Tue Sep 18 2001 23:10: I finished cleaning up in the front yard and then Gretel and I went to White Forest Nursery and bought 25 bags of steer manure. Had a really nice conversation with Charlie there, and Gretel and I explored the nursery while they were loading up our manure. Marlene drove up just as I was getting home, so I made a late lunch and then we went to Cooper's to look for some crape myrtles for her. Everything looked overheated and wilted, so she didn't buy anything. We noticed a paucity of United States flags lining Stockdale Highway (in preparation for the annual business conference) and wondered if someone is stealing them.