Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dis place lazy, brah... make tings hard.

I'm continually impressed by how beautiful this place is.
Yes, I know you're tired of hearing it. I don't talk about much else, but think about it: if you were living your dream, what would you talk about?
The last couple of nights the skies have been crystalline, and the stars have shown through like I don't even know how to describe. So many times on my short bike-rides home from work I've wished for a camera powerful enough to capture the luminous.ness of the clear night sky here, but alas... I have only my trusty point-and-shoot (which I care for very very much, thank you, so don't go getting any funny ideas you homewrecking sluts!). *Ahem.*

So to begin this, episode number four, last week I challenged you to take a picture of the place in which you live and send it to me. The picture was a way of encouraging you to find the beauty in your home regardless of whether or not you like it there, because as great as Maui (and Hawaii in general) is, every location on this planet carries with it some sort of aesthetic or sentimental beauty. Since I talk about Hawaii all the time, I figured I'd give you guys the chance to prove your own case.
This week's winner: yup, my mom. This was her submission.
Now this announcement may come as a bit of a shock to some of you - especially those of you who know me well. Ask anyone and they'll tell you: I hate Iowa. My mom took a picture of Iowa, though, and it just so happened to be the winner, and here's why: First off, check out the picture's composition. Though fuzzy (which will be attributed to my mom's unsteady hand and even less steady phone), it's very well balanced, and she was onto a great idea framing the city-scape with the bridge's contours. On top of that, the lighting in the picture really make it evident that you're looking at a bridge suspended over water with the Des Moines skyline in the back.
Unfortunately my mother provided no summary as to what she finds beautiful of this particular part of Des Moines, and being the sort of person who physically cannot stand the sight of Iowa, I'm not about to put words in her mouth, but again, comparing picture to picture, I think this one was best. If you see her or talk to her, make sure you give my momma a high-five for being the first ever weekly challenge winner on ...Still Got It.

Onward to challenge #2- This week it is your job as a collective of followers to find my blog seven more followers. This will put the total to 15. Do this, and next week's post will be all video. I'll record my route to the store where I work, I'll take you to the beach, or I'll clean between my toes. It's pretty much your call what I do (*hint* leave what you want me to do in a comment *hint*), but it's 15 followers or nothing. Go team go!

Let's move on to the poll, shall we?
Last week the question I presented was "Which is more attractive?" Only three answers? Come on guys. Where's the love? Where's the support? Where's the one second it would've taken you to click a mouse? Disappointing. Anyway, 2 out of 3 said they'd go for the person with nothing but confidence while only 1 out of 3 said they'd go for the person with everything but confidence. I side with the one out of three, and that's all I'm going to say about that.

Ps. Answer this week's poll, and maybe next week I'll elaborate some more. (:

At last we have come to the crux of this week's episode. Getting married is something I'd like to do in the future. I'm not going to say I'm holding out for 37 years old, but I'm not going to say I'm not. I am saying, though, that moving to Maui may only have made being single that much easier for me, because I tell you what, brah... people here are lazy, and because so many of them are so lazy, so many of them are so far beyond unattractive that I'm somewhat dumbfounded that the Hawaiian culture is still alive. Honestly. I'm not even being mean here. These are all things I was told by locals who live on the island still. And to make matters worse, the vast majority of the attractive girls here are married, spoken for, or on vacation. What should I do about that? I'm kind of at a loss.
I'm not in any hurry or anything, so don't take it that way, but then again, I'm coming up on 27 here, ya know? Gotta find someone sometime here, or let's face it: it just might not happen. Man... no wife. No kids. No sex for Samuel ever?! I should look up how old the oldest living virgin is. Maybe not. o_o What if his name is Samuel, too?! That'd be creepy...

I should stop talking.
I need to eat something.

Oh hey! Speaking of eating: I planted my garden! I'ma try my hand at a polyculture gardening method. Long story short: polyculture gardening is a method that mimics plant growth in the wild. Plants of various heights, types, and flowering times are all planted together in such a way that each species benefits at least one other species in the same garden. It's very complex but very interesting. Look it up if you want! In the meantime, here are some pictures of my backyard plot - expect to see updated pictures in the future.
So yup. This is the lower half of my backyard. To the right is the upper half where my plot is.
And yes, that's a mango tree on the right. Three weeks and we'll have all the mangoes we could ever need!

Here's the plot. It's roughly 6' x 4' and it's right up against the back property line.

If all goes well, this plot will be growing corn, carrots, tomatoes, peppers (bell and spicy), yellow onions, green onions, basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, sunflowers... and there's more, but I can't think of what.

Yes indeed. My own corner of the world.
Hahaha hopefully something other than weeds grow in back there!
I'll keep ya posted. Believe it!

Next time on ...Still Got It: Well I guess what's on ...Still Got It next week is up to you guys, yeah? 15 followers - don't forget. Fifteen followers by Wednesday and I may throw in a fun little bonus for the original ten, too. That means that you, mom, and you, Vance, had better get to publicly following.


  1. Congrats to your mom for winning!
    I'll see what I can do about getting more followers.
    I think you should make your pictures bigger.
    For next week's video blog you should definitely take us on a tour and show us your route. And you should show us the coolest spot you've found so far.
    oh, and good luck with your garden!

    1. Can you make the pictures bigger?
      They're automatically resized when I insert them.

      Next week's video blog has yet to become a video blog.
      15 followers muhfriend. 15 followers.

      And thanks for the luck!
      I got my bamboo seeds today, and with tomorrow off, I officially have work to do! Huttah!

  2. hurray bamboo!
    you should be able to make the pictures bigger. i haven't used blogger in probably a year so they may have changed things, but you used to be able to select your size when you upload them.
    and let's just say i'm optimistic about the 15 followers.

    1. We'll see what happens! It's Wednesday and only 11 followers, so I guess that means no bonus. Still got until Sunday though!

      Chop Chop!

  3. Love that you have a garden! I just aced flowers to myn as a natural pest reppelant... They also help with bringing bees in to pollenate your plants so you get more produce. Have fun! How's the store?

    1. You just what to who?!
      I truly have no idea what you just said.
      My first several shoots sprung up today, though!
      Pretty exciting! I'll probably be out there every day with my camera taking new pictures! Kinda geeking out. :p

      Store's great. I love being able to get things done and still have time to breathe between tasks. Plus... we close at 9pm.

  4. Missed a word there... Meant to say planted some flowers... Flowers are good for veggie gardens! Anyways that's awesome you close at 9, we now close at 11pm! Glad u like your store! I would say within 3 weeks we will be half the team u knew.. Kims gone to gateway and other promotions are coming soon for others..

  5. Ah nice. Yeah, I've got a couple flowers - sunflowers and morning glory for the time being.
    Figured the team would be next to gone soon.
    Who else is getting promoted? You part of that lot?

  6. Hopefully I will be, Will, Ryan, Stuart, Alex, & Paul but no one for sure yet... This is just my predictions... Marigolds are also great for keeping bad bugs out..

    1. Nice! Well I wish the best to you all!
      Another great thing about Maui: not much in the way of bad bugs. (: