Posted by: David | October 9, 2008

World’s Stupidest Genius

JEEZ things are not good. So the Large Hadron Collider blew a magnet and didn’t suck us into a black hole, but can you hear that great sucking sound in the sky? It’s all our money being drawn into the vortex. That’s a black hole too, right? An economic black hole. I’ve often thought of money as having its own physics. It gravitates to other money, and thus flies out of our pockets into the pockets of the super-rich badasses and their golden parachutes. And we’re left holding the empty package. Luckily, it’s a very nicely designed package, eye-catching and sexy, but empty. So at least we got that goin’ for us …

Kitty doesn’t want to hear about any economic collapsing.

The frost has hit the pumpkins and the hay is in the barn. Last weekend I planted the bed of garlic. As promised, I made sure not to crowd it like I did last year. I selected the nicest heads, brokeΒ  them into cloves,Β  and made myself a little guide stick with 6-inch marks on it. I also turned and fertilized the bed before planting, so all that’s left to do now is find a bale of straw with which to mulch. Or maybe I could mulch with something else.

Not much to look at, but all planted with garlic cloves every 6 inches.

In spite of this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped a whole bunch today. My measly retirement account has taken a 10% hit this year so far.

This is a mutant jalapeno. Just what the economy needs right now. Maybe. Just a theory.

Another hedge against recession is our broccoli. We have a stand of about 7 broccoli plants which live in the shade of the large white pine that drops needles all over the garden. The broccoli yielded some large heads in midsummer and then continued to produce crop after crop of smaller florets all summer long and into the fall. They are still growing.

See the little brown pine needles?

Close-up. I call this NONSTOP BROCCOLI.

The next crop we’re waiting on is brussels sprouts.

We’ve already picked and eaten some …

… but they are so much tastier after a frost or two has hit them.

While we’re talking plants and stuff, here’s an update of the aloe flowering at work.

The main flower cluster on September 29 …

… and on October 6.

I would apologize for the randomness of this post, but I think we’re well beyond caring about that sort of of thing by now aren’t we? As for the title “World’s Stupidest Genius” , all I can say is that it came to me one morning on my way to work after hearing my friend quote John Cleeese

“Please correct me if I’m right …”

and recalling the Bound&Gags line (paraphrased)

“Failure is not an option, it’s part of the standard package” which got me 3 pretty good laughs as I repeated it last week.

On with October then. πŸ˜€ God save your 401K.



  1. Well I, for one, feel better already. Thanks for a fun post.

    Hi Val, thanks for your comment. Your blog is quite the treasure trove of garden links, wow! Glad you stopped by so I could find it. Lucky you being able to garden year round down there in Alabama. That must be nice.



    Nimish thanks for that link. >gulp< Frightening that. Terrifying. Like running out of numbers for MAC addresses or IP or zip codes or phone numbers … even our math is tired of us. D’OH!

  3. yeah-but:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Yes!





    ♥ πŸ˜€ ♥ πŸ˜€ ♥ πŸ˜€ ♥ πŸ˜€

  4. I love the Brussels Sprouts. I think your post last year on this topic is how I found your blog!

    I love that! It’s so interesting how folks “stumble upon” blogs. Brussels sprouts rock my world. But don’t get me started on the brassicas …

  5. Man, if there was plant porn you’d be the top photog!

    Um, thanks B&G! Mmmmmm. The loins of our fruits!

  6. Your garden is beautiful. Mine is barely hanging in there. I have a few cabbages & cauliflowers going, and some gourds.

    I love the Bound&Gags line, that’s awesome!

    Thank you Adam. I didn’t know that you were a gardener too. That’s nice to hear.

    And yes, that B&G guy is a laff riot! πŸ˜€

  7. Plant porn?

    See Peas – OUT OF?? THEIR PODS!

    Please Mr. 42, this blog is rated G. G for GROSS!!

  8. Is that your kitty on the chair? What a precious little fuzz-ball! My cat is sleeping in almost exactly that pose as we speak, except on a pile of my folded t-shirts (and I even took a picture of him! πŸ˜‰ )

    Just so you know, economy troubles and black holes aside, when you talk about and show pictures of your garden, it leaves me with the most serene of feelings….I think the entire American population should read your posts πŸ˜‰ (I may not be American, but my reaction crosses over…lol)

    PS: I’ve never had brussel sprouts (is that weird?)…what do they taste like?

    Hi Romi, thanks for that uplifting comment. I’d love to see the picture you took of your cat. (Jeez if this blog wasn’t rated G like I just told Nimish I could have been much more creative with that request for cat photos. Hmm. Boundaries are so important, it turns out.

    Anyway it’s so nice of you to say that you get some peaceful feeling from my posts. πŸ˜€ I’m suppressing the urge to come up with something snarky here. As moonbeam says, In Blog We Trust.

    Brussels sprouts. Well, I guess you could think of them as little baby cabbages. They’re yummy, but if you don’t like cabbage then you may not like them. Are they something that you can find at your grocery store? This is their season, but of course they can be frozen. The fresh ones require somewhat time consuming peeling, which is what was going on in the blog picture with the 2 bowls. I’d try them frozen first, since that would be easier, and they are a vegetable that doesn’t really lose much by being frozen, IMHO. Please try them and tell them Dave sent you!

  9. Romi – India eez phar away fraam Brussels.

    :S India is drowning in PJs [poor jokes]

    Any brussels sprouts in your neighborhood? Or other cabbage-like critters?

  10. I love it when you post this random “Dave’s Brain” stuff. Your photos are gorgeous, as always. I thought that sucking sound had to do with the election– thanks for clearing that up.

    P.S. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite desserts.

    Thanks moonbeam. Your recent post In Blog We Trust was inspiring and encouraging.

    Row row row your boat
    gently down the stream
    of consciousness
    merrily merrily merrily merrily
    life is but a dream
    of consciousness

    Do you have brussels sprouts dessert recipes or are you one of those people who eat their dessert first and save the icky veggies for last? Inquiring minds want to know …

  11. When I saw this article – – it made me think of you and your, ah, ‘art’ shots.

    They’re on to you, David!

    The flowers, fruits, vegetables and other plants featured on my blog are all of legal age and are fairly compensated for their participation. πŸ™‚

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