Monthly Archive for July, 2005

our first harvest

our first crop, bitches.
So there they are. Our first little harvest of veggies from the roof garden. Considering the hornworms, blossom end rot, the incessant heat, and the nasty grit and grime that hangs off every building in the city, I’m surprised anything grew up there at all.

Meg and I sat and stared at them for a while. Meg says the tomatoes taste fine, and I say the peppers taste fine, despite the slightly thicker skin than I’m used to.

I guess now we can make stuff with them?

tomato/tobacco hornworms

I got home from work yesterday to find an infestation of tomato hornworms eating our tomato plants.

Apparently, these nasty little buggers are one of the only things around here that will eat a tomato plant. Lucky us, they found our rooftop garden. I pulled 4 of these damn things off our plants last night, and now we have to be extra vigilant every dawn and dusk to see if we can spot any more.

Honestly, I watched one eat a leaf the size of a silver dollar in about 20 seconds. It was both awe-inspiring and infuriating.

I suppose it was kind of neat to see how they reacted once I started to pull them off: as soon as they were disturbed, they stopped eating and get VERY rigid. Also, as soon as I disturbed ONE of them, they ALL went into defense mode. Maybe some kind of chemical signal to the rest of the family? One other intersting characteristic: after they stopped moving, they scrunched their faces up and then their faces turned brown. It looked JUST like a stump or scab where a twig would have been broken off of the plant. A highly evolved defense mechansim, camouflage is.

assholes.

i’m glad there have been certain people around in my life if for nothing other than how to spot an asshole, and then subsequently ignore them.

long lost levi

LEVI! Yeah. Meg and I stumbled on Levi’s MySpace profile. There are a lot of things wrong with that sentence, but it was totally awesome to have found a good friend that we thought we’d lost to the Mormons. He has since corrected us by stating we’ve lost him to the MOUNTAINS. Point taken, Utah boy.

It was good to talk after so long, and it was fun to reminisce about being stupid teenagers.

Maybe there’s a trip to Utah in our future?

passport photos

What the eff, mang? Back in my day, passport pictures were 2 for $9.99, plus tax.

I just got my passport pic taken, for 16 dollars. SIXTEEN.

The part that really raises my ire, is that the dude that shot my picture used a digital camera right off the shelf. DIGITAL. Five years ago when I worked at the Camera Shop in Longwood, we used an old-school polaroid camera that shot two images at once. It was a pretty neat setup in theory, but in practice it proved to be an inventory nightmare. People always wanted re-shoots, or the rollers wouldn’t have applied even pressure to the film, or SOMETHING would happen which would result in the image being thrown away. Yep. Thrown right the hell away.

Obviously, with the advent of newer digital technoliges, this process has gotten much more streamlined: shoot the image with a digicam, throw it up on a screen somewhere, see if it’s OK, if not, reshoot. Once you finally have the one you want, THEN you print it out. Makes sense, no? Sounds cheaper, yes?

My question is, if the process went from an expensive, inaccurate, and PHYSICAL process to one that is now less expensive, easier to get accurate and DIGITAL, how did the cost go up by 6 bucks?

Pardon the above rhetoric; hopefully it’s fairly obvious that it’s an extra 6 bucks finding it’s way into Mr. Ritz’s pocket.