When I reached the teacher mailboxes on Friday, the 12th of September, I was greeted with the sight below.
|The Photoshopped Image|
|Spotted Lady Slipper (cypripedium guttatum) |
photo credit: ressaure via photopin cc
I showed the Photoshopped Image to Mrs Kanoff and Mrs Lafond, both of whom admired it but also claimed ignorance. Mrs Lafond did say she had seen Mr Diener in the vicinity of the mailboxes just a few moments earlier. Mrs Kosmatka was not in at the time, or I would have asked her if she had created the Image; she might have the necessary Photoshop skills. Of course, I began again to suspect Mr Anderson because of all his interest in digital art, and I know that Ms Durant is also quite familiar with Photoshop...
|The Creature (Boris Karloff) & Maria (Marilyn |
Harris), from the 1931 film Frankenstein,
directed by James Whale.
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I decided to put such uncomfortable thoughts out of my mind, so I focused closely upon the Spotted Lady Slipper in the Image. In the United States, Cypripedium guttatum is found only in Alaska. Searching my memory for faculty connections to Alaska, I came up short; I am not aware of any. (Dear Readers, if you are aware of any such connections, do let me know!) Of course, the Spotted Slipper also grows in the boreal regions of Canada, Russia, China, and Korea. I currently have students from some of those countries, and I have had several Russian, Chinese, and Korean students in the past, even a few Canadians! Might they also be part of this conspiracy?! I wondered if Ms Knudsen might know something.
Not long after this thought, I packed up my bag and headed out. As I was leaving the building, the kindly but ever-calculating Ms Ball and the highjacks-loving Mrs Flaherty were on their way to the Football game. They were with me when I reached my car... But you'll have to wait, Dear Readers, for Part Five of The Case of the Lady Slipper Stalker to find out what happened next.