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This has been a weekend of nothing... which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've been needing some nothing.

I've managed to get several projects a little bit more started; my vague web project, which I'm hoping to wrap into the CoU and Labyrinth pages at some point; some more work on the resume has been done; my July AmberTrumps contributions are almost done.

By the time I'd finished the head on Biral, Sir Beros woke up in my head, and was spoiling for a fight. Zil just thinks he looks like Wolverine. Quaid ended up being "Brand, when he was 15 and wearing his bathrobe in Arden, pretending to be a wizard".

The Cry of the Unicorn auction seems to have stopped dead; I haven't had anything since friday night. I know some people aren't around this weekend, so hopefully things will pick up again.

There are a number of other things I want to start before tomorrow is done; I need to patch some pants, since I find myself, yet again in the position of having no pants with an intact crotch, save those with existing patches. There are various terrible and bizarre things I'd like to do to some of the computers around here. I should probably scrub the kitchen floor, especially if that was the last of the mice last night. That's six we've killed so far.

I'm not really sure how I feel about having to kill all those mice. I mean, we don't really have much choice; they can't stay here eating our food and leaving potentially disease-laden poop everywhere, especially in the food they don't eat. I doubt catching them, then releasing them would do any good eihter; I can think of half a dozen ways for a mouse to slip back into our place easily, and I'm not a mouse. However, I don't like killing simply because it's convenient. It doesn't seem right to kill with traps; I feel as if I should, at least, be willing to face the mouse, and look it in the eye, and kill it with my own hands, if I feel I need to kill it.

However, convenience and practicality win out again. It's the same with meat, really. I think I'd feel better about the meat I eat if I killed and butchered the animals I ate, but it's not really practical.

It's times like this that I get tempted by paganism. I don't trust the doors that would open inside me, though.

That was much longer than intended. I should probaly go to sleep now.


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Jul. 1st, 2002 11:10 pm (UTC)
I get tempted by paganism...
I know what you mean about the mice; it could be worse -- at least the traps are humane. I mean, you could give them poison that infects them and their children and causes them to die off slowly...

I'm tempted to use a STB phrase: "Be temptation's bitch!" But seriously, I know a bunch of stuff about Old Religions, and I have a fair bit of reading material (some of which I admit I haven't read myself) if you're interested in this stuff.
Jul. 2nd, 2002 07:21 am (UTC)
Poisoned Mice
Said poison is horrible, but it works.

Traps don't. You won't catch all the mice, and they'll just keep coming back again and again. I know, the Wiff and I tried using traps for about 6 months before we gave up, and went to the poison (this was pre-Billy). I think we caught about two or three mice a week, not counting the first few days, in which the traps were constantly full.

Even with the poison, the mice started to come back about a year after we'd had them exterminated. Then we brought in the Billy factor, and have not heard from them since.

My preferred method is, as has been mentioned, cat. I'm not sure I'd consider a playful cat a "humane solution," but an effective one, that doesn't leave much guilt. Unfortunately, cat is not an option here ...
Jul. 2nd, 2002 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I get tempted by paganism...
I was worried about the traps at first; my parents had problems, when I was a kid, with a mouse caught in a trap that didn't die immediately. These things are at least powerful, though. No mouse is going to live an instant more when these traps close.

When I say that I'm concerned about the doors paganism would open in me, I'm serious. There's blood behind those doors, and not all of it is mine. It's because that kind of raw, bloody paganism appeals to me that I avoid it. I don't trust myself with something that primal.
Jul. 2nd, 2002 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I get tempted by paganism...
So much better to be sucked in by efficiency and practicality.

If the devil exists, it's in the details.
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