- a neighbor who sneaks in and drops them off as a joke
- ants laid them there to spite me
Saturday, November 26, 2016
A NEW MYSTERY IN MY LIFE, SOLVED....MAYBE
Over these soap bags are a mattress cover, then a bed sheet. I have cured my leg cramp problem.
In my SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity, I elevated these mysteries to miracle status, comparing them to Jesus Walking on Water and Moses and his Israelites Crossing the Red Sea. Last year I re-visited the soap miracle and reinforced my modern mysteries/miracles. Last month Snopes--the web site that validates or debunks urban legends, rumors and the like--re-looked at this soap urban legend and continued to be mystified, saying it makes no sense, but it does seem to work for some.
About razors, for the past decade I have used about four razor blades. One of my razors broke when I dropped it, so I bought a new Schick. On my travels I cracked a plastic one, so replaced it with another anonymous plastic-type, and have now continuously used this for several years. I say "around," for I had to experiment around to find three good ones. Most of the travel versions which hotels provide free are junk. Every so often you stumble across one that works well. I have one waiting to replace the usable razor if it ever becomes necessary.
To repeat my SIMPLE SOLUTION book contention of a decade ago, there is also the INFINITY RAZOR, now on sale for $5.79, which, according to their ad, lasts forever. I'm a PhD chemical engineer, so I appreciate that metals corrode, and the sharp edge is blunted when abraded. Thus, what has happened totally befuddles me.
So to my latest grand mystery. A week ago I notice these BB-sized black things on my lanai table:
They're dry, crumble to the touch and seem to have no odor. But, frankly, I never tried to smell them. Common sense told me that they either came from that calamansi tree or the bush of mint:
But nothing in those plants indicated that they could be the source. There was nothing from the ceiling, so the only options were:
I wiped up those black BBs for several days, and even made a major internet search for clues. I found a photo of mint seeds:
None looks anywhere close to those BBs. I found a video of a green parrot eating leaves in San Francisco. These Telegraph Hill parrots look like the ones I see flying around Nuuanu. They screech a lot and fly in flocks. The ones here are scientifically known as Psittacara erythrogenys, or red-masked parakeet, known in aviculture as the cherry-headed conure. They are native to Ecuador and Peru. They talk.
I couldn't find what their poop looked like, although located a photo from various parakeets:
Yes, looked similar. So maybe those green parrots were the cause.
Anyway, as I went out for Thanksgiving dinner, I ordered take-out from 15 Craigside of their feast, and the next morning for a late brunch fried the turkey slices in butter, garlic and the gravy for a sandwich, truffles essence added to the mashed potatoes and chopped cranberry:
That is a 9-year old Collector's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Stanford. As I was eating, I noticed that the leaves on my calamansi looked like the video of those dining San Francisco green parrots:
I can't sit here 24-hours/day, so I covered the tree:
This morning I noticed only one BB poop. So those parrots came, and importantly, chose not to eat my mint, basil, shisho and Hawaiian peppers. So problem solved, but when can I remove the plastic cover?