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Saturday, August 13, 2011

8/13/11 RED CLIFF CASINO OPENS, AND A ROSE IS A ROSE IS...

NEW CASINO AT RED CLIFF

MORE THAN GAMING

NORMAL ROSE FLOWER

ROSE FLOWER GALL
HOTEL, GAME ROOM AND CONVENTION CENTER
Saturday, 7:30 AM.  65 degrees, wind WSW, light to moderate.  The sky is mostly cloudless and the barometer predicts partly cloudy.  The weather has been superb for days and it looks like it will be a nice weekend.
    The new casino at red Cliff opened yesterday to considerable fanfare.  We are not gamblers so we have no personal interest except to see the tribe do well, and hopefully it will be good for the local economy in the long run.  It is a large structure and a bit generic but all in all pretty attractive and the siting is beautiful.
    The shrub rose in the front corner of the yard has a flower that has been rather fantastically deformed, most likely by a gall forming insect, small wasp or mite whose larvae live and feed in plant tissue causing a cellular mutation in the plant that produces the galls.  I have not seen one like this before.
    Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to throw his ten gallon hat in the political ring today.  That should spice up the race for the Republican nomination like a Tex Mex salsa.

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