This past year we have brainwashed several people into joining the cult (Good Job Team!). Unfortunately, we failed to establish an initiation fee or character standards, so the cult is filled with cheap riff-raff. If you are cheap riff-raff, by all means post here and I might add you to the list. The only requirement is online participation (and it helps if you have thick skin).
I started this list when I was first recruited and thought it might be useful for others. If you can fill in the blanks or if I've missed anyone or I misspelled something; please post on this thread because there is about a 40% chance I'll correct it. A few members have managed to escape the cult and are hiding in the desert, l but I think it is pretty complete as of June 2011. In order of riff-raffiness:
24corrin - Corrin
48flash - Gary
888111 - Craig
2manyplants - Sharon
2ndchance - Rene
ACsAgapePlants - Awanda
Aguane - Susie
allgr8dogs - Jackie
Annalynn78 - Anna
azkuma - Ed
AZ Robin - Robin
az_garden - Jay
azreno - Lynne
AzSerendipity - Linda
beella - Shannon
bennysplace - Ben
Binky1972 - Mary
birdlay_susie - Susie
boo - Becky
Brandie21 - Brandie
brusedthumb - Will
bsavage - Brenda
cherriann - Cheri Ann
christa - Christa
ClimbingOnion - Jennifer
cupcakeorbust - Traci
curvesarein - Linda
dann_l - Dan
daylily2006 - Ellen
desert_witch - Thorne
Diane85205 - Diane
dmorty - Diane
dwr857 - ?
eileenaz - Eileen
fishknnes - Barb
frangipani - Brittney
frogymon - Brian
gardenguyaz - Alan
gardenrathrt - Pauline
gemfire55 - Pam
GothicGarden - Kim
GrammysGardenAZ - Sue
happyjackmom - Donna
hrp50 - Robin Hood
IrisLass - Megan
jcoats - Joanne
jkochan - Jim
jpslickorocks - Jeremy
JSkrypt - Julie
JSkrypt - Julie
judyb - Judy
kactuskathi - Kathi
kandradedvm - Katie
kayzee - Kaitey
liliumlily - Lily
localkelly - Kelly
lonediver - Doug
lovetropics - Usha
lyle627 - Lyle
marieortiz - Marie
Maugrows - Maureen
meisgreen - Jeanine
mfhs - ?
mickeyaz - Mickey
missjestr - ?
mkivryan - Ryan
momherb - Mary
morknotmindy - Gloria
Mountaindweller - Julia
mrsj - Audry
nancyslaz - Nancy
newhobby - Christina
ogrejelly - Chris
patrbott - Pat
phxplumeriaman - ?
PiggyPoo - Lorri
quiltygirl - Lynda
rayman6422 - Ray
redheadclan - Gordon
roadrunner - Jo
rocicap - Rodica
sand_dragon - Pauline
slatwood - Sharon
sonoita - Bridgett
sonoranpoet - Sue
stephanoitis - Chris
Steve812 - Steve
sunnyaz - Nancy
tomatofreak - Alma
tucsonplumariaz - Detrick
txaggiegal - MaryAnn
wifey246 - G
wineaux - Susan
wormslovsharon - Sharon
I know I qualify as MIA - but I have been lurking now and then! The morning, noon, and night sickness has finally passed and I'm working like mad to get as much done in the garden as possible before it gets way too hot (and I get way too huge). I have pics of my (now long gone) tulips that I'll try to post some time this week.
Hmmmm, if Renee starts asking for individual pics of everyone, I'd be leary. She probably works for the CIA or the IRS and is going to be using facial identification software...is that a black helicopter I hear?...
Thanks everyone. I still won't be as active as I was until things calm down here. I'll be a lurker more than anything. I need to look up plants for a friends garden I told her I'd do for her on top of all of the other things have to deal with. The good thing is that my 6' tall Plumie is the center of attraction behind her pool. :-)
How do you join? I have been a member of DG for a few years. Was reading a lot on the hoyas forum. I am not a very active member. I have so many thinks going on. But this sounds like so much fun. Thanks, Mary
hey binky - you can take part in the southwest forum just by being a member of DG. : ) no other subscription is required. where are you at in tucson? i am on the west side. there are other tucson members. welcome!
Hello everyone. I'm new to Dave's and would love to join your cult :) I don't have a personal garden...yet. I'm moving into a new house that the BF just bought so I will have a blank slate to play with very soon and would love to pick your brains.
I'm not sure if it will say on my post, but I live in Vegas.
Anna: please provide personal stories to prove that you are indeed cheap when it comes to gardening (we appreciate dumpster diving, adapting broken washing machines into composters, dollar store finds, etc).
We also need proof that you are riff-raff (we always accept public freak-outs and passed out in the snow stories).
Rene, I don't have a lot of thrifty about gardening stories since I've been living in apartments for the last 10 years. I do love craigslist though ;) Anywho, I have just moved into a house that has dirt for the front yard and the back yard is a pool with...yep, more dirt. I'm pretty darn broke (thank you student loans) so I will have to be super cheap when it comes to redoing my yard. I do want it to awesome though so I'm going to have to get creative. Suggestions are always welcome. I may have to start a journal about the progress. To be honest, it's a little intimidating.
As far as the riff raff is concerned...I think I can hang. If I can hang with this guy, I think I should be alright :)
Curves...Hereford is not a town...we do have a post office and some resturants...we are the 'burbs of Sierra Vista...we are the "Home of the Buffalo Soldiers" at Ft.Huachuca...lovely little town and cooler than Tucson in summer...and winter...come visit us again. Jo
I think I'm caught up on this member list thread. Sorry I've been MIA. I've had lots of personal problems, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. Most everything on my property is dead except for the trees.
Kelly...that shows how smart you are...to figure out HOW to vote over there...a cousin called me from NC tonight to say she couldn't find a place to vote...neither could I...but Melody got me going on the right path. Thanks!! Jo
I am now going to remove that recipe...due to a complaint by another DG...No problem...I still have another recipe there...but I feel like things will change Monday since there are so many complaints about this being on Facebook.
I'm out of lurking. Spent the summer building the AZ Room. Now you Phoenix people tell me when you have to cover your bougenvilla? I need to know when to bring mine in the greenhouse. Also what are your favorite evergreens for high desert?
Just thought I'd pop in to say hello... I miss you guys! I noticed that one of the defining factors for 'rif-raf' was passing out in the snow pictures... where did you get that from??? LOL! This is not passing out in the snow, it is simply making snow angels after many, many cocktails...
I've used this website as a resource so many times I decided it' was time to actually subscribe. Now, I see there's a sub group for SW gardeners and since I live in Glendale (AZ) I think I might have rif-raf potential. What are the actual qualifications?
Welcome Dmorty! I've added you to the list above. But as you can see, we already have a Diane. Any chance you'd contemplate a legal name change? I'm sure we could all help you pick something new. Gertrude, Blanche and Bertha are available!
And to prove you are riff-raff, please provide personal stories to prove that you are indeed cheap and shameless when it comes to gardening (we appreciate dumpster diving, adapting broken washing machines into composters/planters, hay bale gardens in your front yard, dollar store finds, etc.).
I just happened upon this thread and I can’t figure out what it is about or what it takes to be a member other than being riff-raff, which is I thought, is the name of my favorite character in The Rocky Horror Show. After reading a number of posts, obviously insanity isn’t a limitation to belonging. I might need to follow this for a bit longer before I decide if I want to be a member. The fact that there are no “dues” does appeal to me (does this qualify me as riff-raff?) I will start working on my story evidencing that I am riff-raff just in case I need it.
Ok, here’s my story. I live in a single-wide mobile home that is propped up on cinder blocks. That alone should qualify me as riff-raff, but wait, there’s more. I went to Wal-Mart the other day and purchased 40 strawberry plants. I ended up needing 2 more to fill my space. I went back to Wal-Mart and told them that I had counted wrong and only got home with 38 plants. They let me take 2 more plants meaning I got a total of 42 plants but only paid for 40. That should be the clincher that qualifies me as cheap riff-raff. Come on guys, what do you think?
LOL, I thought you were gonna say you went to Walmart and showed up on that website "people of Walmart" THAT would have guaranteed an honorary doctorate in riff raff.
However, I think you qualify on the cinder blocks alone...WELCOME ABOARD!!
OK, if you won't let me resign, I want to run for president of the club, cult (here we go again, insert the proper term here). What is this group called so I can tell my friends and family what I am president of?
I notice hrp50 has neglected to provide her/his true name, so I cannot formally add them to the list. You can't be President without a name! If you don't tell us, we'll make one up and you do NOT want that to happen. I'm already thinking Mortimer or Gladys.
That's blackmail!!! Gosh, you guys really play hardball don’t you? Ok, my real CIA cover name is Robin Hood (you have to figure it out whether it's a male or female Robin) , and if you claim it’s something different, I will deny it. Please don't tell my employer that I cracked so fast.
As I'm sure you must be aware, a requirement of belonging to this cult is you must be cheap riff-raff. I am too cheap to pay for a certified long form birth certificate. Besides, since when has a president ever been required to show his birth certificate?
Good thing my father did no run for President because he did not have a birth certificate. He was born somewhere in the middle of no where in Oklahoma. Had to have a certification from his doctor to come close to verifying his age so he could get social security.
Welcome!!!Love this place. Just a little riff raff, FishKnees and I have figured out we were divided at birth. So much in common. I used to live in Phoenix , then Lake Havasu and now Kingman, AZ for 13 years. I love bike riding. This is my mascot.
2ndChance wrote:Anna: please provide personal stories to prove that you are indeed cheap when it comes to gardening (we appreciate dumpster diving, adapting broken washing machines into composters, dollar store finds, etc).
We also need proof that you are riff-raff (we always accept public freak-outs and passed out in the snow stories).
OK, I had to present a personal story (see my post on March 24, 2011) to qualify to join this thread, which was accepted with flying colors I might add! Where's your story? And no plaigerism.
Is Fish_knees the official decider on whose personal story gets them into the cult and whose doesn't? If so, that's ok by me because making that decision is a heavy burden to have to carry. I just wanted to make sure that we maintain the lack of integrity and low standards of the cult membership.
As to being cheap, I only buy plants from Wal-Mart in the clearance bins and buy all my Hawaiian shirts @ thrift stores. Wearing Hawaiian shirts also qualifies me as riff raff, as does my constant dodging of bill collectors. I come from a long line of cheapskate riff raff, so much so that when I was a kid, my dad took us out to collect cow pies because he was too cheap to buy manure (true story). And I come from a town that was so small, for entertainment, we went to the drug store to try on gloves. After we moved to the city, we found out the farmer who grew soybeans behind our house was plowing and planting 20' of our back yard, proving the whole town was nothing but riff raff.
If this isn't reason enough to keep me out, then sign me up.
Not really a vacation... I had a baby 4 years ago in August and have been too busy to keep up with everything. I am so happy to be back.. My gardening never stopped but writing about it did. Boo... I hope you all have been well.
Morknotmindy... you absolutely must be a member... you painted your previous house blurple! That is one of our favorite colors 'round here!
p.s. I think being a country girl again, I am even more riff raff-ish than ever...
however, I wish to state that I still shave my underarms, and yes, girls pits that look like men's pits still really freak me out. Thank you, Colorado... I love you, but not all of your girls' armpits.
There have been few people asking to join our cult ever since I appointed myself president. Do you think that there is a correlation? Or is there just a limited population of riff raff on this website. A lot of the riff raff are probably over there on the Tomatoville website.
I wanted to share my great news. Due to a huge windfall inheritance I just received from a dearly departed uncle, I will be leaving my old trailer park. I never met the man because he spent most of his time in jail, but everyone in the family lovingly referred to him as Billie Sue Laura Jean’s (my mom) weird brother. My concern is that I may no longer qualify as riff raff. I plan on spending all of the $724.32 I received on moving to a new trailer park. There I’ll be renting a slightly smaller single-wide trailer, but it’s got a cement block front porch with a nice view of the scrap metal yard next door. And the best part is that I’m only 30 minutes by bicycle from the nearest Dollar General Store where I‘ll try and get a part-time job as a greeter. I could really use that 5% employee discount so I can buy more plastic pots. If I no longer qualify, is it possible to grant me a riff raff waiver so I can still be a member of the cult?
As long as you're not paying full price @ Dollar General and still in a single-wide, I believe the consensus would be that a waiver is not required. If your new-found wealth allows you to to be upwardly social enough to either move into a double-wide or get one of them fancy bicycles with a motor, then we'll have to reconsider your qualifications.
I’m not sure how much longer I can remain as President of this fine cult. My part-time job as greeter at the Dollar General Store is limiting the time I have to properly fulfill my responsibilities. Also my bicycle keeps breaking down and I'm having to walk to work more and more frequently which cuts down on my free time. Plus the scrap metal yard next door has added a night shift and there’s so much noise that I don't get much sleep. Lastly, the law is on my tail because my single-wide doesn’t meet the city code standards of this “upscale” trailer park and I have to spend time fixing it up so it will pass inspection. You know, things like putting in an indoor toilet, fixing the kitchen sink so it doesn't empty out into the yard, getting rid of the stack of old used tires out back, etc. I will try to hold on for as long as I can because I can’t see anybody else doing as good of a job as me.
Tell the city the kitchen sink is part of a "graywater" reuse system, the outhouse is really as composting facility and the used tires are raised bed planters; that should take care of your housing issues. Since the bike keeps breaking down, take it next door to the scrap yard and see if you can get a job there on the night shift; transportation and sleeping issues solved. Now you have even more time than you used to for fulfill your executive duties. Wasn't that easy?
See what you’ve done! I have a mutiny on my hands. Roadrunner is convinced that just because you had a solution for all of my problems that qualifies you to be president. I’m going to let off some steam by working on my new indoor toilet since it seems to be backing up more than it did when it was out back. Now where’s that plunger?
Larry probably dresses nicer than hrp50, so maybe he should be president; I respectfully decline any nomination. Living in a house with 2 working, indoor bathrooms makes me less representative of the membership of this forum than hrp50.
"We have met the enemy and he is 'us'". Pogo I dearly loved Pogo. If you've been around here as long as I have, do you remember 'Gordo'? I loved 'Gordo' and his Tejuana Taxie and the whole group. Them wuz the daze!
I wish I could've come. A road trip would be great right about now. I didn't even make my So Cal RU. My clutch went out n I had to fix it myself (I used to love working on cars when I was younger, but these days although I would rather not, I'm glad to have a bit of know-how). Luckily it was just the slave cylinder and a fluid bleed. A messy but not terribly labor intensive job (but doesn't my neck and shoulders just HATE being flat on my back under that truck reaching up? I'm still sore!) Brake job needs to be done soon, but I'm saving my pennies. I don' wanna do eeet! Wahhhhhh...
frogymon wrote:Did we approve ClimbingOnion's application? Has she provided any certification of her riffraff status, other than being from Tucson?
Sorry, been on a project site for almost 2 months. I am back in civilization and looking forward to perusing the posts while I have been gone. I have a photo for you frogymon - I don't see a way to attach here so I'll send you a D-mail or get it to you via other means.
So I obviously missed the plant swap but everything I have will keep and just be that much better on the next round. I've been collecting pots at garage sales so I will have something fun to put cuttings in - I am looking forward to the next swap (even it will be while).
I also just got back, having been in the Baltic for 2 weeks on a cruise. After seeing the tulips in Sweden, Finland and Russia, I may never try to grow them again, as I'll always have tulip envy; some were as big as my fist!!
Crazy is a common theme amongst those of us here on this forum. We still need to know why you qualify as riff raff before accepting your application for membership on this forum; living in Maricopa is a good start.
QTPIinLA , if you live within the city limits then you are high-tone compared to where I live . I have 4 acres out in the boonies out John Wayne parkway almost out to Hwy 84 , some 10 - 12 miles past the casino . We did move out here before Maricopa got it's first stop light . Used to be a breeze passing through there , no longer . I believe I preferred it in the old days when there was 2 bars , one cafe/restaurant, one hot dog stand, the DQ , circle K and few others . No Bashas , ...
Ok. Time to apply for cult membership. Since I came from inland SoCal I considered myself from the southwest already, but enjoyed dual citizenship with the Ca Forum. Now we are in AZ and at an elevation where thet scarily talk about 'winter' coming. I see more of the cult members are from warmer climes. I know of many of you and have met three who crossed over to the CA Round Ups.
As far as being riff raff we bought this foreclosure house on 2.5 acres for cheap, cheap but paid cash and have nothing left for fixing it up. Nothing fancy to do just no HVAC, flooring etc. Since moving here we have heard from neighbors (and some as far away as Verde Valley) about the former occupants here. Mom was a hoarder using hose in house for water at one point swell as the tubs as toilets (for ALL waste!). Oh, btw, her son MURDERED a neighbor two years ago. yes, he is in jail. On a much more minor note, although this house (dbl wide) went in ten years ago, not one plant or one ounce of concrete has gone in. There is a large deck that they used plywood on instead of decking and we risk falling through if we don't step where nail pattern is.
There, I have said it. Do I qualify for membersip??
Paying cash may sound big time but the foreclosure price was close to what original buyer paid to have well and septic put in. Not including land and house. Go figure we still can't afford to do anything more. See, Jo, we could not have bought your daughter's house in spite of
having you as a fun neighbor. But we have a great view!
Keep learning new stuff about previous occupants. This week killer boy was found mentally incompetent for trial and this month will get his mental ward sentence. Could be as few years as 16 years less 2 years he has been in jail. Family of killed neighbor said from NC to get ready to lock our doors. Wonderful!
Mountaindweller...have you applied for membership? What does your riff-raff quality compose of??
Solace...did you slip in under the wire too?
Come to think of it...I may no longer qualify as riff-raff...I now live in the highest building in Sierra Vista...Casa Del Sol Adult Apartments...Brand new!! Of course my DD took my drivers licenses...which is just as well...the guy I had as my driver never checked the water so...POOOF there went my wonderful 96 Buick LeSabre. I am now hitch-hiking (by phone) or learning to ride the bus again after all these years. Deep down I am still...and always will be...my old riff-raff self~! Jo
Mountaindweller - those are prison booking photos of my great-grandfather. Only Indiana & Ohio have copies. Oklahama no longer has the photos. I also found a jail term with no photo. I am blue blood riff-raff. The first photo is a prison Bertillion card. There was a time when scientists thought you could identify a criminal by their physical characteristics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Bertillon
Roadrunner-that's what you need! just put a horse in your parking space- a fence, some hay, and you've got transportation right there! Nobody would notice!
I still he looks like an actor I've seen in something recently. My names Julia. My maiden name was Fosmo, I believe my great grandfather came from Nova Scotia. He did time too, but I'll have to ask my dad to refresh my memory on what for. Still working on my riff-raff proof-I married an awfully un-riff-raffy guy so if I do think of something we gotta keep it on the down low.
His specialty was forgery, so I guess that's a kind of acting. Wearing a bow tie in your booking photo also adds some glamour. Everyone remember that when you are helping neighbor "prune" their plants while they are on vacation.
well...I'm riff raff lurking in DG because I'm a desert gardener wannabe (I moved to Tucson two years ago from the Pacific Northwest where gardening was a snap.)
I bought a small townhouse that, instead of a garden, has one hundred thousand pavers. But here's two photos showing one of the tiny little gardens in this sea of pavers. Looking one way and you will see that I have planted a saguaro. It's a South American saguaro. I got greedy and chose it instead of a native, hoping to see an arm bust out in my lifetime! Riff raff.
And, looking the other way you can see where an ugly barbeque and sink, surrounded by more pavers used to be. I removed them, but here it sits...and I haven't gotten around to repairing the wall and getting out the plumbing. I'm too busy obsessing about what would be perfect to plant here. So many plants and so little space! Notice the tasteful aluminum foil rubber-banded to the top of the drain pipe. Riff raff.
It's nice to know I won't gross anyone out with my riff raffedness because the standards here are set so low. In fact, it will be difficult to get under the bar unless I'm a snake, which I'm not. My ex-husband might disagree, but that's another thread...
Jeesh, I can't even get these images to load right!
We haven't had officers in a while, though there were a few of us vying to be president a few years ago, basing our qualifications on just how riff-raffy we were, but then we realized that being president would probably disqualify us for membership in the group.
I don't know. My qualifications were questioned last year and her yard looks ALOT nicer!
BTW, to add to our riff-raff qualifications, we have challenged the tax assessors office and after their visit they are listing us as 'damaged and destroyed' also adding (after getting my permission) 'salvage', lowering our 'value' by close to $30K. They asked if we had bought it without seeing it...
Well yes, I see I need to enlighten you all. I was referring to a super strong dude who's not the sharpest tool in the shed. There. Now you all know.
And, since being accused of being high-class riff-raff, I've decided NOT to cut down my former outdoor bar's pipes and drain in the front garden. Instead, I'm going to use them for doing my laundry in my wheelbarrow, right there in the garden! No longer will I need to walk the long, 14 miles to the laundromat, dragging my wash behind me in a burlap bag. Plus, I can use the adobe wall for hanging the wash out to dry! Pretty clever, huh! Thanks for the laundry idea, Jo!
Lots better than the wheelbarrow... This muliticolored rubber garden tubs with handles that you can get at Walmart are the perfect size for hauling your rinse water to your plants, and you just can't do a good load of laundry without one of those big yellow Rubbermaid mop buckets that let you squeeze the water out! You gotta do riff-raff smart!
And if this doesn't earn me those coveted credentials, nothing will! Oh, and my teapot is a quart mason jar, custom homemade cozy to match! And to top it off, the special Family Dollar cup warmer! The cup cozy helps.
Don't know why my pics are sideways!
Hi, My name is Cheri and I am totally new to the Southwest! I/we just relocated to Sedona, AZ and love it here. I have lived in MI, FL, IL and MT. I love to grow veggies, mostly organic if I can. Living in zone 8A is going to be a challenge that I am totally up to. I will need all the advice I can get, please and thank you. I also want to put in a water feature/pond that I will design before Spring.
Hi Cheri, this thread has really slowed down lately, I'm afraid. Welcome to the SW, and all the fun that goes with it. Sedona is a beautiful place, I hear.
There are a couple of members out your way, I think...many of the folks that are active here are in the Phoenix area, and that's just plain HOT.
I hope you are enjoying cruising around all the many forums and can make lots of friends here.
I join in to say "welcome"~! I'm about 10 miles from the Mexican border...just Southeast of Tucson, and I consider this the best part of AZ...LOL If you come down this way, give me a holler and we will have a chin wag. Jo
Hey, WormsLovSharon & roadrunner! :D
So nice to hear from you. What a bummer everyone has gone. Tell you what. Welcome to meet me and the gang on "Sizzling Agaves" or we can jump in and do something new