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- 1:25PM: Forum member Tim O'Neill (ThunderSRQ) looks over his growing stash in the holding area. The crowd started to thin out as lunch time approached. There were a few customers who came back after lunch, which was a nice surprise.

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- 1:31PM: We took advantage of the slow point of the day to get a head start on restocking. It can get busy again in the afternoons on Friday as people get off work early. Jeff Searle heaves another Coccothrinax sp. "Azul" onto the golf cart.

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- 1:41PM: In the second shadehouse, we pick and prod to search for more material. Bill helps out by grabbing a Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana.

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- 1:48PM: One happy palm collector. Tim holds the pot of his Beccariophoenix alfredii steady while the workers tie it up for him; getting it ready for the long road back.

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MattyB

Great thread Ryan! Good to see so many forum faces.

Bill is one of a kind, and one of the kindest. Don't stand too close to him when he's speaking though, he might poke your eye out with his wild hand maneuvers! ;)

Now about the other Bill, PiousPalms. William, for someone who dosen't drink or "rock the ganja" you sure look zooted in all of your pictures. :lol::lol::lol:

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MattyB Posted Today, 12:03 PM

Great thread Ryan! Good to see so many forum faces.

Bill is one of a kind, and one of the kindest. Don't stand too close to him when he's speaking though, he might poke your eye out with his wild hand maneuvers!

I thought of that, and began to keep both eyes on his hands at all times, out of fear of losing one.

Ryan

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- 2:23PM: The world the Forum creates is actually a small one, even though it connects people from around the planet. Even though two Forum members had never met before, there is an instant bond created between them as soon as they exchange Forum nicknames and avatar descriptions. "BS, bubba. Bubba, BS." This photo had to be taken, there was no way out of it. FM. Keith Austin (bubba) had to be in a photo with Bill, and I was happy to oblige. We all had some great conversations soon after. They ate up a good portion of the day, but it was worth it. I had not seen Keith in over a year, so it was nice to see him at the nursery this weekend.

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- 2:24PM: "Group hug." Bill's unorthodox behavior can sometimes send the wrong message. Keith was thinking this Californian might be a bit strange in person...

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- 2:26PM: I broke away from the group for a second to say hello to another Forum member that I recognized from last fall. I remembered from the past October Extravaganza when FM. Brian (zimmy71) had first registered with Palmtalk, like the very Friday of. I got him to pose with the Licuala grandis group, whose one gallon and seven gallon sizes had us busy all weekend.

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- 4:20PM: The afternoon generally slowed down and we continued to look for more plants to pull. A few customers in suits and office apparel began to trickle in after four o'clock. A minute prior to taking this photo, I heard volunteer Scott Cohen say in a low, but excited tone, "Ryan, get your camera, now..." So, I responded and followed his voice outside the shadehouse to one of the giant Beccariophoenix madagascariensis growing in the landscape. Looking up into the leaf bases, we saw two Black Racer Snakes, Coluber constrictor, in the act of mating. Coitus interruptus!

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Jeff Searle

I would also like to thank everyone that came out and supported us at our sale. Times are very rough for many of us, including myself. So we appreciated seeing all you forum members come out and say "hello".

I would also personally add, that it wasn't anything short of pure pleasure to have Bill Sanford...BS MAN ABOUT PALMS, to join us all here for the long weekend. He was extreamly knowledgeable on most of his palms, especially Dypsis species. He was also always ready to help pull plants and write new tags when asked. All I can say is, you palm nuts are very,very forunate to have someone like Bill around out in So-Cal. he's a real asset!! He might talk alot..... :lol: , well I'll just leave it at that. Thanks again, Bill. And I hope your parents enjoy the new palms you bought down here, once you get them planted at their home in St. Pete. Take care,

Jeff

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tikitiki

I'm glad he only took pics of this one. It is in my yard now. :)

- 1:19PM: A Forum member taking a photo of a Forum member taking a photo... I think Tim was photographing the small Dypsis faneva towards the right of the space.

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- 4:24PM: Their hidden spot was not too hidden after all.

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- This would be a good shot to be used to compare the sexes, but I am not sure which is which. I would say the female is the larger sized individual, but it was hard to tell which head went with which body. Perhaps the lower head is the female? I couldn't help but get a sense of privacy invasion.

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- 4:29PM: "Hmm that tastes good." Tired with the lack of action, FM. Scott Cohen (Scott Cohen) decided to reach his hand in there to see if he could touch one of them. They bolted instead.

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- 4:31PM: The tireless efforts of great volunteers make the Extravaganza what it is today. Leaving the snakes to find a new sanctuary, I caught up with the group back at the intersection doing their best to refill the sidewalk. With the constant effort of pulling plants lasting throughout the day, Judy Glock found herself writing tags for most of the afternoon.

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tikitiki Posted Today, 01:10 PM

I'm glad he only took pics of this one. It is in my yard now.

You grabbed a great palm Tom, I wondered who got him. D. faneva is a great dwarf Dypsis, that many people seem to ignore when its out for sale. It grows with no problems, has a wide range of adaptability and sports some nice color with bifid leaves. I think many of the Dypsis fans are only interested in the moderate to tall species, but hopefully that will change soon.

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Kim

Excellent coverage, Ryan! Thank you! Your snake pics are amazing, you manage to make reptiles cute and personable...

Fun to see all the smiling faces, especially of the forum members. And I am totally jealous of those carts jammed with big, beautiful, healthy palms, bromeliads, and cordylines!! BS Man jumps on a plane just to go to the palm sale in Florida?!?!?! :bemused: Why didn't I think of that... <_< ... :mrlooney:

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bubba

I was fortunate to receive a Golf Cart ride from Jeff's Dad,who had heard some guy with a plastic foot was in need of assistance in the parking lot.I latter told him it was a broken foot and we both got a laugh out of that!

Jeff runs an incredibly professional sale.I was lucky to meet the Glock's,renew acquitances with Jeff, Ryan and Scott and of course be in the Presence of BS,International.BS is a great guy and I wish we had more time to talk.He is a Whirling Dervish.He did correct my pronunciation of Dypsis(which for unknown reasons I pronounced Die-pis) to which I made reference to Dave's pronunciation of Sable(Sa-Ball) instead of Say-bull.

I was hoping that Ken and Christian would make it up to the sale but things did not work out.I knew Billy De would be there first.Palmtalk makes buying and cultivating Palms much more of a hoot when you get to personally know the folks on the Board.In that regard,here is a little of my conquest from the Sale already planted and perculating:

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- 4:24PM: Their hidden spot was not too hidden after all.

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- This would be a good shot to be used to compare the sexes, but I am not sure which is which. I would say the female is the larger sized individual, but it was hard to tell which head went with which body. Perhaps the lower head is the female? I couldn't help but get a sense of privacy invasion.

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- 4:29PM: "Hmm that tastes good." Tired with the lack of action, FM. Scott Cohen (Scott Cohen) decided to reach his hand in there to see if he could touch one of them. They bolted instead.

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- 4:31PM: The tireless efforts of great volunteers make the Extravaganza what it is today. Leaving the snakes to find a new sanctuary, I caught up with the group back at the intersection doing their best to refill the sidewalk. With the constant effort of pulling plants lasting throughout the day, Judy Glock found herself writing tags for most of the afternoon.

LOL, no more snake porn Ryan! :lol:

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Kim Posted Today, 02:01 PM

Excellent coverage, Ryan! Thank you! Your snake pics are amazing, you manage to make reptiles cute and personable...

BS Man jumps on a plane just to go to the palm sale in Florida?!?!?! Why didn't I think of that...

I have always liked reptiles and when I saw the two of them just sitting there I couldn't resist. Many customers at the Extravaganza are nature enthusiasts so they got a kick out of the snakes as well. It is a great motto for the future, "If BS Man can do it, so can I." Kim, you are always welcome during these special weekends, whenever you could get here. We could really have used your help in many sections including plant groups you know well, such as palms and definitely bromeliads. B)

bubba Posted Today, 04:43 PM

...I was hoping that Ken and Christian would make it up to the sale but things did not work out...

...here is a little of my conquest from the Sale already planted and perculating:

Keith, it is nice to see you got those palms in the ground so fast. I hope you get some rain in your area, as we are hoping for our areas as well, I have some things just itching to get in the ground to. I was hoping Ken and Christian would be able to make it on Friday, but things just don't always go as planned. I hope Christian feels better.

Scott Cohen Posted Today, 05:49 PM

???

It is nice to see my photos quoted, but you got to add something to them, Scott. :lol:

Ryan

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- 5:16PM: With Friday behind us, we have about an hour to spend restocking plants. This isn't always the most well executed part of the weekend, as we often have to run around like crazy looking for any more plants we can find. With no customers on the sidewalk, its easier to drive the golf cart and trailer right through the shadehouse.

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- 5:21PM: When no more plants can be pulled, consolidation becomes the next step. In the Cordyline section, Jeff and Rob bring all the remaining plants up front towards the sidewalk. There were not many left to begin with.

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- 6:13PM: Big Red Orchid. At the end of each day we gather together back at Jeff's house, to talk plants, discuss the day and to just relax. When I walked outside the first thing I saw was this large orchid a few feet from the house. I do not have the name, but I could probably get it if anyone needs it. I think I saw a tag on it.

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- 6:18PM: Let the drinking and touring begin. It started to get dark early, two days before the time change. Jeff guides the group around slowly while volunteer and FM. Jim Glock (jglock1) uses his beer hand to point out a few things.

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Gbarce

I know that this is redundant but -- Great coverage Ryan!!

Nice to see the West Coast colliding with the East Coast :lol: Very generous of BS to devote his time to the sale but then again that looks like a LOT of fun.

Hope the sale went very well and hope that there are more pictures to come

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Gbarce Posted Today, 08:33 PM

...Hope the sale went very well and hope that there are more pictures to come

You know me well...

- 6:21PM: The tour focused on Dypsis and Ravenea species while Bill and Jeff compared notes on how plants look different growing in California and Florida. Bill was measuring the height of one of his palms from memory. Kona made sure no one was hiding food in their clothes.

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- 6:25PM: This Rhapis multifida was looking nice in the moonlight. It turned into a nice nighttime portrait.

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- 6:26PM: I met a new addition to the grounds this evening. Jeff and Andrea got a new puppy, the dark spot blocking one of Rob's feet.

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- 6:27PM: His name is Kane, and he is a very chubby little Cane Corso and he likes to drag palm fronds around.

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- 6:28PM: His coat has unique properties, it seems to absorb light very easily. He is going to get much, much bigger, similar in size to Kona.

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- 6:30PM: Jeff shows an extremely rare Dypsis to Bill that almost made him fall over. Something about a very white petiole...

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- 6:32PM: This palm is a continued surprise for Jeff and I. Bill is trying to identify it and it is one of the largest specimens we know of in Florida. I will give you two hints, it is from Madagascar and we had one plant for sale during the Extravaganza.

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- 6:34PM: The tour continued for a short while, until we heard dinner was ready via a nice loud shout. I captured this night portrait of a Dypsis psammophila crownshaft just before heading towards the house. It came out well and would do nicely as a booklet cover, etc.

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- 8:07PM: Before leaving for the night, I went to find out what Bill was up to and guess what. He was on Palmtalk. He couldn't stay away, it was calling to him.

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Friday was a great day and all the Forum members and volunteers made it a wonderful time. We all looked forward to Saturday, and what kind of surprises it might bring.

...next photos from Saturday...

Ryan

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DoomsDave

That brings back so many happy memories, I wanna scream!

(I just did!)

I wish I could have had some palm-yak therapy.

So, Jeff, I hope the weekend was successful!

Bless you all!

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It was a lot of fun as it always is. It was really great to meet Bill, the BS Man - wow! And Bill, thank you for explaining the "tillering" thing - I have to say, I was always confused by that, until you pointed out what it meant. I'm glad you told me what to do about it too, b/c I noticed my potted R. glauca has quite the heel (the one in the ground doesn't - weird), and I'll keep an eye on it.

Jeff, Ryan - thanks for the great time! The Auntie Lou is a treasure and as I mentioned in PM, the Wili's Gold is the icing on the cake. Maybe I can post some photos of them soon.

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- 1:48PM: One happy palm collector. Tim holds the pot of his Beccariophoenix alfredii steady while the workers tie it up for him; getting it ready for the long road back.

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Ryan

That palm is in my yard now! I got some nasty cold and had to cancel my truck reservation last minute in order to not incur fees. Driving all spaced out through the Everglades will likely leave you in a ditch! I will definitely be seeing you guys on Saturday.

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tikitiki

Actually my nine year old picked it out. he demanded that we get it and since I always let him get one it fouind its way into my cart. I love all these small dypsis. I plan on trying more out among the larger palms.

tikitiki Posted Today, 01:10 PM

I'm glad he only took pics of this one. It is in my yard now.

You grabbed a great palm Tom, I wondered who got him. D. faneva is a great dwarf Dypsis, that many people seem to ignore when its out for sale. It grows with no problems, has a wide range of adaptability and sports some nice color with bifid leaves. I think many of the Dypsis fans are only interested in the moderate to tall species, but hopefully that will change soon.

Ryan

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Central Floridave

great photos and palms, thanks.

Can someone name the full sun bromeliad in post #41 on the far left of the photo? thanks.

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Gbarce

BUMP :yay:

Episode 2??

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great photos and palms, thanks.

Can someone name the full sun bromeliad in post #41 on the far left of the photo? thanks.

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At first I thought it could be a type of Alcantarea, just going on the size, shape of leaves, and color, but the inflorescence isn't right...

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BS Man about Palms

Man o Man, I'm speechless.

Give me time it will pass. :D

THANK YOU to all I met!!

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Kris

Iam waiting for more visuals...Please ! :drool:

And Dear Bubba,you look like ex marine... :) And what caught my attention is your wrist watch with president bracelet,that happens to be the finest models out from the "Rolex" watch company.. :greenthumb:

And Dear Bill,that's very sweet of you to fly from one coast to the other to attend this event.I understand you are pretty serious palm conosier :)

And Dear Ryan are there any grown-up CIDP's,Washy Filifera's,Coryphas planted in jeffs garden ? :hmm: And its very nice to met Senior(papa)Searle,and iam impressed with his enthusiasm.And Ryan thanks for introducing our forum members through your stills & your stills are stunning as usual without any glare & solar flares...each still you have taken is rock soild without any shake or blurr image..very impressive ! :greenthumb:

thanks & Love,

Kris :)

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Central Floridave Posted Yesterday, 06:52 AM

...Can someone name the full sun bromeliad in post #41 on the far left of the photo? thanks.

Androlepis skinneri

Gbarce Posted Yesterday, 11:20 PM

BUMP Episode 2??

Photos from Saturday and Sunday are coming, we have another palm sale going on this weekend and it has taken all my time the past few days. They will be posted soon after Monday.

Kris Posted Today, 02:08 AM

...And Dear Ryan are there any grown-up CIDP's,Washy Filifera's,Coryphas planted in jeffs garden ?...

There are good size Corypha planted at Jeff's house, but not much of the others.

Ryan

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Ryan

This is sort of off topic but do you have pictures of Coccoloba Rugosa in Jeff's garden? I recently bought one and am trying to figure out where to plant it (eventually). I have no Idea how big/wide they get and how much sun exposure is best for them. ( see the non palm forum)

Thanks!!

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bubba

Kris,It's funny because when I see a picture of myself,I see a hagard beat-up old guy.Remember this. You always think of yourself as 17 despite visual evidence to the contrary.

About the watch. It was a gift to me by my father on his deathbed.He told me to wear it.I do.

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It was a lot of fun as it always is. It was really great to meet Bill, the BS Man - wow! And Bill, thank you for explaining the "tillering" thing - I have to say, I was always confused by that, until you pointed out what it meant. I'm glad you told me what to do about it too, b/c I noticed my potted R. glauca has quite the heel (the one in the ground doesn't - weird), and I'll keep an eye on it.

Jeff, Ryan - thanks for the great time! The Auntie Lou is a treasure and as I mentioned in PM, the Wili's Gold is the icing on the cake. Maybe I can post some photos of them soon.

Sunny- (For that matter, EVERYONE), It was great to meet you too!!!!.

Sunny-Sorry I couldn't find "Jeffs special palm" while you were there, found it that night, if you came back the next day I was gonna show you, but I never saw you again. :(

Here it is though.

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BS Man about Palms

I took very few pictures as usual, Thank God Ryan is around to document everything!! (It really is handy) :) BUT, I have a few to add, not enough to warrant a thread, really. So here are some.

The "other Bill" breaks thru the gates a teeny bit early to eye the cool Dranfieldia? (I saw it missing later, I asked Bill if he saw where it went, he said "you mean the one on my cart over there??" :lol:

I also liked the opening leaf on one of Jeffs "Heterospathe delicatulas" :drool:

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I would also like to thank everyone that came out and supported us at our sale. Times are very rough for many of us, including myself. So we appreciated seeing all you forum members come out and say "hello".

I would also personally add, that it wasn't anything short of pure pleasure to have Bill Sanford...BS MAN ABOUT PALMS, to join us all here for the long weekend. He was extreamly knowledgeable on most of his palms, especially Dypsis species. He was also always ready to help pull plants and write new tags when asked. All I can say is, you palm nuts are very,very forunate to have someone like Bill around out in So-Cal. he's a real asset!! He might talk alot..... :lol: , well I'll just leave it at that. Thanks again, Bill. And I hope your parents enjoy the new palms you bought down here, once you get them planted at their home in St. Pete. Take care,

Jeff

I have to say it was a fantastic trip and time and I will try to do it again sometime. I left my toothbrush and nametag there just in case... :wub:

Anyway, saw some cool flower on some palm (too rare in So Cal to ID) Also spied this incredible Orchid in Jeffs stash. :drool:

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BS Man about Palms

And I went by my parents place in Saint Petersberg after the sale. Mom and Dad stay there, then my brother flew in from Colorado for the event too. :D

Now, back to Ryans excellent coverage! (I always seem to try to be entertaining someone, myself or others. You'll see. :huh: )

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epicure3

What a fantastic day. I felt like I was there for the whole thing. I'm going to show up next year, assuming that Californians are still allowed after BS' visit. Thanks for the great tour of an incredible nursery.

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Kris,It's funny because when I see a picture of myself,I see a hagard beat-up old guy.Remember this. You always think of yourself as 17 despite visual evidence to the contrary.

About the watch. It was a gift to me by my father on his deathbed.He told me to wear it.I do.

Thanks Bubba for the explination,i think i will follow your advise of considering onceself living in sweet teens...even after crossing 40's :winkie::)

Dear Bill :)

Thanks for that family getogather still.....that's one happy family. :)

Lots of love,

Kris :)

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phatmiata

Wow that stinks that i missed this sale, I was wanting to come down there this year to check out your palms too, is there an email list to get on for sale updates?

I will still try to come do it get some goodies this year, but it might not be until this summer when business picks up a bit.

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junglegalfla

The brom in #41 looks like a androlepis skinneri

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Come on Bubba. No need to explain success. :)

Kris,It's funny because when I see a picture of myself,I see a hagard beat-up old guy.Remember this. You always think of yourself as 17 despite visual evidence to the contrary.

About the watch. It was a gift to me by my father on his deathbed.He told me to wear it.I do.

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MattyB

That picture of Bill on his hands and knees closely inspecting the rare Dypsis is usually followed by a loud "crunching" sound as he breaks off the flower of the plant next to it. :D:P Just joking!

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