Interestingly, I didn't feel at all threatened, not in the slightest.
Maybe it was a mutual curiosity, although I'd worked a bit with eagles
after that (while volunteering at a Raptor rescue/rehab place) and didn't
find them particularly curious; OTOH, it's not exactly a natural setting.
Either way, it was almost like an invitation - as though, when i lost my
"zen" or whatever, started thinking fearfully, the bird got the notion of
"meeting me halfway".
Tangelntailly, I remember going with someone to nab an injured bird in a
wooded area (this was while I lived in British COlumbia, immediately
south of Vancouver, BC), and ther eweer a number of Bald Eagles in the
trees. THey eyeballed us, but didn't seem particularly afraid. More
wisely-cautious than afraid (which makes sense - I'm cautious of poeple,
Mysterious creatures. I have no patience whatsoever for those people who
claim that "animals are merely biological robots"; they of course aren't
"people with fur or feathers", but they do have their own thought
processes, just not *verbal* thought processes - which makes sense to me,
since I tend to think visually (and then "translate" it all into language
to relay it to other people). ANYHOO, to this day, I can only specualte
why the bird would have flow *towards* me, because form a
sceintific/biological viewpoint, it made no sense whatsoever. Which give
it an almost "mystical" sort of quality. But in any event, it was very
I liked taking as many classes as possible - they were practical in that
they did help me to do my job better (which of course made my fellow
burocrats mostly just resent me evne more <LOL!>), and seeing different
places was a perq. I didn't like staying in hotels; I much preferred
staying on bases. In part, there were more places towalk aroud on bases,
and differnt things to see - hotels are not usually in "walkable" areas.
I also just preferred the atmosphere. I also preferred working with
military personnel - even tho' most of my coworkers were civilians, I
found the military people to be more focused and disciplined, more
interested in working rather than hanging around gossipping and back-
biting. Not that they were all sweetness and lihgt, jsut that I
preferred their no-nonsense attitude. So I always felt more comfortable
on bases, than in hotels. IT was also usually quieter on base. I also
liked the morning and evening Flag ceremonies.
Heh. Imagine a meadow or field. Now imagine 60-some-odd tons of M1
Abrams tank cutting across it at 40 mph. Now make that a platoon
instead of a single tank *and* cut across that meadow several times in
the course of an exercise.
Better than plowing ... :-)
Charles Jones [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Loveland, Colorado, USA
One has to be careful to never take *any* hype at face value. That's wht
nobody ever wants to teach to young people - it'd make them too hard to
control. If I could, tho', I'd tell tehm all precsiely that, Never trust
*any* hype at face value - not from *any* source - ALWAYS do research,
look into it, and make decisions with open eyes and a clear, analytical
mind. Corporations, agencies, volunteer organizations, gurus,
"movements", and so on - they *all* make the same appeals, "Come be a art
of our team and let us hel you grow as an individual". Oh sounds, great
- give of yourself freely to a Greater Cause. But there are very clever
people who help the Head Honhos craft those appeals, and
warmfuzzytouchyfeelie idealism leads, 99.9% of the time, *at best* to
disappointments. Realistic investigation and decision-making has
gtreater chances of helping one achieve Happiness, by helping one avoid
being taken advantage of/duped.
Yeah, it's never as Disneyesque as it's presented.
Hmmm, now that's problematic - I'd imagine it's a bit like letting your
dog let you know it's peed on the carpet...
Yowza! 50' is significant - and that's just the flames, from what yu
said - the actual hazard zone would be much larger.
Well, I think there are good reasons to have a military, but I also think
people need to be a lot mroe realistic about the whole thing...beyond
that, it's a complex topic...
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