I’m feeling a bit philosophical this morning – or maybe I just need some breakfast. Right now coffee yogurt, diet Snapple tea and a cherry Pop-Tart will have to do. Sometimes an “eclectic meal” is better than the fanciest restaurant. Pretty soon it will be back out into the world with human animals. Occasionally I think I like non-humans better.
Vacation is always a time for me to “people watch.” What I see is sometimes touching but often scary or sad. I feel really sorry for the folks who are always in such a hurry, even when they’re on vacation. They have to push in front of you in lines. They cross the road in from of you without looking and without paying attention to the fact that their kids are 3 paces back. They have to pass you when you’re going the speed limit on a low road with no passing zones. The stupid thing is that, when you get to the next stop sign, there they are, right in front of you. All that danger and need to rush around resulted in a gain of nothing. They aren’t going to get there any more than a few seconds faster. They often put their children in jeopardy, too, which I can’t understand. Why pull out in front of another car with seconds to spare when you have such precious cargo to protect? Yet they would be insulted and angry if you pointed out the obvious risk.
We’ve witnessed a number of people who obviously think they live in Fantasyland instead of the real world. For example: On the left side of the road, on the side of the hill, are a grizzly bear and cub. Along come the humans. Some pull to the side of the road, others just stop right in the middle of the road and back up traffic. Those that pulled over aren’t safe from my wrath yet. Most of them get out of the car for a better view. I saw one mother taking her children (several, all under 6 yrs old) within 50 feet of the bear so she could get a good picture of the kids and the bears! I’ll bet she wouldn’t think the picture was great if it ended up with one of her kids being eaten by the mama bear. Mama bears can be fierce. But that’s really it, isn’t it? She wasn’t thinking! What mother would put her kids in harm’s way if she was thinking. Certainly not me. But we’re too used to special effects and TV or movie magic. Lots of violence but no one gets hurt. All animals are tame and good-hearted. Fantasyland! There’s too much of that not thinking going around these days!!
The other day, when we took the boardwalk up in Glacier NP, I had a funny example of not thinking. At the end of the walk, we saw a young doe eating on the side of the walk. She was wary but not really jumpy. Along comes husband and wife. Wife has the camera and wants to get a photo of the deer. When the doe won’t look up from her eating, this woman starts talking to the deer. “Hey, deer, look over here.” Poor doe is now startled and nervous, looking for a route to escape. She (the doe) starts first in one direction, then another. Woman says, “Why don’t you just stand still?” What?! I didn’t know deer understood English. Even the deer in a petting zoo aren’t responding to your words. If they could speak, it would be “Shut up and give us the food, man. That’s the only reason we’re putting up with you.” I think it’s a good thing animals don’t understand what we say. If they did, it would be impossible for us to be heard over their laughter.
Anyway, time to go out into the real world outside this room. I’ll let you know if I find any more sane people out there. It will be faster and take up less space than telling you about the idiots.