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Brief, brief--Went to huge, 45+ person furries party, which was, experientially, a bit like shoving altoids up both nostrils. Alarming, but invigorating. As a crowd, friendlier, more energetic, better about bringing food (eek! Competition!), wittier and better-educated than, as a crowd, gamers. Slightly cleaner, too :) I don't know why gamers are considered higher-functioning geeks than furries. Except for the wanting-to-wear-a-tail-to-work thing.

I never want to be 18 again, and I want my second childhood, or possibly fourth, I don't know what I'm up to now, to hover at 25-ish. People that live in egocentric universes terrify me, and I cannot, cannot, cannot communicate with someone whose diet consists entirely of pizza and soda. There's just so little common ground!

Whines (baktre)still snores. It's an amazing sound. Like rolling thunder with allergies.

Thank you so much, sdocat for taking me to the Moody Gardens in Galveston. What a treat! And I even got a new stuffed hyena out of the deal :)

Since we were talking about Jewish grandmothers, I got double-teamed at the party. I should probably be a little more intelligent about food-poisoning situations, but, gosh, throwing away food? What a horrible idea. I had a dish of chicken salad that, well, could concievably have been suspect, it'd been on the counter all night, but...mmm, food...and the party hostess's mother came in, and then dragged in another mother, to keep me from almost certain suspect chicken. It was creepy, being double-mothered, neither of my parents being what you'd call protective, or overly concerned about salmonella. Washing about two pounds of chicken salad into a disposal nearly made me cry :( It had almonds in it, too. And golden raisins.

(Spotty, hyenas can eat a week-old gazelle and walk away. People that have hyena stuffed aminals sitting on their computer monitor and watched "The Lion King" 17 times, really, can't.)
(Well, yes, this is true.)

That was a whole lot of people trying to be cute. Wow. Such an altoid-up-the-nose weekend. Most of them succeeded, too :)


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Dec. 15th, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
Hyenas can eat leather shoes and walk away ;?)
Dec. 15th, 2003 08:00 pm (UTC)
Unless they eat their own shoes, then they should walk carefully away, in case they step on a thumbtack or something.
Dec. 15th, 2003 08:32 pm (UTC)
Because they might miss the thumbtack, and thumbtacks are tasty treats that annoy the zookeepers. :)
Dec. 15th, 2003 08:44 pm (UTC)
Whines, who caters to my obsessions, and snores, saw a sign that said something along the lines of "Do not through pieces of metal into the hyena pen, because the hyenas will eat them, and we will have to cut them open to get the metal out."

Mmm, metal.
Dec. 15th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
Hyenas . . . . Muffin
Is it just me, or would this indicate that hyenas, as a species, are about as intelligent as

Muffin is my yellow lab, who, despite having the least vicious nature possible, has only two modes:

1) it won't kill me, so it must be food

2) it will kill me, so I better buddy up to it so it won't do so

That sounds like someting that would happen to her.

Dec. 15th, 2003 10:29 pm (UTC)
Well, no, they're as intelligent as any other large carnivore. However, they're competitive, so 1) would be "If I don't eat this, someone else will," and somewhat destructive, so 2) "It would be mildly entertaining to gnaw this into small pieces, so I'll do that." To the best of my knowledge, they don't eat rocks.

I'm guessing that, in a zoo, they're bored, so they fall back on their favorite cub game--making small things out of big things--and they probably eat the metal bits out of sheer boredom.
Dec. 16th, 2003 07:31 pm (UTC)
Bored carnivores
Couldn't we just get them addicted to LiveJournal or Quake or something? Only marginally more problematic than eating thumbtacks.
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