June 25, 2007

Would You Rather?

You’re walking in the woods. Would you rather…

  • Find an old diary or
  • Find a rare flower
Posted by James at June 25, 2007 10:29 AM
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This is harder than I thought it would be!

It would depend on what's in the diary, how interesting it is, and whether or not I felt (based on its contents) that I should get it back to the person's family. (I assume that by "old" you mean historical-old, and not just some 70's crap from me at the age of nine babbling about Shaun Cassidy). Depending on these factors, it could be a fascinating find, or just an oversized piece of litter.

The rare flower would be a short-lived thing, and I don't even own a decent camera, so I wouldn't be able to savor the experience or share it with anyone else. If the diary sucks, then I guess I'd rather look at the flower, but sometimes these fleeting experiences depress me, so I'm hoping for a cool diary instead.

Posted by: Julie at June 25, 2007 11:10 AM

Diary. Flowers make me sneeze, but I love reading about how people lived in the past.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at June 25, 2007 11:28 AM


Posted by: Patti M. at June 25, 2007 11:34 AM

I would like to find an old diary full of descriptions of rare flowers.

Then I shall be satisfied.

Posted by: Derek at June 25, 2007 11:57 AM

Hm. A diary of a fellow nature lover, filled with descriptions of (and pressed samples of) flowers.


However, I should like to point out that rare flowers should never be picked. Given that this is an old diary, one would presume that the picking/pressing/describing was done in a time past when it was not realized that picking rare flowers would have a deleterious effect on nature.

I, too, would be satisfied by such a find!

Posted by: Patti M. at June 25, 2007 1:18 PM

That's a tough one. I don't really know much about flowers so how would I know it's rare?

Is the diary in good readable condition?

My first instinct says ... flower :)


Posted by: hooligan at June 25, 2007 1:18 PM

Come to think of it, Jay, I wouldn't know either! I guess I'd be more impressed by a pretty flower than a rare one. I wouldn't experience that bittersweet feeling of knowing that I was seeing one of the last of its kind.

Posted by: Julie at June 25, 2007 2:14 PM

Just because something is rare doesn't mean it's a dying breed. it could be rare in your area.

Also, a rare flower can exist on a not-so-rare plant that just doesn't happen to flower all that often.

Posted by: James at June 25, 2007 2:38 PM

diary, i'm nostalgic

Posted by: ryan at June 25, 2007 3:19 PM

I'm more interested in the diary. I enjoy most plants (not poison ivy) whether they're rare or not, and I'm already having a nice (presumably) walk in the woods. The diary would be so cool. I remember when I was a kid, I read too much Nancy Drew and I asked my mother if we could take apart the stairs (to look for treasure, of course). At least I asked. But I dug a huge hole in the yard looking for (and finding) stuff. Until my parents figured out it was an old, filled-in outhouse and made me stop (for my safety, they said). I love old stuff.

Posted by: Maggie at June 25, 2007 4:48 PM

Yeah, probably the diary, especially if it was really old but still in good enough condition that I could read it.

If it was this side of 1950, then I'd just as soon enjoy the flower, rare or not.

Posted by: Chuck S. at June 26, 2007 12:29 PM

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