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Wink Fate.. or its not such a small world after all

Interesting happenstance of late. I'm currently in the Air Force and live and work at a base north of sacramento, well I headed out to kansas for some training two weeks ago. Its a very small class with myself and one other student. Been in class two weeks, made no mention of hobbies or tanks at all...didn't feel like seeing eyes glaze over once again. Today my fellow class mates car brokedown and he needed a ride home. At his house we kind of b.s. for a little and get to know each other better, he starts in and gives me a tour of the house he lives in. Close to the end we go to his basement, as we come down the stairs lo and behold ... a planted tank woo..hooo. 2000 miles away from home with one other classmate I'd never met, and of course we start talking shop. I'm elated. Two weeks of feeling drained and worried...cause the wifes caring for the tanks back home, and I'm paranoid. Now I meet a fellow aquascaper. As we talk it becomes clear that my experience exceeds his by a couple of years....This is great...I get to spend the rest of the day teaching what I love most. Throughout the day we upgrade his co2 setup, upgrade his lighting from some diy knowhow I used on some early tanks, look up the city's water quality report, and get him started on a respectable fert regimen. We also tour the town and hit all the local pet shops..snickering while people shamefully overstock their 10 gallon aquariums and refuse sound advice...in conclusion...its not such a small world, and Its wonderfull to get to be a teacher of what I love best. Tommorrow we toss back some beers and go fishing,....glad I gave him a ride home. the end
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Sounds like a field day.
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Not exactly plant related but....

I tour the US with my band,
and was at one of the bars I play at 3000 miles away from home,
and started speaking to some people at the bar about my planted tanks and African Dwarf Frogs.

I lost a bunch of frogs before the tour
from buying an infected frog at a Petsmart.
I QT'd for 3 weeks, but it still infected my whole tank.
I preserved the frogs which died in 10% formalin, and got necropsies done.
We found that it's this horrible amphibian fungus
that is wiping out amphibians all over the world right now,
Chytridiomycosis. (FYI - it's in the pet trade now, QT amphibians for at least 2 months)

I just had gotten diagnosis,
and was so happy that I had hit the nail on the head, so it was
(I read up a ton on Chytrid and presumed that's what it was)

So anyways....
I was speaking to the bar folks, going into depth on how I treated the infected frogs, and this one girl was smiling
and her eyes were lighting up...
Low and behold she's a pathologist for the Philly Zoo.
She has dealt with Chytrid for awhile now.

That was super fate.
We got to dork out on amphibian diseases, and
talk about all the Chytrid research that has been done.

There is nothing like speaking with someone who has the same passion
as you, and has a quest for knowledge on said subject.
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Jbot completely off topic, but I think I saw you in an interview on Much Music with Nardwuar? Could that be correct?

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At my wedding when my wifes grandfather, aunt and uncles, etc walked in the room, the recognized my grandfather and grandmother and uncles. Seems they lived on the same street and played together as kids. My grandfather and hers used to play pool together during lunch yrs ago.

Small world indeed.

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