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Dispatch From Chicago

Not a whole lot to report, actually. The apartment is fully unpacked and set up. Guests could walk in at any minute and feel welcome (although I would have to explain to them that the shower is labeled backwards). I took some pictures, and if they turn out after I've used up the film, I'll post them.

I went to the farmers' market yesterday and bought a basil plant. I've tried growing windowsill basil before, with indifferent results. The plants would grow very tall, and then just wither and die. So this latest plant is a bit of an experiment. Instead of one tall stalk of basil, it's actually about eight or nine stems, a little miniature basil-patch-in-a-pot. My theory is that the basils can all keep each other in line, and if one dies, the others will have that much more room to grow. And they've got a fairly big pot, so I don't think they'll be pinched for space for some time. Now all I have to do is figure out what to name my latest basil. My two previous basils were Sir Basil Exposition and Sir Basil Rathbone, so those names are taken.

I'm back on the Chicago schedule of weekly singings. This is making me a very happy Pony.


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Aug. 26th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
That would explain why the previous basils died, yes. Well, we'll see how long this one lasts, and I might just go out and acquire a rosemary at the market next week. Although rosemary can be temperamental. If it isn't absolutely happy where it is, it pines to death.
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Aug. 26th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)

Although I, too, would like an explanation about the shower...:-)
So you already have a singing schedule there? That's So good! Enjoy yourself, Fp, before the snows get in! ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
The only explanation I've heard about the shower so far (aside from "sometimes these things just happen") is that it might have been installed by a Polish plumber. The person giving the explanation said that Polish showers are hooked up with the hot and cold pipes on the opposite sides of where they are in the U.S., and that it's not unknown in Chicago for this sort of thing to happen. Given the age of the building and the fact that Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, I guess it's a semi-reasonable explanation, for now.

But I still need something to tell guests. With your many languages, maybe you can help. Do you know of a language where the word for hot begins with C and the word for cold begins with H? I'd love to be able to warn people, offhandedly, that "the shower is labeled in Polish/Finnish/Chinese/Urdu/Whatever."
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Aug. 26th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
A backwards-labelled-shower is just a nice quirk to give the place some personality.

I know nothing about plants so I'll let others advise you on that. Let us know what you name him, though :-)

I'm back on the Chicago schedule of weekly singings.

Hurrah!! And is there somewhere that you can keep up the fencing?

Aug. 26th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
Oh, but this basil might be a her. One never knows.

And all apartments must have a quirk. I think it's probably a holy law or something. And the LORD did say unto Moses: "Yea, and thou SHALT put up apartments for the children OF Israel, and the apartments SHALL have quirks, that you may tell one FROM the other, and that My children MAY have immediate subjects of light conversation WITH disoriented guests. And, verily, the apartment managers SHALL be kept in business thereby, though in My goodness, I will render these quirks ultimately unfixable. They shall BE a sign upon the apartments of the LORD'S people forever AND ever amen.

There are a couple of fencing clubs in the city, and I think the University has one as well. I'll just have to see which one best fits my schedule, when I have a schedule.
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Aug. 26th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
Did you have to discover the mislabeled shower for yourself? That must have been interesting.
Aug. 27th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
I kind of wondered why all my showers were getting colder, no matter how far towards "H" I turned the thing. . .
Aug. 26th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a nice quirky place! Good luck on the basil. I tend to go more for ferns and spiders and ivy myself, as I seldom cook and don't use much in the way of herbs. Mislabelled cold and hot is interesting... I wonder if that plumber was friends with the drunk carpenters with 93 degree angles that built my house?

Actually, since my tree out front got big all the sudden and blocks most of that south sun, I've notice the houseplants don't do quite so well. Stil good in wineter, not so much in summer. I'll have to move everyone to the new porch.

Aug. 27th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
I've got a begonia (Lexi) and a spider (Peter Parker) left over from last year. We'll see how the basil does. But, thanks to Juno, I won't be discouraged if it starts to wither. I'll just clip whatever's left when it does start to wither and dry it.
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Aug. 27th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
He could fence like a dream. It's natural to have a crush on such a fine fellow.
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Aug. 26th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Basil Fawlty.

I don't know if he made it to the US.

If I have to use my daughter's computer for long enough, I might almost get back to normal!!
Aug. 26th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
Hey there, Bodkin! I was wondering about you but then I saw where you told Dreamflower that you're computerless at the moment. I hope you're not cracking up too much :-/ Come back soon!
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Aug. 27th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ooo and I love your new LJ layout too! You and Dot! I've been out for a while and apparently missed a lot. ;-)
Aug. 27th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Well, new city, new layout. And, of course, when I saw that they had this one, I just couldn't resist it!
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