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April 28th, 2005


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01:25 pm
Well, it's spring again, and that means once more Lowell Street smells ... well, nobody's able to put their finger on exactly what it smells like, but we all agree it's rather raunchy.

O dogwood tree, O dogwood tree
Your flowers reek so flagrantly
  From April til the end of May
  You stink like something I can't say
O dogwood tree, O dogwood tree
Assaulting my olfactory


Additionally, the 90 bus shall forever after be known as Bartleby The Bus for its brilliant refusal to run at 1 today. The 1:30 bus driver said "Well, there just wasn't a 1:00 bus from Davis today." So apparently the 1:00 bus just chose not to run. Is this not some kind of wonderful world, when one must rely on a bus service that, on beautiful days, just up and chooses not to happen? I'm sure Bartleby had a great time lounging about the bus yards, taking in the sun, eating chocolates and getting a good whiff of the dogwoods.

Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!

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From:bedfull_o_books
Date:April 28th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
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If we could only get the bus drivers to wear name tags that say "Barleby" on them.... :-)

And, yes, the smell of dying flowers is truly yucky.
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From:invisibelle
Date:April 28th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
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huge cool points for Bartleby references. Seriously. Greatness. Cool points.
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From:semer
Date:April 29th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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Amen to that. Not that our spatch here needs any more cool points. He's monopolizing as it is. ;)
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
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You see, if one looks at a bus head-on, one can make a face out of the headlights and bumper.

You can't make a happy face on a pancreas.

I've tried.

You haven't.

I have.
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 1st, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
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That pancreas is definitely lacking in happy face.

See?
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 29th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
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No, I went to a nursery school that thought it'd be a form of punishment to put me in a room away from all the other kids with nothing but Little Golden Books to read for an entire afternoon when I acted up.
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From:bedfull_o_books
Date:April 29th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Lucky you. *My* stongest nursery school memory is having to stay in from recess because I hadn't yet finished coloring in my paper squirrel. I really hated it there....
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From:dogofthefuture
Date:April 29th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
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What may have happened is that the 1:00 bus broke down. Often in these cases when there's no way to get another bus out any sooner than the next bus is coming, they just cancel the run. It sucks, but there it is.
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 29th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
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The T drivers are usually pretty good on know why there's a delay or not. There've been 90 breakdowns in the past and I daresay there'll be 90 breakdowns in the future, and usually the driver of the next bus says "Yeah, the bus broke down, we had to take it out, but another one's coming to take up the next run." Today he just said "There just wasn't a 1:00 bus today" so I knew some amount of slacking had gone on.

Damn you Bartleby!
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From:alphacygni
Date:April 29th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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I call them the smelly sneaker trees. And I did notice that they're blooming. There are a few on the UMass campus. Not as many as the my-god-make-it-stop-maybe-I-can-amputate-my-nose cluster of them in Kendall Square. The smell reminds me of Kendall Square more than anything, because of this.
From:dcart
Date:April 29th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
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It's the 90. I don't think it even takes a nice day for it not to run. That's it's natural state. Instead, you should make delirious posts on those rare occasions when it actually comes by.
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From:clickie
Date:April 30th, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)

Hey! Dogwoods don't smell!

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Well, they don't. I think your stinky tree is the one that I can't identify; does it have clusters of white blossoms? That tree is truly stinky.

I love dogwoods. I will not hear them defamed!
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 1st, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)

Re: Hey! Dogwoods don't smell!

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Well I am sure dogwoods are guilty of something. But you're saying they're not guilty for stinking?

Should I just sing "O Stinky Tree" instead?

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