One of TPP's great failings has been his inability, or reluctance, to use botany to grab a quick buck. What is it with the crazy idea that something of real value must be proffered? Is this why a university pays me the not so big bucks for being a world-class expert? Well, my old friend Dr. Chips sends along an item that truly boggles the mind if it truly opens wallets. He writes:
If I could save moss in a bottle,
The first thing that I'd like to see,
Is if people who are visiting Seattle would buy
Several tubes that they take home from me!
What about it plant fans? Would you buy a bottle of moss to take home? As Dr. Chips, who lives north of Seattle, points out, after he has pressure washed the moss off his roof tile for the umteenth time, he has a small fortune in moss free for the taking, but he wasn't clever enough to put it into used soda bottles (?) and flog them off as souvenirs at $40 a bottle! Yes, $40 a bottle! The bourbon TPP only shares with good company doesn't cost $40 a bottle! Not sure what this says about the value of moss. Know how much seafood you can buy in Seattle for $40? Gad. Thanks to Dr. Chips for bringing this to everyone's attention. Be sure to pick up a bottle next time you're in Seattle.
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