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RE: Auction Fever

Great strategy, Rusty.  I'm going to have to remember that when my kids
get to that age.  I'm glad you had fun.  It doesn't sound like you went
overboard though.  Sandy and I went nuts at our first auction -
sometimes we were both bidding at the same time!

I don't think that I've ever seen any Tom Burseen's irises.  I've been
intrigued by his names though.  I've been reading checklists given that
my AIS bulletin still hasn't arrived.  Apparently there is a problem
with the postal system for mail coming to Ontario.

Thank you for the snail mail.  That was very thoughtful of you.  E-mail
is my medium.  Letters may get written but they rarely get to the

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Mark Thornsburg [SMTP:thrnsbrg@flash.net]
		Sent:	Friday, September 05, 1997 8:53 AM
		To:	Mark, Maureen; Multiple recipients of list
		Subject:	Auction Fever

		Hello, irisers...

		this will have been my first FULL week of school (and by
that I mean
		having attended every class every day.)  And, to treat
myself, I went to
		the auction last night.  About the second iris auctioned
was AFFAIRE, by
		Barry Blyth (you can see it on the world iris web page.)
And I won.
		Diana Winship paid the same amount for the second
rhizome, but I WON!!!
		Then, about an hour later, one of the two irises I had
to have, WAFFLE
		TALK, was up for auction.  After sitting through an hour
of stuff out of
		my price range, I actually jumped up and began waving my
auction paddle
		while he was still announcing the name.  My strategy was
simple: keep
		that bidding paddle up in the air until Diana told
people to quit
		bidding against me.  It worked.  Mine for $16.
Unfortunately, ny father
		had arrived while I was bidding, and I don't think he
approved of my
		techniques:  DAD:  Can you afford this?  How are you
		ME:  Mom gave me your checkbook, and signed four checks.

		The last one I wanted to bid on was BLACK FALLS.  When
they told us "on
		to '97 irises,"  I went and *discreetly* asked the
auctioneer's helper
		to please auction that next.  Once again, I won by about
2 seconds.
		Someone bid $18 right after the auctioneer said "sold."
I left the
		meeting with three irises, three new friends, ( I met
Jana Bone of our
		very own iris-l last night!), three pieces of Diana's
		pineapple cake, and minus one stainless steel serving
spoon.  Parents,
		never rush your children,  sometimes we're as forgetful
as you! <VBG>

		AND... I saw a picture of Tom Burseen's Air Up There...
Words, pictures
		cannot do it justice.


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