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  1. GrandviewGloria
    12-22-2013 09:27 PM - permalink
    continuing the continuation...
    Loggerheads cross the roads, sometimes. They do that, to lay their eggs far enough from the water. They can get HUGE. And yes: I've carried a few of them around.

    As for Alligators... Yes, I've seen a few of them in-person. And I've felt Garfish grazing my feet, swimming in Mississippi lakes. It's like grazing an enormous log - except the log is moving.

    Hope I never see a Wild Russian Boar. I've just read another bulletin that cautions hunters regarding the array of horrid diseases those things carry. Trichinosis is only the tip of the iceberg. Russian Boars are NASTY.

    In Madison, deer roam the entire town. And enormous Canadian Geese sometimes stop traffic, if a flock of them decide to walk from one subdivision's lake to an office park's fountain. And snakes are everywhere in Madison. A venomous one bit a child at the daycare center next to City Hall. Salamanders grow huge there, too.
  2. GrandviewGloria
    12-22-2013 09:25 PM - permalink
    continuing the below message...
    I heard of a Grande Dame in the Delta whose German Shepherd's best friend was a huge Water Moccasin. The dog liked the coolness of the snake, and the snake liked the warmth of the dog, and the lady would find them curled up together, taking naps. Awwww...

    I used to hunt them for food. The black family who owned the plantation whereon sat our abandoned sharecropper's shack had kids who would occasionally dam-up the creek, and catch the fish that lived in it. But they were afraid of the snakes, and so The Little Indian Girl (me) would be summoned to get the snakes. A forked stick and a hoe were best for dispatching them, although sometimes I'd just bludgeon them with something. They weren't very good. But Snake was something to put in the pot with the grits. Those are enormous snakes - much thicker than you'd think a snake can be - so thick you can mistake them for old tires, if you see them lying in the weeds.
  3. GrandviewGloria
    12-22-2013 09:23 PM - permalink
    Actually, the stories I've heard are from olden times, when Poodledoos (a black Duck-like fowl) were so thick on the Delta's lakes that the water, at times, looked black. I suppose that provided plenty of food for Water Moccasins. Maybe they perceived the men in the water to be bears or other competition for prey. Moccasins are very territorial, and will swim toward boats, or deliberately drop from trees and into boats. But imagine skiing and hitting a ball of snakes!!!! I cannot imagine being entangled in a ball of snakes.
  4. GrandviewGloria
    12-17-2013 03:50 PM - permalink
    And Merry Christmas to YOU! Glad you liked the "What to do in Mississippi" posts. I was trying to anticipate what a gun-loving, ghetto-fearing Atheist would find interesting to do in Mississippi... Forgot to mention Alligators, snakes, menacing Garfish, deadly wild Russian Boars and Swamp Apes. But the last part of the second post was already probably enough to ensure that she would, as 'Listener' put it, "...blaze through the state with windows rolled-up and doors locked."
  5. GrandviewGloria
    11-18-2013 02:54 AM - permalink
    You're welcome! I had composed a longer response, but my scans started, and that text was lost. Maybe a longer reply later...
  6. GrandviewGloria
    11-08-2013 06:45 PM - permalink
    By the standards of the Outside World, my post wasn't negative. However, that attack on me (I assume you're referring to the Oxford thread) may give you an inkling of the insidious 'Culture Shock' other posters have warned you about. There are a lot of people exactly like that guy, in Mississippi.
  7. GrandviewGloria
    10-21-2013 10:59 PM - permalink
    Actually, I think you were discussing Bergman's films with someone else. I liked Fanny & Alexander, though.
  8. GrandviewGloria
    10-21-2013 03:48 PM - permalink
    Ohhhhh.... THAT incident. Well, to put it in perspective, it would be about like staying at a Motel6 in the worst part of San Bernardino. Whereas, Oxford would be more like Tiburon or Bodega Bay. Not that anyplace inside Jacktown is good, anymore: but that spot has been bad since the Early Nineties. Really tragic: however, that motel has always SCREAMED "Dangerous!"

    And thanks for the rep, if that was you, quoting "brick dreamland"!
  9. GrandviewGloria
    10-04-2013 04:15 PM - permalink
    Yes, Nosferatu! The hard-wiring for Altruism is a huge advantage in an insular population working together to survive (like one stranded in Northern Europe during the Ice Age), but it also leaves individuals with that trait vulnerable to exploitation, when confronted with individuals and groups lacking in that trait. The VOLAGS, by the way, do really well in Minnesota, because of all that Swedish/Norwegian unselfishness. Have you seen the 'Un-fair Campaign' ad images, designed to make Minnesotans hate themselves? You can imagine about how far something like that would get, in Mississippi?
  10. GrandviewGloria
    09-30-2013 08:36 PM - permalink

    Our friend is still with us, and has one payment left on that car. Sad thing is that he had kept the previous car for fifteen years, and only bought a new one, because another someone ran a redlight & totaled the old car. That household has scaled back to an amazing degree. They cool their house with one one-hundred-Dollar air conditioner (rather than replace the whole-house compressor), have had the gas turned off (saves several hundred per year), did away with the phone land line, & try to eat on a Dollar per day per person. I'm told our old town is FULL of people who've stopped eating out, have stopped going anywhere unnecessary, have cancelled cable, cancelled phone lines, cancelled newspaper subscriptions... They're holding onto their homes, & haven't had to liquidate investments yet, but as you've described it, their lives are basically suspended.

    That's a wonderful Yiddish aphorism! Thanks for relaying it. I will watch 'The Gift'.

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