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Weekly Update - Cicadas, Garden, and Griffin House - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
May 20th, 2007
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Weekly Update - Cicadas, Garden, and Griffin House
I actually feel rather guilty posting this week, when I haven't been keeping up with my friends' posts. In fact, if you posted something that you really wanted me to read, please let me know!

I just finished putting a netting over a young maple tree in front to protect it from the cicadas. We're getting the big brood this year - the one that erupts from the ground every seventeen years (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070520/ap_on_re_us/cicada_invasion) in huge (and LOUD) numbers. I love the bit about how Ravinia (a famous outdoor concert venue in the Chicago area) re-arranged their schedule to emphasize rock/pop bands rather than classical music, to make sure the cicadas wouldn't overwhelem the music - *G*. The seventeen year cicadas (sometimes inaccurately called "locusts")are like the yearly ones, but the coloring's different, with red eyes, and orange-brown veins on the wings. They don't bite or sting or eat anything, but when the females lay their eggs near the ends of tree branches, it causes the branches to die from that point outwards. For older trees, it's a harmless pruning, but the tree out front is young, and it can be a bit drastic for these newer trees and result in disfiguration. Not easy putting netting over a tree that's about 20 feet tall, though... *L*!. Yes, when it was done, I did pump my fist and shout "I did it!!!"

My garden seems to be surviving, and no weeds so far. I'll try to post pics as soon as I can.

Jules and Lorna, sorry to keep delaying on putting up a review of Griffen House, but there are reasons. First, I took some pics, and haven't had a chance to get them ready to put up yet. Second... oh, dear. I loved the opening band, "Sons of William" - one of those rare bands that pull you in with their first song. The lead singer is an average-looking guy, with with a real presence and a good guitar-player. The bass-player is a woman (who wears Chucks, Kam!), and a sweet but geeky guy is the lead guitarist. The drummer is the lead singer's brother, and, to me, bears a striking resemblance to Orli (!).

Griffin must be quite a fan because he had them backing him up, with the lead singer taking on the bass, and the bass player taking on lead guitar (very well, in fact). The place was packed by the time Griffin came on; in fact, it was sold out! And it was rather... interesting... to be on the sidelines watching the fan girls, rather than being one of them - *L*! But the sad news is... I didn't get into his performance. I knew one of the songs from the internet, and liked it there, but it was only okay in concert. I recognized Liberty Line as well. But, still... he just seemed so unengaging. Sorry, guys - that's two times I've given him a try now (including at "The Point"); I guess he's not my cup of tea. *sigh*

BTW... is it just me, or does anybody else hear that advertisement for Chipotle', the one where the singer talks about loving "pork, pork, pork, port", and start barking out (ala the Swedish Chef from the Muppets Show) "bork, bork, bork, bork!"? *G*

And, I saw "Shrek 3"... and almost fell asleep. It's okay, but don't rush out to see it.

"Heroes" and "LOST" finales this week, yes? *eeek!*

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From:cyloran
Date:May 21st, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
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We had our 17-year cicadas about 3 years ago. Annoying but not a real problem, except that they can really pile up. Oh, and be careful about driving down a highway with your window open because they fly right in and startle the heck out of you.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 21st, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Yep, one of those big guys coming in the window would certainly make ME jump!

3 years ago... I would have been 44... 17 years before that I would have been 27... 17 years before that... 10 years old.

That sounds right! My first Girl Scout camping trip was at Bull Run, the year of the 17-year locusts. Before that, I loooooved bugs, and I even collected the shed skins of the cicadas. But then they started to freak me out. So it was a pretty terrible experience to walk into the bathroom at the park, a big cinder block place with showers which was all lit up at night, and have it crawwwwwling with cicadas drawn to it by the light. *shudders* So, anyway, we ended up with a downpour, and me and my tentmate huddled on our air mattresses with water going all around us, our flashlights trained on a cicada that had gotten into the tent, to scared to take our flashlights off it, too scared to try to shoo it out. Eventually our moms drove out to Bull Run to pick us up. *G* But I'll never forget that night!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 21st, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
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(So, do you get the Chipotle radio commercial, and do you think of the Muppets? *G*)
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From:psyknife
Date:May 21st, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
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cicadas are groooooooooooooooooooooss!!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 21st, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Good think you live in the city, then! *G*
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 21st, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
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*LOL* ok you are excused!

However not this

" if you posted something that you really wanted me to read, please let me know!"

http://anonypooh.livejournal.com/215584.html

;)

1. go to "music and video"
2. press stop
3. go to "documentary"
4. enjoy.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 23rd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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WOW!!!! I don't have time to watch it now, but I will - YAY!!!!!!

(glad you todl me!)
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 23rd, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
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ALSO

do not miss this

CLEAR CHANNEL VIDEO

and don't register onthat site - just press judge and vote for it afterwards.
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From:grace_poppy
Date:May 22nd, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
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From:freakspawn
Date:May 23rd, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Gosh unengaging?! AND you fell asleep the first time too. So very obviously not your cup of tea! Well you tried a second time :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 24th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
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Did I really fall asleep the first time? *L*! omg... I did not remember that! Of course, now that I think about it, that was the one I drove us all to, right? But, yes. Darn!
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From:grace_poppy
Date:May 24th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
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Lost is on!!!
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From:grace_poppy
Date:May 24th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 24th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
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Shoot - missed your message - sorry!
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