Despite a big trip looming this week, I was still grinding out some work days and “normal” people stuff this week. I learned a few things, in no particular order:
-Cucumbers are not vegetables. Crazy, right? In my weekly farm share I always get some green items. Every week I have to try and figure out if they are cucumbers or zucchinis based on how they look. I never knew this would be so difficult, until I started guessing wrong – every week! This past week was no exception, as I cut a cucumber hoping it was a zucchini I could steam up for dinner. So I did what anyone else would do: I tweeted about it.
And then Michelle pointed out what many people probably also knew:
This lead to an embarrassingly long Google search including, but not limited to, “what makes a vegetable a vegetable'” “fruits people think are vegetables,” and “are we sure cucumbers are really fruit?”
-How to get ride of pigeons. This one is still a work in progress, actually. I live in Baltimore City, so pigeons are just part of the deal. Pigeons flocking outside my home and swarming my windowsills, however, are not quite what I signed up for. This appears to be a new phenomenon, and when I asked my neighbors what the heck was going on I found out “that someone probably started a pigeon coop.” Great.
In my search about how to rid my house of being a pigeon magnet, I discovered a few things. One, you can lay out spikes. This seemed a bit dangerous, and I decided I didn’t want to deal with impaled pigeons any more than live ones, so I continued my search. My Dad suggested moth balls, which the internet has confirmed would work. Before I’ve had the chance to go purchase said balls though, I had to clean a crap ton of pigeon poop (no pun intended) off my stoop. Simple bleach and water did the trick. And guess what – the pigeons have been staying off my stoop. So, I have that going for me.
-The Navy is doing some aerial mapping over Baltimore. This involves a blimp flying over the city. One thing lead to another and I may have mentioned to coworkers that I thought all blimps were flown via remote control. Needless to say, blimps have pilots. And crews. Who would have known!
Also, Scandinavia is not a country. That’s about all I have to say about that.
Chalk it up to Ironman-brain, right?!