Friday, May 16, 2014

Hippy Children

We had a visitor who wanted to check out the hippy cult that lives in our former town of residence so we obliged by giving him the full blown tour. As part of the tour, we stopped at their store to see all the hippy products he could buy if he wanted. Since he works a 9 to 5 job under a boss and for a company that does drug screenings should he ever injure himself on the job, he didn't purchase any of the hemp bars above. Nor did he buy any of the multitudes of herbal quack pills that lined the shelves seen below.


Of course no tour of the cult would be complete without visiting the Capital of the Global Country of World Peace seen below or the Tower of Invincibility which I have shown on here before but didn't take a picture this time around. This cult believes that if they get the square root of 1% of the world's population meditating at one time that world peace will ensue and thus they import pandits from India to help achieve this goal. The pandits are housed in a jail like fenced in compound on the outskirts of town where they meditate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until their visas expire and they are forced to fly back only to be replaced by incoming pandits. Their meditating for world peace evidently isn't working well because a few weeks ago they rioted and destroyed a cop car before they were subdued again.


9 comments:

sage said...

I would like to hear more about that riot! Math geeks leading to the world to peace, who'd thought of that!

roaring40 said...

I had a zoom down on that place. It has the configuration of a concentration camp. And with all the acreage available to them why on earth continue to live in those barracks blocks.

Off topic a bit. What's causing the breaks in the crops. At first I thought it was water courses. But the lines from the seed drill continue on the other side in a dead straight line.

MelAbby said...

When we came to that town for the first time, we thought they were shooting a movie or something, with all the strange buildings. It's quite a jarring sight in southern Iowa.

Ron said...

That was me --Ron

Ed said...

Sage - Not only that but ones that keep changing the formula to suit their needs.

Vince - They are called waterways and are essentially low points in the field where water runs towards the edges. In order to prevent them from washing out, farmers plant them with thick grasses to hold the soil and then depending on the size, will just plant through them in the spring.

Ron - It is a strange sight to see in rural Iowa. I have grown used to it over the years but every time I introduce someone to them, I relive it through the amazement in their eyes.

roaring40 said...

Ahhh haaaa, so that antler shape you see beside the barracks blocks by the commune, and at Hemlock Av and 140th St is the shallow depression of the head of streams. I saw they lead into silvian glens further on, so initially I took them for watercourses. But as I said what was confusing me was the run-through of the seed drill meaning they couldn't be all that deep.
From what you told me though, I expect they were planted in the past and the plants were washed out. So now the farmers have decided that to cut loss and largely forget about them. Do they graze them. Mow them for hay. It really must be a burr in the tail if you'd a farm with one of those things trying to figure a function, a profitable function.

Bone said...

Reminds me of the Sunshine Carpet Cleaners.

Ed said...

Vince - Some farmers plant them in something that can later be put up as hay and fed to life stock. But in our area, we have more than enough ground that isn't worth planting in anything but hay so it isn't worth the trouble mowing waterways for a bale or two of hay. We instead plant canary grass which is a low height growing, very dense populating plant that does a great job of holding back soil and doesn't get high enough to starve nearby crops for light.

Bone - I knew I had heard that business name before but couldn't remember exactly where. So I googled it and then slapped my forehead because I should have known just on the fact that you said it and none other.

warren said...

Just saying here....the hippy help bar looks tasty...but does one smell colors after eating?