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Old 01-18-2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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Please allow me to introduce myself

Nice to meet you all. I am from the Netherlands and I like to read. From fantasy novels to scientific handbooks. My job is with a European programme where I am a life sciences project officer. I was trained as a biologist and of course my hobbies include growing all kinds of things, from carnivorous plants and orchids (think Orchid Fever and the Orchid Thief) to fish and butterflies (think Nabokov). I like to travel, to fish (think Hemingway), photography, people, languages and if I had lived in an earlier age, I would have loved to be a Homo Universalis.

And I like to READ. Favourites include Annie Dillard, C.L. Moore, Lord Dunsany, Jan Kjaerstad and many others. If you like to know more just ask . . . . .

Rolf

PS (oh yes, the nickname stems from
- the Herman Hesse novel Der Steppewolf
- the sixties band with their hit "Born to be WIld"
- and of course the sheer power and beauty of the animal itself.

Rolf is a modern form of the old Norsk name Hrolf, which in itself means wolf. Ironically enough I am not a blond nordic giant, but a Dutch/Indonesian mix locally known as "Indo")
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:03 PM   #2
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Hi. Welcome to the site.

Carnivorous plants. You mean like Audrey 2?
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:10 PM   #4
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Welcome to MR, Rolf!

I've never had any luck growing orchids. Although I do like reading about orchid (and other plant) hunters.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:09 PM   #5
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:15 PM   #6
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Welcome, Steppenwolf_1948!
There aren't a lot of people who still know of Lord Dunsany. I'm glad to meet another fan!

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:58 PM   #7
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Hi Steppenwolf & welcome to MR. Great place for people who love to read. And with your many hobbies, an reader device would be ideal as you could start tending to your plants and read :-)
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:24 PM   #8
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Hi Steppenwolf, great nickname. Welcome to MR. Everytime I read a post entitled please allow me to introduce myself I open it thinking that the actual post will read:

I'm a man of wealth and taste.... (It's probably better off that this never happens!)

Thanks for telling us about your hobbies and taste in books. It's only your first post, and already you have inspired me to re-read Steppenwolf, I was just thinking today that I should re-read some of my favourite works by Hesse!

I hope you enjoy yourself here, this is a great online community, the best that I've come accross.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #9
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Thank you for a warm welcome

Well, if I may use one message to reply to you all . . .

@ LatinandGreek
I AM of course, a man of wealth (although not in worldly posessions) and taste (which will show in later discussions, I hope) . . . . . As a child of the sixties, and still playing in a R&R band I cannot resist dropping hints to classic rock songs.

@Katis Cat
As I travel quite a lot, most of my reading is done on trains and boats and planes. I have not yet decided on a separate e-reading device, most things I read on my MacBook (or on paper).

@Silver Bear
Ha! Lord Dunsany is probably the most lovely English I ever read. I would love to hear it read to me sometime. Even to a foreign speaker like me, it is sheer poetry. Did you, by the way ever read H.P. Lovecraft? I especially recommend The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, The Cats of Ulthar and Celephaïs a;; to be found at (http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction/ )

@ShortandCuddlyAm
Orchids are the most hardy plants possible, IF you keep them under the right circumstances. But in my collection it also not unusual for plants to die every now and then. But if you like, you are welcome to what little advice I have to offer.

@Happy Terd
Carnivorous plants as in North American Sarracenia and Dionaea and several sundews. And please enlighten me, Audrey 2?????
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:55 PM   #10
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Welcome to MR, Steppenwolf_1948

I believe that Audrey II is in reference to the plant from the move, Little Shop of Horrors

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Shop_of_Horrors_(musical)

Make sure you check out all the free ebooks right on this site. The are carefully hand crafted by some very dedicated MR members. You can also check my signature for many MR author members at feedbooks and smashwords.

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Old 01-25-2010, 02:28 AM   #11
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Welcome to MR..

I remember 'Born to be wild'.. I was riding my own BMW motorcycle at that time... In those days I lived in Denmark, and we were riding all over Scandinavia and Germany...

Geeze.. how times have changed...
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