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Showing posts with label personal. Show all posts

May 27, 2013

Indoor Plants for Positive Energy & Clean Air

House Plants For Clean Air & Positive Energy

Awhile back I posted about my Tillandsia Air Plants, and since I recently got another one, in addition to several other plants, I decided to write about indoor plants and share with you some photos of my little collection of indoor plants, which I do hope to grow as there are several more plants I want to have, and since I'm nearly out of sunny space in my home, I need to acquire plants better suited for shade although I am supplementing available natural light with artificial light.

Plants inside the home provide not only color, & decor, but promote the flow of positive energy as well as having the benefit of providing clean air.    All plants provide oxygen, however, some remove toxins from the air, and some even clean the air, removing carbon dioxide, dust particles, etc and then releasing fresh, clean oxygen.    Plants are also an excellent form of the elements wood, water & earth in Feng Shui.

This is my latest Tillandsia Air Plant acquisition, however, at this time I have not been able to positively identify it, but think it is most likely to be Capitata Red.

Red Tillandsia Air Plant

Since I mentioned Feng Shui in this post, perhaps I should add that my living room is Japanese in style and decor, with some Chinese in there as well.  The overall design and theme of my living room is that of Washitzu, a traditional Japanese room.   Thinking of Feng Shui, or the Japanese version, Fusui, It's only natural that I would have some Lucky Bamboo in my home, which isn't even Bamboo at all, but one of several variations of Dracaena plants.

The Lucky Bamboo isn't the only "Feng Shui" plant in my house, as I also have a Pachira Aquatica, better known as the "Money Tree", which is said to bring good fortune and wealth when placed in the wealth baqua of the home.

  My interest in this particular tree however, was the thought of it as a candidate for Bonsai since I am interested in Bonsai, however, Bonsai trees are very expensive, so I thought about experimenting and attempting to grow and train trees on my own for creating Bonsai, however, have changed my mind as I have no interest in screwing it up and losing a lovely tree, so, my Money Tree is one of several trees I own, which was purely by accident because some plants I bought not knowing that they grow into full size trees.

Hopefully some day I can afford to buy myself some really nice Bonsai trees.  I'm hoping for a Bonsai Cherry Blossom.

Since I'm already started on trees, I also have a Dracaena Marginata Magenta, aka Madagascar Dragon Tree, as well as an Areca Palm, a Dwarf Schefflera, better known as the "Mini Umbrella Tree" even though it can reach 5 to 6 feet indoors if allowed to, but is still smaller than the standard "Umbrella Tree", and I also have a Coffee Arabica Plant, which at the time of purchase, had no idea that it could become a 6 to 10 foot tree.   Here's the photos of my trees, although they're still tiny trees.

Dracaena Marginata Magenta Areca Palm
Dwarf Schleffera, aka Mini Umbrella Tree Coffee Aribica

I also have Succulents.   My initial interest in these was for miniature gardens, or what some call "Fairy Gardens", but frankly, I just don't have the money to spend on accessories, etc to build a tiny little village with houses, fences and decorations, etc on top of whatever the plants themselves cost, so I skipped doing the mini gardens and decided to not seek out the diminutive succulents for this purpose.

At the greenhouse where I purchased all my trees, I came across a Rhipsalis Heteroclada, and I love this plant, which is not only a Succulent, but also in the Cacti family as well..  All Cactus are Succulents, but not all Succulents are Cactus...  As soon as I got home with m strange and weird plant, the Rhipsalis, I went to Google and began researching it, and learned that this plant can become MASSIVE, and that I can create numerous additional plants via propagation of cuttings, so, I am very happy about that, because many people collect these as well as other Succulents, so, having such a large plant enables me to trade cuttings for different varieties, and besides, I really LOVE this plant, and it was the first Succulent for me.

Rhipsalis Heteroclada
Anyone interested in trading cuttings?  I'd love to have fire sticks, properly known as Euphorbia Tirucalli, and it's high on my list of plants to get, so, if you have one and would like to trade for some of my Rhipsallis cuttings, let me know. :)  Of course I'd trade for other Rhipsalis, other succulents, etc, etc.
One species of Succulent plant I really wanted was a Haworthia Attenuata, which looks like a prehistoric and diminutive, zebra striped and spiky Aloe, and yes, Aloe is a Succulent.    I also wanted very badly what is called Lithops, better known as "Living Stones" because they look like rocks until they bloom and a flower grows from the center, however, my seven year old daughter calls them the "Butt Plant" because she says they look like "little butts"...meaning asses, not cigarette butts, not that I needed to tell you that, but you never know.. I've had more than a fair share of illiterate readers here before, so.....

So.. one day I was in CVS and discovered that they were selling little Succulent plants, however, the selection was poor, and they were in terrible condition, mostly dead,  but I did however buy one since they were only $2. however, have no idea what it is, and am not too interested in this one... BUT, when I crossed the street and went into Walgreens, I found that they too were selling them, but as mini greenhouses featuring a six pack of little succulents in a little clear plastic greenhouse shaped container, and lo and behold, there in one of the packages was a Haworthia Attenuata that I desired, and in another package, a pair of Lithops...  So, I opened up both packages, and made sure the package I bought had both of these. :)

In addition to the Haworthia, and the Lithops, the only other of these Succulents I'm able to identify is the one I believe to be a Crassula Ovata variety, but at this time am not certain which variation.  There was one of the Echeveria variations, but I squashed it by accident and it's not in this photo.  I'm hoping that the dropped leaves I saved will root and that I can generate more Succulents via propagation.

I don't know what kind of Lithops I have, but there's hundreds of varieties out there, and I can't wait to find more, although trying to shop for Lithops online is a pain in the ass due to all the shady seed sellers who make it difficult to find actual plants because of all the goddamn seeds spam listed on ePig.

I did want to write about several plants I want to have, most of them unusual, weird and odd, but suppose that can wait for another day.

Oh, and since I mentioned my living room being Japanese, & Chinese, perhaps some day I will post some photos of my Washitzu, and some of my Japanese and Chinese art.

July 17, 2012

Thugs, Plugs & Bugs

Thugs, Plugs & Bugs

This is just fucking INSANE!

Yesterday afternoon, a very short time after finishing up my last post, I received a phone call from the local police department regarding my scumbag aunt's call to them with false accusations due to my being transgender. To state that the call stressed me out is an understatement as I thought it has already been resolved, but apparently they had to follow up on just one more thing before finally disposing of the matter and now my day is already off to a bad start as a result.

So, after returning home from the police station, I find my wife in the kitchen playing with a screwdriver and discover that she has removed all the plates from every single light switch and electrical outlet in the house.  I ask her what she's doing and she tells me that she is looking for bugs, and by bugs I don't mean roaches and spiders, but electronic surveillance devices, because she is once again convinced that the house is bugged for both audio and video recording.    I assure her that this is not true, and that it's all in her mind, that it's not real, but before I could finish, she flips out and firmly says "Oh yeah, then what the fuck is this" as she pulls out a tiny electronic thingamajig from her pocket, continuing with "it's a fucking bug" and says that she found it right in front of the house, and then she babbles on and on about "bugs in the plugs".

My Wife's "US Government Electronic Surveillance Bug" LOL

Out of curiosity, I asked to see this "bug" of hers and knowing I would probably rant about this, I decided to take some photographs of it, and it turns out my camera is suffering issues, so, the photos didn't come out too good.  My best guess is that it could be some sort of remnants of a trashed laser pointer.  I don't know enough of electronics to determine what the pieces are part of, but it does appear to have what is either some sort of LED or a tiny lens, which is what makes me think it was a laser pointer, nevertheless, telling her this does not convince her as she truly believes it to be a bug.  When I ask her "who would bug the house" she says "it's the government" and now all I can think of is that movie Conspiracy Theory starring Mel Gibson, lol.

I don't know how much more of this I can put up with, but, the situation was bad enough when during this time the police officer called again to confirm some things and now my wife is very suspicious and convinced that I am working in cahoots with the police to have her locked up for some delusional conspiracy theory.

July 12, 2012

Transgender For the Uneducated & Clueless Bigot

Transgender For the Uneducated & Clueless Bigot

Transgender 101

In light of recent events involving certain family members, as well as various instances in the past where one used incorrect terminology in reference to my gender expression to conform to my gender identity, I would like to educate those who are unaware of the correct terminology applicable to transgender persons.  I would also like to dispel common myths espoused by bigots.

First, the term TRANSGENDER is an all inclusive umbrella term that includes ALL variations of gender identity, gender expression, and gender variation that does not conform to any binary gender.   When in doubt as to a persons specific gender identification and/or reasons for gender expression, the correct term to use at all times is TRANSGENDER, because, if you use a more specific term that may not apply to the individual, you are very likely to not only offend them, but cause the person emotional distress.

Now let's get into some of the more specific terms of various gender identity and gender expression related terminology.  I am only going to cover the basics and most common.

  • Transsexual - A transsexual is a person with the gender identity of the opposite sex engaged in gender expression to present themselves as the gender they identify with.  In simplest terms, a transsexual is a person born with the body of the wrong sex.  Most transsexuals seek medical treatment such as hormone replacement therapy or sex reassignment surgery although does not always include surgery for a variety of reasons, one of them usually being financial.  A transsexual is either a man born in the body of a woman, which is commonly referred to as Transman, Transgender Man, or FTM (Female Transitioning to Male), or a woman born in the body of a man, commonly referred to as Transwoman, Transgender Woman, or MTF (Male Transitioning to Female).  In my case, Transsexual is the most accurate term to describe me personally as I was born male, identify as female and express my self as female and transition has been in progress for some time
  • Cross Dresser - In simplest terms, a cross dresser is a male who wears the clothing of the opposite sex, BECAUSE the garments are associated with the opposite sex and often includes gender expression but usually does not include gender identification except on a temporary basis. Cross-dressers have little or no interest in changing sex.
  • Transvestite - A transvestite is a person who wears clothing of the opposite sex for sexual gratification or sexual purposes due to fetishistic elements of either the garments themselves or the gender role associated with the garment(s).

  •  Drag Queen - a drag queen is a male engaged in gender expression as a member of the opposite sex for the purpose of performance art and entertainment which often includes comedy, theater, singing and dancing.  The majority of drag queens are gay men, however, there are some heterosexual male drag queens.  The female version of drag is referred to as Drag King.

    When you meet a transgender person in public not in a "club" setting, in the majority of instances, but not always, that person is most likely transsexual since cross dressers and/or transvestites usually only engage in gender expression behind closed doors although some do venture out in public once in awhile.  When in doubt as to anything specific about the person, ALWAYS use transgender and do not make the mistake of using an incorrect term.

    Next, I'd like to cover derogatory terminology.  Under no circumstances whatsoever should anyone ever use these terms in reference to transgender persons.
    • Shemale - A term used in pornography featuring transsexual women who have not undergone sex reassignment surgery..
    • Tranny - A derogatory slur.  Using this term is similar to calling someone a racial slur.  It is also used in pornography.

      Since I just covered derogatory terminology, lets also cover sexual orientation since many bigots confuse gender identity and gender expression with being gay.   As previously stated, gender identity refers to ones identification of being of either sex, sex is defined by one's biological genitalia born with and gender expression is ones expression of gender through wardrobe, mannerisms, makeup, behavior, appearance, etc.   Sexual orientation however is ones own preference for romantic relationships and/or sexual intercourse and is non inclusive of gender identity or expression in that ones gender identity and expression has nothing whatsoever to do with which sex they prefer relationships or sexual activity with.

      For the same reasons that a woman can be lesbian, so too could a transgender woman. The ONLY time a transgender person is to be referred to as gay is in the cases of gay men engaged in drag queen performance, or transgender men who are sexually attracted to other men.  A transgender woman who is sexually attracted to women is a lesbian.  A transgender woman who is sexually attracted to men, or a transgender man sexually attracted to women, is considered as being straight.  Take note that this does not include cross dressers or transvestites because this is a form of gender expression without the gender identity, so, a cross dresser or transvestite that is sexually attracted to men is considered as being gay, but , a cross dresser or transvestite sexually attracted to women is NOT lesbian, but straight.

      Take note however that the terms gay, straight or lesbian do not apply to the physical sexual acts themselves when involving transgender persons, since a pre-op transgender woman engaged in sexual activity with a natal female is not engaged in "lesbian" sex, but hetero sexual intercourse.  It's complicated.

      Moving on, let's cover some basic transgender etiquette and your ethical responsibilities when dealing with transgender persons in respect to gender identity.

      • Respect their gender identity -  If the person in front of you is presenting themselves as a woman then address that person as a woman. If the person is presenting themselves as a man, then address that person a man. This means that you should use the proper pronouns and address them with the proper name. If you once knew the individual as John but that person now uses the name Mary when expressing her self as female, then you should address her as "Mary." 

      •  Treat them the same as any other person of their gender. - A transgender woman wants to be considered as a woman and treated as such. Similarly, a transgender man wants to be considered a man and treated as a man. Just use some common sense,  that one's biological sex is irrelevant.
      Things NOT to do.

      • Do not refer to biological women/men as "real women/men" in that it conveys the idea that the transgender person is not really a woman or man.
      • Never assume a transgender persons sexuality, nor ever consider transgender persons as sexual deviants or that it is some perversion.  Gender identity with the accompanying gender expression have nothing whatsoever to do with sexuality.

      • Never refer to transgender persons with derogatory terms connotative of sexual orientation, such as faggot, queer, homo, dike, butch, etc.  Gender identity and sexual orientation are unrelated and each a separate distinctive characteristic.
      I know I haven't covered everything, but hopefully this is enough of the simple basics for you to understand that gender identity and/or gender expression is not a perversion or mental illness.   In most types of transgender persons, there is a real NEED for the individual to BE and express themselves as the opposite sex assigned to them at birth.  A transsexual person denied the ability and right to be themselves is extremely distressed.

      As a transsexual woman, I my self am the HAPPIEST I ever been my entire life having been finally able to BE MY SELF and there's simply NO WAY I can undo this, nor can I ever go back.  I WOULD RATHER DIE than have to SUFFER again being something I only was on the outside because of the expectations and societal conditions placed upon me by others.

      July 9, 2012

      Oh My God! I Need to Get Away From This Psycho BITCH!

      Oh My God! I Need to Get Away From This Psycho BITCH!

      I Can't Take Any More of This Fucking Shit!

      Shut the Fuck Up!
      Oh my god, she never shuts the fuck up. All day and night long I am subject to having to hear her endless bitching, pissing, moaning and complaining, and for fucks sake, I am so sick and tired of her goddamn delusions and their accompanying accusations.  It's non stop and I can't stand it any more, nor do I know how to get rid of the psychotic bitch.

      She refuses to seek professional medical treatment for her paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other mental health issues, nor does she ever listen to any advice I offer nor anything else I suggest or say, and most important of all, she just does not comprehend the meaning of SHUT THE FUCK UP!

      I am so sick of it and feel as if the bitch is bleeding my soul dry, sucking the life out of me.  I am sick and tired of her blaming me for conspiracy theories against her, all involving people I don't even know, or people that have absolutely nothing to do with anything in our life, and even more wacky, people that don't even exist, and I am sick of her hostility and combativeness over imaginary bullshit that isn't even real.... WHAT THE FUCK!  I am sick of being accused of being with the "red & blue people" that are out to get her.

         I swear to god that when the doctors diagnosed her, they should have included that she suffers a severe case of STUPIDITY, because the delusional episodes cause her to be completely clueless and unaware of the ramifications of our current predicament and the situation we're in.   OMFG, what the hell am I gonna do.