Liriano vs. Hernandez

Twins fans make sure to tune in tonight to see two of the best young pitchers in baseball duke it out in the Metrodome. I am looking forward to a pitching duel. Both Francisco Liriano of the Twins and Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners are just over twenty years of age and can throw hard.

NURSERY BUSINESS continues to be strong and all-consuming. I haven't much imagination for anything else. The character of the customers changes so drastically late in the season. Most of the self-sufficient go-getters are done buying. Now, we spend a greater part of our day helping the helpless.

"I need something to put in a pot. What would you recommend?" Well, there are about 45 options, each equally valid.

Next question: "Does it need a lot of water?" Well, all plants need water when they are dry. This question signals trouble from the beginning.

And then this phone call this morning: "Do you have something really, really cheap that will look pretty on a grave?"

And another: "You know me, I am the one who comes and buys all those begonias." Oh, you!

And, "I am the peat lady!" She buys five bags per year and is convinced that we think she's crazy for doing so. If I tell her that we sold 15 bags to the car ahead of her, it bounces right off. There is no interfering with her identity as the crazy peat lady who buys five bags per year.

Three phone calls today asking for advice on trees purchased elsewhere. Why do you suppose it died? The temptation to say, "because you didn't buy it at a reputable nursery" is almost irresistible.

Overall, however, business is fun, particularly when you are selling things which make people happy.