It was 18 degrees F this morning and the ground is covered with snow, but when I was driving my son to school this morning I saw a kid walking to school dressed in shoes, a parka, gloves, and shorts.
In other local news, the dog very enthusiastically called my attention to a pheasant in my backyard last week. Right here in the middle of town! It was a big, beautiful bird, with a flowing tail, and it was trying without much success to leave. Consensus amongst the neighbors is that it was a confused pheasant, probably lost or otherwise estranged from the wildlife refuge on the edge of town, where they get fed cracked corn.
And not long ago there was a home invasion here in my part of Wisconsin—by a goat. It seems a woman heard a "commotion" at her door, which she took for knocking. When she opened her door, a "strange" goat pushed its way in. (A rude strange goat.) It then proceeded to make its way about her house, knocking things over and generally causing an uproar. In the recording of her 911 call, the homeowner was quite volubly upset. She had many complaints about the goat's behavior. I wish I could somehow replicate for you the very distinctive way one says "goat" with a heavy Wisconsin accent when one is in a state of alarums. But—and this is somehow very typically Wisconsin—after she got to know it, the woman decided it was a nice goat, and that she liked it, so at last report she has decided to keep it. If no one claims it.
And if it wants to stay, of course.
In statewide news, it turns out that our government has been taking Federal anti-terrorism money for quite some time now, but not actually spending any money on anti-terrorism measures. While not strictly ethical on the face of things, this has a certain hard-headed practicality. We have more pressing things to spend money on, and we really don't have all that much here worth blowing up. And besides, it's too darned cold for terrorists.
Featured Comment by John Camp: "You have dozens of vulnerable cheese factories."