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11 March 2009 @ 11:41 pm
It's spring! What stinks? :0  
Lots of trees in bloom around here, and they're really pretty. I prefer the pink and purple blossoms to the white ones, but I'll take anything. Although... the trees with white clumps of flowers are smelly. Even Christopher, with his stuffed-up nose, can smell them. Thank god I don't have allergies, or there'd be more than stinkiness going on.

A friend pointed me to www.mapmyride.com, and I gave it a try today. It's...less than helpful. The online tools WAY overestimate the traveled distance, so today's targeted 24-mile bike ride was only 16 miles at my major forking point, and even with adding nearly 3 miles it was still only 22.5 miles total. My whole universe is in upheaval-- where is the truth?!? I marked off a 3-mile distance on the map (which came up as 3.3 on this tool and 3.5 on googlemaps.com). But I'm going to have to stick with my bike's judgment-- it's calibrated for the bike path, which has mile markers all over it. That ride sure FELT longer, though.

Reaper is back (now on Tuesdays), and oh I have missed this show. The snark is as good as ever, though there's a shortcut feel to some of the episode exposition. Could be because I never make it downstairs in time for the complete opening. In any case, I long for the return of Demon Steve. Or perhaps I've got a thing for Ken Marino now, thanks to this show. :0

Oh, and on this week's Law & Order: SVU, Supernatural's former Yellow-Eyed Demon guest-starred as a Dad. Quelle horreur!

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shaitanah: michael/mahoneshaitanah on March 12th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Reaper is back Wow, that's good news! XDD Somehow I missed this show too, even though I wasn't very much fond of it when I had first started watching it. But I think it grew on me.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on March 12th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved Reaper right from the Pilot-- which opens with Beck's "Devil's Haircut" playing in the background. The introduction of the Devil (Ray Wise FTW!), the escaped soul whom the Devil refers to as a 'tool,' the costumes Sock comes up with to fight the fireman-- so damn funny. And I believe the horror of Ted was covered in the Pilot too.

It's such an incredibly different show, very creative and very snarky. \o/
shaitanah: gretchen_pbshaitanah on March 12th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
At first I only loved the Devil))) I liked the characters too, but I'm always annoyed if there is a plot line of the "Guy has a secret - guy likes girl - girl doesn't know the secret - guy struggles between girl and the secret" variety. So I was very happy when Andi learnt Sam's secret))) And after that, the show started seeming way more awesome to me. Not to mention Sock kicks ass! XDDDD
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 12th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Sounds like the Sustrans website here. It's for walkers and cyclists and it's shite.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 12th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm more thrown by the idea that my bike's measurements don't match either mapping site. Where is the truth?

Now I'm itching to mark it off in the car and compare to the two websites. If the car and the bike come up with different mileage, I'll adjust the bike.

Could explain why I'm so terribly 'slow' these days. :0
eponin10 on March 12th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Pollen sucks. We get so much here in NC that no matter what color your car actually is, for the months of April and May (and sometimes June), it looks yellow. Really yellow. I could draw in the pollen that gathers on my car. (And that's only after the car's been clean and sitting outside for an hour.)

LOTS of pollen.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 12th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I could draw in the pollen that gathers on my car. (And that's only after the car's been clean and sitting outside for an hour.)

My mother said that about working in Phoenix in the spring. All of those people who moved to the desert because of their allergies immediately started planting gardens and trees, and recreated the problem all over again.

We have something at my office that has pollen-laden catkins, and if you park under one of those it looks much the same. Whatever that tree is, it's lethal to allergy sufferers.

I did see an interesting claim once, from an urban landscaper. He mentioned that both cities and homeowners are so invested in planting trees that do not "drop things" (like the spiky liquidamber balls and such) that they are planting MALE trees to avoid the mess. But it's the male trees that generate all the pollen!
eponin10 on March 12th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
But it's the male trees that generate all the pollen!

Heheh. Ooops?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 12th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Exactly! D'OH!!!
realpestilencerealpestilence on March 13th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
When I go outside, everything smells like dog poop all the time (or smoke, because we have a lot of wildfires). I KNOW there can't be that many roaming packs of wild dogs littering up the landscape, so I'm pretty sure it's rotting vegetation around the many little lakes and retention ponds. It's nasty! :(

Florida's an awful place for allergy and sinus sufferers.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 13th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
KNOW there can't be that many roaming packs of wild dogs littering up the landscape, so I'm pretty sure it's rotting vegetation around the many little lakes and retention ponds. It's nasty! :(

Yuck! That sounds awful. :0

I used to wonder why parts of the bike path smelled so briny and disgusting around November, until the year I realized that was salmon spawning season and some of them don't make it before the seagulls get them. Ewwwwww. :(
Genevieve: 413 michael smirk by tvalcoholicmsgenevieve on March 14th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean about spring being a little strong for the nose at times. We have a heap of 'mock orange' bushes in our backyard, and sometimes they actually make my nose hurt!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 14th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
I like those, though we don't have any so I can't remember what they smell like.

This overpowering white tree kind of smells like semen, which isn't a great smell to begin with and is really awful in mass quantities.

Now I'm wondering why I never remember to move the daphne around to the part of the yard near a door during its brief blooming period. It smells wonderful!