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The Problem With Trees

Spent the day, pretty much literally, doing yard work:  Cleaning gutters, raking the yard, etc.  I'm way too exhausted to write a long post, and I fear that I'll be too sore tomorrow to do anything at all.

But I have to say that I think trees have a fundamental design flaw.  I love the whole grow-from-a-seed-and-become-huge thing.  Very dramatic.  And I also love the leaves-turn-pretty-colors-in-the-fall effect.  Lovely.  Really.  But then things start to break down a bit.  Couldn't the leaves just stay on the branches and then turn green again in the spring?  That would be pretty neat to see.  Or, if they have to fall, couldn't they self-immolate upon landing?  I mean, talk about a cool, dramatic effect.  That would be awesome!  Yeah, yeah, I know.  This would cause problems if they landed on a house or a favorite family pet.  Hmmmm.   Okay, how about this?  How about if they self-immolate when they land on the ground, but if they land on anything else they simply dissolve, like snowflakes landing on the palm of your hand!  Simple, elegant.  I like it.  Someone should start working on this....


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Nov. 23rd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you, but I make my children rake the yard while I sit on the deck sipping ice tea. Problem solved.
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds good to me, too. The kids were less fond of the idea...
Nov. 23rd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
They do self-immolate on the ground and provide mulch!

They just don't do it quickly enough to look nice.

Nov. 25th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Right -- I'm looking for bright flames, now slow decay. But I suppose nature's way is better.
Nov. 23rd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Self-disintegrating leaves eh? And, what type of chemical would make them melt? Something bio-degradable, I would hope. Now, this sort of thing might work in fantasy writing...see...you've written a magic right there...but I think wives would be a bit upset. I mean, they created the whole leaf thing to get us out of the house and raking, right? Why ya wanna make them unhappy? LOL
Nov. 25th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I think for my wife the pleasure of having me out of the house raking is more than offset by my whining afterwards.
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