Workin' overtime to meet a deadline, sorting out the old house, settling into the new, drumming, living & loving.
Managed to get out bushwalking on the weekend: headed up to Mt. Field with the awesome Hobart Kat. Good times were had and the dodgy hip held out. This weekend is finishing the repair-work & gardening at the old digs and hopefully finishing assembling furniture here at the new. Took a raincheck on an invitation to a sailing trip that was as much about networking as leisure. Thankfully the weather's forecast to be grim anyway so we're rescheduling.
Have dispatched 2 poor little meeces thus far, and am not finding evidence of any more whiskered squeakers. Will leave the traps set for a few more days just in case.
Speaking of, here's a mini-rant about modern rodent control: my local supermarket only sold one type of mousetrap - a re-usable plastic spine-snapping design that does the job quickly and cleanly - but several types of rodent poison and sticky traps. This horrifies me! I dislike killing anything but recognise that mice in the house need to meet their demise (catch & release will only result in their inevitable return). So if I'm in the business of death I want to make it as quick and humane as possible for the poor little critter.
Back-breaking traps do this. A quick snap and it's all over bar the involuntary twitches. It's not nice, but as far as deaths go it's a pretty neat one. Poisons, on the other hand, are a horrible way to go: the animal suffers painfully, potentially for hours. Sticky-deaths aren't all that much better, causing significant distress to the whiskery one.
So why only one form of quick death but so many options for cruelty and suffering? Because we don't want to confront that we're killing another creature. Snap it's back in a trap and you have to despatch the fuzzy corpse the next morning, getting close and personal with the consequences of your actions. Poison the nibbler and you hope you'll never have to see the body, living in sweet denial of your death-dealing ways.
You know what? Harden the fuck up Australia. Either way you're taking a tiny life; make the right choice and do it quickly and less cruelly and deal with the viscerality of your actions. That or leave the rodents in peace and take up veganism. At least then you'll have an ethical leg to stand on.
Meanwhile, have an opinionated post about capitalistic democracy, toxic culture and change over at the Shape of Things to Come. No guarantee of factuality or logical consistency is made.
(it's late, I'm tired and ran out of arsedness)