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The Serenity Garden (journal part II)

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Sunshine
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400 posted 08-01-2004 04:18 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I was a teenager when I met Berle, for cryin' out loud...what did I know about egos?  

Sharon, the menu that my aunt "borrowed" from the restaurant and which stands before me as I type, has "Hollywood" on it...so that would mean that I was indeed at the Hollywood & Vine location...

let's see...had had to order a dollar's worth for one hour's free parking with Valet Auto Park south on Vine street...

Derby Burger 80 cents
DeLuxe Derby Burger ... wow ... $1.20

The Highest Priced meal on the menu?  Top Sirloin Steak with french Fried Potatoes, Onion Rings and Sliced Tomatoes, which came with a mixed green salad, choice of dression for 35 cents extra, was a total of...$3.15.

Now catch this...this would have been 1968.

LOW CALORIE SPECIALS... $1.60...
No. 1 - Freshly ground beef patty, cottage cheese, peach or pear, sliced tomatoe and Melta toast or Ry-Krisp...OR

No. 2 - Cold sliced turkey breast, fresh fruit salad, sliced tomatoe, and Melba toast or Ry-Krisp...

1968....

And sand?  grows GREAT tomatoes....
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401 posted 08-01-2004 04:21 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

"Duncan ~ If you can cross your cherry tomatoe with Sen's potatoe, you'd have a darn hard potatoe to peel"

Sharon???  That is almost as bizarre as you flitting around with a buzzing q-tip, fertilizing unsuspecting petunias.  
Yet...I find both oddly exciting.  
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402 posted 08-01-2004 04:24 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

"Did I mention that I live directly in the flight path of the local airport and that the planes are so low when they fly over, that the pilots sometimes wave??? "

I knew someone who put red xmas ornaments on their "companion" plants to further enhance the aerial camouflage effect.

(I really should just shaddup, huh?)

But really, you can find all of these tips and more at Hippy.dot.com!



(I'm not actually sure of that, I just thought it sounded funny.)



Now I think it quit raining, so I'm going to make a beer run. Burp.

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403 posted 08-01-2004 04:29 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karilea - In the late 60s, you could still buy a pack of gum for a dime....remember that?  And gas....remember the gas wars?  In Ohio, for a short period of time, we could get it for 22 cents a gallon.  

Karen -- Miltie had a BIG ego huh.  I couldn't tell from where I was sitting...hehehe.....only that he was a great speaker for our convention, witty and passionate about the topic of poetry.  

I am not only learning about growing things in this garden of yours, Karen, but learning so much about myself...thanks again for starting this.  Even if I didn't comment, I would still be reading and growing.     ....jo
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404 posted 08-01-2004 04:57 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Now you see?  With Mr. Berle, I was most likely so agog over the fact that this wonderful gentleman whom I had only seen in black and white was indeed standing before us...and I remember him talking so gently, so much the gentleman...

probably because there was a teenager around...looking all in the world like she was actually 12, but just 17...geez...if I had on my aunt's makeup, perhaps he would have let loose with something I could really share...LOL...

it was a DIFFERENT world...

1968...
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405 posted 08-01-2004 05:24 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Boy.

It's HOT out there.

click. Pop. glurg...

ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Much better.  

While I was walking, I was thinking on that big ego, um, issue, thinking that the fact that I know that about Uncle Milty and think about it every time I hear his name says more about me than him.

(Forgive me? I've been deprived. )

But anyhoo, I started thinking about people who are famous for their big egos. Specifically I was thinking about Ron Jeremy.

I watched him on one of those reality shows, "surreal life" and I was actually very impressed with his seemingly affable and intelligent personality. I also saw him on another show, and discovered he has a degree in special education, and he was lamenting the fact that it is useless to him now. "Afterall," he pointed out, "I wouldn't want someone such as myself teaching my kids..."

I re-thought my assumptions of him as sleazeball porno king as I got a glimpse of something sad to which I could relate--

A loss of a dream due to poor choices.

I'd like to think that it's not over until it's over though.

So Ron Jeremy, if you're reading, I'll give it, um a shot, if you will.



(poor guy, he has to hear those jokes all the time, too...)

and on that particular note, I'd like to issue an invitation for any and all BIG EGO stories!

wicked, wicked, gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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406 posted 08-01-2004 05:38 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I'll be back with a supposedly big ego story.

HA!

My nemesis is in the wings.
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407 posted 08-01-2004 06:05 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

and dear dear serenity...quit pushing the P.S. button, ok?  Perhaps, Perchance...m'dear...was written two years ago...and you say, "sweet"....

what....

you want me to reveal ALL my stories?
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408 posted 08-01-2004 06:12 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Y'want I should NOT reply???

Sheesh.

Watch it lady, laughing, you may have P.S. buttons, but I still have P.M.S. buttons!

*snort*

and actually I had no idea it was a repost.

I can't remember what I've written and posted, much less anybody else. (Thank God/dess for vicky, who saved all my stuff and mailed it to me or I wouldn't have it at all! She's something else! thanks lady V for the thoughtfulness)

and NOW Missy P.S....tapping my toe?

you gonna fess up?
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409 posted 08-01-2004 06:59 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

And Dunc? Btw? Do you happen to have some salad for today?

It happens to be Lammas, and I am preparing feasts too.

"'Lammas' was the medieval Christian name for the holiday and it means 'loaf-mass', for this was the day on which loaves of bread were baked from the first grain harvest and laid on the church altars as offerings. It was a day representative of 'first fruits' and early harvest."

From this informative site:
http://www.paganlibrary.com/reference/lammas-the_first_harvest.php

and I think I'm wanting flowers too--hawaiin ginger is indeed in bloom and it is my favorite flower--very orchid like, but hardy.

And? I find it interesting that this holiday of Greater Sabbat is also my wedding anniversary as well as a commemoration (of sorts) regarding the deaths of both my and my husband's fathers--from the same site, I offer this explanation:

"In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as 'Lugnasadh', a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish sun-god Lugh."

My life plays out witchily weird but wonderful at times...

and Kari? e me and let me know you're okay...

my manner is too offhand for type most times and and you're worrying me today...
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410 posted 08-01-2004 07:20 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

I can't even come close to keeping up.... your garden is growing wild!!!



(bow to all... enjoy)
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411 posted 08-01-2004 07:55 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Reb? All my gardens are like this.

If I may quote myself (from page one of the garden journal part II)

I opened this one with a poem a wrote about gardening called "a certain perfect disarray"

*ahem*

"a certain perfect disarray...
think i'll let it stay that way...
(Some things should be
     just what they are.)"


I just knew that it would be like this...



thanks for helping to make it fun.
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412 posted 08-01-2004 07:57 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum



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413 posted 08-01-2004 07:59 PM       View Profile for Fagin   Email Fagin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fagin's Home Page   View IP for Fagin

I have a teacher story as well and will post it as poem as soon as I can.. girls arent the only one with crushes, y'know...lol
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414 posted 08-01-2004 08:00 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

GLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!


thank you, lovely!




I'm the luckiest girl in the world!




wow. and thank you, Fagin!

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415 posted 08-01-2004 08:10 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Fagin has joined....my world is now...almost perfect....

Serenity, you have invited a very rare soul into your midst....

as for my utterances?  I am fine...but...I am also striking out...and standing alone as much as I can for the time being.  This little garden of yours, m'dear, is a haven unreknown...

We have sanctuary, I know...but I am gilding your skirts...if that makes any sense at all....

one knows...and he will be watching now...I am sure.

In fact...I think he has probably spent the whole of this day catching up.  Now watch out...I might start ing very soon....

I am sure Fagin has stories I've yet to remember about moi.



Though, he should watch his step...

Serenity?  I am honored when you read me at all, m'friend.  I'm still trying to climb that ladder that reaches YOUR way with words....


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416 posted 08-01-2004 08:18 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I'm looking forward to it Kari...and sheesh, stop that stuff--and?

check your e mail



Sheesh

Did that take long enough or what? and I have got to stop slapping my monitor!



But I do feel better now.
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417 posted 08-01-2004 09:17 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

WOW!!  Welcome Fagin!!!

And Kit, what a fantastic smilie for Serenity's Garden!
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418 posted 08-02-2004 01:51 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

This one is for the Local Rebel:

I really hope that the fun wasn't misconstrued as glory in the game of name-dropping. That really wasn't my intent at all. I just like what it does to connect us. I did not tell a story of meeting a very famous guy--actually I saved that one purposely for last.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails lived here in New Orleans at one time. He may still, I don't know. It's not the sort of thing I worry about. And actually, I didn't even know who he was until afterwards. He looked, actually, like a guy on a bicycle. I shrugged and played my video poker game and he walked in after locking his bike on a post just outside. He nodded to the bar so I figured he was a regular.

Shrug.

I had aces.

but?

I'd have to ditch an ace for a possible flush...

I kept my aces.

"Why'd you do that?"

I frowned annoyed at the interruption.

"What? I just won a free play!"

"But you gambled away a possibility that came cheap--" he grinned wicked. "Stop repressing yourself." He had said it low in my ear and then he walked upstairs to the "private" balcony.

*  *  *

My friend was playing keys that night at the Tropicana and he came up excitedly asking me, "What did he say to you?"

"Who?"

"TRENT REZNOR--that was HIM!"

I told him my story and of course, he loved it. He kept beaming at me, saying, "sounded to me like he was hitting on you...let me touch your skirt!" he teased.

"SHADDDDDDDDDUP..." I said, but I was pleased at the thought, I confess.

Then I laughed thinking how unimpressed I had been with "the Trent" initially, remembering Ruthie The Duck Lady, and my grand debut with the inner circle of Rock and Roll, one fine Mardi Gras Day when I had attended the only MTV party ever hosted on Bourban St. on Carnival Day.

*  *  *

I knew I'd be there.

Afterall, my boyfriend was the ultimate backstage pass, right?

So we prepared as we always did (that requires more explaining than I wish to go into here) and I packed my knapsack and we tred through the streets of downtown, through parades and carnival to find our mecca of MTV in the Quarter. And yeah, getting in was ludicrously easy. The hubby busied himself with the lifestyles of the bitch and famous and I wearily found a seat.

"Y'gotta beer for TUESDAY?"

Now, I'd heard of Ruthie, and her famous inquiries, but it just happened to be a  TUESDAY. FAT Tuesday. And YES, I'd heard she'd dressed as a bride, (carrying a duck) but hey? IT WAS MARDI GRAS DAY.

I didn't even blink.

"Nooooo..." I answered, "but I've got some chianti!"

I offered her my wineskin.

She looked disgusted and I took it that wineskins and chianti were not to her taste.

"Y'gotta cigarette?" She smelled bad frankly and people were watching us, so I shrugged a "sure" and gave her a cig, lighting it, wondering why so many people were taking our photo.

I took note of her costume and asked, "What are you dressed as?"

"A Briiiiiiide......" she grinned at me, and teeth were missing. Her breath made a fog in my face and I winced.

"Oh."

"What are YOU dressed as?" Then she cackled, and everybody around us laughed and I was feeling weird, understanding that people were paying much too much attention to this scene for it to be "normal".

"I'm just me," I answered her, and I saw some lucid in her eyes for one second as she slapped me on the knee, asking again,

"Y'gotta cigarette?"

I gave her one for the road as she rose. She wasn't carrying her duck that day, but I noticed on the weathered smelly lace of her dress a button:

"F*ck off and die"

I smiled. I swear it was printed just like that, asterisk and all.

She walked away as people looked on, seemingly protective of her, and looking at me oddly, like I'd just been touched by "holy".

*  *  *

My husband walked up then, he'd been watching us.

"With all the people you could be talking to here, you're talking to a bag lady?"

How was I supposed to know? I shrugged.

*  *  *

She's famous now and he loves telling people about how I met Ruthie. His disdain of the situation is conveniently forgotten, but I remember it all.

So I thought I would share her with you all, 'cause fame ain't nothin' but a name game and yes, Reb, there's six degrees of separation restricting marriages--we gotta guard those chromosomes and I wish I had a smilie with missing teeth to type here for emphasis. sigh.

THUMBS RULE!

*  *  *

Meet Ruthie the Duck Lady:
http://www.bestofneworleans.com/dispatch/2002-03-05/cover_story.html

I rather enjoyed her m'self.

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419 posted 08-02-2004 02:14 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Kit you rock!

Karen, on August lst Willow always used to make those daisy chain halos for our hair.  I can remember she insisted we go to the river, or the closest stream.take our shoes off and feel the cold of that stream.  I barely remember the reason why, but I remember her reciting something, and I had to keep deep breathing the entire time. I didn't know it was your day to celebrate too, so Happy Lugnasadh, and a very Happy 2nd Anniversary.

Duncan - I do not cross-pollinate flowers as those get tons of growing food in the soil mixture when I pot them, but you have given me a great idea. I do it only to vegetables, like squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and the like.

Gee, I wonder if sand would work here to grow vegies, or is it only in hot places? We spend a ton on new soil, fertilizer, every single year and boy that would sure save a lot for sure.  I shall try that and let you know next year.  I guess its too late now, as ahem...this "bee's" tomatoes are about ready to pick the first load - early girls, sweet 100's and my favorite the Brandwine (big beefstakes.)  
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420 posted 08-02-2004 02:23 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Sheesh Karen, New Orleans is sure full of some eccentric folks.  While trying to find a bigger picture of Ruthie, I hit this site, which is unreal!  See my pollinating flowers is okay, I don't have ducks for helpers     What a character she is, and I hope they get her sprung from the senior's home.
http://www.eccentricneworleans.com/origin.htm
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Reznor? The closest i come is standing in line with Rush's geddy Lee and almost patting Billy Corgan's head but you meet Reznor and everyone else in here has touched a bloody Beatle! Sigh.

As for Reznor. That boy is a genius and better come out with that new album soon. As far as I know he's still living in N'awlins, he's got a lovely house, very Anne Rice/morbidish. it was either a haunted house, the house of some famous murder or a funeral home i forget lol. Crazy goth bastard.

Last great show i saw was Nine Inch Nails with A perfect Circle opening up for them. In other words i got to see Maynard of Tool share a stage with Reznor in one night. I was in heaven and when Reznor hit us with a water bottle my friend(batterin ram) declared he wouldn't shower for weeks. Whereupon I of course said "so what else is new?"

Nay mind me folks i'm out of it, ze painkillers have taken effect and my knee is a lovely shade of eggplant purple..yaaaaay On the plus side I got to visit my Dad which is always so much fun. Today he treated me to stories about his enlarged prostate and describing in every minute detail his adventure with a cathater(sp?). argh I haven't been able to sit properly for hours.
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Karen, that tale of the skating duck lady was just.....ummmmm.....sureal.....but, then again, I've heard there is nothing like the Big Easy.  Great story.  And the one about Reznor, .... just plain old made me grin.  You sure know how to write.  

Raf, hope you get better soon.  

Sharon, haven't had a chance to check the other computer yet, but am anxious to do that.  
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423 posted 08-02-2004 04:47 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

*cough*

Raph?  Did you remove your picture??

*sniff*

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424 posted 08-02-2004 05:27 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ok, serene one, checked my mail and resized our prize - Velma, with her Tiara...

Talk about taking a while [but look again at the time I am posting this, puhleeze...]...



You know, I'm meeting the nicest folk in Passions.

Oh, Fagin... ...remember the day in Nipomo that we dressed up as Indians and put on a skit?  You want to tell that story?  Somewhere, I have pictures....
 
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