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June 28th, 2010


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06:25 pm - Gardenia and Pandemonium
Right, back to my burblings...

I am craving a gardenia.

Now that I say that, I realize how silly it sounds. It summons ideas of my chewing on a white flower solemnly in manner of cow and cud -- which isn't the point at all, I hasten to add.

It's just that I'm craving one single, fragrant blossom. I'd float it in a clear bowl, set it off to be admired, dance by it at random moments to enjoy the fragrance.

(Or maybe I'd put it in my study, so that while I work, that glorious scent would lap me in luxury.)

I have killed two gardenia bushes, however. Last year's didn't even bloom before it petulantly (but not petally, as it were) turned brown and went back to gardenia-heaven. This year's thought about blooming, set out a tantalizing array of buds... and then turned brown and went back to gardenia-heaven. So it's something I can't provide for myself.

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This morning, while I slogged away at my private excuse for step aerobics, I played the Pet Shop Boys' 2009 album Yes. (I do like a bit of electronic dancey wotsit to ease me through the sweaty torture of it all, and I love and have loved the Pets with a love that is true.)

Anyhoo, I heard as for the first time the song "Pandemonium" (which the Pets liked well enough to take its title for their most recent tour CD/DVD). This is an electrostompy song, with an opening which sounds just like the opening of the old-school Doctor Who theme. I thought the following things:

*"Good Lord, Tennant & Lowe have just written the Love Theme to a happy Doctor/Master slash epic." (Some sample lyrics: "The stars and the sun dance to your drum,/ and now it's pandemonium"; "I'd declare war but then you'd win it.")
*"Pandemonium... hmmm, didn't Satan rule there in Paradise Lost? 'Cause it's all about daemons. As it were."
*"I wonder what kind of story I could tell about a different kind of Pandemonium. Without Satan. Or Doctor/Master slash, for that matter, which although lovely is not particularly relevant to my interests..."

It's something I may have to provide for myself.

And now you have the link between Gardenia and Pandemonium. :-) May all your connections these days be happy ones!

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From:cindergal
Date:June 28th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
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I love Gardenias, too. We had one when we lived in CA (not planted by me). I'm sorry for your (plant) loss.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
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I envy my friends here who've managed to grow gardenias from their mother's cuttings! [shares virtual gardenia with you]

Happy start of the week!
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 28th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Doctor/Master yay!!

"Electronic Dancey Wotsit" would be a good name for a Pet Shop Boys' album. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
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You have a v. appropriate icon. :-)

And I'm sure Tennant and Lowe would roll their eyes at "electronic dancey wotsit," bless them!

Hugs and a happy start to your week!
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From:paratti
Date:June 28th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
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May you find your gardenia.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
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Payday's Wednesday. A trip to the florist is in my future. ;-)

[hugs] Happy start to your week, L!
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From:janus_74
Date:June 28th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Electronic dancey stuff is the only way to work out.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
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It's true! [nods]

Happy week to you, too. :-)
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From:wildrider
Date:June 29th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
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All plants I plant turn brown and go to plant heaven. But I do love the smell of gardenias!!! {hugs!}

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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
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[shares your brown thumb]
[sends good thoughts of gardenias]
[hugs for a good week]
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From:anne_d
Date:June 29th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
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Somewhere recently, I walked past a gardenia bush in bloom. Oh, the fragrance...

Interesting connections you've got there.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
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How wonderful to walk past gardenias in bloom!

(And yes, my mind works in mysterious ways.)

Happy start of your week, with time to rest!
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From:anne_d
Date:June 29th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
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Time to rest would be a good thing. We'll just keep hope alive...
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, what a fabulous sense-memory. Thank you for sharing! :-)

Happy week, Rainkatt. [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
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You are the kindest, C. Bless. :-)

Happy week, too!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:June 29th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
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"Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache, the favorite fragrance of beautiful women."

Bringing back hours of my misspent youth watching "Queen for a Day".

A single gardenia is the way to go. Now I have visions of Billy Holiday.

Thank you for starting the day off with connections!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
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I'd forgotten about Jungle Gardenia! (I remember it primarily from drugstore shelves, though.)

Oh, yes, Lady Day. [goes off to listen to her]

[sends thanks and happy-Tuesday thoughts your way]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:June 29th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Gardenias are indeed beautiful, and I fel the need to listen to the PSBs again.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 29th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for my cunning plan to get people to listen to the Pets. :-) And hurrah for gardenias, and you!

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