October 2nd, 2004

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Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 32

Ten plants named for metals or stones:

  1. Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
  2. Arkansas ironweed (Vernonia arkansana)
  3. Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
  4. Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  5. Winter heath 'Myretoun Ruby' (Erica carnea)
  6. Blue Diamond Group rhododendrons (Rhododendron intricatum x fastigiatum x augustinii)
  7. Coral flower (Heuchera americana 'Pewter Veil')
  8. Cape leadwort (Plumbago auriculata)
  9. Trailing lobelia 'Sapphire' (Lobelia erinus)
  10. Goldenrod (Soldiago gigantea)

This list was cobbled together for the benefit of raebird, who wanted to see a plant of the genus Crassula mentioned in a list. Most plants of the genus Crassula are succulent perrenials, but some look more like shrubs or small trees, and few are annuals. Most of the 150-200 Crassula species come from South Africa. Thus is my knowledge of plants of the genus Crassula exhausted.

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Well, day two of the Waterford Fair has come and gone, and I'm still very tired.  But as an added bonus, I'm also in pain.  Waterford is a rather hilly place, and my performance shoes are not particularly well suited for walking up and down hills, so I didn't do my knees any favors.

We never did get the predicted late-in-the-day thunderstorms, nor the early showers.  We did get a short period of light drizzle, but whoopie turtle.  The skies were gray and threatening for most of the day, which seemed to discourage poeple from coming.  In my two-and-a-half hours greeting at the church, we only had 93 people come by.  And probably a third of those were in the first twenty minutes, when a tour bus unloaded in front of the church.

Despite the low turnout overall, we got a pretty good turnout for the Loudoun Chorale performances, both of which went pretty well.  The 3 PM show was a little better than the 1 PM, by which I mean I made fewer mistakes in second one.  Music aside, both performances left something to be desired; the venue (John Wesley Church, which if anyone cares can be seen here) was extremely hot, and during both performances a fife-and-drum corps marched down Main Street and stopped right outside the church to play a number.  Jerks.

Tomorrow is the last day of the fair, and I 'll pretty much just be hanging out at the church all day, taking part in the worship service, greeting visitors afterwards, and participating in the hymn sing.  I'll probably head up to the Old School after my shift is over, and probably help with the canning of the apple butter.  Because I'm just that nice a guy.

In other fair news, the Loudoun County GOP did manage to muster a small response to the Loudoun County Democratic Committee's unofficial distribution of John Kerry materials.  They posted Bush signs alongside the roads leading into the viilage; they had a car plastered with more Bush signs parked along High Street; and most amusingly, had a couple of people with Bush bumper stickers on their backs standing around near the house where the Kerry stuff was being handed out.  Heh.  But they weren't alllowed to hand out any stickers or buttons of his own; as I mentioned yesterday, the only the reason the Dems could do it was because the materials were being given away by a village resident sittiing on his own property.  Again I say: heh.
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