"Cover the spider with a small, shallow dish, such as a soap dish. Tilt the soap dish a little, and slip a piece of paper under it. Take the paper covered with the soap dish to a window. Carefully lift the soap dish and blow on the spider until it slides from the paper and out the window. Seventy percent of people who commit suicide by jumping from a high floor—I learned this from a study—feel remorse on their way down. I have no idea who volunteered to participate in this study, and at exactly which stage on the way down it was conducted. Aside from the method described here, there are many other ways to leave a small impression on the world."
"On How to Not Kill a Spider" - Alex Epstein, Lunar Savings Time
Tourists and Vietnamese alike line the edges of Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, to fish, socialize (to dampen the generalization), and relax. The demographic and recreational and/or economical activities that occur change throughout the day.
An alleyway in Hanoi, Vietnam that serves as a storefront for local restaurants and as a parking lot for the customers’ motorbikes. The restaurants are usually family owned and occupy the bottom floor of their homes. Even the foods they serve change throughout the day.
As an avid amateur backyard gardener who is beginning to see space occupied by garden-beds of ivy and other “ground cover” flora, this discovery is rather unnerving. Living in Southern California, I’ve often heard of people attempting to convert their water-binging lawns into native and “green” succulents being protested against by Home Owners Associations, and I can’t seem to grasp why this is even an issue. Yes, I understand how gardens can use more water than other plants, but to deny a person a means of producing their own foods just hints of something deeper. Maybe I’m being overwhelmed by a conspiracy theory of local government’s exchanging bills through a covert and intricate “handshake,” or maybe I’m even letting a part-time hobby of mine affect my judgement, but I don’t see how a person who is paying to use the land can be deprived of a means of offsetting both their grocery bill as well as the overall reliance on larger scale farming by planting a garden anywhere on their property.