Monday, April 02, 2007

It was reported on CBS Radio yesterday that Governor Deval Patrick has ordered the reinstatement and registering of 26 marriages contracted by same-sex couples from states other than Massachusetts. These marriages had been voided out personally by former Governor Mitt Romney as part of his anti-gay crusade.

Governor Patrick said that he considers Romney's action to be discriminatory and that discrimination would not be tolerated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It's so good to have a governor again who feels that he was elected to serve ALL the citizens of Massachusetts.


Things are looking up quite a bit since last Tuesday when Bill the Realtor and I reduced the asking price of the house. Disappointing though it was to have to do, it's produced results.

Last Thursday I got a phone call from an agent who wanted to show the house on Saturday The Open House on Sunday drew eight parties and Bill said the energy was very high--much more positive than at the first Open House. People stayed a long time, asked lots of questions, speculated about interior decoration, etc. One couple from Somerville with an 18 month old daughter stayed a long while and loved the house. Bill said it didn't hurt that the mockingbird sat on the branch that supports the bird feeder and serenaded them for twenty minutes while they talked in the kitchen. Also, I got a call yesterday morning that another agent will show the house this coming Thursday.

So now we know we've reached a price that will get people into the house. Bill said that it's selling itself once they're inside, which doesn't surprise me. No offer from anyone yet, but the important thing is that now they're coming to look.


J. David Zacko-Smith posted this on his blog, Contextual Musings. Is this possible? Perhaps, although in some ways it's very like the 1960s urban legend that if you scraped the inside of banana peels, dried the scrapings, rolled and smoked them, you'd wind up with a major high. Banana sales skyrocketed nationwide--until it was discovered to be a hoax. Now, I'll just mention that the date of publication on this article is April the First!

Grow-your-own Viagra craze hits Britain's garden centres
By David Randall - The Independent (UK)
Published: 01 April 2007

A chance discovery by a Berkshire allotment-holder that a plant widely available in garden centres has the same effect on men as Viagra has been confirmed by experts at one of the world's leading botanical institutions.

The plant is winter-flowering heather, and botanists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, many of them heather experts who have recognized the source of its active ingredient, now expect it to be the next must-have plant in British gardens. Demand is already high. Nurseries and garden centres in some areas are having trouble finding sufficient supplies as word spreads of the plant's unexpected properties.
A spokesman for Wyevale Garden Centres, which has 106 UK branches, said: "At first, it was just a trickle of inquiries, but now stores are virtually being besieged each weekend. We have had men buying dozens of the plants and, at one store in Croydon, there were men old enough to know better fighting over the last remaining trays."

The latest gardening craze was triggered by a discovery by a 55-year-old furniture restorer, Michael Ford, on his allotment. He was always experimenting with drinks made from different plants and one day he tried an infusion from his winter-flowering heather. He said: "The effect was almost immediate. I had to stay in my potting shed for an hour or so before I could decently walk down the street."

He then contacted the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, famous for their work with the heather family, to see if they could offer an explanation. They could. Botanist Alan Bennell said: "This first surfaced when East European chemists reported finding a Viagra-type chemical in the floral tissues of winter-flowering heaths. They were able to isolate measurable amounts of material that is an analogue of the active principle in Viagra."

Winter-flowering heather, he explained, belongs to the genus Erica, a close relative of our own native heather. He said: "As yet, the active ingredient has not been found in these British forms, but it is proving to be most concentrated in many of the widely available hybrids sold as winter-flowering heather in garden centres. Particularly potent are forms of Erica carnea, the Alpine heather, whose range extends into the Balkans.

"The work of these biochemists and physiologists - much of it disrupted and lost during the ravages of war - is now coming to light."

From the limited amount of information available, it is suggested the Viagra-analogue is best extracted by steeping the detached small flowers in neat alcohol. An infusion of about 20g of flowers in 100ml of fluid liberates the active principle. A quality full-strength vodka (at least 40 per cent) is also effective. Mr Bennell added: "There is some confusion whether oral consumption or topical application is more effective."

But not everyone is happy about this new discovery. One woman shopping at a Wyvales in Dorking yesterday said: "It's amazing. My husband has never shown any interest in gardening before, but now he's out there night and day fussing over his heathers. Frankly, I preferred it when he left the garden to me and wasn't so frisky."

OMG. You know, the possibilities are endless as to where this will go. I'm only beginning to imagine the crazy stories to come!

Hmmm... time for a heather party?
"It was reported on CBS Radio yesterday that Governor Deval Patrick has ordered the reinstatement and registering of 26 marriages contracted by same-sex couples from states other than Massachusetts."

I think those were the marriages performed by Mass. before Romney invoked the 1913 law (originally put in place to outlaw interracial couples from getting married, but was never enforced). Correct me if I'm wrong on that.

It is nice to see that you now have a governor who gives a damn about what is right. Now if he will just go that extra step to put the 1913 law where it truly belongs - in the garbage can.
"Ha ha ha," Mitt. Take that and smoke it. Imagine....being fair and balanced and full of justice. Imagine a governor being that way. Finally.
In fact, Bill, a movement was just announced in the Mass. legislature to do just that. Interestingly, gay advocacy groups showed tepid concern for it at best, saying that their time and efforts will be better spent preserving the marriage rights we already have in the 2008 referendum question rather than defeating the 1913 law.

Personally, I think the 1913 law is a disgrace in human terms, not just gay terms, and I think it should be officially shot down.
Ah, the joys of pharmicobotany.
Your post reminded me of that song by Paul MacCartney "Hi, Hi, Hi" (High, high, high) which includes the line "I'm Gonna Do It To You, Gonna Do It,
Sweet Banana, You've Never Been Done.
" for some reason...maybe that was it. Later, he married a woman named Heather. Coincidence?
that was hilarious
almost as good as tulipmania.
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