lunch to celebrate

Big Mister and I went back to our familiar restaurant where we had our first date, Vien Dong, to celebrate all the money stuff we’ve concluded.  Refinanced the house and the car.  Dumped some redundant auto insurance.  That’s a lot of paper to wade through, understand, and sign.  And a lot of money to keep for ourselves.  We like that!

As is custom in a Vietnamese restaurant (I’m pretty sure), Big went to the register to get and pay the bill, where he visited with the owner he’s known forever and a day.  Big’s family goes here, too, so they talked a bit about family.

My brother planted a big garden this year and now he’s harvesting a lot of good stuff.

Yes, I know.   Your brother told me that he’s growing some [special crop] {wink, wink}.  He even showed me pictures.   {wink, wink, winkety-wink!}

In this state, it’s legal to grow special crops for personal use, for say, pain relief.    However, the federal folks consider growing special crops illegal, personal use notwithstanding.  Kind of awkward, huh?




12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianda
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 08:16:07

    Aah, Weed?
    It’s legal here!


  2. minlit
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 08:38:56

    Weeds? They’re everywhere here. Ask my gran….she has spent a life time trying to get rid of her weeds :) Now, here there are issues with mushrooms. Certain kinds of mushrooms. Not even sure you can cultivate those though.


  3. jacquiefioramonti
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 09:02:46

    :) some of those weeds grown in the roof garden of our building from time to time – no doubt the existence is due to some folk disposing of the ‘evidence’ over the balconies in a hurry every now and then.


  4. ~ Ivy ~ (@ivyft)
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 10:42:39

    Ha ha! ‘Special crop’ is a nice euphemism! :-D
    I’m not against it, I guess. I don’t particularly like it, but don’t mind the folks that do.
    It is, however, very illegal here. Even for medicinal purposes.


    • lahgitana
      Oct 28, 2012 @ 10:52:11

      Yep nice huh?! I really didn’t want the blog to be found through certain words! >:-D

      The US has a love/hate relationship with it. Witness our own state’s laws that are in direct opposition to the federal laws. Oddball!


  5. sweetdaysundertheoaks
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 17:04:55

    Special crop. How very interesting. I thought we were talking about a haircut.. ;)


  6. IsobelandCat
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 02:57:08

    So with the clash of laws, what happens if anyone grows this special crop and is discovered to be so doing by the authorities?


    • lahgitana
      Oct 29, 2012 @ 07:27:07

      I’ve only *heard* this 3rd- or 4th-hand–the feds step in for cases of “intent to distribute” because someone might be growing, say, a hectare, which is a bit much for personal use. Or a huge basement…. or “personal” greenhouse…..

      I can only imagine the definitions about when to intercede: “Yeah, uh, I think if the grow lights draw more than say, two households’ current, then they’re growin’ too much stuff.

      It is completely weird, Isobel.

      How about there, your laws?

      Dianda, above in the comments, is from the Netherlands and *everyone* knows the laid-back manner of law (somehow fits the item in question!) for the citizens (tho’ I hear the tourists aren’t so welcome in that arena any longer). And, Ivy (above) is from Brazil….


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