Flashers in the park

Cucumbers hide
in a leafy camouflage,
popping out
when you least expect
like flashers in the park.

Lorna Crozier, Sex Lives of Vegetables

We have our first cucumber at the Community Resource Center. Kim found it this morning, hiding under a blanket of leafy foliage. It’s fetching, don’t you think?

We pondered whether to leave it for a passer by, but worried someone would be reticent to dig around on our front porch for the off chance that a cucumber would be laying in wait for them. So we plucked it off the vine. Selfish, but it is the first one and we have invested a lot of time and energy in producing it.

We are thinking of slicing it up and putting it into a celebratory Bloody Mary this afternoon. Just a thumble-sized one, of course. A wee thing. Barely able to hold the weight of a cucumber slice.

Later that afternoon…

We are hard at work at the open dock door. Kim is writing our disaster plan for the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Betsy is writing a grant and I am mixing drinks investigating additional funding. Please do not get the impression we just sit around having cocktails every afternoon. We do not. However, because we are celebrating the first harvest of our community garden we feel just a bit entitled today.

However, we have noticed just a very slight design flaw in our otherwise architecturally perfect new offices. Our project manager, Beth Phillips, failed to design a ledge next to the door leading into the warehouse from the break area for our drinks. It’s extremely hard to open the door with two glasses in your hands. We will have to speak to her about that.

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About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

One thought on “Flashers in the park

  1. I see both sides of the coin being a business owner downtown. I understand Brentwood’s issue – if they hadn’t been strict over the years, they would not have raised the revenue or the beauty of the city like they have. However, Tom at the contributor is very conscious of how his vendors act toward people and their appearance. Are there violators? Sure – but if people report such violations, he will take care of it. We have to be firm on the homeless at our place of business – but we have the same policy for EVERYONE – you don’t buy something, you cannot sit in our place or use the restroom, regardless of your financial status. Our own corner vendor is very respectful and we appreciate him – We love you “Snow” ! There is definitely a compromise that can be met in my opinion!

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