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Amithy Ilexa
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Potted Plant Distribution by Amithy Ilexa

September 15th, 2008 7:52 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Acquire a small potted plant. Leave the plant in a store, cafe, or a location of your choosing that has lack of potted plants.

So, due to an odd set of circumstances, I wound up with an hour to kill at a strip mall in Orange County. I didn't plan to task, but while I was there, I wound up in a bathroom in a pizzeria.

Now, I was grateful for this pizzeria, given that the bathroom was in plain sight and despite not having bought anything, no one gave me so much as a funny look for using it, which I appreciated. Further, looking around the bathroom, I approved of the decor--the walls were covered with posters, including ones of the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe, Scarface.

But no plants.

Also, I heard one of the employees singing along to "Going Mobile", which cemented things. They deserved a plant. And they would receive one.

This required going to a supermarket next door, looking unsuccessfully for a plant that cost <$25, checking a pet shop for the same (also unsuccessfully), returning to the supermarket and finding a smaller, cheaper plant, and feeling kind of foolish about the whole thing. I nearly threw away the card holder and the scrap of paper that had been in it, but changed my mind and wrote SFØ on it.

I went back to the restaurant, ordered a pretzel, and tried to look casual. I did also note a plant on the counter. I decided to go through with the plan, given that the bathroom was still bereft and I had no other place that I wanted to put the plant. This was where it was meant to go.  While they baked my pretzel, I slipped back into the bathroom and arranged the plant on the small table.

I made it out of the restaurant with no questions about what happened to the plant I walked in with, or why I kept taking pictures of the walls.

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Rat Pack
Conspicuous lack of potted plant in usual potted-plant area.
The plant
Plant again, with notecard restored
Front of the restaurant
Looking in
Previously unnoticed plant
Posters inside the dining room
Completed mission

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posted by Lincøln on September 15th, 2008 9:34 PM

Strong work. Excellent first task.

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posted by Absurdum on September 16th, 2008 5:10 AM

Agreed. THIS is what first tasks should look like. Take note recent win-less first taskers.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on September 15th, 2008 9:37 PM

Where is this?

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posted by Lincøln on September 15th, 2008 9:42 PM

In a strip mall in Orange County.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on September 15th, 2008 10:37 PM

Cool, thanks.

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posted by Waldo Cheerio on September 17th, 2008 1:20 AM

If they weren't so far away, I would definitely pick something up for our end-of-era party.