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The Magic Garden

A few months ago I got an email from reader Linda expressing all sorts of frustrations with the state of her investments in Melco PBL. At the time, she was justifiably worried, MPEL's stock was down to $9/share, and things didn't look so great in the short term.

I'm not a stock analyst, nor am I an investor. I'm a tourist with an interest in casinos, gamblin' and the business that runs it. As a semi-interested bystander who has drank from the cup of Crown Macau, done some studying of various parts of their business model and have a relatively good understanding of the casino biz, I was somewhat baffled by MPEL's stock tanking.

In my attempts to cheer up Linda I mentioned to her that anyone who starts a business needs some time to hoe the rows, plant the seeds, water, tend and take great care in nurturing their product.

I mentioned to Linda that she go get some seeds, soil and some pots (or a Chia pet) and plant a little herb garden. Every time she gets frustrated with what happens with the stock or what have you, go tend to the garden for a bit, then get back to the wheeling and dealing.

Of course, she LOL'd at my suggestion but understood the sentiment. Building a garden (or a business) from scratch takes time, dedication and patience. Sometimes things go right, sometimes things go wrong.

I decided to take my own advice and grow a little herb garden, not only for my own sanity dealing with this '' stuff, but to illustrate a larger point to some of our readers, including Linda.

So, without further adieu, here's some photos of the garden that I've got growing on the windowsill right next to my desk.


March 20, 2008 - Five Days Old

The cookie sheet is holding some peat seedling starters all of which have been impregnated with seeds. The four pots behind them contain the first nine of which have germinated. To the left is a Venus Fly Trap that a friend gave me at just about the same time this stuff was planted.


April 11, 2008 - 25 Days Old

The four pots are on the sill with another plant I've had for an eternity. Left to right - 2 pots of green onions, wild flowers, green leaf lettuce.


April 11, 2008 - 25 Days Old

The peat packs on the cookie sheet are starting to pop. A few haven't germinated at all, they might be duds. Oh well. In here is cilantro, basil, spinach, oregano and a coupla other things.

As with everything in life (and investments) there was a set back today, the 91° heat here in Los Angeles torched the seedlings, killing both of the cilantro plants and one each of the spinach and basil seedlings. I'm pretty upset, but sometimes things like this happen.

Maybe I'm a lunatic. Maybe I'm not. Maybe I'm the one who needs to learn how to keep my chin up when the rolling chips volume are down. It takes time to yield a bumper crop, and even more time to build a windowsill farm that will create enough produce to provide some fixins for a meal or two.

Oh, and the Venus Flytrap ate a fly the other day. How cool is that. I'm thinking I might plant some tomatoes out back this week. Hrm.


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