"Greetings once again from Iquitos!Next month President MacAroon and his expedition will move south to Bolivia's Machacamarca plateau, where local farmers are reported to be cultivating a variant of the tropical rutabaga.
"This picture, taken with my satellite phone, shows the large crowd that gathered in traditional dress to celebrate my return to Iquitos after a foray into the Andes in search of the legendary and elusive tropical rutabaga (Brassical napobrassica tropicales). Despite its length (2 hours, 53 minutes), my speech was well-received by the gracious crowd.
"While our botanists discovered what appeared to be rutabaga spores at high altitude (16,200 feet) on Cerro de Pasco, the search to date has been inconclusive. We will, of course, persevere.
"A Peaceful and Happy New Year to rutabagans everywhere!"
Obie MacAroon III
ARSI President for Life
Thursday, January 01, 2009
New Year's Message from Obie MacAroon III
Obie MacAroon III, in a text message from his winter quarters near Iquitos, Peru, writes: