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How do merpeople mate?

The second batch of sourdough starter went down the drain today. Despite a yeast infusion it failed to bubble--I know the yeast is good because I made a perfectly lovely challah today with some. Third time lucky maybe.

Still feeling gloomy about the upcoming election--I have to drive a gauntlet of yard signs now to get out of my neighborhood. One house has signs for both McCain and Obama. If they had put them out by the street I would think they were running some kind of experiment regarding which gets stolen first, but they are both in flowerbeds right in front of the house. The conversations I overhear about it are so stupid they make ChaCha queries seem reasonable. A pair of women in a scrapbooking aisle at JoAnn, they seemed to be a mom and daughter, were talking: they can't put their finger on why Obama isn't trustworthy, but they're sure he's just saying whatever he thinks will get him elected. They don't like McCain either, but that Sarah Palin, she's something. And McCain might die in office, wouldn't that be great? It was at that point I had to peek at them to see what people who could utter such moronic drivel would look like, but they were entirely unremarkable physically.

I like having the art co-op here on Wednesdays. There are a couple of parents who won't participate because we're meeting at a house instead of a library or church or something. Maybe if I do it long enough I will figure out how to organize that sort of deal, but right now it seems like too much stuff to haul and tidy. Then again, if we keep at it long enough maybe we'll attract a grownup who actually knows something about art who wants to take over.


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Oct. 2nd, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
How do merpeople mate?
Merpeople borrow heavily from both their primate/mammalian forebears and their ichythoid side. However mating habits derive primarily from their fish anscestors. They don't mate so much as they spawn.
Like Salmon this involves the female laying eggs in a sheltered spot, and the male ejecting gentic matter over them. On the other hand they are in their own way as highly evolved as homo sapiens, and as such they do not have a predictable spawning cycle or rutting time. Female can come into season at any point, with few outwards indications of fertility. Consequently male merfolk are also pretty much always ready, and sharing the hominoid ape/chimpanzee/human background, prove it frequently. This fact is why there are no fresh water sub-species of merfolk remaining, they were exterminated in the dark ages when people realized why lake and pond water tasted funny.
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: How do merpeople mate?
Is that pretty much how King Tritan has 7 daughters, all relatively the same age?
Oct. 2nd, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Actually, to me, the combined McCain and Obama signs make perfect sense. $homeowner is saying he/she/it/they support the status quo, the continued more or less untrammeled growth in the size, scope, pervasiveness and power of the Federal Government, which of course has been the general trend since Herbert Hoover sat in the Oval Office. It's the Henry Ford approach to politics and government - "You can have any color you want so long as it's machine politics business as usual."

Brought to you by CIFA - The Coaltion for an Incumbent Free America - Throw 'em ALL out and let a NEW batch of idiots have a shot at it!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Art=messy FUN
Boy would I love to visit on art day!
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