Lame Adventure 367: New tradition?

Last Wednesday at The Grind I sent my boss, Elsbeth, the following email:

Me: I’d like to take this Friday, Good Friday, off. I have a lot of praying to do.

Elsbeth emailed me back:

Elsbeth: Okay.

I had had a late night hanging out with Milton the Thursday before so I slept in Good Friday morning. As planned, I woke praying:

Me (praying): Please don’t let it be noon.

I looked at the time on my dumb phone and saw that my prayers were indeed answered. It was only 11:57. I showered and then stepped out to run an errand. I went shopping for bananas.  Upon returning to my sanctum santorum, I saw that in the span of my twenty-minute absence, a hydrangea had been placed in my building’s vestibule.

Hydrangea 2013

Hydrangea 2013

As I flirted with tearing a groin muscle to photograph it in natural light; I had to prop the front door open with my right leg while stretching the rest of my body like Elastigirl from The Incredibles to take the shot, it occurred to me that this is the first Easter season that my building has not had a traditional Easter lily in the vestibule.  How did I feel about that?

Me (thinking):  There must have been a half-price special on hydrangeas.

Personally, I prefer the lily.  It smelled fragrant, didn’t irritate my nasal allergies, and I think it’s an infinitely more attractive plant. Am I right or am I right?

Easter Lily 2012

Easter Lily 2012

On the other hand, pictured below is how Easter is traditionally celebrated within the confines of my hovel.

The size and feel of an egg, but it's actually an egg-shaped superball!

The size and feel of an egg, but it’s actually an egg-shaped superball!

When on a sugar high after stuffing oneself with chocolate matzoh, you might find yourself bouncing your superball egg like crazy.

When on a sugar high after stuffing yourself with chocolate matzoh, you might find yourself bouncing your egg-shape superball like crazy.

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111 responses to “Lame Adventure 367: New tradition?

  1. Praying on Good Friday morning? I had an image of you praying at the porcelain shrine when you said that you’d had a long night out on Holy Thursday. Maybe I was wrong and your evening out was a reading of the Passion. Or maybe it was seeing The Passion of The Christ. Or maybe it was a passionate reading of a certain Manhattan Project. Or maybe it was just a night of passion. Then again that wouldn’t have involved Milton. So maybe it was just praying you’d find another Hamilton on your way to to
    run your errands.

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    • Nope, no porcelain praying. I refuse to see The Passion of the Christ, but I did enjoy the brilliant Larry David parody. I always have an eye peeled for a Hamilton.

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    • Have either of you heard the song, Porcelain Monkey by Warren Zevon? It’s about a visit to Graceland. Every time I hear the word porcelain, I think of that song.

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      • I’m not quite sure what exactly triggered that memory Russell, and no, I wasn’t familiar with that song, but I’ve always been fond of WZ’s Lawyers, Guns and Money. Here he is performing Porcelain Monkey on Letterman in 2000:

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  2. Oh yeah I think lilies are better than hydrangea. Also easier to spell.

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  3. Happy Easter Ball, er… Holidaze candies…

    R.

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  4. I’m glad you got some good praying in on Friday. I prayed for the ability to consume vast quantities of chocolate without my gallbladder punching me in the face. Didn’t work.

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  5. I like the hydrangea better– but I am not a flower girl so what do I know?
    Happy Monday

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  6. Wow ,,, Milton is now causing you to get days off! 😉

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  7. I agree with Audra, V. I like the hydrangea better. It kindof goes with the brick wall, too. Glad you got to sleep in on Friday and chocolate Matzoh, eh? They look like chocolate covered Triscuits! And one more thing…How does an egg-shaped Superball bounce? Sounds dangerous.

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  8. Chocolate matzoh! I’m for that! A good way to celebrate Eastover!

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  9. Instead of shopping for bananas, I usually go bananas shopping. My vote is for the lily, however I did send some hydrangeas to a funeral recently because they were my cheapest option. Not once did the deceased sneeze at the economy bouquet.

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    • Good pun, Russell, as I reach for the Allerest. I didn’t know that hydrangeas can serve double duty as funeral flowers. Next Easter, I anticipate that there will be carnations in the vestibule.

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  10. I like a good easter lily. A hydrangea just feels wrong for easter weekend. Chocolate matzoh on the other hand feels very right. So does sleeping in until nearly noon; I am SO jealous. I almost missed last years’ puking when my kids woke up at 6:30 am to look for Easter eggs.

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  11. I’m easily pleased, LA, I like both plants!
    However, I don’t like waking up minutes before the time I should wake up… usually with me, it’s 05:59. But I do like chocolate, and eggs. But I don’t like too much of either. Although, this year, I’ve not had any… yet.

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    • You wake at 05:59 naturally, Tom! You’re a phenomenon. I only like egg-shaped chocolate if it’s dark chocolate, but I find that most egg-shaped chocolate is milk. Blech. So, I prefer my egg shapes in bouncing rubber form.

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  12. Lovin’ that super ball. So you pulled the “gotta go to church” card? Well at least you were up for most of the day! They must never move that table….I like the hydrangea because it will still be appealing months from now. Lilies can be the Christmas trees of decor. An ugh forms in my mouth if I see it at the end of January.

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  13. Lilly for sure the Hydrangea looks fake.
    You planted this in my head, the lilly part

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  14. Mike G. is really on top of his game today. I prefer the term “Eastover” to “Passter”, too. Many of you here are on top of your game this morning. Did you all get extra sleep this weekend?

    While I like lilies, I love hydrangeas; I would love to plant one in my yard, but they can be expensive. As for my Eastover unplant, while I was gone for 20 min. today, someone ripped most of the mum out of one of my two front-walk planters. Granted, I was going to replace the mums with something more seasonal when I got around to it, and the mums were dormant — or, I don’t know, maybe dead. But it’s the idea. Why would you rip dried flowers out of someone’s planter? A vacuous act of a vacuous mind.

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  15. chocolate matzoh? sounds heinous.

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  16. That Superball must have a completely unpredictable bounce trajectory. I’d get my exercise, that’s for sure.

    It’s nice that your building puts out seasonal flowers. When I first read it, I didn’t realize it was an official thing, but thought it was a random act of kindness, which I think is really cool.

    It sounds like you had a good Good Friday. 11:57. You must’ve been tired! Although I often feel refreshed sleeping in late, I also feel a little guilty, like I’ve missed out on part of my day.

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    • My building is not big on random act of kindness, but occasionally someone does leave a note to fellow tenants asking whoever stole their magazine to return it.

      I am usually blessed with the sleep gene Smak. It is a gift. I feel no guilt after a long snooze, but there have been times when I’ve wished the day was 30 hours long on days when I don’t have to be at The Grind.

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  17. I, for one, cannot believe you guys don’t get Good Friday off. What about Easter Monday?

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  18. Snoring Dog Studio

    I took Easter Monday off. Didn’t sleep till noon, though. I wish I could stop cramming in so much stuff into one day. I never finish all the stuff I want to do and then I feel cranky. Might as well go to work and sleep there.

    I adore hydrangeas. We can’t really grow them here – or we shouldn’t. I think they need a lot of water. They’re gorgeous when you dry them. So steal them and hang them upside down till they’re dry. You’ll have a beautiful dead plant to look at for years to come.

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    • Now, you’re an Easter Monday celebrant, too, Jean? I think when I was a kid attending (more like sleep-walking) my way through Catholic school we had the week after East off. Or maybe it was the week before? I wasn’t the most attentive about anything religion-related in those days, but I recall liking having the week off.

      Last week I spilled a packet of fresh peas all over my kitchen. I think I’ll be staring at those dried legumes popping up all ovr the place for the rest of my life in that hovel.

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  19. The lily is better, I agree.

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  20. I like to think I’ve turned the tables on this debate, once and for all.

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  21. I admire your ability to fly. I wish you would show the rest of us how to do it.

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  22. Now you are speaking a lazy man’s language.

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  23. Your writing makes me smile…

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  24. I have a love-hate relationship with hydrangeas. They have the same effect on me as those toilet-roll hiding dollies that my granny used to have. Shudder.

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    • Sorry, but I I like those TP roll tea cozies.

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    • My grandmother used to crochet those ghastly TP coverings, but topped hers with a pom pom, not a Barbie! I sooooooooooo hated those things, too! I’m not wild about hydrangeas, either, but it’s now been sitting there for eight days and it’s still holding up. In it’s favor it’s taking longer to turn brown than the lily.

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  25. Get a room.

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  26. damn, i am late to this game, sugar, but my vote is with the hydrangeas! they’re far more colorful and less smelly. xoxoxoxo

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  27. They make chocolate matzoh? Why was I not informed of this?

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    • Now you know about it! I’m not a chocolate bunny eater, plus I can get chocolate matzoh in my favorite type of chocolate, dark. It’s only available at Passover. That’s okay with me. It makes it a special treat.

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  28. I prefer the lily too. And make my chocolate bunny white. 🙂

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  29. So glad your prayers were answered there 🙂

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