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The bluejays decided to clean out the gutters on my hut. I hear a scratching right above my head and look out my window (which is right beneath the gutters), and there is a bluejay (I can only see his underside from my angle), apparently pecking in those gutters and scattering semi-decomposed leaves and such to the ground below. Then another bluehay joins him, and another.

We've never cleaned those gutters. Soon trees will be growing in them, because seeds fall in and land on the aforementioned semi-decomposed leaves, which make a good base for little saplings. I guess if the trees got big enough, the gutters would fall down from the weigh. Then when the rain came, it would just sheet off the roof... why is that a bad thing?

Why do houses even have gutters?

Well, thanks, bluejays. My neighbors will appreciate your attempt to bring me up to neighborhood gutter standards!

The other day we all climbed a mountain. We used a piece of stone to inscribe a haiku on a crag. This was the haiku:

ひがくれる
とんぼのそらや
いわまくら

It means something like:

Day-end sky
of dragonflies--
crag for a pillow

wakanomori took a picture of the inscription.

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amberdine
Aug. 15th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I have a small, recently added house addition, which does not yet have its gutter attached.

Below the roofline there is a big line of pummeled earth where the water hits with so much impact that it dents the soil and kills the grass. I think that is what gutters prevent. Also, for people with basements, you're supposed to collect all that water and take it away from your foundation to prevent leaks.

We get ginormous thunderstorms here, so it's possible your gutters are not quite as essential. I admire your snappy blue-uniformed cleaning crew!
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
Okay, the foundation and leaks thing makes me think they might be worth having... and even maintaining. wakanomori has a huge library down there, plus our Mac museum is down there. (And speaking of Mac museums, check Soyburger's, on Flickr!) It is **so** cool!
sin_agua
Aug. 15th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Our house does not have gutters and I WANT some because I want use them to harvest rainwater into large cisterns. Otherwise, yes it just sheets off the roof, hammering any plants that happen to be growing along that line beside the house, but leaving nothing for those further out.

Love the haiku!

And here's a great word: guttersnipe. I'm not sure what it means, or its origins, but I think it's an insult. ;)
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
That's another good reason to have gutters--I love the idea of collecting rain.

Guttersnipe is a great word!! I think it's a derogatory term for street kids, but it makes me think of an actual snipe, poking around in my gutter :-)
suzan_s
Aug. 15th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
I was told not to have gutters 'cause it keeps the moisture next to the wood and causes rot, so I have no gutters. It doesn't matter anyway since it will never rain again.

Blue Jays are industrious little buggers aren't they?
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
It will too rain!! I believe you'll get some rain. ("hmm, that's very nice Asakiyume, but your believing it doesn't necessarily make it so...")

I don't understand how having gutters would keep the water next to the house--I think the idea is that the rain flows through the gutters, then down a pipe and out away from your house. Unless, like me, you don't clean the gutters--then it does all manner of other things: spills over the edge of the gutter at random, nurtures the trees growing in the gutter, etc.
deponti
Aug. 16th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
nice haiku, but having seen so much of "Krishna loves Dimple" or even advertisements defacing rocks and stuff here, I am not sure I like the idea of carving messages on rocks...!
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
You have me! I myself felt a little bad about that...

But--here is the mitigating factor--this was not *really* inscribed, more like scratched, with a stone--and will wash away in the next rain.

But it's true. The bare stone all on its own is more lovely by far than the stone with our messages on it. Maybe what the site needs is a little visitor's book where people can write things....
dream_wind
Aug. 16th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
Hafta ask... where can I find a font file that will allow me to read your kanji and hiragana? It shows up as boxes on my screen.
asakiyume
Aug. 16th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
wakanomori seems to think that it's not having the fonts but choosing preferences for text encoding in your Web browser. For instance, in Firefox, you can go to "View," then to encoding, and then look for Japanese. Then try opening the page with the new coding checked.

(Does that make sense?)
sufitom
Aug. 16th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
Under "view" then "encoding" I have "unicode (utf-8)" checked and it seems to work.
sufitom
Aug. 16th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)
I don't have rain gutters either (just as well, they'd never get cleaned :-p ), but it leaves a rut around the house where the rain falls so I laid a trail of stones around where the water falls.

The worst part is coming home at night with no outdoor light and trying to stand there and get my key in the lock while the rain pelts me in the head.
sufitom
Aug. 16th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
oh! and as far as bluejays and community standards and such....do you think you could send those bluejays down my way to mow the lawn? The "au natural" look does not sit well with the neighbors.
miafedup
Aug. 16th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
House gutters? I don't think I've ever even seen one in this neck of the woods (Arizona).

So glad to hear I have one less thing to clean.
ex_stdymphna813
Aug. 16th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
wow wonderful haiku.
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