From the Orchid Fever article written by Susan Orleans, I have learned a few things about John Laroche. He is a tall, guy, skinny as a stick, pale eyed, slouch shouldered, and sharply handsome, in spite of the fact that he’s missing all his front teeth. Laroche has the posture of al dente spaghetti and the nervous intensity of someone who plays a lot of video games. He is a thirty-four year old, and works for the Seminole tribe of Florida, setting up a plant nursery on the reservation near Miami. The nicknames that were giving to Laroche are crazy white man and troublemaker. He does the weirdest things such as collecting plants of many different kinds for breeding purposes.
John Laroche was arrested for removing endangered wild orchids from its environment for self-purposes. He was always passionate about things he took interest in. He never really dressed properly for special occasions or events, he always remained as himself in a comfortable state of existence. He spoke in a raspy, dragging voice. The language he constantly worked was English but with a touch of profanity in almost everything he told to someone. He claimed in the article that sometimes he felt that he was the smartest person that he ever knew. Laroche grew up in Miami, Florida. He became immersed in late- Ice age fossils. Soon after he dropped the fossil interest and became possessed to lapidary. Who do you know that likes collecting old mirrors?
John Laroche became well know in the industry of planting and his knowledge was obtained from himself. He was self-taught and he felt the need to be hands on with things, especially education wise. He probably felt that no one could really teach him as he learned on his own. He had to feel that in order to have a right answer he had to experiment and test life out himself.
Susan Ocean said that John Laroche was the most moral amoral person she’d ever known. She had given a lot of facts and things to back up her reasoning for him appearing to be that way to her. She said, “Just when you’ve figured out that he’s a crook, he reveals an ulterior and principled but lucrative reason for his crookedness. He loves doing things the hard way, if it means that he gets to do what he wants and leaves you wondering how away with it. He is the most moral amoral person I’ve ever known.”
She meant that whatever Laroche did in his free time or when he worked, whatever the case may be. He didn’t always choose to be smart about how he went about doing things; he just acted out of free will. That’s the bad part about being free-spirited, you will tend to do whatever it is that you want when you want and think you can get away with everything. Consequences come with everything that you do whether good or bad because no matter what you may think, nothing comes free in this world. The thoughts you think, the actions you take, and the words that you give birth too. Laroche called himself a weird kid because he did things that one else would do, he couldn’t even picture himself being in a classroom with other students. I can imagine that because he seemed as if he wouldn’t abide by any rules by law so why would he do it classroom wise? I think he was the way he was because of this thing we like to call “freedom”. I find a lot wrong with him for doing things illegally but at the same time he went out of his way to find something that made him happy.