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03 September 2008 @ 07:34 pm
Free for now...  
I had to go to the federal courthouse today for jury duty. I was in a pool but didn't make it to the jury box. Nonetheless, done for this week! Must check in Friday night to see what next week's hostage situation is.

Yesterday's cycling: Apparently, Canadian geese do not understand "Hey" or "Move." I wonder if a bicycle horn would motivate them? Although an air horn would be more fun for me. :0

Today's cycling: First, HOT. Second, the bike path has been... infested... with mourning doves for the last 6-8 weeks. As in, on the pavement all the time! There is no food on the pavement, for crying out loud. Though at least they fly off when you approach, unlike quail. I don't understand this behavior at all:
*danger coming* *toodle* *danger closer* *faster toodling* *Danger's here!!!* *take to the air!*

Seriously, if I had wings I'd use them at the drop of a hat.

Also? My own sweat irritates the skin on my face. Shades of Jr. High. :(

And below the cut, one of my favorite LOL'cats' in awhile:

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IDK, my BFF Jared Leto?: i lol'd!gekizetsu on September 4th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
>>Yesterday's cycling: Apparently, Canadian geese do not understand "Hey" or "Move." I wonder if a bicycle horn would motivate them? Although an air horn would be more fun for me. :0>>

LOL!! They understand; they just don't give a rat's ass. They own the world, and you can just go around. They used to hassle us when I worked at Bafeco, taking over large amounts of the parking lot and forcing us to find parking spots in convoluted ways. They'd see us coming and just plop their big feathery butts down on the pavement in defiance. Then they'd sit on the roof and lean over the edge and bitch at us as we tried to go inside. LOL
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
They understand; they just don't give a rat's ass.
I think you're right-- one of them gave me an especially beady-eyed look as I went past, and the other one honked an insult over its shoulder. Thingy.

They'd see us coming and just plop their big feathery butts down on the pavement in defiance. Then they'd sit on the roof and lean over the edge and bitch at us as we tried to go inside. LOL
They're pests! They're the next form of winged rats!

Except majorly bigger. :0

Wonder how long until someone declares open season on them? After all, if they're not going to honor their migratory habits, well... defective birds. Improve the species!
tidal_racetidal_race on September 4th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Open season was declared. They almost went extinct at one point.

Now everybody finds them a huge hassle and they can be, but I figure, if they managed to survive and come back to thrive...well, we'll all just have to invest in air horns. lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Open season was declared. They almost went extinct at one point.
Can this be proven? I could swear that the became "rarer" in their previous haunts because they stopped migrating altogether! They don't fly South, they don't return to the North. They just hang out in tolerable parts of the U.S. year round. And terrorize the residents.

well, we'll all just have to invest in air horns. lol.
This is the first time I've had them on the path and refusing to move away quickly (the turkeys DO actually run away, though both birds are big enough to cause damage). I still fear having one near the edge of the path suddenly take off as I'm approaching, and then getting *ploompfed* in the head with a 22-lb. bird. :0
tidal_racetidal_race on September 4th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Hmm. I could have sworn they were thought to have gone extinct for awhile. I'll have to research now. It's been a long time since I saw the program on it.
tidal_racetidal_race on September 4th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
I hope you don't get ploompfed in the head either. I got bit by a goose once. Getting hit in the head by one while riding a bike would have been a lot worse.
tidal_racetidal_race on September 4th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
http://www.fws.gov/news/historic/1963/19630401.pdf

http://www.gpnc.org/canada.htm

I don't know how reliable these sites are, but that's the story I remember seeing a documentary on.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Wow-- I see what you mean.

And yet... they don't seem rare to me at all! They've gradually taken over the golf course farther down the bike path, they're ALL OVER the parks near the water, and pretty much near any body of water.

Ours are the jumbo kind, for sure. And the website says that they're non-migratory, so how does a "Canadian" goose wind up spending its lifetime down here? California is not a Great Plains state (their native area), and I live at least 14-15 driving hours South of the Canadian border. :0
tidal_racetidal_race on September 4th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I live in Western Washington. A lot closer to Canada, probably 4 hours driving time, maybe less, but we're certainly not anything like the Mid-West either, yet we've got them too.

Ours seem to come and go though with the seasons. It seems like I usually only see them in Spring when they're sitting on their nests and then flying in the fall. They're probably around though.

The poop they produce really is annoying when they gather in great numbers, but luckily that's the only problem I've ever had with them.

I would think the only reason they would attack is if they're sitting on nests, but it seems like they should be done nesting by now. I know that females will plop their big butts down on their nests to try and disguise them, but yours are probably just too used to people so they don't feel the need to move.

The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on September 4th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
Cutest LOLthing ever :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Cutest LOLthing ever :)

:D It's the voice from the other egg that really makes that one for me. ;)

So many of the ones of those I really like are half funny and also partially disturbed. ;)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on September 4th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Dammit! I shouldn't have looked at those LOLcats. Now I really want a cat again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Are they not allowed in your apartment?

Because I would totally get one, in your shoes. ;)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on September 4th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love cats. But I hate litter boxes :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ah-- I'm personally grateful for litter boxes. That means the cat doesn't have to be let out for a walk multiple times a day (which gives me flexibility), AND the mess is isolated and easy to clean up.

Once you've had to repeatedly scrub out a hamster cage, the idea of "isolated" to where the animal does not LIVE is really appealing. :0
cindytsuki_no_bara on September 4th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
that chick is clearly the overachiever of the bunch.

i think you should get an air horn for your bike anyway. :D altho geese are mean, and air honking at them might only piss them off enough to swarm your bike. or poke sticks thru the spokes and trip you up that way....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
or poke sticks thru the spokes and trip you up that way....
The way they hang out in groups like that makes it look as if there's some sort of unique evil going on. Like they're plotting.

And they probably are. :0