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Old 06-18-18, 09:46 PM   #1
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Of course I'd rather sit around a table and play games/interact/have fun with the family, but since they'd rather watch t.v. than interact I'm left to fend for myself.

So, what I use as a form of an external source of gratification are ferns, programming, and math.

I've gotten pretty decent with c and assembly, although I do have to reteach myself every time I want to program something, but meh, once I get passed all my hiccoughs, I get going pretty darn good with very little problems.

As for math, well, unfortunately, not long after I got help with what to research in 2008, my mind decided it's had enough with learning, so it takes me a wee bit longer than I'd like. An example, before hand, it took me a month to understand enough Calculus to move on to bigger and better things. Now, it's been years and I haven't retained hardly a thing even from Linear Algebra (and it's not that bloody hard). However, I've almost gained enough knowledge to translate a proof I've worked on since about 1995 from my old crackpot years. So, it's slow going, but I'm gaining ground.

And ferns...Oh holy halibuts, I love ferns. Actually, I think my excitement about ferns is in direct relation to my inability to have a physical (not sexual, physical, like holding hands, hugging, kissing, etc) connection with my wife. Either/or, I do get highly eccentric when I get to see ferns, especially in the wild. Especially Adiantum and any look-a-likes, like Didymochlaena (I have one of those, very beautiful). Oh, I think I even get excited when I see Pellaea and Woodwardia as well. Because when I came across masses of Pellaea growing at the Copper Breaks State Park in Texas, I actually yelled as loud as I could WOOOHOOOOO. It was so thrilling.

But still, nothing beats seeing the Adiantum capillus-veneris in Zion Nt. Park and Adiantum pedatum at the Pershing State Park, Mo. Oh wow, just so thrilling.

Kind of blows that I screwed up my job that allowed me to travel, but meh, oh well, at least I got to see a few. Pellaea, Cystopteris, Polystichum, Adiantum, and many Asplenium. It was breathtaking.
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Still not sleeping well, but I took a nap, so at least my head is a bit clearer. Anyhoo, thought I'd add some info about my excursions into pteridomania.

Copper Breaks State Park, TX; which I mentioned above, at the far North West there is a trail (probably primarily for riding horses) that I took. After going about 1/4th of a mile I found the first Pellaea, and a second, and a third, then my blood sugar started dropping like a rock. Well, I kept going like an idiot, because...Pellaea, man, so cool. Anyhoo, after finding a tick tingling my leg hairs I decided I better go back and grab a bite to eat. Found some of those small snacks they sell in gas stations, then went right back meandering along taking pictures. It was so awesome.

Caprock Canyon, TX; Tried to find the ferns they said they had at the end of a trail, but I was losing daylight, and my body was just too tore up to travel so far so fast, so I had to turn back. However, I did find some Pellaea atropurpurea hiding under a few cedars. Not as many as Copper Breaks, but enough to make the trip worth while.

Pershing State Park, MO; This place was so pretty. The Cystopteris were spread all over the place, and there were hundreds of Polystichum acrostichoides. The first time I went there was mid Spring and seeing the fiddleheads everywhere was just a sight. I took so many pictures. Then when I went back in July and found the Adiantum pedatum growing, it automatically became a common stopping location on my way to Illinois. So lovely.

Allerton Park, IL; Not much found here. Only a small patch of Cystopteris growing near the parking area, and that was about it. (I did brighten a lot of peoples day when I took my Native American flute with me and played it along the trail).

Clinton Lake, IL; Cystopteris and Asplenium niponicum. Got lost in the brush following a rabbit/deer trail, but I did find remnants of an old trail in the brush. I wonder why they took it out.

Weldon Springs State Park, IL; Only Cystopteris found here, but the trail around the lake makes this place a great get-away. While waiting up around Clinton, I've walked that trail about thirty times and always enjoyed myself.

Bobwhite State Park, IA; Hundreds upon hundreds of Asplenium platyneuron and so many Botrichium, too. This was a happy little accident. We were stopped at the border of IA and MO off and on for several weeks, so I was able to explore this place quite well. Kind of saddened me that when I finally made plans to explore the Southern side we never went back. Oh well. I still had fun.

I've been a pteridomaniac for a long time. In my mid to late teens I'd always try to grow some, which my dad usually threw away, or they just died. After I moved out, one of the first ferns I bought was a Dicksonia antarctica, a tree fern. It didn't last long, and saddened me greatly, but I kept trying to find a way to keep them alive. So far, the only luck I've had was a Polystichum acrostichoides that I had growing out at our old house, but the move to this one killed it in a month. Some parts of this land will kill anything, even lilies, O_o. While we lived out there, I did try my hand at several other species, but the neighbors pigs and turkeys killed all of them. So don't really know if they would have survived to the next year.

So far this year, I have my Cyrtomium falcatum still alive from last year, along with a Nephrolepis (not very fond of this genus), and my new ferns, 3 Polystichum acrostichoides (1 between my bamboo, 1 by my wife's ivy, and 1 in a pot), and a Didymochlaena truncatula which seems to be doing alright. I'm going to put them in a large plastic tote in hopes to keep them from dying this winter.

For some odd reason, winter around here is extremely harsh on house plants. There are only two states that the soils sit in, extremely wet or bone dry. There are no inbetweens, and that is where my ferns always suffer the greatest. Which is weird as they grow in our desert like dry heat with few or no problems, but once winter hits, then it's death to all. O_o. I just hope for better luck this year.
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