05 June 2008


I am a big believer in the notion that you are what you eat. More generally, I believe you become what you take in via all of your senses, not just in the form of food. I think you will become more like the people you associate with. I believe that if you listen to garbage on the radio or TV, that your mind will be consumed with thoughts of the inane. I think if you read books about how to better yourself, that eventually you'll absorb some of the ideas and internalize them.

So what does this have to do with juxtaposition, you ask? Well, irony takes many different forms. I'm all about pointing out the ironic, and this story is no different.

At the gym today I was focused on cardio. I had done a little lower-body weights stuff, but Thursday is typically my heaviest cardio day. So after 10 minutes on the stationary bike, I procured a treadmill that has its own TV attached to it. There was another identical machine directly to my right which was unoccupied at the time. I stated my workout, and after about 15 minutes a woman approached the treadmill next to me. As many people do, she brought a book with her to read while she walked, and as she placed it on the stand I glanced over to see what she was reading. I didn't get the title of the book, but the chapter she was reading was titled "Let The Lord Bring Justice Into Your Life", or something very similar. Good for her, I thought to myself. I just like the thought of people reading things that could improve their lives, whether it be spiritually, financially, or otherwise. The irony, of course, followed forthwith.

After getting her book situated and starting the belt on the treadmill, she reached up to turn the TV portion of the machine on. At first I didn't register an objection to this media overload. I was nearing the end of my workout, had increased my speed considerably, and was sweating pretty good. Then, as I glanced over again, I noticed her changing channels on the TV. She scrolled through the broadcast networks and stopped on none other than Maury Povich. Now as far as I'm concerned, to each his own regarding what you like to watch on TV. The particular irony was not in the show itself, but in what the caption at the bottom of the screen indicated was the theme of that particular segment. As usual, the guests of the show were a man and a woman seated next to each other, both visibly upset and randomly screaming untold things back and forth at one another. At the bottom, plain as day, the caption said, "I know you slept with the pizza delivery man, and I can prove it!".

So I guess what I'm really left wondering is, which of these two things this particular woman was consuming was her fluff, and which was the substance? Was the book what she was focused on, and the TV was just background noise? If so, why come back to that particular show after flipping past it the first time through the channels. Or was the TV her focal point, and the book merely an attempt to pass for a decent, Godly woman? Whichever is the case, the irony created by this particular juxtaposition was just too much for me to ignore. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

04 June 2008

First Fruits . .

I am a male, and as such I am very motivated by results. Specifically, I'm very keen on results that are visible. I fully expect that every single male of the species would appreciate results like the sight of "freshly mown carpet". Isn't that just a satisfying feeling?

Anyway, I've had mostly good results (and a few disappointments) from my gardening endeavors this season so far, and I thought I'd share.

Before the Square Foot Garden went in, I started some herbs from seeds in the garage. A few of them didn't pan out, but for the most part I've been happy. There's a second pot equally as impressive as this one of basil, which is a huge score for us. I love fresh basil, and these 6 plants are promising very good results.

The cilantro I started from seeds did not do so well, so I added this one (below, right) from a pot. The chives (not pictured), parsley, and dill are doing well though.

These showed up out of nowhere on the cherry tomato plant on our porch this morning. Actually, Lily found them while scouring the plants for spiders and other creepy crawlies.

This one will eventually be a Better Boy tomato. I got some stakes for the tomatoes today, just in case this one needs it, and in case the fence-for-a-trellis idea doesn't pan out in the garden.

The other plants in the garden are looking strong, especially the strawberry plants. I was most excited to see sprouts appearing from below the soil where my pea seeds were sown. Fresh peas right from the vine would be such a treat!

Keep your fingers crossed that I don't end up with, as one friend suggested, waterloupes from planting the watermelon and cantaloupe too close together!