February 3, 2011

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Does it matter if mushrooms are threatening to choke me to death?

I had to laugh this morning when I got down to my Girl Cave at about 6:30 and noticed that the mushroom that has started growing through the floor (don’t ask; it’s too gross to get into and I am pretty sure that it’s still early enough in the process (and far enough away from my chair) that I will not get mucormycosis or a brain abscess or something) had gotten significantly larger in the 36 hours that I had been away. Most of yesterday, you see, was spent in the car with my dad and my dog, schlepping rusty axles around the state of Georgia. It’s my new life, y’all.

Anyhow, so the mushroom is getting bigger, to the point that it makes me jump to see how much bigger it has gotten, which is not the point at which I laughed. The point at which I laughed is when I then opened my e-mail (after some quiet writing time, of course) and saw Seth Godin’s latest blog post. Do you get his posts? I resisted for a long time, because he’s kind of a hypey McHypster, but they’re actually really good. He usually writes one per day but they’re short and dry and very wise, almost like an unabridged Chinese fortune cookie. Unlike my writing, really. And my point is that his latest post begins like this:

It might be a garage or a sunlit atrium, but the place you choose to do what you do has an impact on you.

And then it goes on for a little bit longer to tell you to be very discerning about where you choose to get stuff done, because we associate places with certain outcomes. You should not make the conference room where you chew people out the very same spot where you try to get brainstorming accomplished, for example. So, of course I wonder what his thoughts would be on a workplace with fungus growing out of the floors.

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  1. Mindy
    Feb 3 2011

    Is that an actual photo of said fungus?

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  2. SirenaSteve
    Feb 3 2011

    A rolling stone gathers no mushrooms.

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  3. Momminerd
    Feb 3 2011

    Oh. My. God. In. my. very. own. basement. no less.
    Will it hurt me in any way to stop breathing? Maybe just for a few days?

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  4. Mary Anne
    Feb 3 2011

    Margaret, are you suffering from mycophobia? That is a beautiful mushroom! And probably delicious, but I wouldn’t chance it.

    If you are still around in March we can go mushroom hunting! Yummm.

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    • Feb 3 2011

      Do you mean if I’m still around because I haven’t died (from mushroom exposure)?

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  5. Ben
    Feb 3 2011

    Hmm, I think it’s beautiful and I hope you let it keep growing to see what the fully mature stage looks like. Is it really as pink as it appears?

    Depending on when you get to California I might take you out mushroom hunting. The season will probably be over by then, though I could be persuaded to save some dried ones for you…

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    • Feb 4 2011

      It was a beautiful mushroom indeed, though I have to admit that a certain amount of its beauty was muted by the fact it was growing in my workspace, and my dad already hacked it down. As for mushroom hunting in California, though, that sounds like it’d make a great podcast. And yes, I could totally dig some dried ones, if you’re, like, 100 percent positive that they’re safe.

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      • Ben
        Feb 4 2011

        I’ve been eating them for months and I’m still alive :)

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