Thursday, June 23, 2005

Laura and the PETA member

I lived in Texas four times in my life. I graduated high school in Texas, lived there a year after graduation, went back to film scenes in a movie (and no, I will not show anyone, it was that bad), and went back once more time to buy rental properties.

As Dave knows, Texas floods. I've been in two hurricanes in my time there. Let me tell you, hurricanes suck. Texans say "but y'all have earthquakes!" I don't mind earthquakes. If you live, you live and it's over. At worse, your house is destroyed.

Hurricanes never stop. You feel the affects from hurricanes for weeks afterwards.

Because Texas floods, they elevate some of their main roads. Budde Road, where my old piano teacher lives, was one such road. It's a road so elevated that if you go off the road, there's a pretty good chance you die, especially going as fast as some people drive.

One day Laura, a cute Goth chick friend of mine, was driving with four other girls including a PETA member. As a person, this PETA member was nice. Not very rational, but a decent human being.

Well, a squirrel jumped in front of Laura's car. Ms PETA member complained to Laura non-stop that they should have swerved to miss it instead of simply slamming on the brakes (not in time - squirrel dead). Laura said that had they swerved, there was a good chance they would have gone off the road and died. Ms PETA member said better they die than the squirrel.

Scary thing is, she wasn't joking. Even scarier, I have yet to meet a PETA member who's more sane. Nice people. But whacked.


Blogger Vest said...

What, or who are PETA members?

6/23/2005 10:27 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I've always felt guilty about my road kills, but come on!

Cute Goth chicks are awesome.

6/23/2005 10:56 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Vest - PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which in itself is a just cause. But they take it to extremes, wanting to ban hunting, eating meat, and animal testing. As cruel as this sounds, I'd rather have a drug tested on animals first than on people. Plus, I hunt and love the taste of meat. They'd say I'm a terrible person for that.

Jason - I've killed two squirrels and a raccoon. It's inevitable when one drives as much as I do. But yes, I do feel bad, especially the raccoon because he was walking with his family and I just didn't see him until the last second. By then, it was too late.

As for Goth Chicks, I love them. I used to hang out at Goth clubs last decade. Very few I met though liked my politics too much. Oh well.

6/23/2005 11:47 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Jason's right... cute Goth chicks are awesome. Too bad there are so many heinous Goth chicks.

We have a lot of deer out here, especilly along the back roads, and I'm waiting somewhat apprehensively for the day I don't swerve fast enough. I'll be sad, but I'm sure I'll get over it real quick when I get the bill for the bodywork on the car.

6/23/2005 1:21 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

I have in the past, shared responsibility for the deaths of an untold number of animals. The vast majority Wore boots or flying helmets.

Bird strikes plenty, even an Owl.
Two Roo's or wallabies, its hard to tell when Squashed. We feed about 20 bird varieties and lots of very sociable visiting possoms.
I have never owned a gun apart from an air gun when aged about 12. I was once very knowledgeable regarding
14inch guns 17cwt shell, 6inch 1cwt shell, 5.25, 4.5, and 4 inch AAGuns ,Close range, and other small arms yes. I was once a Gunnery instructer. The gun laws here in Oz are very Strict, most illegal weapons are owned by crimminals.
I eat Meat and drink things I Shouldn't, Im a lousy sort of non practising Christian (Nocangoist)and excepting insect pests, believe in the right to live for all creatures; except when I am hungry.

6/23/2005 1:57 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

First off, It's f*cked that PETA members would rather a human died than an animal... that's just plain F*CKED ...
And anyone who doesn't eat meat; they are missing out on my delicious pork tenderloin.

More for me!

6/23/2005 2:57 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

PETA members are Zombies 1st class.
Fortunately, we don't have any PETA chapters here in northern MN. I think they're afraid of getting shot and their bodies dumped into one of our numerous swamps.

6/23/2005 3:25 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

so true, my dad says, only serve to miss a animal if it won't hurt you, otherwise run it over. These people are nuts. And tshsmom your right, hunting is a sport in this state and if it came to it, I'm sure people here wouldn't limit it to anmials...

6/23/2005 5:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hmmmmm...I'm smelling a connection between Texans and PETA with this post...

6/23/2005 9:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Now I can honestly say that I generally have more empathy for most animals than most humans, simply because I think people, in general, suck. We're selfish, destructive, and narrow-minded. But PETA does take things way too far.

6/24/2005 11:29 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

It is extremely rare for any animal to render assistance to another animal not of its own kind.
There have been several occasions, when animals; dogs in the main; have 'Wet-Nursed'other animals.
In the WILD animal world there is no such thing as old age, the animal becomes weak and insecure then is killed and eaten.
I suppose It could happen to us Homo sapiens in years to come when things get scarce in the supermarket.

6/24/2005 6:58 PM  
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6/24/2005 7:06 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Vest - Soylent Green was a huge influence on my thinking. They had the year way off, but we (the human race) keep breeding too fast while our land isn't exactly growing. Here in California, they're building subdivisions over some of the best agricultural soil in the world.

Laura - we're not all bad. I can't say how many times I've been in a bad situation and someone I'd never expect would come through for me and saved my can.

Heather - not intentionally. I used to live in Texas. But PETA's big in Texas because it's the ultimate rebellion. Texans love their trucks, their guns, and their beef and to deny them any of those things is sacrilege.

Ben - Your father is right. Driving is the most dangerous thing you do if you're young and you don't smoke and don't skydive on a daily basis.

Tshsmom - I'm surprised they don't get shot in Texas.

Joe - I just ate and you're making me hungry again. ;)

Shawn - people have been killed by hitting deer. They get really big and always do the most stupid possible thing when they're in your headlights. One reason why hunting them around here has been so encouraged is we've killed off their natural predators, so they breed to dangerous levels. I'd love to see the wolf brought back to California. The wolf only exists in the wild here in small pockets.

6/26/2005 4:24 PM  

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