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17 April 2016 @ 11:20 pm
Surprise!  
Voting for Idol entries ends tomorrow!. My story is here, and there's a link to all entries at the bottom. Lots of great stories to read, and there will be upcoming seasons or mini-seasons that you might be interested in joining. There are a number of people who participate just as readers, and they are a huge help! Maybe that's the right choice for you?

Okay, talking about Idol probably wasn't a surprise. But I have a few:

First, yesterday's bike ride featured a green pickup truck driving on the bike path at about 30mph. The young woman at the wheel must have made it at least 4 miles before turning around and coming back again, and by then she was aware she wasn't allowed to be driving there. But was still going about 30mph! If that were you, wouldn't you slow down so that you don't compound your error by killing or injuring any of the many people using the path the way it was intended? Unbelievable.

Second... boy, I'm glad HalfshellHusband doesn't read my regular journal. We have a cherry tree in the front yard that had almost no fruit last year, and yesterday I was removing weeds and suckers from the bottom and noticed there were snails all the way up the trunk and into some of the branches. LOTS of them. HSH feels the same way about slugs and snails as I would feel if someone were to find tarantulas in that tree. Gah! I removed about 30 snails from the tree itself, as well as others near the base, and put snail bait around the bottom. Went out to re-check today, and found another 5-6 way the heck up there. Whyyyy?!?

Third, in case you still haven't watched this video yet, Surprised Cockatoo for the win!

And fourth, Hugh Laurie is back on television this week in The Night Manager. \o/ Which I will have to download via Torrent, since AMC doesn't allow recording. So irksome—we pay for that channel! And how often do people watch shows live anymore, especially when one of them goes to bed really early? :(

Prom Update: Our son is asking a different girl tomorrow, since the original girl said she would feel weird picking just one boy when she knew both wanted to ask her. So, I hope this works out for him. And that she doesn't laugh at the poster I drew. My skillz are not what they used to be—but better than our son's. :O

 
 
 
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on April 18th, 2016 11:30 am (UTC)
Ew, slugs! Ew, snails! Why are they climbing up the tree? We don't see them very often here unless it's low tide down at the beach, but those are slimies of a different sort :shudder:

I heard about The Night Manager during a interview with Hugh Laurie on NPR this past week. I have no idea when it's airing, though.

It's probably a good thing he's asking out another girl entirely. I really didn't want to envision what could've happened :shudder:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
We have lots of snails in our yard, partly because it's huge (and wet in the winter), and also because of the hedges (they lurk underneath and feed on dead leaves) and all the paperwhites-- it's like a snail orgy on those things! I never see any damage, so I can't tell if they're eating the paperwhite stalks, but they really, REALLY like them as a habitat.

On a tree, thought? All over the tree? I have NEVER seen that before!

"The Night Manager is on Tuesday at 10pm on AMC in our area. No idea what it's about, but-- Hugh Laurie! \o/

The prom thing... I'll be interested to see if the girl shows up with yet a third boy as the date. Otherwise... SO much drama. *eyeroll*
Direst Ryl: Worthless Crapryl on April 18th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
I had to declare biological warfare on the slugs in my last garden. That Slug-Go stuff really works! Personally I would have preferred a hedgehog, but I'm on the wrong continent for that.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would take a hedgehog in a heartbeat! But yes, wrong continent, and even the pygmy African ones are outlawed as pets in California.

So, Corry's _should_ do the trick. Though I wonder if some of these aren't snails coming back down the tree from higher branches. Uggggggh!
riverotter1951: Just Danceriverotter1951 on April 18th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
Glad your son is asking a girl to the prom. I hope that she says yes and they have a great time.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
I hope she does too! Should know later today...
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on April 18th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was not good about that truck!!! Eep!

I cannot wait to see more of Hugh Laurie!!! I hope amazon picks this up for purchase!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
The driver doesn't seem to have hit anyone, thank goodness. There are vertical bars at the entrances to the parkway to keep vehicles off (apart from rangers), so I'm not sure how she got IN to begin with.

I hope that show is good. I've really missed Hugh Laurie. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 19th, 2016 01:51 am (UTC)
how did that truck driver miss that there were no other cars on the bike path, but there were people on bikes? i mean, how do you accidentally drive on a dedicated bike path?

30 mph seems slow to me, tho, which should tell you all you need to know about how i drive. ahem. fast for a bike path! but slow for a truck.

that cockatoo is so cute, especially announcing that it has to go to the bathroom. hee!

i freely admit i'm interested in the night manager mostly for tom hiddleston, but hugh laurie is a major bonus. i'm always surprised when he gets to use his natural accent, tho. it sounds weird to me. i didn't even like house that much but apparently i imprinted really hard on hugh with an american accent. weird (and weirdly backwards) that amc won't let you record.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2016 03:03 am (UTC)
I don't know how she got on the bike path-- or why it took her so long to figure out that it wasn't a road... with tiny lanes and yellow stripes up the middle of what to her would be a single lane?

That cockatoo cracks me up! "There's a reason that it's evil" is about where I lost it-- I would never have expected it to say that! And near the end, the trash-talking begins...

I can't get used to Hugh speaking in his native accent either. "House" was my first major exposure to him, and the British voice is always such a shock!