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Canada Geese

I'm not a big fan of Canada geese. I used to like them OK, but I've been living in very close proximity to them over the past five or six years and have developed quite a few ill feelings toward them. They're loud, they make a mess all over the yard, making it dangerous to walk around barefoot, and they're mean -- they'll hiss and hiss and hiss at you unceasingly. They look like rugby balls with feet and long necks and I've been tempted on more than one occasion to kick them. I never do, though, 'cause that would be wrong. But I'm still timpted. I've also wondered on more than one occasion how tasty Canada geese might be.

So today, while driving to work (already a bit late), imagine my displeasure to find a gaggle of geese attempting to cross a five lane (two lanes either way, and a turning lane) road. No, they don't do it in a bunch -- they string themselves out in a single-file line. Of course they have no concept of the traffic lights or crosswalks. So I sit and watch the geese tie up traffic as they attempt to cross the road.

OK. I'm not a big fan of the Canada geese, but it was pretty funny and cute to watch them tie up traffic.

[Edit: Thanks to carrie for pointing out that they're called "Canada geese," not "canadian geese." I have edited this journal accordingly. Additionally, I found evidence that I'm not alone in my dislike of these majestic creatures.]

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ccohoon
Aug. 20th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
Pull...
We have a lot of geese at work. I kinda like them. I really liked it when I had a desk by the window and could watch them (and the deer) walk around. It was much more entertaining than watching my computer crash and/or freeze up.

You have a shotgun. The geese really shouldn't be a problem for you...
drmellow
Aug. 20th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
You have a shotgun. The geese really shouldn't be a problem for you...

Infernal city ordinances related to the discharging of firearms within the city limits always get in my way. I did make a point to look into the hunting regulations related to them when I got my regs digest a few weeks ago, though. I forget what I discovered though, since my only contact with the geese are within the city limits.
sidelobe
Aug. 24th, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC)
You could have just run over them. Of course, the survivors would likely have retaliated by decorating your truck.
carrie
Aug. 20th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
They're Canada geese, not "canadian."
drmellow
Aug. 20th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC)
Noted, thanks. I've updated the original entry accordingly. I also found an interesting link that indicates that I'm not alone in my dislike of these creatures.
carrie
Aug. 20th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC)
You are definitely not alone, they have been a big problem in NJ for many many years and I guess they're making their way south. ;)
drjekyll
Aug. 20th, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)
Funny you mentioned this...

Today when I got home for lunch, I noticed a huge flock in my neighbors yard slowly moving away down the street. I looked in my own yard and saw the evidence of them spending some time in my yard as they moved down the street. I wonder if this was the same flock that you had to wait on to cross the road.
beefhyde
Aug. 20th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
Dern, stoopid geese!!!!

My grandpa lives in a retirement home in VA and they have those dumb things all over the place. They leave piles of goose poo all over the sidewalks and walkways. They ignored the deterents put up by the home, too. I'm all about preserving wild life, but they are just plain annoying! But hey, they are God's creatures and we should learn to live with them. It just would be easier to do that if they had a designated poop area!
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