In Alaska news: We have a Red-Backed Vole living under our workshop building. I’ve seen her a couple of times, making the scurrying crossing from the workshop to glean seeds from under the bird feeder at the front of our office building. I know it’s a “she” because the other day she had her two little bitty baby voles with her.
Voles are basically short-tailed mice. Mice (the clean outdoor kind, not the nasty invading-your-house kind) are generally pretty good neighbors. They are clean, they feed mostly on seeds but will snack on bugs if the opportunity permits. And mice in general are Nature’s Nachos – everything eats them. Our little local Cooper’s Hawk prefers birds but will pick up a mouse if it can; and our resident Least Weasel, Herman the Ermine, prefers mice above all things. But in spite of that, there are still mice around. They’re great survivors.
I’m not a fan of modern heavy metal music. I find it too formulaic, it all seems to sound the same, feature the same few guitar riffs, and all the lead singers sound the same, alternating between grunts and squalls like a cat whose tail was caught in a door.
But when my son-in-law, who is a big metal fan, sent me a link to a video by some group called the Texas Hippie Coalition and their song Pissed Off And Mad About It, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my current attitudes towards the Imperial government and the state of our country. Here, let me know what you think.