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Jeepers, I guess I missed something here...

Hello hosta-open crew,
Well, I've hit a few buttons but Ray is right, I am cheating.  My middle child is in college and I have talked her out of two of her books.  One is Intro to Bio (and you should see what they study as an intro course nowadays!), and the other is genetics.  Plus, I have been reading a great magazine called Nature and becoming more than a little frustrated because the damned Arabidopsis Thaliana, a common weed, has 100's if not 1,000's of scientists devoted to uncovering the mysteries of its gene pool while we're losing talent left and right to work on other plants with seemingly little concern.

Rick Grazzini resigned, Ben has moved on to Hellebores, and now some want to pick on Joe and Jim because they are using too big of words?  But shoot, I didn't even pay that much attention to the comment and I certainly don't know from whom it originated.  I was just trying to be a jerk and see if you all were awake.  Hell, I've missed all of you guys and I wanted to let you know I'm back in town!  (I can hear Bob saying, "shucks" all the way from up in Waukon :-). 

So, I owe all those who were offended an apology.  I'll try to figure out how to go about doing that.    It's not in my nature to apologize when I think someone else owes someone an apology because THEY were the ones being too critical, but I'll work on it and see what I can come up with...

In the meantime, anyone who really WAS personally offended, please reread my comments.  Then, if you are STILL offended, send me a flame and I'll apologize for whatever you think is so offensive.  I'd rather you just beat the hell out of me until my ears bled because somehow it makes people like you feel  better.  That's what Jim F. did to me in the 12th grade (kind of like what Gary would like to do about now, perhaps).   Of course, Jim is now dead because he liked to drink more than he liked to study, but then that is a whole 'nother subject.

I apologize and I'll try harder to stay on the topic of discussing Hosta genetics...  If I don't straighten up here in a day or two, maybe I'll have to get my hormones checked... or just boot myself off of these lists for a while.  I'm getting way too cranky...

Hosta la Vista!

Andrew Lietzow
#1 Plantsman at http://hostahaven.com
1250 41st St
Des Moines, IA 50311-2516

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