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Subject: [Aroid-l] Memories of theShow
The show is finished and we have some good photographsthat hint at the vitality. For those of you who have never attended, you shouldknow that there is nothing that can replicate the full version, lived in firstperson. Even if you are able to spend an afternoon with a fellow plantspersonwith their collection, you still don't have the kaleidoscopic experience thatyou get at the IAS show, of running into person after person, small groupingafter small grouping, each a tiny microcosm of expertise of one type oranother. Each encounter is open to engagement and the people are friendly and patient with the clueless, like me. Here you arediscussing a show entry with Julius Boos and are gently interrupted by SteveLucas wheeling along with some plant he is anxious to learn about. Over hereyou see Tricia Frank organizing up a storm with three people you don'trecognize except that their name tags are familiar from aroid-l. Over here is aline of people patiently waiting topay for their purchases from the excellent vendors and maybe buying an AroidSociety T-shirt. Then you make your way to the conference room to watch Dr. TomCroat do the Tom Croat thing, with profuse pictures from exotic locales thatyou'll never visit, ending up with you wondering seriously how it is that thisguy is still alive. Later you get fed one of the best institutional mealsyou'll ever eat, dished out to you by other individuals whose name tags yourecognize, followed by a talk by Marc Gibernau from France consisting of an outline ofcutting-edge research by a part of our truly international community. Finally,as your energy seems just about used up, you have the famous auction of rareplants conducted by the naturally jocular tag team of Julius and Dr. Croat,coaxing bids out of the audience, such bids being entirely inadequate for theextreme rarity of the offerings. IAS auction fare does not consist of HomeDepot plants. If you want an $8 plant that a thousand other people have, go toHome Depot. If you want a $200 plant that is one of only five in cultivation,come to the IAS Show auction.
Theseare the joys of a meeting of a specialty club, and the IAS show ranks among thebest.