I drove to Modesto last weekend. My cousin is in the hospital there, and I went down to see him. The Kaiser hospital in Modesto is just off Kiernan Road, which is a freeway exit, so it was easy to find. Going in on Kiernan, I passed a serious corn field - I think it was somebody's experimental agricultural station. Talk about the corn as high as an elephant's eye - this field was right up there.
I mentally noted it - I like corn and think the plants are handsome - and then drove on to my hospital visit, which was about as much fun as such visits ever are. Leaving, I drove past the cornfield again without taking much notice. But, climbing up the freeway on-ramp to go home, I saw - feral corn. Not "wild corn" like the stuff they grow in Mexico - escapes from the agricultural station. They were growing out of the landscaping by the on-ramp, and they were about 3-4 feet high; their tassels were waving in the breeze. I was charmed, and I still am.