Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

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Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

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I am a New York City Native.
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Would anyone like a used cat? Hydrox ate one of my Treo chargers- while it was plugged into the wall. *sigh*

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25th Apr 2005, 02:02   | tags:,,,

alexis says:

no cat for me, thanks, but, wow. hydrox?
I will be thrilled if this name of "hydrox" has anything to do with cookies that haven't existed in so long people tell me i'm crazy for thinking they ever existed?!?!

also, maybe you can set up some sort of ...I was going to say wheel, that the cat could walk on, to somehow charge your treo... but.. then I remembered cats sleep. a lot. and then they eat. and then they sleep more.

I'm sorry. =(

25th Apr 2005, 04:23

Hydrox® cookies still exist. These Oreo® clones are made at the Sunshine™ bakery in my old hometown of Columbus, Georgia.

And are quite fantastic if you get a chance to eat them while they're still warm.


25th Apr 2005, 04:41

alexis says:

you MUST be kidding. are you sure?
I know they were made by sunshine, but, i think they existed before oreos.. and tasted better.. and, I'm really, really sure they went away...
*tries google*

edit: http://www.spacefem.com/hydrox/truth.shtml
"[Keebler] acquired Sunshine in 1996 and, after a careful review process, is now bringing Sunshine's cookies under the Keebler brand umbrella. Most of the products will simply get a packaging revision, but Keebler decided that the Hydrox situation called for more drastic measures. The cookies themselves have been given a kid-oriented design face-lift, with an updated flavor formulation to follow this spring. The biggest change, however, is the name: Hydrox will henceforth be known as Keebler Droxies."

25th Apr 2005, 07:01

daz says:

Oii... Is he ok?

25th Apr 2005, 07:36

alexis says:

it hadn't even occured to me that the cat might not be well.. good point. (is said cat alright?)

25th Apr 2005, 07:52

bronxelf says:

1. hydrox was named for hydrox cookies. it was an inside joke, to make my father laugh. jokes on me, as he hasn't spoken to me in over 4 years.
2. I like oreos better.
3. hydrox underwent a revolting name change to "droxies", which annoys me even more because someone I know had taken to calling her that. I sometimes call her 'drox, but this "droxie" shit has to go.
3. far as I know, she's fine. at least she is till I find her...

25th Apr 2005, 08:27

alexis says:

1. ... I didn't talk to mine for a while. my choice, though. only re-initiated speaking due to family health and financial issues. I have an overwhelming urge to hug you, watch out, if I make it to that coast anytime soon. (i'd also like to ask about it, but, I don't think that sort of stuff is ever something anyone wants to talk about? you're welcome to email or im me randomly, anytime, by the way .( you're the only other moblogger i see posting/commenting these hours.)
2. I last had hydrox' in grade school . I'm sure they're not as good now.
3.droxies? ew. that makes me think of peroxide...
3. eeep....

25th Apr 2005, 08:35

daz says:

25th Apr 2005, 11:03

Helen says:


We had a dog that ate through the Dyson cable, whilst it was plugged in. He shot straight upwards a couple of metres, which would have been funny if it were a cartoon. But it wasn't. He seemed ok though and lived a couple more years (he still died prematurely).

25th Apr 2005, 12:11

bronxelf says:

1. Nah, it's fine. His decision he's welcome to it. If he changes his mind he knows where I am and how to reach me. Other than that, he can have a nice life.

2. I ate them throughout childhood and hated them. I just always thought oreos tasted better.

3. Well it just irked me for several reasons, not the last of which was who was doing it.

4. I heard her destroying something this morning so I assume she's alive. I have no doubts I will see her fat ,lumbering carcass when she next wants something.

25th Apr 2005, 12:13

bronxelf says:

Hydrox is the only one who chews on wires. She ate through a set of speaker wires, once. Now if I could just keep Argent out of the plants....

Do you need any cats?

25th Apr 2005, 12:14

Helen says:

I already have two.

25th Apr 2005, 12:18

daz says:

I'd like one... :)

25th Apr 2005, 12:24

bronxelf says:

Helen: I have four. You take Hydrox (she wants to be an outdoor cat in the WORST way) and then we can say we split the difference.

Daz: Take your pick.

25th Apr 2005, 12:26

Helen says:

Well if she kills she can be put to use here. Lots of silly small furry animals about. Too many really.

25th Apr 2005, 12:31

bronxelf says:

Oh yes, actually. She's very good at killing off smaller lifeforms. She also eats them, *entirely*, so *nothing* is left, provided you provide her a bowl in which to place them, as they are not technically food unless they have been placed in the bowl.

When she was running amok in Minnesota she came back with at least a mouse every other day. Then there was the Great Squirrel Incident...

25th Apr 2005, 12:33

Helen says:

So, she'd like the rabbits? The rabbit population really needs dealing with.

25th Apr 2005, 12:44

bronxelf says:

Oh yes. I'm sure she would love rabbits. She's very much a hunter, hence her incredible bordedom living here. There's not much to hunt save the occasional mouse.

25th Apr 2005, 12:46

Hmm. I'd heard about the Keebler purchase and apparently forgotten about it. Because I was wondering if Keebler would screw with the Cheez-It brand, which seems to be doing fine without interference.

I also preferred Oreos, provided I could afford them. Unless I just happened to be driving past the bakery/factory thingy, and could pick up a handful while they were warm....

Now I'm wondering if I should have you mail me a spare kitty—or if I should just mail you some live mice. :) I could loan you my roommate's rat, Twip, who is cute and charming and has fist-sized balls of brass....


25th Apr 2005, 15:44

bronxelf says:

No Im looking to reduce the animal load around here, not gain more.

25th Apr 2005, 15:46

leenah says:

i'm glad hydrox is well.

i shall try very hard to not call her droxie, but somehow it just falls outta my mouth.

if i ever do something that bugs you, feel free to tell me. if you don't tell me i shall assume you can live w/ it. :)

25th Apr 2005, 17:17

bronxelf says:

wasnty ou I was talking about. It was mike's sister.

25th Apr 2005, 17:28

leenah says:

i'm good. merely saying if it ever is, have no worries about coming directly to me.

(the 80's station is now playing "Twist and Crawl" - English Beat.)

me tough cookie. you no break me by telling me stuff.

"hey elf's kitties! y'all go take naps for a bit. go sleepy. leenah scritches you all, and you go sleepy. leave elf be."

there, i did my best. :)

25th Apr 2005, 17:43

bronxelf says:

Its just theyre not letting me sleep. I tried going to bed at 8:30 last night. What time did I fall asleep? 4:30 this morning.

25th Apr 2005, 17:45

bobisdead says:

so just out of curiosty where in Minnesota did your cat run amok?
My dog hasn't gotten into any cables yet, which I am thankful for. He's destroyed every pair shoes I own, but none have any electric components so it seems he's safe for now.
I'm surprised your cat got all the way through a charger cable, of course there's no way to ask her, but she must have gotten shocked.
Which would deter most life forms from proceeding any further. Then again growing up in a farming community, many of my childhood friends insisted upon peeing on electric fences. Honestly once was enough for me.

25th Apr 2005, 17:48

bronxelf says:

Hydrox ran amok for 9 weeks on the grounds of the MN Renaissance Festival.

Shes still alive. I just stopped her from making a nuisance of herself 5 minutes ago.

25th Apr 2005, 17:50

bobisdead says:

Oh I see...

That's a fun place to visit....

Don't know if I could live there for any extended period of time.
Were you an actor, selling your wares, just hanging out? or?

25th Apr 2005, 17:55

leenah says:

well, if you think she and tashi could get along (tashi appears to be a one person kind of cat, and don't forget the biting part), ship hydrox on out. and then i can call her droxie to my heart's content.


25th Apr 2005, 17:55

bronxelf says:

bobisdead: I was about done with it after I'd say 10 days.

I'm not an actor. I'm a boothie. But I gave up faire for good and permanently after 11 years in 2001. HUZZAH, It's OVER.

Leenah: I wont send her anyplace she can't go outside. That's why she's so unhappy.

25th Apr 2005, 18:00

bobisdead says:

I was just visiting your site, and noticed that you had a signigant other who makes leather things. It would appear however that his website is no longer active...I've always wanted to get some leather armor, as making it is a bit out of my league at this point. I've made quite a bit of archery equipment from leather. Maybe someday I'll have the money to invest in the tools necessary...and the leather itself is somewhat spendy I've found. Even tanning a deer hide is really long process that makes me glad i don't have to do it to live.
Anyhoo, I suppose a leather suit is quite an investment...is he still doing that?

25th Apr 2005, 18:11

bronxelf says:

I'm sure he'd like to be, but he doesn't have the time anymore. it's too bad as he makes fabulous leather things. but there's truly no money in it and it's a giant time suck.

25th Apr 2005, 18:19

leenah says:

well, if she can let herself in and out, and make her own vet appts, keep them herself and PAY for them (i can get the routine stuff, but y'know the stuff that can come up 'cause she's outside) then, sure, she can go out. whenever she wants.

until then, no, she wouldn't be allowed outside here either. i'm not dealing w/ that shit. if she wants to and can, cool!

then i could take videos and get them on one of those tv shows, and we'd be STARS, **STARS** i tell you!

25th Apr 2005, 20:36

Just put her out on the street in a studded collar and high heels. Make her earn her keep. And enough money to replace your Treo charger.

Not a lot of current comes out of a wall-charger like that, by the way. You have to come between the brick-like transformer and the tabs that plug into the wall for the full effect, and that typically isn't possible with the chunky wall-wart design that fall out of wall outlets and take up too much space on the power strip....and they're probably designed that way on purpose because of pets and children.

Gnawing through the charger wires is basically like sucking on a nine-volt battery. Attention-getting, maybe, but not very lethal, thank To Whom It May Concern.


25th Apr 2005, 21:40


Leave it to the Rev to know about the possible zappage effects of things...


26th Apr 2005, 01:02

bronxelf says:

This isnt going to devolve into a discussion of violet wands, is it?

26th Apr 2005, 03:11