it at someone’s expense, or whether you’re just constantly, in small ways, making the world worse.
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People close to me sometimes wonder why I have trouble asking service workers to go out of their way/make exceptions for me. Part of it is this. I have tried to articulate it many times, though never so well.
The other part is: just as some people are brought up to ask for accommodations, others are brought up to accommodate.
"I’m a warrior, an assassin. I don’t dance."
HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET CENTER STAGE
In an ideal world, nobody would ever forget Center Stage
Atlanta, sometime prior to May 2003
"Hey, what do you think of using this Matisse collage for the next cover of Emerging Infectious Diseases?"
"Go for it, I guess"
THIS IS LITERALLY A DESCRIPTION OF MY LIFE
I would agree with this if I could stop listening to the tyrannical inner voice that insists my legs be hairless if I want to bare them to the world.
This voice doesn’t care about green-brown bruises 3”+ in diameter, apparently. Only leg hair.
What in the…
Wow, Pancake Mountain is back! It was a local punk children’s TV show in DC in the 00’s (is there anything more DC-in-the-00’s than a local punk children’s TV show? Where/when else might something like that ever, ever happen?).
Somehow (still not entirely sure how, it might’ve been through a WVAU connection?) I ended up going to the Deerhoof performance for Pancake Mountain at the Black Cat back in 2007. It was at like 10 AM on a Saturday and the kid audience was NUTS. Best atmosphere of any concert I’ve ever been to except for Grass Widow/The Raincoats at Comet Ping Pong, and unlike at that show, I was not drinking red wine out of a beer can.
Goddammit, I’m going to miss DC, aren’t I.
summer happiness jam!
I can’t help but move my hips to this song, even while sitting down. The bridge leaves something to be desired, but otherwise I’m all about it.