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Don't break my stuff, mmk? - Tactical Ninja

Jun. 29th, 2012

09:08 am - Don't break my stuff, mmk?

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This morning's waking thought: "They're all tortoiseshell except Maru."

Clearly the lolcats are testing their mind control on me.

Meanwhile, our building has a street on the roof. It's hard to explain - it's not a traffic street but a foot one - but I live on said street and there are outdoor planter boxes about the place to help retain that street sort of feel. It's called Little Havana St, a play on the fact that the main building is on Cuba St, in what's known as the Cuba Quarter of Wellington*.

When I moved in, the planters outside our apartment were both empty. To fill one, which is perma-shaded and a bit damp, I added ferns and a daphne, because daphne smells awesome in spring. For the other, which is sun-beaten and never gets rained on, I went for a walk and yoinked a bunch of geranium and pelargonium cuttings. 9 months of TLC later they have grown up and were looking really nice. I was expecting pretty flowers this summer from them.

Except last night, some WANKER decided that it was a good idea to rip them out and throw them around the place. It must have been someone leaving one of the apartments, because they even carried one downstairs and dumped it in the lobby. We are not talking little plants here - they were at least two feet high and starting to bush out. I found the carnage as I left for work this morning. I've replanted the ones I could find - luckily they still had the roots attached - and the YoT said he'd give them a good watering-in. Since they're the sort of thing that survives ok for several days out of soil as a cutting, I have hope that they'll live, but this kind of knock means that they're unlikely to flower this summer.

Fuckers. Why would you do something like that? It's absolutely pointless vandalism and I can't see any driver for it except.. I don't know. What drives someone to destroy beauty? It made me so sad to see my poor plants all wilted on the floor. If I could think of a reason why someone would do something like that, maybe it would be better, but I can't. I don't even know who it was - I suspect a guest of one of my neighbours maybe.

Dear internet, witness my impotent fury at folks who destroy things I care about for no good reason.

Which reminds me of this. It's a picture of our Minister of Police looking extremely pleased with herself after crushing a boy racer's 'pride and joy' (value $9000) because he got three 'strikes' for boy racing in two years.

Yes I think that sort of behaviour should be punished, but destroying someone's car and then taking pictures of yourself gloating about it for the front page of the paper smacks more of revenge than any kind of real punishment. They could have given the car to a charity to use, or a family that needs one. They could have sold it to defray court expenses. Instead they crushed it, and in the process created one more person who hates the police - with good reason IMO.

Curmudgeonly Tats is curmudgeonly.

* Wellington only has three Quarters - Lambton, Courtenay and Cuba. The Cuba one has a lot of places that play on the Cuba theme. My favourite cafe is called Fidel's, for example.

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From:caycos
Date:June 28th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I don't get people who vandalise or destroy other people's property. I can kinda understand if it's a personal grudge of some kind, but just random acts are incomprehensible.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 28th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I admit I tried to think of who might have a personal grudge, but there's just nothing. I don't even know my neighbours since that flat is students and they rotate regularly.

I guess they could be pissed off about my old-lady-plantiness?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Any change the ranting lady was vengeful? (your post was public)

I did hear some banging outside at around 10:45pm last night. I'm thinking we should do the rounds. Maybe put together a posse from the group at Fidels'. Maybe bluff about having set up a micro wireless cctv camera to catch people being dicks.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
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It seems unlikely. I've had conversations with her outside the meetings and she seems like a decent person other than the issues with the bodycorp.

Your ears are way better than mine!

Hey, maybe I should put up a post saying we've cctv'd the area and see if anything happens...
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From:tatjna
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
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But there's nothing in Thorndon!

Parliament totally doesn't count.

If Thorndon gets to be a quarter, Newtown should be too.

Edited at 2012-06-28 10:03 pm (UTC)
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From:helianthas
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Anger. Anger can make people destroy whatever beauty is in its way. </p>

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From:tatjna
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I'm wondering if maybe there was a fight, and my plants were just collateral damage.
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From:kehleyr
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
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rip them out and throw them around the place. WTF? I just don't get people who do stuff like this?!!
I'm sorry they did it and I hope the one you replanted survives... *fingers crossed*
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From:tatjna
Date:June 28th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
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If the replants don't make it, luckily these plants are relatively easy to grow from cuttings so I could just start again. But yeah. ;-/
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From:raincitygirl
Date:June 28th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
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What an asshole, destroying your plants like that. I'm glad they're mostly salvageable.
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From:tyellas
Date:June 29th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
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That's awful - when I lived on a city street, I could never keep my planters unmolested, either.

There are some roses that are so ferocious they get planted as subtle security barriers.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 29th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
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Roses might work, you know? It's a potentially rose-friendly spot.
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From:bekitty
Date:June 29th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
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I have strawberry cuttings too if you want them. Strawberries will grow anywhere.
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From:vernacularity
Date:June 29th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
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often that sort of thingt, souveniring plants, is basically intended as a joke. you know, a really funny one. like when people pick up someone's small car and place it in a spot it is impossible to drive out of.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 29th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
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I really don't need a Toyota in my front porch, mmk?
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From:vernacularity
Date:June 29th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
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find the persons who did it and place them unsonscious inside the fern ball over civic square? hilarious!
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From:bekitty
Date:June 29th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
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I remember hearing a rumour that the Council wanted the Willis Quarter to be the new Cuba Quarter, because they wanted a cross between Cuba St's funky vibe and Lambton's high-end retail. It didn't work out. For which I am thankful.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 29th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
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Oh god yes. There's nothing quite so vomit-inducing as self-conscious affectation in town planning. Cuba St is funky because it's organic and skody. That kind of vibe doesn't happen in conjuction with obvious wealth.

(maybe that's why hipster fashion is so.. gross)
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From:richdrich
Date:June 29th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
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Council didn't make Cuba St how it is. What happened roughly is that the mainstream retail, like banks and department stores, moved down to the Lambton Quay area and then the top end of the street was blighted by highway construction. That drove rents down and made it a cheap place to start a shop.

Nowadays the property owners have noticed it's 'cool' and driven rents up, such that in a few years it'll be all Starbucks and Glassons.
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:June 29th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
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Your poor flowers! I'm impotently wrathful on your behalf! I don't understand the motivation behind stuff like that, it's so needless.

We found out some local teenagers had been climbing up the massive wall at the back of our garden and running along it. Previously we'd thought we were okay, 'cause it was such a huge wall, so we were secure. Once we saw that we started worrying that they would be able to get into the house. But then I thought "No, because they'd have to walk all over the flowers in the flower bed to do it, so we'll be okay."

It was only like an hour later that I realised that people who are likely to be breaking-and-entering, probably aren't going to be so fretful of squashing your daisies in the process.


Also yes - moderation in punishment Ms Minister. Show some decorum and forethought. Hell, for $9000 couldn't they have just auctioned it off to raise money for a charity or something?
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From:elven_ranger
Date:June 29th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
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why on earth do people find it amusing (or whatever) to ruin things for no rational reason, just to make a mess. GRRR
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