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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000016.txt from 2000/04

From: LeliaLoban@-----.com
Subj: [kl] URGENT WARNING
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 17:20:54 -0500

Vinquist wrote,
>BEWARE THE PANDA MENACE
>
>DO NOT BELIEVE THE CHINESE PROPAGANDA
>
>These little buggers may look cute, but they are a deadly menace to the
>world's clarinettists. You don't believe me? WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY >EAT?

>************BAMBOO**********
>
>That's right, they eat the one thing essential for clarinet playing -- the
>lifeblood of our profession.

Just to be a total killjoy pedant (on April Fool's Day, no less -- gad!),
reed cane is the species Donax, which isn't bamboo. Asian bamboos belong to
the species Polygonam. Too bad Pandas are so rare and hard to keep, and too
bad they're *bears* (major claws, etc. -- not as cuddly as they look),
because gardeners who've got this terrible weed taking over their yards (or
migrating from the neighbors' yards) would probably love to keep a pair of
roly-poly Pandas to thin out the bamboo!

Lelia
~~~~~~~~~
It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

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