atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3685: Probably because they're worried about government regulations.

JayG and AoSHQ both have posts up about turkeys attacking people in Boston.

JayG wonders why they didn't just run over the turkeys with their cars? Well, the problem is, there are all kinds of regulations--federal regulations--that people don't know the ins and outs of, and they were probably afraid of being noticed by the federal government.

Like maybe someone from EPA would show up at their door and say, "Mr. and Mrs. Bostonite? Yes, this is about the incident last November. The EPA has assessed a fine on you of $14,000 per turkey for violating the Motor Vehicle Hunting regulations in the Wildlife Preservation Act. Your choices are to pay the fine now, or to refuse paying and take the matter to court. If you do this and are found guilty, you risk paying a fine of $20,000 and six months in jail per turkey."

You think I'm kidding or exaggerating, but you all know what I'm talking about.

* * *

I must finish cleaning the bunker today. In fact, as of this moment I have 1.5 hours to clean the bathroom, vacuum, dust, and get the kitchen wiped down before I must jump in the shower in order to get ready for dinner at 3.

I should say finish cleaning, as I got a good start on the cleaning yesterday. The family room looks like it's from a different house because I finally put away all the crap my oldest sister dragged out in May of 2011. The living room needs work but I can safely do only minor tidying there.

All of this is doable.

...I knew I couldn't do anything without eating first. If I didn't have to clean, I could have slept until 2 and then gotten up, gotten ready, and gone right to dinner. But it is what it is, so--

Three jumbo eggs, about half a cup of cheese, four sausage links, and diced onion--I made a honey of an omelet that will keep body and soul together long enough for me to clean the house, clean myself, and hie myself almost two thirds of a mile to my aunt and uncle's house.

I'm thinking I'll take the motorcycle, because it really isn't that far--even though there's a 30% chance of rain, how wet can I get? At communion last night the pastor asked if anyone was traveling, and I piped up, "Yeah, I've got to go all the way to [street]!" ...which is even closer to the church than my house is.

* * *

I'll probably do another post later to deal with the rest of the political crap. There's something else I want to ponder in my limited time left to bloggerate.

What am I thankful for?

Well--I'm thankful for my family.

I'm thankful that no one in my family died in the last 14 months. My late sister only made it 9 months after Mom died, and at that she died four months after I landed in the psych ward. Mom died 22 months after my late sister's estranged husband did, but it seems like a lot less time than that.

I'm thankful for my church and its community. I'm not one to paw at strangers, but the elderly woman I sat next to last night was relating a tale of woe about losing her grandson and how her son was blaming God for it, and she was breaking down crying, and something (I know what) moved me to put an arm around her shoulders in an attempt to help console her a bit. For me to give a complete stranger a one-armed hug, without being asked--that's really not me...but sometimes You Know Who speaks loudly enough that even I can hear Him.

I'm thankful for my friends.

I'm thankful for the fate that brought Lemonzen and I together. Around this time last year (I think it was last year) she had been prepared to take a job in Florida--a promotion that would have let her live near the beach in a warm state--and for some reason she didn't do it even though her employer was ready to fly her down there and pay her moving costs and-and-and...and she didn't know why she refused. But now, she says, she knows why; things happen the way they do for a reason.

I'm thankful that I've had the resources to continue living without depending on others. I really need to get a job soon, but my abortive job at Michaels proves I can get hired even with my disastrous f-ing resume. (I'm also thankful for the job leads Og gave me last night. I think I know what I have to do on Monday....)

I'm thankful for a lot of things I don't have the time or space to enumerate here. I now have one hour to clean before I must get ready to go to dinner...and I'm thankful for that, too.

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