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Old 06-14-2010, 10:59 AM
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Hubby looked at me like WHY didn't you move them first... and I just had to laugh afterwards... it really was one of those Duh moments!!!
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:53 AM
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ive only had two duh! related moment for orchids, but the rest of my life, duh duh duh duh duh!

i was brining home a den. that had three beautiful spikes, you just just start to see the buds comming. it was wrapped in plastic bags to it didnt get inscecticide all over the car. i carefully started taking the plastic bags off of it. then i started talking to someone, and there went the spike
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Rosie, just thinking about you sitting there covered in bark and orchid is making me laugh! I sure hope that that Den wasn't in a clay pot, that would be painful!

I've had my fair share of DUH moments too. My worst orchid related one was when I was watering some orchids before going to bed and knocked one of my phal equestris off the windowsill. Bark went flying everywhere and the plant was nearly all the way out of the pot. The plant landed crown first and the top leaves were badly bashed. But at least the spike survived!
So I sit down and repot the poor phal, and then got the broom to clean up the mess. Then I decided to put the plant back on the windowsill. Well I ended up tripping over the broom and as I was falling the hand holding the phal smashed into the windowsill which sent the pot flying through the air in slow motion and it ended up back on the floor. Once more there was bark everywhere, including me, and this time the spike snapped. I repotted again and decided it would be wise to leave it on the floor until I had a good night's sleep....


My most memorable recent non-orchid duh moment was at fencing a few months ago, after a particularily long and tiring day. I'm pulling out all of my gear out of my bag and putting it on. I put on my glove, and then I realized that I couldn't find my second glove. I was looking for it all over the place and asking people if they'd seen it, and going through the club owned stuff looking for it. It took a good 5 minutes before I realized, in the lightbulb going off in your head fashion, that in fencing you only wear ONE glove! More embarrassing is that I'm not a newbie fencer
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Oh Camille, that fencing one is the sort of thing I would do

The other one I've done is a little like your orchid one and I think I've mentioned it on another thread here on OB before... I knocked a Phal on the floor, and after repotting it I got out the vacuum to clean the mess of the floor... and promptly knocked the same Phal on the floor again with the hose of the vacuum I left that one on the floor then until everything was cleaned up.
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Mine usually happen when I can't leave well enough alone and decide to help open up a sheath and pop buds off in the process, and the worst thngnis I've done it numerous times. You'd think I'd learn my lesson!
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I have 3 Duh moments that come to mind. Only one is orchid related, another is just a Duh moment from my life and the third is a funny Duh courtesy of my husband.

My daughter stopped by for a visit one day last summer and just before leaving I gave her a brief tour of my chids that were growing in a pocket garden near the front door. It was hot as blazes outside and as we continued talking I turned on the water and began hosing down my palm tree mounted Trichoglottis brachiata. I was distracted by conversation and completely forgot to check the temperature of the water streaming from the hose. Duh! By the time I realized what I'd done it was too late. The lower half of the plant was cooked. I felt completely stupid and still feel incredibly guilty to this day.

My other story took place years ago during my first marraige. My husband and I rarely went out for social events because we had 3 young children. His employer hosted an annual dinner/party for employees and my mother-in-law graciously offered to watch the children so we could attend. So hubby and I got all decked out and left for the party. I'm not much of a drinker and I knew I'd be the designated driver so I made sure to tuck my eyeglasses in my small evening bag prior to leaving. The dinner party lasted about 3 hours and during that time I was mindful about my alcohol intake. I felt fine as we left the party and put on my glasses as we stepped out into the darkness of the parking lot. By the time we reached our parked car I'd become dizzy and felt unsteady walking. I mentioned this to my husband and he said he felt sober enough to drive. My symptoms continued to worsen on the drive home so I asked my husband to delay our arrival because I didn't want to present myself as a fall down drunk in front of his mother. I was hoping the extra time would allow me to sober up a bit. So hubby did as I asked, but things didn't get better. I kicked off my high heels as we pulled in the driveway because I was certain I couldn't maintain my balance while wearing them.

I avoided my mother-in-law as soon as we got in the door by making some comment about having to pee as I made a beeline for the bathroom. So I'm in the bathroom, sitting on the throne and pondering about just how I could be so intoxicated after ingesting so little alcohol. It was during this time that I removed my eyeglasses and as I reached to set them on the countertop I noticed that one of the lenses was missing. It suddenly occurred to me that I wasn't drunk at all and the missing lense had caused my dizziness and unsteady gate. Realizing my duh moment caused me to laugh out loud.

My current husband had a great duh moment a few years ago when he and some of his buddies attended the Kentucky Derby. I stayed at home in Florida and on Derby day he periodically called to let me know he was o.k. The Derby festivities and alcohol consumption continued well into the evening and it was nearly midnight when he made his final call to let me know he was safely in his room and ready for bed. He was very, very intoxicated and I was relieved to learn that he'd safely made it to his hotel room.

During that last conversation of the evening he was rambling on and on about the events of the day. He paused for a moment and then in a panicked tone he exclaimed , "Oh $#it, I lost my phone!" I responded by asking him what phone he'd used to call me. There was another brief pause and then he said, "Oh" and giggled as he realized his duh moment.
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Well being a blonde,I have a ton of "duh" moments! One that stands out is when, I ,after a very long lecture to my friend,about how my horse WILL escape if the electric fence is left off and how important it is to turn it on,well I walked away and left it off,DUH!!,my horse obviously escaped!

My orchid"duh" moment is when instead of putting my new orchid down(duh!)I tried to balance it,while opening the front door.It promptly fell and broke all spikes and pot! It recovered fully and is now in bloom!
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Had a pretty big DUH recently. I use water soluble fertilizer and with the heat of summer, it's breaking down very quickly. Normally whens this happens, I add water to the jar and continue using it.

Well, I decided to fert the chids at night time, because we've been having rain for a few days and I was behind schedule. I couldn't see how strong the fert mixture was and just guestimated it. Turns out instead a tablespoon per gallon, I probably mixed 10 tablespoons per gallon.

Then the next two days it did not rain at all. Super strong fert and hot august summer sun. Result... Epi Ciliare burnt off 8 back bulbs, leaving only 2 new ones barely hanging. On my orchid tree, I burnt half off of these... Den Aggregatum, a mini den, a cat/den, and Br Nodosa.

What's funny is other orchids seemed to enjoy the stronger blast of fert. Like the tall cane dendrobiums and cattleyas.

Nothing is burnt completely dead so it's not all bad. Just a wake up call on what NOT to do...DUH!!
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aww man that sucks .....once did the same thing basicly years ago but it was really sad for me as the orchid I killed had been improted as a gift to me from a dear friend from belize and was actually a wild species she had took the trouble to get cites permits for to bring home for me......
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I have 3 Duh moments that come to mind. Only one is orchid related, another is just a Duh moment from my life and the third is a funny Duh courtesy of my husband.

My daughter stopped by for a visit one day last summer and just before leaving I gave her a brief tour of my chids that were growing in a pocket garden near the front door. It was hot as blazes outside and as we continued talking I turned on the water and began hosing down my palm tree mounted Trichoglottis brachiata. I was distracted by conversation and completely forgot to check the temperature of the water streaming from the hose. Duh! By the time I realized what I'd done it was too late. The lower half of the plant was cooked. I felt completely stupid and still feel incredibly guilty to this day.

My other story took place years ago during my first marraige. My husband and I rarely went out for social events because we had 3 young children. His employer hosted an annual dinner/party for employees and my mother-in-law graciously offered to watch the children so we could attend. So hubby and I got all decked out and left for the party. I'm not much of a drinker and I knew I'd be the designated driver so I made sure to tuck my eyeglasses in my small evening bag prior to leaving. The dinner party lasted about 3 hours and during that time I was mindful about my alcohol intake. I felt fine as we left the party and put on my glasses as we stepped out into the darkness of the parking lot. By the time we reached our parked car I'd become dizzy and felt unsteady walking. I mentioned this to my husband and he said he felt sober enough to drive. My symptoms continued to worsen on the drive home so I asked my husband to delay our arrival because I didn't want to present myself as a fall down drunk in front of his mother. I was hoping the extra time would allow me to sober up a bit. So hubby did as I asked, but things didn't get better. I kicked off my high heels as we pulled in the driveway because I was certain I couldn't maintain my balance while wearing them.

I avoided my mother-in-law as soon as we got in the door by making some comment about having to pee as I made a beeline for the bathroom. So I'm in the bathroom, sitting on the throne and pondering about just how I could be so intoxicated after ingesting so little alcohol. It was during this time that I removed my eyeglasses and as I reached to set them on the countertop I noticed that one of the lenses was missing. It suddenly occurred to me that I wasn't drunk at all and the missing lense had caused my dizziness and unsteady gate. Realizing my duh moment caused me to laugh out loud.

My current husband had a great duh moment a few years ago when he and some of his buddies attended the Kentucky Derby. I stayed at home in Florida and on Derby day he periodically called to let me know he was o.k. The Derby festivities and alcohol consumption continued well into the evening and it was nearly midnight when he made his final call to let me know he was safely in his room and ready for bed. He was very, very intoxicated and I was relieved to learn that he'd safely made it to his hotel room.

During that last conversation of the evening he was rambling on and on about the events of the day. He paused for a moment and then in a panicked tone he exclaimed , "Oh $#it, I lost my phone!" I responded by asking him what phone he'd used to call me. There was another brief pause and then he said, "Oh" and giggled as he realized his duh moment.
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