Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

Open letter to the MMSD: this dog's for hire

County Grounds, Walking the dog

Dear MMSD,

I'm not exactly sure if I'm addressing this to the right entity. Like so many Tosans, I'm a little fuzzy about who exactly is responsible for the Twin Craters on either side of Swan Boulevard.

Which, by the way, are starting to look like nice, smooth craters and not old craggy cratery craters. But I digress.

You know the little pond on the side that's not supposed to have a little pond? Well, my dog (Idgy for short) has discovered that lake and her mission in life, which is to chase all geese, gulls, and miscellaneous avian interlopers from the vacinity.

It's a muddy job but someone has to do it. 

Like those other Tosans, I'm not quite sure what will be done with the crater when you aren't pumping water from some other place into it, but rumor has it you are going to put soccer fields there. That or rice paddies, but I'm banking on soccer fields. What else would you put in suburban greenspace, even if we aren't Brookfield yet?

But again I digress.

Geese are a nuisance on the playing field. You can't kick 'em, much as you might like to. Even when they aren't there, they leave their calling cards, if you know what I mean.

Well, Imogene is a lean, mean, goose abatement machine. I know your budget's hovering around $95 million, so I'm thinking we can work something out to benefit all of us.

Presently, I'm training her to rescue kids in soccer pads who might fall into the water. Think what you'll save in insurance! 

Call me.


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