Site ColumnsBy Caillan
January 15, 2003 - 11:51 PM
Earlier this week, on a whim, I decided to do some gardening. I never do gardening, for two reasons: 1) I usually kill the plants and 2) Most of our backyard is just grass because we can't be trusted with actual plants and flowers (see reason one). But this large crawly vine thing (I'm assured that's not it's technical name) was taking over the fence next to the pool, and actually hanging over the pool, which meant all the flowers kept falling in.
Our pool is never actually very clean, because there are four palm trees right next to it which drop leaves and little orange fruits into the pool. Being palm trees, these aren't leaves that just float down to the ground - they collapse with a great crash and splash right in the pool. Not blessed with a chainsaw to get rid of the palm trees once and for all (probably a good thing, since I doubt the owners would be too happy), I decided to prune back the vine with the yellow flowers to stop them falling into the pool.
Once I started, I discovered it was quite fun cutting off all these stalks and got a little over-enthusiastic and "pruned" a significant portion of the vine. I say "pruned" because my mother would probably describe it has "hacked," and was none too pleased at what had happened to the vines. "Can it grow back?" she asked, having now decided that she thought the yellow flowers looked pretty and were not a menace to the pool. "I can't actually some of the see the stalks anymore."
I assured her that it probably would grow back as I gazed at a section of the fence, which was now completely de-vined. So along part of the fence we now have a lovely, green vine sprouting yellow flowers and then there's a great big gap with some brown sticks. Everything looks so much easier on Backyard Blitz.
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These were some of the major news items on January 16 & 17, 2001:
- Robert Picardo Items On Auction
Robert Picardo's (the EMH) official fan club held an auction to raise funds for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Champagne Brunch Benefit Cruise, and the building fund of Picardo's church. Items up for grabs included autographed photos of the actor in Voyager and China Beach.
- UPN's Future Secured For Another 18 Months
Voyager and Enterprise network UPN signed a new affiliate agreement with Chris-Craft industries. The agreement was vital for UPN's survival, because Chris-Craft's affiliates cover 20% of the country and include key markets such as Los Angeles and New York. Two years on, UPN is having to renegotiate the affiliate agreement again with Fox, the owners of the Chris-Craft stations.
- Robert Duncan McNeill Talks 'Prophecy'
Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris) talked about his bat'leth training for one of the episode's fight scenes. "I'd never worked with a bat'leth before, because it's not exactly Tom's thing," said McNeill. "I went to work with Dan Curry, who actually helped create the bat'leth for 'Next Gen,' and is also a collector and a master swordsman. [...] I just took to it, I guess and Dan was very complimentary about my natural ability to work with the bat'leth. I really got into it - the whole elegant flow of the movement, the turning and the spinning of the bat'leth."
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