The Hanford Bonsai Society had its Christmas party last night. We have it in a fine Chinese establishment where the food is good, the beer neverending and a special room where the auction can take place. Like many clubs around the state, the economy seems to take its toll and participation gets smaller and smaller. Still, all in all we had a good turn out and there were still many things that I wanted to add to my ever expanding assortment of bonsai junk. The auction table is looking pretty good and though it is meager on trees there are a few things that peek my interest. First is the footed Chinese pot. Looks to be Cultural Revolution, the chop seems right and the age is appropriate and the patina is looking correct for the revolution. Ok I need that.
Now the bottle of Quervo is Blue Agave and that will be pretty smooth. This ain’t no margarita tequila, I can drink this straight which is the way I prefer it.
Ok I need that too.
Many may remember many years ago the infamous Ripsgreentree. Back in the day Rips and I were referred to as Itchy and Scratchy due to our propensity to argue about bonsai…imagine that. Well truth is we are very good friends and trade trees and pots all the time. In fact Rips informed me that he had a tree stolen recently from a nursery where they were on consignment. The only tree stolen was the tree that was planted out into a Al Keppler handmade pot.
Our auctioneer for the night, Ripsgreentree.
No, thats not a mug shot….thats the real deal.
Rips, explaining to my wife, the virtues of a six pack of silver tipped chopsticks and why she should bid on them. From the look on her face she must be thinking of George Clooney!
More bidding and more selling. A great night and a lot of fun had by all. My wife bought the damn chopsticks, I got the pot and the bottle of tequila.
Can’t wait till next year, Merry Christmas!