a reply to: FieldMarshalMatt
Well, fair enough, but allow me to put it into a little better perspective which I think will help you understand my remarks.
You see, I grew up in Wyoming about 150 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. Whenever anyone would come to visit (family, family friends, etc)
one of the first things they'd want to do was go to Yellowstone. And, guess who was the one who always got picked to take them there? That's right,
Now, I don't know if you've ever been to Yellowstone National Park, but there's a whole lot of critters there, just all sorts of 'em! And, for some
odd reason, people just don't understand that wild animals are, well, WILD! They aren't like dogs, and they're not even like cats...they're like
"wild animals". Furthermore, these same people feel like they are compelled to walk up and pet said 'wild animals' (at the expense of the 15 miles of
bumper to bumper traffic behind them, but that's another story). Then, they act all surprised when Mrs. Moose jumps up, runs them down and tramples
them into a mud puddle, or when Mrs. Buffalo goes ape S# on them and then 5 other people's cars. Or, when the "cute cuddly little bear cubs" just
happen to have a really big and smelly old momma' sow behind the tree who terrorizes them and everyone else within a 2 mile radius (and then had to be
shot dead because of stupid people's actions).
I could go on, but know what? It wasn't some rare occurrence...it happened every-single-time-I-went-there!!!
So, you see there's this thing called a "wild animal" and they do 'wild' things, because they're...wild. Common sense should dictate that you don't
go walking up to a wild animal who weighs 5 times what you weigh and think you have some sort of "right" to pet said wild animal. It's no secret
there are wild horses on this island, and there are warning signs all over the place telling people not to get close to them, but just like
Yellowstone, some people don't seem to think those signs pertain to them! No, those signs are for "other" people, right?
And finally, look at it from the horse's perspective. All he knows is, the last time some human got next to one of his buddies the dude crawled on
his back, rode him until he couldn't go anymore and then put a saddle on him and took him away.
Make a little more sense now?
So go ahead and don't invite me to your next party. I probably would have enjoyed meeting you. I hope you have fun, but please, whatever you
do...please leave the wildlife alone, okay?