finley wrote:More a rant than anything else.
There is an old concrete planter stuck out in my street that for at least a year has just been full of hard, dry soil. So about six months ago I planted a bunch of stuff in it - some nitrogen fixers (peanuts, alfalfa, fenugreek) and some borage. There was a load of cloverish stuff already there which I left alone. As of yesterday, it was a riot of purple and blue flowers and green leaves.
Now I just spotted some old woman outside weeding her borders, and she's taken it upon herself to rip out all my flowers and restore it to hard, dry earth. I just went and asked her if the planter was hers (no it wasn't), told her why I put flowers there (nobody seemed to give a shit), and why did she do that?
"Oh, it looked so messy (很亂). I'm tidying up (整理). It looks more natural like that (比較自然)".
Yes, it certainly does.
And may God have mercy on our souls.
Same as the old git that would walk past my house in the mornings and start ripping up my trees and plants growing over the fence into the road. Which incidentally is in my designated parking spot. I asked him to stop a few times to no avail, and he would still do it when he thought I wasn't there. Until I flew out of the house one morning and told him if he does that again I may have to take it upon myself to clean the area around his house and he may not appreciate my sense of visual pleasure. He now leaves it alone, but sometimes I see him glancing enviously at my greenery when he walks past.
Was at the beach this morning and spotted two young lovelies in their bikinis sitting down in the heat of the sun around 11:30. They start applying sunscreen and lie down to suntan, but it was fiercely hot in the sun. The sand was almost too hot already to walk on barefoot. "Us whiteys really are crazy", I think to myself.
30 Minutes later a walk along the beach and as I pass them I surreptitiously glance their way (I mean, it's a pretty grievous sin to pass two ladies on the beach in bikinis and not look, right?) when I see .... they are .... two Taiwanese girls.
You don't see that everyday, especially in light of yesterday's driving seeing almost everyone wearing jeans, socks and sweaters/jackets in the sun.