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Today I am reminded why it is that I should get new glasses, no matter how much I hate getting glasses and no matter how pricey they are:

I tore a contact this morning.

This is less of a huge world-ending problem than it would have been the last time I wore contacts, because those were more or less eternal and cost several hundred bucks a pair. These are specifically designed to give out after a month, so I've got a bunch of them.

I just don't have them here, while I'm in the far north. (Not actually all that far, by one measure. Maybe fifty km north of the centre of British Columbia. Then again it's a twelve-hour drive to get here from Vancouver, so maybe it's just that BC is Way Too Big.) So I'm wearing my four-year-old glasses.

There's a mild but definite difference in my vision. Far-away things get fuzzier sooner than I expect them to. Not to mention the lack of peripheral vision, which I'd gotten to the point of taking for granted.

And I seem to be getting a headache. There's any number of environmental factors that could be causing that, but "minor change in vision prescription" seems to be the most likely culprit.

Might be time to start carrying a spare set of contacts with me when I travel.

(I've not gotten new glasses partly because they're expensive, and partly because I hate getting frames fitted to my face. It always involves several trips back to the optometrist and complaints of an earpiece that's rubbing weird right in front of my ear, or pushing into my skull behind my ear, or something like that.)
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[personal profile] elramsay posting in [community profile] davis_square
BIG GARDENS small spaces
BIG GARDENS, small spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens, 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.,
Rain or Shine! (Should be a sunny day!)
Where: Somerville and Cambridge
Cost: Tickets are $18. Ticket holders receive a brochure with a map to the featured gardens.

The SGC 2017 Garden Tour, Big Gardens, Small Spaces, celebrates the creativity and variety of compact gardens.

Walk through gardens of different styles, featuring shady perennials, colorful sun-loving flowers, statuary, vegetable plots, ponds, bee hives, unusual shrubs and trees, native plants, and interesting hardscaping surrounding Somerville Garden Club member homes, and three of our garden sites. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Advance Tickets are on sale at:
Pemberton Garden Center, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
Capone Foods, 14 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
Through our website: www.somervillegardenclub.org.
Day of Event Tickets: Sunday June 25. 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., Davis Square Statue Park, opposite the MBTA Davis Square Station.

There are some amazing private gardens on this tour! (including mine)!

Cabbage News Network Week #22

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:10 am
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Tuesday 6/20
  • DJT and Tillerson on opposite sides of Saudi-Qatar dispute (source).
  • DJT nominates anti-union member for the National Labor Relations Board (source).
  • DJT imposes new sanctions on Russia. (source).
  • Senate debating war on terrorism authorization (source).

Wednesday 6/21
  • 21 states targeted by Russia during election (source).
  • Dept. of Interior planning on losing 4,000 jobs (source).

Thursday 6/22
  • GOP unveil Senate health care bill, 4 GOP senators oppose because it isn't horrible enough (source, comparison).
  • Protesters against said bill dragged out of their wheelchairs by Capitol Police (source).
  • Supreme Court rules you can't revoke citizenship without a good reason (source).

Friday 6/16
  • CIA confirms Putin behind Russian election interference (source).
  • Senate hearing supports Dodd-Frank rollback (source).


In news elsewhere
  • ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi likely killed in airstrike (source).


Legislative action this week
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EDIT: I am adding, the next day, that the owner of the shop has reached out to me, and offered an apology and to try to get to the bottom of what events unfolded outside the store that left me so upset. I will be speaking with him in the next few days and appreciate that they reached out.

Original vent / post:
West Somerville folks - I just had a terrible experience in Teele Square, bad enough that I would like to spread my rage at the proprietor of a local business, the Knight Moves Cafe on Broadway. Please stay far away from this business with kids. If you have any kids who walk to and from the west somerville school, please make sure they steer clear of the business as well.

The proprietor (edit: manager) of this business threatened to call the Somerville police and made my children cry, for the crime of disagreeing over what to get with a few bucks each at the conveience store, and the crime of waiting for me on the sidewalk rather than inside the dry cleaners on the same block, and then choosing to get into my unlocked car with the cold drinks they had bought at the convenience store, while my 5 min errand lasted 15 min because the folks at the dry cleaners were trying to repair a broken zipper for me on a coat I had cleaned out of my closet and intended to donate.

Seriously if you have any choice in ever doing business with them, and support the right of elementary school kids to have a little independence and learn from their disagreements on whether mom said they could get ice cream, I urge you steer clear.

I am FURIOUS at having been confronted for going to the dry cleaners and letting my kids go to the convenience store to enjoy their refreshing cold drinks. And I even like board games and was pleased when they came to town.

I am SURE that plenty of kids the age of mine walk home from WSNS through Teele Square every school day. Yes, even when it's hot out. But if your first grader has an argument with their big sibling in the vicinity of Teele you can expect the police to be called, next time.
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[personal profile] turil posting in [community profile] davis_square
I know that you can get free passes from the libraries that are good for a specific day, and I was wondering if anyone had more than they need for any days coming up soon. And I know that members get free passes as well. I would love to go, but can't afford the normal cost.

Thanks!
[personal profile] ron_newman posting in [community profile] davis_square
Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square

Are there any realtors here?

Jun. 16th, 2017 04:31 pm
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[personal profile] cassandra_beach posting in [community profile] davis_square
Are there any realtors here? Commercial realtors even better.

I'd like to get a reality check (is that an inadvertent pun???) on the viability of doing a storefront "pop up" art gallery in and around Davis Sq and the environs. I have some questions about what to consider when approaching building owners and how to make my "pitch" more attractive and acceptable.

Please PM me

Periodic SWEDOW reminder.

Jun. 16th, 2017 02:50 pm
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Don't give stuff.

When official voices for a charity or a cause ask for stuff, you can give stuff. Give what they request, only what they request, and in good condition. Don't give unwashed or unfolded clothes. Don't give expired or open food. Don't dump and run.

Give money. Give time. Give votes. And if you know they want your stuff, give stuff.

After Hurricane Katrina, waterlogged schools full of developing mold were inundated with donations -- of textbooks from the 1960s, torn paperbacks nobody wanted, and old national geographics. Then it became their problem to throw away someone else's unwanted stuff.

Don't make suffering people the solution to your problems about not wanting to throw unusable clothes in the trash. Don't make them the repository of your helpless survivor's guilt.

From The Guardian's liveblog of Grenfell Tower aftermath:
He added: “I haven’t seen this much aid out of a war zone, but the council just hasn’t stepped in. There is too much in the way of donations. But the problem is how to get it to the right people, and what you do with the surplus. One man, I’m sure with the best of intention, left a massive box full of milk - and now volunteers have to figure out what to do with a box of gone-off milk.”


From twitter user [twitter.com profile] pastelchalk:


We feel bad throwing things away. Find a charity that actively wants your things, or suck it up. We feel bad being okay when disasters happen. Go volunteer to help, or become an activist for those trying to prevent similar tragedies, or write a check, or suck it up. The best of intentions and a fiver will buy you a cup of coffee.

advice on advice?

Jun. 16th, 2017 02:00 pm
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i love advice columns when they're written by someone whose worldview i like. i currently subscribe to dear prudence and captain awkward, and i love social Qs when i remember to check it. recs for additional ones? they're a good work break for me when i don't need to lie down but do need to change what my brain is doing for a few minutes.

recs could include non-contemporary ones if they offer an email subscription where they'd send me a link every day (or however often). i can't browse sites because i get sucked in forever. (which isn't bad, in fact it's fine, but nobody's paying me for it.)

if you like advice columns but didn't like dear prudence back in the day: mallory ortberg has been writing it for over a year now and she's fantastic.

[smooch for anyone who picked up the sesame reference in this post.]

Cabbage News Network Week #21

Jun. 16th, 2017 09:20 am
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Monday 6/12
  • DC and Maryland sue DJT over emoluments clause (source).
  • Maybe there will be action on a Senate health care bill? (source).

Tuesday 6/13
  • Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee - mostly refusing to answer questions (summary).
  • EPA to put methane regulation on hold (source).
  • Senate working on health care bill in secret? Hard to find anything reliable on this and that may be on purpose. (source).

Wednesday 6/14
  • For-Profit schools given the ok to cheat students (source).
  • Senate votes to remove DJT's power to remove sanctions on Russia and are ready to override DJT's veto if needed (source).
  • Federal Reserve raises interest rate (source).

Thursday 6/15
  • DJT is under investigation for obstruction of justice (source).
  • Pence lawyers up (source).
  • U.S. approves Qatari arms deal (source).
  • Senate passes new sanctions against Russia and Iran (source).
  • Senate vote on secret health care bill in the next 2 weeks? (source).
  • Homeland security ok's deporting of illegal immigrant parents of Americans (source).
  • Additional troops headed to Afghanistan (source).
  • DJT to restore a partial embargo of Cuba for no particular reason (source).

Friday 6/16
  • Immigrant children "dreamers" allowed to stay for now (source).
  • Rod Rosenstein may also recuse himself from Russia investigations (source).
  • DJT's lawyer lawyers up (source).


Legislative action this week

no kitchen is new kitchen

Jun. 15th, 2017 03:09 pm
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[personal profile] jazzfish
"But Tucker, if it's not a forever place, why are you spending high-four-figures redoing the kitchen?"

Three reasons:

1) The stupid cabinets that are too small for the plates to fit in are seriously annoying. It is worth spending money to rectify this, even on a short timescale.

2) It will Increase Resale Value, at least nominally. I'm skeptical as to how much effect home renovations actually have on resale value, but hey, maybe I'm wrong. It will certainly look much nicer, which may have an intangible effect on saleability.

3) It's not that big a kitchen. Any actual homeowners reading this are scratching their heads trying to figure out how we're renovating an entire kitchen for under ten grand. The answer is that this is a tiny 80s condo kitchen, where you can't open the dishwasher and the fridge at the same time, and where two people can technically do separate food-related tasks but they'd better be VERY comfortable in each others' personal space.

And, related to that last one, if I'm gonna be A Homeowner who's not interested in DIYing the heck out of everything, I'd like to have a sense of what goes into a reno project like this. Redoing the tiny kitchen seems like a safeish way to get my feet wet.

Emily stayed home yesterday while the new cabinets got delivered and the old ones got torn out. I stayed home today while the new cabinets got installed. Based on what I've seen so far, IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT TO PAY A PROFESSIONAL TO INSTALL THE DAMN CABINETS. Nobody's kitchen is "cabinet-sized" and things will have to be tweaked to fit, plus there may be, um, "interesting choices" made by previous owners. Like the way there are two different kinds of ceiling drywall in the kitchen over the cabinets, and making them line up is a pain in the neck. I have SO MUCH respect for the guys putting the cabinets in, and occasionally hauling things out to the porch to trim them and hauling them back in.

The wiring in here is substandard enough that the electrician couldn't finish up yesterday, so he'll be back at some point. And Emily's convinced that she can re-hook-up the sink and the dishwasher, at least good enough for a couple of weeks, so the plumber won't be back today either.

So, soon we'll have cabinets, and a temporary sink and counter. Next week the counter-measurer comes to measure exactly how much counter we need, and that ought to arrive in a couple of weeks.

So far, relatively painless. We'll see how it goes once everything is in place and hooked up, and then we'll also need to put in some kind of backsplash. (We had them tear out the HIDEOUS PAINTED-OVER TILE but haven't come up with anything to replace it yet.)
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It looks like the national discussion of climate issues may be stunted for a while. But that's all the more reason to get involved locally on making changes and influencing directions for our city. There's a meeting coming up to discuss this, details at the link.

https://sustainaville.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/get-involved-in-developing-somerville-climate-forward-somervilles-first-climate-change-plan/

Short version:

We are launching this project at the first Somerville Climate Forward Community Meeting on June 26th. Meeting details are as follows:
When: Monday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street, Somerville
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“Hardscaping” for Your Urban Garden

Somerville Garden Club members Dorothy Africa and Eleanor Ramsay will give presentations on the creative use of plantings and materials to mask unfortunate views or brighten up dark areas, in the small gardens typical of many Somerville and Cambridge neighborhoods. Dorothy Africa will present practical ideas for “hardscaping” -landscaping in a hard place – with inexpensive and creative materials. Eleanor Ramsay will present a slide show of how she turned her literal hardscape, an asphalt parking lot backyard, into a shady garden retreat.

Tickets for the Somerville Garden Tour will be on sale at the meeting. There will also be the usual Q and A and raffle. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, we hope you'll join us for our first Garden Tour since 2013
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! $18.
Big Gardens, Small Spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club
The SGC 2017 Garden Tour showcases the creativity and variety of compact gardens. 21 gardens will be open to ticket holders. Proceeds from the 2017 Garden Tour support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Arborist?

Jun. 13th, 2017 09:25 am
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Can anyone recommend an arborist? I've got some trees that need cutting back and I want someone who won't kill the tree and won't fall off a ladder (both of which are things I could plausibly do by accident).

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Jun. 12th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Feeling distant from everything. This is a known side effect of trying to get in touch with new people, especially in this city. It's still kind of alienating. And it comes on top of some other stuff that's sloshing around in my head.

Y'all still like me, right?
[personal profile] josephineave posting in [community profile] davis_square
Details of the event:

http://tuft.su/TuftsOutdoorMovie2017

We invite members of the Medford/Somerville community to an Outdoor Movie Night at Tufts University on Friday, June 16, 2017. The event will be hosted by Tufts University's Office of Government & Community Relations.

We will be showing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017 version) on the Residential Quad. Arrive early to grab a space on the lawn and get some free popcorn. The movie starts at sundown, approximately 8:24pm.

Link includes parking and rain site info.

pea plants -- free to a good garden!

Jun. 12th, 2017 05:28 pm
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Hi all! I have a bunch of baby pea plants (~8" high) in need of a trellis. I know it's late in the season, but I just thought I'd put it out there!

Stained Glass Thanks

Jun. 11th, 2017 08:24 pm
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grapefruit marmalade and biscuits


I'm thankful to [personal profile] uilos for the amazing grapefruit marmalade that capped off this morning's breakfast of scrambled asparagus egg, oats, and biscuits. I will forever be spoiled for all marmalades.

I'm thankful for all the new technocolor blocks in Minecraft. I'm thankful for words written down and for words written down while hanging out with a writer friend. I'm thankful for the energy I had this weekend and for the good sense I exhibited to triage when necessary.

I am looking forward to the heat breaking, for upcoming birthday parties, for the words I will write this week.
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Boston Restaurant Talk discovered a Craigslist post (now removed) seeking employees for a potential new club located somewhere in Davis Square that would host bands, open mic nights, and interactive music experiences where the crowd would be encouraged to play along with cover bands. A little more info and a logo on Vanyaland.

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