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    I am a former physicist (ABD--didn't finish dissertation, so no Ph.D.) working now in the energy industry as a quantitative analyst.

    I began reading about carnivorous plants as far back as I can remember, perhaps 5 or so. I bought my first venus flytrap in 1980, when i was 10, from a comic book. I had read a lot about them, so it survived with me for quite some time.

    In 1981, I was with a nature center daycamp, when we took a hike to a local bog (Connecticut). Reaching the peat bog and walking out on the boardwalk, I was astounded to discover the place was full of Sarracenia purpurea and Drosera rotundifolia -- I knew them by common and latin names, and totally astounded (and perhaps annoyed) the camp leader by correcting him on some details he gave about the plants; the other kids began asking me (instead of him) questions about them, and it ended up becoming an impromptu lecture on CPs. He tried to stump me, but couldn't. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    Not knowing any better, I field-collected one each of S. purpurea ssp. purpurea and D. rotundifolia. These three (including the VFT) CPs survived in my care until one horrible summer day in 1986, when my parents put them outside to get sun, and failed to remove the cover from the terraria, cooking the plants.

    My interest in CPs lay dormant until 2003, when HoustonHerp gave a talk on Father's Day about CPs and gave out CPs after the talk (I got a D. capensis all-white). I bought a few more plants from him, picked up a number at Lowe's and Kroger, and during a trip to California, managed a side trip to California Carnivores.

    My collection really took off after finding this forum. There's an awful lot of generous traders here.

    When I'm not CPing, I am also into brewing beer and mead, astronomy and photography.
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    A little late, but welcome aboard. Every time I see your forum name I think of those photoshop cannisters. I'd love your job. I love math and (over)analyzing everything.

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    finishing the dissertation is a walk in the park

    Hey dreric1kansas here in Olathe, KS and a CP buff

    I basicly can't understand someone not finishing the dissertation. That was the easiest part for me

    I started with CPs in junior high many years and did not do well with them. Over the last few years, I have raised sundews, butterworts, venus fly traps, Asian pitchers, bladderworts. I have slowly with trial and error, help of forums, books and websites, gotten better and better at keepin them going and thriving.

    My year round and hiberation seasonal CP collection is going well

    I have posted my pics and more at

    carnivorousplantskccpguy
    http://carnivorousplantskccpguy.blogspot.com/


    I got my EdD in science eduction and technology

    I am the comet observer award chairman for the Astronomical League so if you see / sketch or photography comets get in touch with me.
    I am a teacher, stormchaser, amateur astronomer, eclipse chaser, comet hunter and have been inside the crater of Mt. St. Helens. My interests include traveling, writing restaurant reviews for Urbanspoon and my blog, Carnivorous plant cultivation, astronomy, working with my websites/ blogs and amateur cuisine cheffing, and photographing and videotaping hummingbirds. I am the Comet Observer Awards Coordinator for the Astronomical League. Originally from Providence, RI, I have researched tornadoes in New England and been a stormchaser in Kansas since 2000. I have traveled the world seeing eclipses and have photographed and videotaped 7. I will to China for the 2009 eclipse. I use my Canon Rebel XT, Tamron 18-200mm telephoto and Panasonic PV-GS 320 3CCD camcorder.

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    Last edited by dreric1kansas; 04-09-2009 at 07:54 AM. Reason: edit
    Dr. Eric Flescher, Olathe, KS(dreric1kansas@aol.com) Olathe, KS: KCcpguy's Carnivorous Plant
    http://carnivorousplantskccpguy.blogspot.com/95450210

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    another houston grower....how did i not see this already? which part of houston are you in? I'm between the beltway and 610 along 59 near sharpstown.

    ~billy

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    Greetings and welcome here.
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    Admin- I'm growing CPs in the Desert of Tucson, Az. adnedarn's Avatar
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    Uhm.. why did dreric1kansas reply to a introduction from 2006? LOL
    also SarraceniaScott has not been active here since Dec 2008...

    Odd.
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    Doing it wrong until I do it right. xvart's Avatar
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    I don't know but anyone from Kansas can't be half bad...

    (I'm from Kansas, dreric).

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    "The tragedy of life is not that every man loses; but that he almost wins."

    "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

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    I really think people don't look at the date anymore. :x
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