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Friday, 15 February, 2002

WARNING: Rant about PETA begins here. If you are a PETA person, I plan to offend you mightly in the next few paragraphs, so be prepared. While I am certainly against cruelty to animals, I swear these PETA people take it just too darn far.

Here's an article about PETA's reaction to a game of Cow Bingo conducted as a fund-raiser at Florida Southern College. For those of you unfamiliar with Cow Bingo, a grid is outlined in a field and the squares are available for purchase. The winner is determined by the square on which the cow deposits a cow patty. So the College sold the squares, and a group of a hundred or so people stood around and watched a cow, errr, heed the call of nature. PETA was outraged.

"PETA expressed its concerns in a letter to FSC President Thomas Reuschling in January, saying it can be emotionally devastating for an animal to be exposed to ridicule."

Excuse me - "emotionally devastating"? The COW is emotionally devasted because a group of people watched where it pooped? The cow's PETA caseworker - yes, the cow has a caseworker - strongly believes cows are affected by laughter. I'm sorry, but these people are nut-burgers. With all of the things of greater import going on in the world today, the psychological well-being of cattle just doesn't make it to the top of my Give A Hoot list.

But let's say, just for grins, that they're right. That the cow is emotionally devasted by having it's bathroom habits made into a sporting event. SO WHAT?! What will it cause the cow to do while in the throes of said emotional devastation? Will it need years of therapy before it can be milked again? Will it feel compelled to move to Montana or Wyoming and join a militia?

I know, I know, I'm just not sensitive to the needs of the cow. I am blinded by my biased, human-centric viewpoint and I am making light of what was no-doubt a traumatic, life-altering moment in Bossie's life.

[I think the cow should sue.]

Went out for drinks with my friend Jon last night. It was nice to catch up on things, although his company is going through some major upheaval right now. We're all hoping things sort themselves out quickly - they've already been through a lot.

When I got home, I found not one, but TWO of the condo's utility carts abandoned in the hallway. As I have mentioned before, this is one of my pet peeves - the sloths that are my neighbors cannot be bothered to return the carts to the garage after they're done using them. I grabbed one and took it back to the elevator - my good deed for the day. When I got to my unit, I had a message that I had a package waiting at the front desk, so after I picked it up, I returned the second cart to the elevator as well. Two good deeds in one day.

And this morning? Two carts abandoned in the hallway.

[I give up.]

I went to see THE HOUSE at lunchtime today. All of the doors are in - both sets of french doors, the four panels of sliding doors in the den and the door from the den to the garden. Looks fabulous! Except for the garden, which is a total debris field. They're getting another dumpster in on Tuesday so that should look better shortly. We took pictures, and I hope to be able to scan them in soon - I'll give you a heads-up when they're done.

Hey, I just found a website that offers ideas for fund-raising events. Not only do they advocate Cow Bingo as a worthy fund-raiser, they suggest running a separate contest to guess the length of time for the "deposit" to be made. "A sports field clock could time the event."

[Heh. I think I'll turn them in to PETA.]

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Quote du jour:

"If a shepherd takes care of sheep,
why doesn't a coward take care of cows?"

-- Thomas Perich (1912 - 1967)

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