From: Bill Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 01/02/03-11:42:03 AM Z
The kudzu doesn't seem to survive the winter much north of the Mason-Dixon line.
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From: Sandy King <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 12:21:10 -0500
>Robert Newcomb wrote:
>>My money is on the Kudzu - it alwasy wins!
>I am curious to know if there is any kudzu to photograph in areas of
>the country outside of the southeast? Last summer while visiting some
>friends in Montauck on Long Island we were discussing the question of
>the erosion of the cliffs up there, and I jokingly suggested that
>kudzu might solve the problem. But would it survive that far north?
>>Shannon Stoney wrote:
>>> Clay wrote:
>>> > Shannon:
>>> > I figure you're out of town, so I am sending you the bad news via
>>> > email: The Houston Chronicle is reporting this morning that the city of
>>> > Houston intends to put into service a garbage skimming boat to cruise
>>> > up and down Buffalo Bayou beginning in April. That will give you only
>>> > about 4 more months to make all of the ironic post-whatever landscapes
>>> > that you will need in the future. After that, this town will be CLEAN.
>>> Yikes! That's terrible. No more floating plastic bags or dead bodies to
>>> Luckily my washing machine and dryer in the creek here in TN are safe! We
>>> have more enlightened local government here. We know that if we clean
>>> things up too much, we might get tourists.
>>> Geoff Winningham, who teaches at Rice and did a series of photogravures
>>> about the bayou, broke the news to me a few weeks ago that they are cleaning
>>> up the bayou. He had a lot of great pictures, from several years ago, of
>>> jungly scenes under the freeway, where kudzu grows up the pillars that hold
>>> up the freeway beside the bayou. But alas, that kudzu is gone. It's been
>>> "cleaned up." It's starting to look downright suburban under the freeway
>>> along the bayou, the last wild and weedy place left in Houston. Soon they
>>> will start building that fake Riverwalk thing, so that we can go *sculling*
>>> on Buffalo Bayou! Ha! They think we are really going to do such an effete
>>> East Coast thing! It's bass boats or nothing, baby. Do you think we'll
>>> still be allowed to set out catfish lines after that Riverfront monstrosity
>>> is built?
>>> Geoff said his series was about the struggle between the wild bayou and the
>>> concrete world that people have built to contain it. I said that eventually
>>> the bayou would win. Geoff just laughed. He said it would be a long time
>>> before the bayou gets the upper hand. That may be true, but what's that
>>> Walker Percy novel where kudzu takes over the interstate? The Last
>>> I will not give up hope as long as there are those big piles of rusting wire
>>> and pipe under the freeway where Montrose goes under it. I love those.
>>> Houston will always have plenty of junk, intermixed with tropical jungly
>>> growth I think. Save the banana trees growing out of discarded toilets!
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