Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fools, Damn Fools, and Tourists

There are fools, damn fools, and tourists, but I repeat myself (to paraphrase Mark Twain).

Roam around the Internet and you can find a story after story of people not respecting wildlife, or even domestic farm animals.

One incident that sticks in the memory was on NM Hwy 64 headed East out of Cimarron towards I 25. A minivan was pulled over with the tailgate up next to a fence with bison on the other side. 

 I stopped, wondering  if they needed help. Turned out they were trying to open the gate (locked) so their kids could get closer to the “buffalo”. On the gate was a sign similar to this.

They became highly offended when I tapped on the sign and said, “Just how dumb a shit are you, dumb shit”? I just drove on. What else?

County fairs and rodeos are another place to see the fools. I believe nearly every state has some variation of an equine law.

You can find some variation of these signs everywhere.

 Doesn’t deter the fools.

I won’t even get started on people stopping at any place, like blind curves, for a photo opportunity.

Yes, I'm aware of the irony of this rant compared to my blog title.


Ami said...

One winter, I recall seeing tourists stopped in Red Mountain Pass above Ouray. They were parked next to the sign that said NO PARKING AVALANCHE DANGER.
Taking pictures. Standing next to that sign.

We kept driving, hoping the vibrations and noise they were making didn't kill us.

Stupid fuckers.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Right up there with parking in front of a runaway truck ramp.

Personally, I won't stop anywhere on Red Mountain Pass unless I've no choice.

Old NFO said...

They ARE out there every day... And sue like hell when something happens... sigh

Well Seasoned Fool said...

But, but, but, it wasn't their fault! Somebody needs to pay.

Scotty said...

We have people feeding the bears here in Florida. They are clueless and then outraged because somebody gets mauled that doesn't have food to offer the bears! Then the animal is destroyed for merely being a bear.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Probably the same people who try to pet an alligator.

Old NFO said...

Yeah, that somebody being US... sigh

OldAFSarge said...

They are everywhere.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

So true, and, their children learn from their example.

DoninSacto said...

It's dangerous to try to convice a dumbass that he's a dumbass when he already knows he's a dumbass.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

You are, of course, correct. One man I worked with said I have the fitness of a D-9 at full throttle.