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The Fruits of My Labor August 5, 2007

Posted by truthspew in age project, gardening, iTunes, La Famiglia, Marijuana, Neighbors, Rhode Island Fire Code.
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So today was a momentous occasion. It was the first day I got to taste one of the larger tomatoes and the zucchini. It was a salad with some vinaigrette.

I’ve longed to taste real tomatoes again. I’ve been tantalizing myself with the little cherry tomatoes I grew. Just pop in your mouth and eat. But get this, the large tomatoes taste phenomenal. My total investment was about $10. Oh I tended them when they were sprouts, transplanted them a couple times, sprayed on fertilizer etc. and watered them daily once they got big enough. And the effort expended was definitely worthwhile.

I’ve been taking pictures of the 2007 Plantings as I call them and posting them online.

It’s a real treat. The other night my father was here with his wife Nancy and my aunt Carol. We were talking about gardening and apparently the green thumb skipped my fathers generation. My grandfather was a master gardener, could grow pretty much anything. I got the thumb from him. I can take the seeds from a watermelon and make the things grow, same with pits from cherries, peaches, etc.

The first thing I noticed is that my father doesn’t look like he’s nearly 65 years old. This bodes very well for me, since I don’t look like I’m in my 40’s either, but I am. My average on the Age Project is 33 years old, and if I colored the hair and shaved off the beard I’d probably rate at a lower age. Even my MD was taken aback on our first visit when I told him how old I was. I can’t help it, I come from a family with very youthful looks on BOTH sides of my family.

And I did note that my FoxyTunes extension in Firefox can now insert what I’ m currently listening to, sweet! In case you’re wondering, FoxyTunes lets me control iTunes from my web browser.

Now playing: Kenny Lattimore – I Won’t Let You Down
via FoxyTunes


RI Fire Code Part II December 11, 2006

Posted by truthspew in Fire alarm, Neighbors, Providence Fire Department, Rhode Island Fire Code.
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So after a nice dinner (Steak – brined with salt, light brown sugar and garlic along with baked potato and southwestern style corn) I realize that I’m hearing that beep-beep-beep pause beep-beep-beep which means someones fire/co detectors sniffed something they didn’t like.

It’s coming from the apartment next door. That beeping went on for twenty minutes. Then as I expected the building alarmed. Response time by Providence Fire Department was excellent as always. Within 30 seconds of building alarm you could hear the sirens, fifteen seconds later two trucks approached from the east, while two more approached from the west.

So you might ask, what triggered the alarm? My next door neighbor is this young college student. Whenever she cooks the alarms go off but this one was something seriously burning. She forgets she has things in the oven.

As I said, I’m grateful that response time by PFD is under a minute but the inconvenience factor drives me up a wall. First off, I think I mentioned before where I had to put plastic bags over the detectors in my kitchen and dining rooms because even if I so much as boiled water, the damned alarm would go off.

The new fire code in RI has done two things. First it has transfered lots of money into the hands of alarm and sprinkler installers. Second is that it has seriously inconvenienced just about everyone.