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Re: Auction Fever

Mark Thornsburg wrote:
> 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 paying?
> 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 upside-down
> 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.
> Rusty


Sounds like a great technique for auctions.  BTW what is VBG.  Around my
house it would mean vegetable bin green  as in mold and mildew.


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