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An aloe with a name scratched into it.  Allan Gardens Greenhouse

Carving into a cactus or succulent never even occured to me until I saw one like this years ago on our first trip to Mexico. I love discovering things like that -- cultural differences that are based on geography.

One time, when we climbed to the top of a pyramid at Monte Alban, I was sort of crawling low to the ground trying to find a safe place to flop down due to exhaustion caused by fear (I'm afraid of heights), thin air (we were on top of a large pyramid on top of a mountain) and hot sun. While I was crawling about I discovered a very small agave with the name "Eduardo" scratched into a leaf. How odd that someone would immortalize themself in such a small, unseen place. How lucky that I was down on the ground and able to discover it.

It looks like I'm going to go to Florida next month. We're going to be presenting our work and jurorying (is that a word?) the work of design students at a University, and then we'll stay a few extra days for some relaxation in the sun. Now I am not a Florida fan and honestly never saw myself going anywhere in the state except maybe the Keys, but I'm really looking forward to it. I'm excited about visting a new ecosystem and possibly seeing some carnivourous plants, or hell, any flora or fauna really -- unless they're shirtless and have a beer in each hand. Oh and I plan to make every effort to get to a large body of water whether it be the Atlantic Ocean or The Gulf of Mexico. I need it. I didn't realise how much I needed it until the possibility presented itself.

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