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Apathy and TB Growers

Ellen Gallagher wrote:

>         As to the question of which is worse: Ignorance or Apathy and I chose
>         Ignorance *because* of my thirty + years of policial activism.
>         An apathetic person is lacking knowledge (also known as ignorance).

Aren't you getting redundant here (or recursive or something)

>         To equate this to our topic of irises, we can simply concentrate
>         on the TB symposium....the growers of tall bearded irises only
>         could be considered to be apathetic re: species, Siberians, Spurias,

While I agree that AIS should not be a TB society, I take great exception to being called 
apathetic just because I don't share your fascinatation with other forms of Iris. I know 
about them, even have a couple, because I can put them in my pond and ignore them. I put 
a lot of energy into my Iris, the local club, and supporting other iris things. I choose 
to put energy into things I like the best, in this case that happens to be TBs. That I 
don't put energy into others does not make me necessarily apthetic about anything.

On 21 Oct  in -
1805 - Battle of Trefalgar, where Nelson established British naval supremacy for the next 
century.   Admiral Horatio Nelson led the English fleet to victory over Napoleon's 
combined French and Spanish navies. This win ended any threat to England by  Napoleon. 

In those days, a lot of drinking was done on board the ships. You've heard the refrain, 
"Yo, ho, ho and a bottle o' rum." And rum probably had a lot  to do with the victory. All 
Lord Nelson had to say to his men was,   "England expects that every man will do his 
duty" and they did, getting up  enough nerve to defeat the enemy in a mere five hours. 
There was much  bravery or bravado. 

Unfortunately, the good Admiral was hit by an enemy musket ball and died as the enemy 
surrendered.  The crew preserved his body in the rum. Now we know where that other 
refrain came from, "Oh, it's rum, rum, rum that makes you feel so numb."

1869 - 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore.

1879 - After 14 months of experimenting in Menlo Park, NJ, Thomas Alva Edison succeeded 
in producing a working prototype of the electric, incandescent lamp this day. It could 
burn for thirteen and a half hours. 

And at the top of the charts on this day in:
1960 - Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers 5

John                     | "There be dragons here"
                         |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
                         |  to indicate the edge of the known world.

John Jones, jijones@ix.netcom.com
Fremont CA, USDA zone 8/9 (coastal, bay) 
Max high 95F/35C, Min Low 28F/-2C average 10 days each
Heavy clay base for my raised beds.

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