March 21, 2009

The Sycamore Café.

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"Café" in the post title signifies an open thread, where you can write about whatever you want, including how positively entrancing you find sycamore trees photographed through a fisheye lens.

38 comments:

fcai said...

Sycamores are wonderful trees. The wood is wonderful to work. The end products sell well due to the beauty of the wood.

JAL said...

Ann Althouse likes the word syyyyckkkk a moooorrr

She likes to take pictures of syyyyckkkk a moooorrrs.

Lem said...

Althouse entered Cincinnati and was passing through.

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

He wanted to see who Althouse was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.

So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see her, since Althouse was coming that way.

When Althouse reached the spot, She looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."

So he came down at once and welcomed her gladly.


Luke according to Lem chapter 1

thirdresponder said...

What's the best way to get rid of mice (in an apartment building)?

I have tried:
glue traps (they work, but the mice keep coming);
lavender along the floor boards;
cleaning/mopping of course;
sound machines (I have two);
plugging holes in walls.

TitusItIsABeautifulDay!!!! said...

Hi Everyone,

It was a beautiful day in the city. It was alive with human activity. The rare clumbers were very popular.

Heading out to dindin and drinkeys.

Make it a great night!

Gully said...

What's the best way to get rid of mice (in an apartment building)?

It will be a constant war. You may win some battles but the mice and rats will win the war. I suggest you move.

We had infestations when I was a teenager. I vividly remember watching a mouse climb paw over paw up a lamp power cord to reach the top of a desk. Another time a rat jumped on my bed in the middle of the night. It scared the piss out of me. I turned the light on as fast as I could but he had already disappeared. We found him the next morning in the closet and beat him to death with bats and brooms. Another time a roach crawled in my ear when I was sleeping. Half awake, I felt my ear itching so I jammed my finger in to scratch the itch. I crushed the roach in my ear canal. Then I joined the military and life got better.

jdeeripper said...

With an old 2.2mgp Kodak..

1. 2. 3. 4.

AllenS said...

I need help. I have DirecTV, and I don't have any idea why, but everything on the menu now says:

To Be Announced

Every stinkin channel.

TitusItIsABeautifulDay!!!! said...

OK, I just waiting for my girlfriend to pick me up. She was supposed to be here at 9:30. Reses are at 10:00.

Can I tell you it is sometimes hard going out with my girlfriends? They all come more fabulous backgrounds and come from money while I do not. The queens I am going out with tonight are from Wellesley, Mass; Chestnut Hill, PA and New Brunswick.....and Waunakee, Wisconsin-that would be me. Waunakee's claim to fame is that it is the only one in the world.

It means I need to work harder to keep up with them because they have a lot given to them while I have worked very hard for everything I have attained.

Oh well, that's life.

thirdresponder said...

Thank you Gully.

Like one of last week's answers, your solution to move is just not possible for me. For starters, I own my apartment.

I have argued non stop with our management company that at some point, this is a BUILDING problem, not just an individual unit's problem. They just come back and say "plug holes, plug holes." But unless they too plug the holes around the foundation, then we all will have a problem.

Also in this unit, one time only, I have had a roach crawl over my face while sleeping. As it happened just the one time, I chalked it up to living in the city. And in the case of bugs, it is true that an individual can do a lot to remedy the situation.

With rodents, it will take a group effort, and I haven't been able to convince the group just yet.

thirdresponder said...

AllenS said...

I need help. I have DirecTV, and I don't have any idea why, but everything on the menu now says:

To Be Announced

Every stinkin channel.


Sorry, can't help. I do not have cable.

jdeeripper said...

Your welcome for all the traffic my comments brought to your vortex.

jdeeripper said...

men who look like old lesbians

John Clifford said...

What camera? What lens?

peter hoh said...

I want to know if any of the possum pushers enjoyed their dish of crow.

rhhardin said...

A mouse isn't bad.

You could be a Democrat and have an elephant in the room.

thirdresponder said...

Once she said "it's a cat," I was like, "oh. Yeah. It is."

Funny that.

thirdresponder said...

rhhardin said...

A mouse isn't bad.

You could be a Democrat and have an elephant in the room.


ha ha?

I used live with elephants, and I am a Democrat.

Hmmm..which is worse?

rhhardin said...

Warburton wrote that the elephant was the only animal having no ridiculous aspect.

AllenS said...

I called DirecTV and they said it's their fault.

Big Mike said...

@thirdresponder, if you don't live in California or New York you can try getting a ferret. They can be pretty smelly and you have to get them young so they can be litter box trained, and for heaven's sake make sure the ferret is spayed.

Ferrets kill rats and mice, and the very scent of them will chase the rodents away. Did I mention that ferrets have musk? It may take getting used to.

But Oh.My.Gawd. Are they ever cute!

Luck

Donald Douglas said...

"Another time a roach crawled in my ear when I was sleeping..."

Definitely time to move!

thirdresponder said...

Gracias Big Mike. But why do you say only California and NY?

And what about when my friends come over and they bring their big dogs? What's the interaction (best case scenario) like there? - my friends dogs are usually really well-behaved.

And then what's the emotional attachment with their owner like? Are they just saying, "yeah, whatever, whoever?" Or do they really form an attachment. Is their poop smelly? 'bout how often do you change the litter box?

thirdresponder said...

Big Mike - ok, I got it about Cali and NYC. Didn't read carefully enough.

The roach thing was 10 years ago. I did a full apt detox, and it's been ok since. It happens. I dealt with it and moved on. Solution is not always to move. Can't be.

rhhardin said...

Peacocks eat ticks. They might eat roaches.

thirdresponder said...

Big Mike, reading about ferrets now. Looks like I should not get one, but two. This is a possibility. Thank you.

thirdresponder said...

I think I may be off ferrets now.

Michael Hasenstab said...

Thirdresponder - Cats. Pick up a few and turn them loose in your building.

Freeman Hunt said...

thirdresponder, I would get a big cat or a little terrier.

Sofa King said...

What's the best way to get rid of mice (in an apartment building)?

I'd think a 30-06 would have enough stopping power. Inside a dwelling, however, in close quarters, you might want to go with 12 gauge birdshot.

Penny said...

Louis Armstrong singing "Dream a Little Dream of Me"

Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "I love you"
Birds singin' in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me

Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I'm longin' to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me"

Revenant said...

Those ultrasonic vermin repellers actually work really well. Get one or two of those and put them around the apartment; mice won't come anywhere near them.

john said...

Sorry Penny, when I start singing that only Mama Cass comes to mind.

Penny said...

I wonder if thirdresponder has tried the obvious mousetrap with a little bit of cheese?

Some things are damned hard to improve upon, but bless the hearts of those who try... I guess?

Penny said...

Now that you mention that, John, Louis is fading out and Mama Cass is coming in strong for me too. Might be nice if someone did a mashup like the one Natalie Cole did with her dad in "Unforgetable".

k*thy said...

Good to see other tree genus represented.

lohwoman said...

We've had good luck with that blue bait.

thirdresponder said...

Blogger Penny said...

I wonder if thirdresponder has tried the obvious mousetrap with a little bit of cheese?

Some things are damned hard to improve upon, but bless the hearts of those who try... I guess?


Penny, you didn't read my first posting in this entry. In it, I said that what works is glue traps. However, I said, the mice keep coming. Glue traps far superior to the snap ones, and they don't need bait.

The problem is cutting off them off at the source, which our building has not been able to do.