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Life's full of boring mysteries

So there are these long low cement planters in front of my office building, all along the row of offices, with breaks in between for people to get to the doors. A week or so ago, I got to work to find of the small shrubs in the end of the planter partially pulled out. It looked like it had been yanked pretty hard, with some roots broken, but I was worried that maybe the crows I feed had done it-- sometimes I stick extra food in there under the bushes. I've been doing that for years and this has never happened before, but I was still worried it might be my fault. I got the trowel I use for the indoor plants and re-planted the shrub and covered the roots as best I could, and stopped putting any food there.

This morning I got to work and that shrub is completely ripped out. I mean it's GONE. I guess it could still be crows, but I kind of doubt it. I can see crows (or squirrels or raccoons or other animals) digging if there's food there or the plant is edible, but I can't see them carrying off a non-edible plant bigger than themselves. (The shrubs are about the size of basketballs or small beach balls. (Edit: No, actually larger than basketballs. Closer to beach balls.)) And it's not a nesting season, and a woody-stemmed shrub isn't going to make good nesting material anyway.

So while I still worry that it's somehow my fault (it's on the end right above where I feed the crows, directly in front of my office door) I don't really see how it could be. I'm inclined to blame random drunk people walking home from the bar two doors down; periodically we have to pick up garbage thrown in our planters from them. I know there's no point trying to assign reason to vandalism. I just... who the hell rips out a random shrub? And then takes it home with them?

(The requisite Monty Python jokes have already been made on Twitter, so the rest of you can save it.)

As Brooke says, life is full of boring mysteries.

In other crow news, I told Boss1 yesterday all about the conversation with the resident who complained about the sidewalk "looking messy", and what I was doing about it. She smirked and rolled her eyes, and said if that keeps me from having to deal with any more complaints, that's fine. I mentioned that I also got a push broom to use instead of hosing the sidewalk down if the weather gets below freezing so that I'm not making an ice slick. Her only comment was, having owned a bird,  to make sure to let it dry first.

(Every time I mention the push broom, I get "King of the Road" in my head.)

In completely other news, the migraine I've had since Saturday night is finally gone, hurray! Also I've updated my 2013 Book Post some. I haven't been reading as much as I'd like this year. Although it's hard to quantify how much reading one does on the internets.

Tomorrow I go back to the dentist to get a night guard that I had impressions made for, and see if that helps with various problems caused by clenching my teeth. (I clench my teeth during the day too, but I'm trying to stop.)  

Oh, a random weird thing happened-- someone bought a Vixy & Tony CD, and it had the correct label printed on the disc, but some other band's music! Tony is in communication with our CD printer to find out WTF. Please contact us through the Vixy & Tony website if this has happened to anyone else; we will of course replace the CD (with one that we've checked first!), and we also want to know how widespread this problem is.

See? Boring mysteries!
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( what 11 dormice said — feed your head )
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
Boring mysteries are at least probably safer than interesting ones.
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hah! I should make boring mystery t-shirts. Only I guess that would be "I'm sending you a t-shirt of an undisclosed design. But it'll be the logo of a medium-sized manufacturing firm in the midwest that you've never heard of." No no no.

My dad's latest career is real estate agent, and I have learned to my surprise from him that it's REALLY COMMON for people to steal plants and pots from houses up for sale or especially just sold, since I guess people figure either no one will notice in the chaos, or at least that they won't get caught if no one is living there while it's being shown / until it closes. Really people? Plants? Damn potheads. Oh, oh, oh do I have the icon for this comment.
Oct. 8th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
We had that happen on the Toyboat CD. The first 30 or so were a funk band from the east coast.
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
(Every time I mention the push broom, I get "King of the Road" in my head.)

I just saw "Million Dollar Quartet" and one of the scenes had the man channeling Johnny Cash singing "16 Tons." I love that song, and with the Cash-type voice, I just want to play it on repeat.
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
I stole your shrub! I swapped your disc! I did it, and I'm glad i did it! Mmu hu hwaugh huh hah ha!
Oct. 8th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
People steal shrubbery from office parks at night. Probably landscapers who resell them to other office parks.
Oct. 9th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
Might have been one of the entwives..... I'll let Treebeard know.
Oct. 10th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
One my favorite pieces of cosplay ever involved an Entwife dressed in a 1950s schoolgirl style, with kerchief hair tie, crisp button up cuff blouse, and a skirt, with a tree on a leash, in parody of a poodle skirt.

This was part of a larger group costume done for Return of the King, Uh Huh by Tom Smith, that also involved a jacket that said Uruk High with a white hand logo, and a light-up tree of Gondor on the Elvis jumpsuit (and lots of other great details), but I was really tickled by the tree on the leash.

Edited at 2013-10-10 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oct. 10th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
I am ever-grateful for my night guard. I hope yours helps you.
Oct. 11th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
I had someone dig up entire plants from my yard once, and take them home. But they were poppies of the interesting sort, so that may not be quite so mysterious. Perhaps replant with cactus? Until they molded they'd be fairly theft-resistant.
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about the plant being gone as being your fault. Squirrels dig those things up all of the time, or stupid people think it would be fun to pull them out. I don't think it's the crows at all.

Night guards are fantastic. I didn't think getting one would help me as much as it did but it helped with a lot of headaches and such that were caused by clenching/grinding my teeth. I was also worried about sleeping with it in because I had trouble with headgear/retainers back when I had braces, but again it's awesome and now I don't like to sleep without it! Good luck :)
( what 11 dormice said — feed your head )


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