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16 March 2019 @ 11:01 pm
And they're off...  
It looks like the voting rounds on LJ Idol may be pretty short for this 5-story streak o' doom. We've just started another round, lasting only two days, for the Fatberg prompt. This time, you email your votes to Gary for your favorite stories. Instructions and the list of stories are here, and again, there are only 13 stories including mine.

At least one lovely person on my friendslist read during the round we finished tonight—I saw her comments on multiple stories! Thank you so much. We need and value our readers, and we definitely need more participants. ♥

It's finally starting to feel like Spring here in mid-March. You can drive around my neighborhood all through January and February, and there will be people whose Christmas lights are still on. Because nothing says, "Hi, I'm snowbirding in Arizona or Florida!" like leaving your lights not just up but on for months after the holidays are over.

This year, we also seemed to have a sizeable number of people who never cleaned up after Halloween, so their Christmas displays also included their leftover pumpkins. As I was biking out of the neighborhood yesterday, I passed a house that STILL has a pumpkin out. We've had cooler temperatures than usual, especially at night, but... this cannot end well.

After 5 1/2 months, that pumpkin is basically invisible to its owners, and temperatures are getting warmer. The people in that house will wind up walking outside one day and noticing liquid oozing out from the bottom of that thing. 'Uh oh...' /o\

 
 
 
cindy: wtf? (rafi by sandradelete)tsuki_no_bara on March 19th, 2019 12:57 am (UTC)
omg, that pumpkin. can you even call it a pumpkin any more? i mean, ew. i don't mind if people leave their christmas lights up, tho, as long as they're pretty porch lights.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2019 03:39 am (UTC)
It's still a pumpkin right now (never a jack o'lantern, which is why it lasted so long). But the clock is ticking down TTO-- time to 'ooze'. :O

A lot of people leave their lights up year round (especially elderly neighbors), but leaving them on the timer for months after the holidays typically means that someone went away for Christmas and is till gone! Hellurrrrr, burglars!