Friday, July 23, 2010

Tall Tale: A Plant Story 40 Flights Up

I am the opposite of a farmer.  I am a corporate lawyer.  I spend my days (and many of my nights) in a flourescent-lit office with gray carpeting, mostly looking at my computer screen, with the occasional glance out over the Hudson River.  It's a pretty nice office, don't get me wrong.  And I do love to decorate it, since I basically live in it. 

Anyway, I love plants.  I'm terrible at taking care of them, but I love them.  Mostly I like how they look.  And I like the color green.  When Zack and I were in Japan for our honeymoon, my older brother booked a tour guide for us as a wedding present.  The tour guide was named Mr. Nakamura, and he was like a fountain of zen wisdom.  He wore a finely pressed suit in the merciless heat and drove an immaculate town car with doors that opened by themselves, which he kept stocked with moist towelettes for our comfort.  (If you have plans to visit Kyoto, let me know and I can put you in touch with him!)   Nakamura advised me to change my computer screen wallpaper to a photograph I was taking of this amazing green moss. 

Here's the pic (let me know if you want a higher resolution copy for your desktop):



 He said that looking at green things is a natural mood enhancer and that it was good for the eyes, which would help to balance out the eye damage caused by staring at the computer.  He also said, mysteriously, to avoid the number two and always go with three, but that's neither here nor there.

Needless to say, I took the Nakamura very seriously.  I am extremely impressionable.  But I also think it makes sense that it's good to look at green things, right?  Plants and humans complement each other with the whole oxygen-in, carbon-dioxide-out thing, so this is another iteration of that concept....except I guess humans also kill plants a lot (on purpose, and by accident, like me) so I guess there's a limit to the perfect order of the universe. 

Check back in a few days to find out what happened when woman and nature collided high above mid-town Manhattan!

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