Posted: August 6, 2010
While traveling throughout the state last month, I thought many of my recent personal issues were being addressed. First, I got rid of the geese that were terrorizing my lakefront since May; I knew that it would be a challenge to live comfortably with two teenagers in my home after school was out (I have never been married or had any children); and I was nervous about organizing the 28th Annual Festival in the Pines, which takes place Aug. 28-29 in Carson Park in Eau Claire.
During my travels this summer, I appreciated the invention of the Ipod and MP3 player, mostly because I didn't have to listen to the teenagers argue while driving. On the other hand, I was frustrated when I tried to converse with the teens while at the helm of the wheel. (If you have ever taken a vacation with teenagers, you know exactly what I am talking about).
I have delivered 40-page bookelts the past few weeks promoting Festival in the Pines. I will eventually distribute more than 8,000 brochures to more than 150 locations throughout West Central Wisconsin. I have been doing it for 13 years, so I am used to the busy work. Fortunately, the process has been so smooth that it is a bit scary. Like any business venture, I get concerned when the process goes without any glitches.
Upon coming home from our most recent excursion to the southern part of the state, my driveway was littered with remnants of the visit by a flock of geese. Although the short fence on the shoreline diverts the waterfowl from entering my property line along the pond, the geese found out that they could visit my yard by entering from the roadway in front of my house. To make matters worse, all of the geese can fly now.
I have never shot a gun in my life, although I understand why hunters shoot animals for gamesmanship. I now may be in favor of an elective hunting season for geese if it were regulated so that homeowners and golf course owners are protected from the mess these birds deposit. Meanwhile, I will spend the rest of the summer delivering promotional material for my upcoming festival and watching out for geese that need to be displaced.
I really like my MP3 player, though. I now know what it's like to tune out what other adults are saying.
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