Friday, December 22, 2006
  Charlotte's Web is coming out
And I swear, even the movie trailers piss me off.

I guess I just really don't understand people.

We all love an escape story. You know, you hear about a cow or a pig that escaped off the slaughterhouse truck. It gets caught, sent back to the slaughterhouse. Meanwhile, the media has picked up on the story and the public is in an uproar – let that brave animal live!

Examples: Queenie, Emily.

Then John Q. Public goes back to eating his cheeseburger, not giving a thought to the fact that it could very well be Queenie’s brother on his plate. At the least, it is another creature that is just as feeling, whose life is just as important to him as Queenie’s was to her.

So this Charlotte’s Web, it makes me think along the same lines. It makes me think of how horribly ignorant people are about their meat, and if not ignorant, then damned uncaring. And how little sense it makes to root for one pig when millions and millions die in our slaughterhouses each year.

The trailers just piss me off. Most of the people involved with the movie eat meat (this seems like greedy capitalization, if you ask me) and most people who will see it and be so touched by it eat meat.. Makes no sense. Arrrr.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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