Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The weather's taken a turn for the worse!

Mutterings continued.

Lots of wind!

Thanks to Leece, it appears that I am the game of Diplomacy.

DIPLOMACY - You are a very social person and an
excellent judge of character. You're a good
communicator who both talks and listens well
and people respect your opinion. You can also
use your skills to manipulate people into
getting what you want--ideally by making them
think it was all their idea in the first place.
Your motto is "Live and let live",
but if you run into a stonewall and exhaust all
reasonable channels of negotiation, it might
switch to "Live and let die".

What type of game are you?
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More silliness from my iinbox. I don't know how real the questions are but they sound on a par with the things people visiting the Zoo say. The comments following each question are my responses.

> Actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by backpackers completing wilderness camping trips:

> "A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."

"We'll take the money out of the deer's allowance. Be grateful you haven't encountered the picanic stealing bears."

> "Escalators would help on steep uphill sections."

"We only have escalators for downhill sections."

> "Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness."

"Our officers are out culling people as we speak."

> "Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."

"We have special trails for people wishing to hold hands and even wider trails for people carrying other body parts. They lead to our grove of shallow graves."

> "Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals."

"They tend to chase them very slowly, however."

> "All the mile markers are missing this year."

"It's been a bad year for mile markers - our entire crop failed."

> "Found a smoldering cigarette left by a horse."

"After all the money we spent on hypnosis and nicotine patches for it, too!"

> "Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."

"See comment about escalators above."

> "Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."

"Just step this way..."

> "Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow in the winter."

"We prefer to use work experience students to clear the snow - they're cheap and expendable."

> "Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."

"We have plans to bring the views to you so you won't have to leave your trailer home."

> "The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals."

"They have been told and promise to keep the noise down."

> "Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."

"We intend nailing owls to the trees - their eyes are more reflective and we feel this is more ecologically sound."

> "Need more signs to keep area pristine."

"Will need signs to explain what 'pristine' means."

> "A McDonald's would be nice at the trailhead."

"We have plans for a McDonalds. Also a 13 cinema multiplex, car park and casino. Of course, this means flattening the entire park."

> "The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."

"If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one to hear it, does it make a sound? Ditto the trails that do not exist." Dalai Lama.

> "Too many rocks in the mountains."

"We intend buying mountains made of softer material - custard."


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