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Setting out asparagus fern purchased 26 years ago

Methusela's long runners, extending in every direction, obviously reduce the amount of light plants on the garden floor below her are able to get daily.

Methusela‘s long runners, extending in every direction, obviously reduce the amount of light that plants on the ground in El Hueco garden below her are able to get daily. Thus, move her! the call became. She needs a better fit. (DMT photos)

Methusela VI

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Monday I did it!

Before the season’s first hard freeze arrives, I set out an asparagus fern named Methusela I’ve toted around for the past 26 years – transplanting it every few years into a larger hanging basket pot until she’s become just too large now.

Confronted with this Sunday afternoon — e.g., she’d really prefer to be in an open bed somewhere where she could really grow, wouldn’t she?! — I did it! Continue reading

$13 billion aircraft carrier now short-sighted

The USS Ranger arriving in Pearl Harbor in 1993. This one is dubbed CV-61. CV is for conventional attack carrier. My ship with the SPN navigational receiver (whose antenna was mounted on the base at very top platform on the mast "island") was similar to this one, named USS Independence, CVA -62. Both are either in or in the process of being moth-balled now. Tons of money, they are! But they've helped keep the nation safe. (Navy file photo)

The USS Ranger arriving in Pearl Harbor in 1993. This one is dubbed CV-61. CV is for conventional attack carrier. My ship with the SPN-38 navigational transponder/receiver (whose antenna was mounted on the base of the very top platform on the mast “island”) was similar. It was the USS Independence, CVA -62. Both are either in, or in the process of being, moth-balled now. Tons of money, they are! But with their long-distance capability they helped keep the nation safe. (Navy file photo)

 

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Talk about being short-sighted! At an average of $13 billion a pop, the U.S. naval planning brigade has stepped in it big-time! Modern-day aircraft carriers, critics say, don’t have the long-range poop for the pop!

A far cry it is from my own navigational-transponder experiences during the Vietnam era. The SPN-38, i.e., from my recollections, only worked “at sea” when we had a factory representative aboard who could stay on top of the damn thing! But in a crisis, our “long-term planning” was up to snuff!
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Pets often victims of owner’s shortsighted lifestyles

dv385059By Dan Bodine

 

The number of dogs, cats or other pets I’ve had to move in my life — when changing jobs or changing relationships and such — isn’t a lot. Admittedly, poor folks travel light. But it’s enough to’ve made me wince when I heard about a U.S. singer a while back having trouble down in Australia, over a couple of Yorkshire terrier dogs.

Johnny Depp had a gig to play; brought two mutts into the country without papers! And authorities gave him a quick deadline. Or else! Continue reading

No potty at San Jacinto Plaza could kill pine tree after all

By Dan Bodine

 

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An artist rendering of the San Jacinto Plaza makeover as initially approved by Council. (From City of El Paso website)

Yeah, yeah, we’re in the presence of ladies and children and other alleged delicate ears, but it’s reality check for the El Paso City Council in reference to omitting restrooms in their massive, $6 million makeover of San Jacinto Plaza, the historic downtown commons.

With signs expected to be posted in nearby  businesses’ windows stating “restrooms for customers only,” where else is someone who’s there for activities (or just to enjoy the visuals), and gets a nature call, going to go? Except behind a tree or a bush? Continue reading