Speaking of Geese and Humans - Introduction to Honk 101

March 02, 2015  •  1 Comment

(c) 2007 Photography by John Cadell, Virginia Beach Scenic Photography

Maybe it’s the cold weather… the starting to creep up again gas prices… who knows… but people in this area are more edgy and petty than usual… which is really scary considering that we have an over-abundance of folks who would easily fit the persona of Winthorp Useless Neverhasbeen the IV types… yeah those who think they are rarefied gentry in their too cool for school BMWs and Mercedes types. Talk about territorial mutts turned loose amongst the henhouse, yeah, you get the picture.  Currently, there’s a growing battle over the voluntary maintenance of the community website in the Home Owner’s Association (HOA) where I live. Said volunteer administrator made a (oh horrors of horrors) a mistake in the website.  Oopsies. It has started World War XVIII if you were to see some of the reactions from others who think they are the epitome of "perfect in every way".  Even the esteemed Mary Poppins knew she was "almost perfect..." This is a very modest community of townhouses. We don’t have any fountains, but we do have 4 lakes which provides for prime real estate of an abundance of Canada’s finest export on two-legs. These critters are totally at ease with themselves in initiating traffic snarls by pondering the meaning of yonder speck of grass across the road. And like it’s somewhat distant cousin the chicken, does indeed cross the road… at a pace that would make the average snail look like a speed demon.  It is amusing to watch the antics of people as they exercise initial restraint, then exasperation, and react with the most common form of human-goose communication – the vehicle’s horn.  Let’s figure that one out… is it a case of who has the louder honk? I somehow doubt that your average Canadian Goose really does understand (or care) about the Detroit versions, let alone the nuances of Lexus, Mercedes, or the universal SUV ‘beep’ – more commonly associated with the antics of the Warner Bros.® classic cartoon characters - Wyle E. Coyote, Genius, vs. the Road Runner.  At any rate, the daily drill continues of loud honking, both of feathered and steel (I think) varieties. The end result is the same – our feathered friends continue their stroll (and I emphasize stroll) across said street to the lake, and humans go ballistic honking their horns to ‘shoo them along’.  Why?  Is that Sillyfrapachino™ with diet ice going to be any different around the corner at Starbucks®… not to mention the 3 traffic lights with their own form of attitude between here and there? Me thinks not.  Likewise can be said about our own actions. Do we really truly give two hoots about the more goofier things we see in ourselves every day?  This is something which gives most of us the same silent impression of “so what?”… in a quiet humorous way – great…. Go on with your happy (as such) self… one less horn-honking Human vs. Goose encounter might lead to bigger and brighter things as well… understanding of each other… and ways to react with understanding and what have you.

A parting spiritual thought for the week…

If you are Living the Dream and Talking the Talk, but aren't Walking the Walk… Why are you just standing there? John Cadell


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1.tim(non-registered)
Funny. Love how you can put such district items together to create a point.
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