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Eric Nakamura
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We were wondering why does it look like the tree is bearing less fruit? Wondering and wondering. Then a neighbor gives us the heads up. Our gardener is stealing our avocados. He walked out on I with boxes (plural). On Tuesday, I wasn't in, Martin was out, and no one was around when Mr Nishi decided to rack avocados. Evidently he told our neighbor that we don't pick them, and they will fall on the roof and damage the roof, which is a lie. When they fall on the roof, the slope places them on the backyard lawn. I go on the roof often and seldom are any sitting on the roof, as a matter of fact, hardly any fall at all, on the roof or not. 

I told him that we use the avocados at gr/eats and not to take them when I caught him about two years ago. He gets paid to do the cheap "BLOW MOW AND GO" as coined by the gardener I interviewed in a previous issue of Giant Robot magazine. Even with the many bald spots in my lawn, I never complain. And stealing fruit like this, especially when I told him not to, bad move.  The avocado tree is a symbol of my own patience. My house and this tree are old timers, and avocados usually happen once every two years. It's a joy to have them for gr/eats, guests, friends, whoever, but for me to pay someone to steal them? That's pretty low and classless. If he asked, I'd have given him some, but for him to go onto my roof and steal boxes? That's a low blow. 

That's what his invoice looks like in my trash. My Japanese American Gardner, time to say sayonara, even if you're a childhood friend's dad. I'll show him face by not calling him out. But if he wants his money, it's going to take a conversation to make it happen. Until then, we're even. In all three languages that we and they engage in any kind of communication.See the tool? That's actually me picking avocados today. I picked 12. 

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I LOVE AVACADOS! I have to say they don't taste that great by the time they get to nyc. I had some really great avacados when i was touring TX a couple yrs ago. YUMMMM! Shame on that gardener ~_~... sayonara indeed.
over 12 years ago
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That's so wrong of him and that's a lot of avocados! Good call on how you're handling it. Good luck. Happy Guacamole!!!
over 12 years ago
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Sigh....that's pretty low, especially after you telling him not to and lying to your neighbor about it. Boxes? WTF?!? Is he selling them? I doubt he's going to eat boxes of Avocados....
over 12 years ago
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now your avacados are safe with you... :)
over 12 years ago
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Oh, that's bad! California avocados are so tasty!
over 12 years ago


Publisher and President Giant Robot Magazine and Stores. Will put foot in your ass if needed. I like bunnies, toys, curry, and art.

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