June 29, 2007

Fair Maidenhair

This is my favorite plant. Well, my favorite plant type. Not my favorite plant friend, because I don't currently own one. And, considering I currently own over 40 plants, you might think this odd. But, this guy--the maidenhair fern--is REALLY hard to grow and maintain. No matter how green my thumb gets, I can't keep these dudes alive. They're so delicate and soft to the touch. And their wiry stems and funny little leaves dance every time the slightest breeze cruises by. But, they like darkness and dampness (I've heard you can see these guys flourishing in the drab street-side gutters in Portland and such), and So Cal just ain't that.

If you do happen to have a dark, damp basement, you could probably hang on to a maidenhair fern in a lil terrarium--filled with mosses and lichens and such. One other solution that some friends of mine have had success with is companion planting. You can try placing a small maidenhair in the same pot as a bigger, large-leafed plant, which will hopefully help shade the little guy from the hot sun. In general, though, it almost angers me when I see maidenhairs in the local Home Depots and OSHes, because the liklihood of them making a solid go of it in the average Los Angeles home is slim to none. But, I am a sucker... I love them so much that I am constantly buying them (and supporting the plant vendors), just hoping that this time I'll find just the right environment for my new little buddy to thrive.

June 28, 2007

The Adventures of Frog and Toad

Frog and Toad are such dear friends. They love to do everything together. They ride bikes. They fly kites. They go on neat little adventures, all the while, never forgetting how much they mean to each other. They also wear really cute, retro slacks and funny little jackets. They meet little friends while they're out and about, like Mr. Snail. Everything is peaceful and the air in their world is sweet.

June 27, 2007

Mr. Chips Fights the Pit

Mr. Chips' short-lived days of off-leash hiking and dog-park romps have officially come to a close. Last weekend, while hiking off-leash in Elysian Park with Lea and Wylie Avenue, Mr. Chips decided to "go street" on a leashed pit bull. I mean, Mr. Chips going street can be pretty ferocious, and he has been known to draw a drop of blood or two in his day, but all in all, the little guy isn't going to do much damage. But, this DID NOT matter to the pit bull's owner, who promptly started yelling at me.

"Did you know your dog was capable of this?!?!"

Well, yes...he's a dog. Aren't all dogs "capable" of dog fights? I understand that she most likely meant, "hey..if you think you've got a wild one on your hands, he should be leashed up." But, I wanted to try this less-dog-packed off-leash scenario with Mr. Chips at least once to see if he could hang. Now that I have my answer, he most definitely will not be allowed off leash until he's received some anti-street training.

The pit owner did have some good points while yelling at me. If her dog did the same thing to Mr. Chips, he'd probably be dead. But, I was surprised at how defensive and unfriendly I became in the situation just because this lady's level of craziness was so off the charts. It really is a small glimpse into what I'm sure it's like when little Joey hits little Mikey in the gut, and then the parents have at it--both not stating the obvious, underlying sentiment: "I think you're a shitty parent."

In retrospect, I wish I'd behaved differently toward the pit owner. Maybe apologized. Maybe leashed Mr. Chips up before he was able to go back for a SECOND round (at which time the pit owner started dousing him with citronella spray -- WTF?!). But, at the time, I really didn't think this crazy, overly dramatic lady deserved my neighborlyness. So, perhaps I've created some sort of bad dog karma that will rear its ugly head in some oddball form in the near future. I really hope she can forgive and forget. I mean.. Mr. Chips is STREET. He just can't help that he's so badass.

June 26, 2007

LCD Soundsystem - "Someone Great"

I heard this song on Indie 103.1 last week, as I was driving home from a rad band practice with The Faraway Places--the group I play clarinet with. I heard the announcer rattle off the group (which I remembered) and the song title (which I didn't remember) and figured it was going to be a sweet sonic nugget lost in the ether... until today. A coworker mentioned having a similar LCD Soundsystem experience recently, so the two of us went searching online until we found our respective nugs.

This is my nug of the day:
Someone Great

And, on a related note, I just heard that LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire are doubling up for a Hollywood Bowl show in September, so I'm gonna have to snag tickets. The last time I saw Arcade Fire at the Bowl was with David Byrne headlining and it ruled. Also - my friend Mike Anthony yelled at a bird swirling above the crowd, which is always neat. Take a listen!

June 25, 2007

Texas Becker Ranger Walker

In honor of my dear friend Texas Walker Ranger Becker! (that's you SARAH!)