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Flower thieves

Deerly departed

And I thought I had it bad with the theft of my bonsai.  DC has a serial botanical extractor at large that roams neighborhoods stealing flowering branches off trees and shrubs.  And then he sells them on street corners or to flower shops.  Basically destroying years of work for home gardeners while also tresspassing on private property.  


AFSA 2013 Election

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It's shocking to see how few AFSA members are voting in the annual AFSA election. I didn't realize it myself until reading articles and seeing this post on Diplopundit.

So if you're an AFSA member, help yourself and the rest of us, by making sure you see who's on the ballot and what they have to say.  Unfortunately the field of choices is slim, but on the upside that means you don't have as many statements to read through.  That should make the choices easier for you to decide.

Go here to vote now: 2013 AFSA Governing Board Election

They'll even send you your AFSA member number again if you forgot it.

A blatent reminder there are still scummy folks out there

MeksUpon leaving my house everyday, my bonsai tree is always in my eye-line to give me a pleasant visual to start off the day.  That was until yesterday.  The bonsai tree was gone.  At first, I thought maybe the wind had knocked it off its table.  Then I noticed my sidewalk gate was open.  

My heart dropped as I realized the bonsai tree I had cared for the last year was now gone.  Someone had decided they deserved it more, then waited until one dark night to slip into my yard and take it off my front porch.

I hate thieves.

The worse part- my tree was a hardy bonsai that needs to stay outdoors during all seasons.  I'm sure the whelp that stole it is hiding it in their house where it will slowly die.

Over my lifetime, I've been remind of this several times when someone has either broken into my car, or taken something off my porch.  And each time I wonder if there's a special place in hades for them. Hopefully its right in between animals torturers and elderly abusers.  


16 days left

Dogs for Defense
Taking a break from my ex-smoker journal to comment on a "This American Life" episode that ran recently.  It's called Animal Sacrifice and you can find it here.

Although, I suspected it, I was still surprised when I learned how far we went with using donated dogs during wartime.  I would never have let anyone donate my dog and hope I would have gone instead.

While their use as guard and detection animals makes sense, I can't fathom killing one species to fight a war against another.