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  RE: An afternoon in St. Louis
From: Tom Croat Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2002.02.13 at 20:39:48(8204)
Title: RE: An afternoon in St. Louis

Dear Jason: It was nice to meet you and I hope that you succeed in getting in to Washington University but I just wanted to set the record straight. What you thought was fungus on my middle finger is in fact something quite the contrary. I might as well explain it. If you had looked closely you might have noticed that all of the fingers on my left hand are similarly affected (though the plastic surgeon did not do such a good job with the middle finger). When I was a graduate student I was collecting plants in a VW bug. Intent on finding all the Solidago I could find (I was doing work on this group for my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Kansas)I inadvertently drove off the road. The car rolled three times, throwing me out somewhere through this process, then landing on top of me. I got a good blow to the head so remember nothing of this but the emergency workers found me sitting in my car (now back on its wheels) with severe burns which conformed well to
the fins which cool the motor, so they concluded that I had been under the car when I got burned. Anyway, my plastic surgeon said that I should come back to have my fingers "prettied up", but I just did not see the point in doing this.


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