Thursday, July 8, 2010

Russian spies, an Israeli computer scientist, and a Filipino-American Gardener

What do they have in common?

This bizarre story:

Russian spies were recently convicted in Virginia a few weeks ago and the buzz around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood has been the apartment building where two used to live; a young couple by the name of Patricia Mills and Michael Zottoli. To those who knew them, they were quiet, friendly, and were the ideal tenants according to the apartment managers, who happen to be friends of mine.

About three years ago, I was sort of involved with a computer scientist from Israel who hired me to design and assemble a few containers for a deck on the top floor.
While things didn't quite work out between us, the three original containers multiplied as the interest in plants and gardening grew (according to the managers who lived next door who let me go on their balcony to check on my plantings to make sure they were being taken care of). haha

So apparently, my container plantings and their excessive need for water being on a hot, exposed, southwestern exposure pissed off a couple Russian spies.

Oh, here's what the containers looked like. The small one made it on an issue of Fine Gardening magazine last year!!



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