SJCSS: 2017 Spring Show & Sale

San Jose Cactus & Succulent Society
Spring Show & Sale
April 29-30, 2017

My Booty

Drimiopsis maculata – a bulbous plant in the subfamily Scilloideae (of which hyacinths, bluebells, and squills also belong). This plant is highly toxic to both cats & dogs. (I have a Silver Squill – a kissin’ cousin – growing in the kitchen, well out of the reach of you-know-who…)

Left:  Tradescantia sillamontanarelated to the Wandering Jew. I already have a Tradescantia pallida and another purchased at the SJCSS 2016 Fall Show & Sale: Tradescantia spathacea:

(Looks like I’m starting a collection.) There were a lot of varieties at the show. Hard to choose. This one was just begging me to pet it. ≋;>  Note: The ASPCA lists as toxic to dogs – non-toxic to cats but may cause an allergic reaction in the skin. (I keep mine out of reach…)

Look at this beautiful planting – for a shady spot outdoors or a bright one inside.

The photo to the right of the Tradescantia sillamontana is a miniature succulent, Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ variegated. (The well-known Jade Plant (Crassula argentea) belongs to the Crassulaceae family.)  Since the ASPCA lists the Jade Plant as toxic to both cats & dogs assume ALL Crassula are toxic. Grow & display them accordingly.

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Happy Caturday! (4.29.17)

A female cat is called a queen or molly.


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“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should releax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein

The Evolutionary Reason Cats are Badass Loners

It’s said that a cat is “like a dog” if it’s acting social: begging for food, alighting upon laps, asking to be pet. Ailurophobes — cat haters — will contend that felines are inferior companions because to act “like a cat” is to be aloof, self-possessed, uneager. A cool cat, if you will.

To gain a perspective on why, it’s useful to look at history, as in evolutionary history, and the ways that humanity has co-evolved with its companion species. In a column for The New Statesman, philosopher John Gray waxes philosophical on Abigail Tucker’s The Lion in the Living Room and several other books about cats. As Gray tells it, cats were always “hyper-carnivores,” eating lots of meat, lounging in trees, and enjoying being strewn about the globe.

As human beings and their agriculture encroached upon cats’ territory, habitats were destroyed, and cat-human conflict drove down the populations of larger species. But the Felis silvestris, “a small and sturdy tabby,” pressed on, feeding on the animals drawn to human settlements and finding themselves useful to people, thus tracking across the world as mousers and companions. “Cats initiated this process of domestication themselves, and on their own terms,” Gray observes.

Their trademark independence within domesticity is a legacy of their wild forebears. Gray continues:

The independence of cats is one of the features most admired by those of us who love them. Given their evolutionary history as solitary hunters, it is easily explained. Seeking their prey alone, cats – with the exception of lions and sometimes cheetahs – have not developed patterns of collective action and hierarchy of the kind found in dogs and other pack animals. ‘Herding cats’ is a metaphor based on fact: cats don’t live in herds.

Think on that the next time a cat saunters away from you when you ask for its attention. It’s not you, it’s the long train of feline evolutionary history. While it may look like a tabby, its disposition is still, at least in part, tiger.

Google included a cool black kitty in their Earth Day banner this year.

Did You Know:
In contrast to dogs, cats have not undergone major changes during their domestication process.
Cats don’t have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.
A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.
A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.
A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has up to 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. Humans only have 34.

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80’s Blast::Lizzy Borden

(anyone who thinks otherwise can go jump in Lake Minnetonka)

Lizzy Borden
from the album Visual Lies (1987)Visual Lies (Lizzy Borden)

I saw Lizzy Borden at the Cactus Club (R.I.P.) during their Master Of Disguise tour (1989/1990) and again at the Avalon (R.I.P.) in February of 2010. Lizzy Borden (real name: Gregory Charles Harges) is one of the strongest vocalists in this genre (“operatic”) – still is – and very theatrical on stage. A nice, soft-spoken rocker who chatted with fans and signed autographs after their show at the Cactus Club. – ℳ

“Me Against the World” was featured in the 1987 heavy-metal horror film, Black Roses.

The band was featured prominently in the documentary
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
(Directed by Penelope Spheeris).

BONUS:  Here is the actual promotional video for Lizzy Borden’s cover of “Born To Be Wild“. The video got regular airtime on Headbangers Ball back in 1988 to promote both The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and Lizzy Borden.

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