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June 04, 2007

Somewhere Under the Rainbow


The Scalzi Compound, 06/04/07.

In case you're wondering, we've got the Tin Man in the tool shed.

Posted by john at June 4, 2007 08:26 PM

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Jon | June 4, 2007 08:52 PM

Keep an eye out for a Friends of Dorothy SWAT Team.

AliceB | June 4, 2007 09:00 PM

Two rainbows, and (checks again) one the reverse of the other. Totally awesome!

julie | June 4, 2007 09:32 PM

And we had the twisters!

That explains the odd clouds we had at the Manor:


Bitter | June 4, 2007 10:04 PM

Dang, you do have a huge lawn!

Erbo | June 4, 2007 10:20 PM

I'd have metal head take point. He makes you a radar hot spot.

John Scalzi | June 4, 2007 10:22 PM

I have an entire New York city block's worth of lawn, Bitter.

Paul | June 4, 2007 10:36 PM

Frickin' sweet!

Schloi | June 4, 2007 11:05 PM

Lawn work must be fun for you

John Scalzi | June 4, 2007 11:14 PM

I point my father-in-law at it, Schloi.

Cassie | June 4, 2007 11:17 PM

So that's where you get your flying monkeys.

Bitter | June 5, 2007 12:12 AM

A City block eh? That's quite a lot.

Every once in a while I think about breaking loose from my closet of an apartment and searching out a place where the air is clean and spaces are wide open, then I realize the commute would be murder and I don't have a father-in-law.

Hmmmm, I hope you throw some nice garden parties, have the neighborhood kids over for a rousing game of kickball, or something else that makes good use of all that green stuff.

-Bitter (figuratively I'm sure)

Monty | June 5, 2007 08:19 AM

Not to ruin your postcard picture, but putting the tinman in the toolshed sounds like a euphemism for some complicated robot sex position. This post doesn't SEEM like it should be about "stuffing the scarecrow" does it?

John | June 5, 2007 08:42 AM

Great pic, John.

Love the lawn, brings to mind innumerable games of frisbee football.

Bookninja | June 5, 2007 08:43 AM

I call for the emancipation of oppressed alternately elemental lifeforms everywhere! Your bondage of the Tin Man in your tool shed shows the antiquated view of non-carbonaceous beings in American society. Free tin men and women everywhere!

Brought to you by the Crystalline Metal Lifeform Anti-Defamation League.

John Scalzi | June 5, 2007 08:46 AM

Why does everyone assume we have the Tin Man in bondage? or something? The Tin Man likes the tool shed.

Pablo Defendini | June 5, 2007 10:07 AM

"The Tin Man likes the tool shed."

And well he should. That metallic monstrosity should know its place. Besides, Asimov aside, I wouldn't trust a humanoid metal automaton around my little ones...

Brenta | June 5, 2007 10:15 AM

How many acres does the Scalzi compound comprise?

What lawn tractor do you recommend?

David Neal | June 5, 2007 11:21 AM

John, that brings back memories of a lovely little Texas town in the Piney Woods.

Thanks to the rattlesnakes it was best to ride the mower with a pistol or shotgun handy.

Good times, good times.

MikeB | June 5, 2007 11:53 AM

I too will have a lawn very soon now that the snow has finally melted. It might be flooded for a while but at least it will be green...

Ah, the joys of life in the boonies.

Jon | June 5, 2007 01:55 PM

"Why does everyone assume we have the Tin Man in bondage? or something?"

Two reasons:

1) Your choice of language. "We've got the Tin Man in the shed", a construction making the Tin Man the object of the sentence and is therefore under your control, ergo, he's there by your choice, not his. To imply otherwise would be "The Tin Man's hanging out back in the shed," in which case we'd be wondering what unnatural things he's been doing with your lawnmower.

2) What, you think we started reading this blog yesterday? You've got pictures of clones running wild and vampire children smashing cats with hammers, not to mention yourself in full demonic regalia. We know the truth.

Bookninja | June 5, 2007 03:34 PM

The Tin Man has been so inundated with propaganda from the carbonaceous-industrial complex that *he* probably believes the tool shed is a fine place. But he is not a tool, and at his core I believe he wishes to be free. To do what he wants to do without being hassled by the man. And he wants to get loaded.

He simply doesn't have the heart to break free from the utilitarian-metallic paradigm under which he has been raised.

Berry | June 5, 2007 06:24 PM

Wondrous pic of the Scalzi Compound. All that wide-open, nice green space, I bet you've got a sub-surface alien spacecraft launching/landing pad hidden in the lawn.

And the cat's in charge of it all.

Bet cha!

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