July 29th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

The Latest in Pepper Thievery

They're persistant creatures. Last night they came back to dig up the flower plant again (still not breaking or killing it) and to snap one of the cayenne pepper plants in half. I'm back down to 3 pepper plants. But they haven't touched the mint yet, happily.
Fishy Circumstances

Pepper Thievery Update

This is proving an constant supply of news you just can't get anywhere else - and odds are, you wouldn't want to get anywhere else. The Pepper Thieves returned again last night, despite the rain. They're persistent creatures, and hit up the same two plants they savaged yesterday. For the third time running, they dug up the flowering plant (and I have once again replanted it, although the roots are starting to look a little dry). The pepper plant which they cut in half yesterday - they came back and entirely dug it up today. There's no trace of it exect a well-dug hole in the pot. They've left the other 3 cayenne plants alone for now, however. The mint is looking mussed, but otherwise whole.

C. did some online research yesterday on keeping racoons away, but didn't spent long enough on it to make it past the expensive commercial solutions to the problem.
Fishy Circumstances

Today's goals

Today I want to book my tickets home for next month; work on the bibliography; read a certain overdue thesis; and add to my list of methodologies to work on. I have a 3pm thing I need to do, so my workday will be broken up. Still, as long as I have several good hours of accomplishment, I'll be happy.

Right about now, the pope is leaving the city, off to Guatemala, and then Mexico. Over 800,000 people attended yesterday's mass and half a million were there a day early, for the vigil. The city will be a quieter, less musical place.

Meanwhile, Ragbrai ended on Saturday. My family should be in fewer places again, but my sister leaves tomorrow for Rhodes.
Fishy Circumstances

Things that happen in August

Since classes aren't currently running, the building my department is in will be having various construction things done to it, the gist of which is that it will have no air conditioning, no hot water, and is due to stink of tar fumes. Not a great set of incentives to go into school for the next month.