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Friends -
This gourd is a gift for someone that I have been working with these last 10 months since I moved to Dept. of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). This individual, who shall remain unnamed, is a person of rare qualities -- kind-hearted, patient, modest and dedicated. As most of the scientists in DPR, he specializes in a type of pest, and based on the gourd, you can probably guess what his might be! Sadly, this individual will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year and all of us will be wanting for his leadership and participation. I can't help but imagine that once he is gone, not only will we miss him, but rats will take over the world.

As a matter of fact, they seem to be starting in on this gourd, already!!!

margie lopez read
p.s. if you know who I am giving this to, don't spill the beans (it tends to attract mice)