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  • Living in a condo complex is like living in a series of one act plays, all farces.

    Last year the landscape company sprayed along our back retaining wall for poison ivy. The were using a product that targeted ONLY the poison ivy. Nothing else. So they went out there armed with plastic pistol-grip sprayers and saturated the greenery with this specific kill of ONLY poison ivy. They wore no protective clothing or masks.

    The day after the guys went a-spraying, everything out back went yellow then brown and then shriveled up like a bridal bouquet after the honeymoon. Not only the poison ivy, but the other green stuff went too.

    Unexpected consequences: all the wildlife disappeared too. The chipmunks, squirrels, deer, and the red tailed hawk. All gone.

    My next door neighbor raised a fuss about it during a condo board meeting. She's a vet and an avid gardener. She accused them of killing the ecosystem. She had visual aids, photos, printouts from websites, recommendations on how to proceed next year should they need to eradicate the poison ivy. Bob, the condo president, sat red-faced at the table in front of the rest of us. His sycophants spread out on either side of him like the 6 disciples. Unfortunately, my neighbor stutters when she gets angry, making it more difficult for her to speak. The board members were vacillating between holding in the anger and holding in the laughter. It was painful to watch.

    Finally, she finished and sat down. Many of us applauded her presentation while others booed. Evidently, some of those allergic to the plant were clustered in the peanut gallery. When the president finally spoke, he claimed that what happened could not have happened. The landscapers used Round Up, which kills ONLY poison ivy. He waved around a copy of the MSDS... Despite the evidence that was visible all around, he claimed, she was wrong. He took pride, however, in the fact that they killed the poison ivy. To which a couple of the residents cheered. It was over and green lost.

    Last night, I was out walking on the grounds (not very much, but well mulched), and I came across this lovely plant. It was the ONLY thing growing along the edge of the parking lot. Isn't poison ivy beautiful?
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