August 9th, 2011

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?


Много пил алкогольных напитков, прогуливал институт, не имел четкой цели в жизни, не было плана как достичь успеха, всё что зарабатывалось - пропивалось.

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?


Много пил алкогольных напитков, прогуливал институт, не имел четкой цели в жизни, не было плана как достичь успеха, всё что зарабатывалось - пропивалось.
kantarou1

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

I don't know of any zoo animals who are capable of surviving in the wild. Usually they stay in zoos because they are injured, or because their habitat has become so rare and precarious that the only way to ensure their species survives is if they stay in zoo breeding programs.
There are species that I'd like to see reintroduced into the wild, but only if their target habitat has become stable and safe enough for a full re-introduction program (which teaches the animals how to survive and gives them support in doing so until they've proven mastery).

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

самый важный урок - не врать!
говорят бывает ложь во имя добра, не бывает такой лжи, даже не может быть.
правильно говорят, что тайное всегда становится явным и ложь тоже всегда раскрывается. Человек,который узнает,что вы ему солгали будет по-иному относится к вам. Лучше пусть горькая но правда! Не обманывайте своим близких людей, если не хотите их потерять.

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

I've learned that life and love, ends and begins. I have lost the people who mean the most to me, and I'll never get them back, but that's how it's supposed to be. I shouldn't force anything. I should let things happen, because now I understand their reasons and I can develop into the person that I'm supposed to me.
Lara Bark

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Я с большим трудом поняла, что со мной все в порядке.

Когда молода, то больше уверенна в своем несовершенстве , а не наоборот.

Правда, для этого мне потребовались годы.

                                       ***

И еще, оказывается, люди могут рождаться старыми. 

Сразу, с пеленок. Без всякого перехода от детства к старости.

И это их собственный выбор.Такое печальное восприятие жизни.


А можно и  в старости оставаться молодым.

Не впадая при этом в старческий маразм.





miley cyrus

Writer's Block: It’s the end of the world as we know it

If you had the option to learn the exact moment and details of your death, would you choose to know?

This is definitely one of those yes and no questions.

Yes, because that would mean would know when you died, and therefore you could prepare for that day. You would be able to do all the things you wanted to do, say all the things you needed to say. It would basically mean planning so you had a quality of life; you would be able to make sure you tick everything off your bucket list.

However, also no. Because, what if your death was murder? What if the person who had killed you had been one of your friends, and you found out how you are going to die long before this person decides they are to kill you? You would live being paranoid and could possibly ruin relationships you have with people. Sure, they're going to end up killing you in the end, but what if there's more to it than that?

But then that leads you straight back to saying yes, that'd be a good idea, because you might think you could stop it if you knew when it was going to happen.

It's a very hard question to answer and I honestly don't know, but there are some good ideas.
varricreactionguy!

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

That if I want to live my life on my own terms I'm going to have to grow comfortable with the uncomfortable reality I'll need to fight uphill, in zero degree weather, in the tundra, with a possibly fatal wound nearly exposing my insides, all for a precious gulp of water waiting on the other side of a fire breathing dragon trained to gnaw on me. On basically any subject important to me. Like oh, being alive.

No pressure, or anything.

Writer's Block: Music of my heart

What’s that one song that always reminds you of the one that got away?

"Teardrops on my guitar" by Taylor Swift because Kenny and me were dating when my bestfriends Emily and Shelby both said they liked him so I dumped because I didn't want to hurt there feelings. When we broke up he started dating Shelby and I sang to him at the my school carnival "Teardrops om my guitar" we were going  to get back together but he moved.

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

It most definitely came with learning to ride the bicycle.
I fell off so many times. Hurting myself but still I got back up.
And finally after all the sweat and tears and bruises I got right on
the bicycle and I was cycling effortlessly.
It was that fighting spirit in me to learn something with the
guidance of my father someone helped me along the way.

and I guess with that as much as I've said I've given up on life I hadn't
yet I can't move on if I don't have that fatherly figure for me there.
A man by my side. I'm dependent in such a way. As much as I want to say and believe that I am independent,
I am not.
Intergalactic warning

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?
Uh, how about none? Since living in captivity means they likely can't fend for themselves. Keiko, for instance. Plus zoos run some v.necessary breeding programs. Reintroduction into the wild of some of the species, on the other hand... Very different from opening a gate and letting an animal wander out.

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?



hah.. that is a loaded question. or should i say it beckons my loaded answer...
ill give a very vague and short synopsis : learned i should have grown up faster, learned things earlier so i didnt have to cope with the aftermath of some unfortunate events. life sucks, life will hit you hard and you didnt see it coming. well, i didnt see a few things coming back then and .. but if i ever spend more than a minute remembering now, i wont come out of it. and ill probably drown.

so biggest life lesson...not everyone is good natured.

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?
I'm still stuck in the middle of it, but so far, I think I've learned that no one will ever take you seriously until you're an adult. Even when you're right. Even when they know you're right and don't want to admit it. It's easy and acceptable to write us off as teenagers so that they don't have to listen. Also, that adults are not afraid to lie to your face. And when you try to confront them, well, see number one.
preppy Heather "Simpson"

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?


Good evening everyone,
Today I was somewhat taken aback by the day's LJ question. It make me think of many lessons I learned during adolescence, but in this post to you tonight I will only talk about one such lesson. I grew up in the small town of Richfield, a charming, quiet, "provincial" place that was spread-out enough to give one enough space to keep a few horses/farm animals on his/her property should he/she have the money and inclination; yet the town was small enough so that pretty much everybody knew everybody not to mention everyone's "personal business". In short, everyone in Richfield knew your name or if you were quiet enough to escape everyone's scrutiny, then they at least knew someone in your family/what your family did for a living and where your family lived. In many ways Richfield was like a typical Midwestern town in that the lifestyle was somewhat laid back and the people had a somewhat more relaxed way about themselves. However, with its small size and love of celebrities and constant search for the latest gossip whether around town or in Hollywood, Richfield was a bit like a suburb outside Hollywood, California-you were allowed to go about your daily life but if you were well-known around town, you were expected to pretty much show up invited to all the neighborhood graduation or birthday parties. In fact, a good way to describe some of the people in Richfield, especially the girls, is through the words of Katy Perry's song "California Gurls". Granted we were not in California nor laying under palm trees naked, but we Richfield girls were very severe on each other when it came to looks, popularity, general "prestige". The most popular girls in my class not to mention the school were over 5'6" tall and they weighed no more than 120 lbs. These girls also made the principal's list (high academic marks) and they played at least one sport, usually softball or cheerleading. Most of these "popular" girls were only nice to their fellow cliques and only hung out with the football player boys (who by the way had their pick of these girls pretty much every Saturday night throughout their high school careers). I had the most classes with some of these "most popular" Barbie dolls during my senior year in high school, where I took 3 Advanced Placement classes (Biology, Spanish, and American Government) and I must say I learned a great deal about the world around me through these girls and here it is:
I, like these most popular girls, made the principal's list, the principal's leadership forum (an honor that most of these girls did not get), I ran Track and Cross Country, I took AP classes, I sang and danced in the elite show choir, I was on the football guys' list of the "girls who got away", and I was a model for one year during high school. One would wonder whether or not I was one of these "most popular girls" and I will answer a shocking "no". I was 5'2" tall, had a muscular build of a gymnast even though I was a runner, and I was shy around the guys until senior year of high school. In short, I learned from this early age that in many parts of our world, it doesn't matter how much of an achiever a woman is or how open and friendly she is to others-if she is not 5'7" tall or taller with a slim build, she will neither be popular with the girls nor popular or pretty enough to consider for a relationship with a guy (whether short or long-term).
Since leaving the world I grew up in behind, my above-mentioned beliefs have changed somewhat via the meeting and brief relationships with a few men. The relationships fizzld out in a matter a couple of months apiece due to our polar differences, but at least the guys saw me for the real, whole"me" :)! The only things left to do when around the guys are to be as friendly as possible for as much as possible and make sure the guy(s) take care of themselves via working out, not smoking, and not drinking too much. But the biggest one: the guy(s) should like me for putting in the effort to look nice for them whenever we go out on a date, do not just "throw me out" of the consideration just becase I am not 6 feet tall and a size 2. What do you all think? Do you believe that so much more of our dating culture is focused more on womens' bathing suit sizes and heights than the actual height, weight, and person that she is considering she's healthy, smart,and physically fit? Anyway, just a thought that I wish to throw out into the void. Take care everyone and all my best wishes for love, success, and happiness in your lives.

warmly,
Heather
Yami no Matsuei/Descendants of Darkness

Writer's Block: Life in the boob tube

What fictional television show would you want to live in? What character would you play?


Hmmm... toss-up between several: possibly "Stargate SG-1". I'd love to be a gender-bent Daniel Jackson, but I'm more likely to be some random base tech. Or some poor sap on another planet who gets a Goa'uld stuck in their head. Or a sap on another planet that gets preached at by the Priors (since I have had many a run-in with real life versions of the Priors).

I'd like to be on Castle: I'd be some random Rick Castle fangirl (note spelling), but I'd likely get killed in some spectacular fashion...

Do anime series count? Because I'd love to be in Yami no Matsuei as some shinigami... and I'd likely be the office drudge who gets nagged by Tatsumi.

Вопрос дня: Ин-яз

What other foreign languages do you know? Which one(s) do you want to learn?

на ближайший месяц, в связи с общением с иностранными студентами три раза в неделю, я не теряю подтянуть мой слабоватый английский. несмотря на филологический факультет, все-таки дела плохи с инглишем.
но еще хуже с французским - был всего пару семестров, а потом оказалось, что у деканата нет денег на него и больше не будет.
так что почему-то именно сегодня вечером, прямо сейчас (видимо, близость Марса сказывается) я села за этот гнусавенький, но милый язык, запихиваю в голову рассыпающиеся крупицы :) 

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

I've never answered one of these before, but something about this question really interested me- probably because I'm still in the stage of adolescence. I'm still figuring who I am and who I want to be- what I like and don't like, what I want to accomplish, how I want to come across to people. I'm still on my journey and still learning new things every day.

So as of right now, I've learned two very important things.

Lesson one:
Keeping a closed mind makes one miss out on both learning and experiencing tons of great things. I've seen this happen time and time again, and I've always said 'I refuse to let that be me.' I'm usually pretty good about being open-minded, but I've also realized that sometimes I get so caught up in trying to accept people for who they are, that I end up judging those who are more close-minded than I am. So I'm still working on that.

Lesson two: Change is one of the very few constants in life- might as well embrace it. That being said, I'm still working on fully embracing the changes that have happened and those that are soon coming. I've always much preferred stability over spontaneity, so change is something that I've always found difficult.


Anyway! I was just in a rambling sort of mood:)
~X~

Writer's Block: Parlez-vous francais?

What other foreign languages do you know? Which one(s) do you want to learn?

Oui je parle un peu français. Not much, just some basics. English, Chinese Hanyu, Chinese Cantonese, Dutch, a bit German, a bit Japanese and a bit Korean. I learned Japanese and Korean from watching drama's and variety shows, so I know just a few words. If I watch the Raw video's, I will understand about 70% from Japanese shows and 25%.Korean shows.
девушка с драконом от миу мау

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Нужно в первую очередь блюсти свои интересы. Кто кроме тебя будет учитывать твои интересы? Не нужно любить всех людей безвыборочно. Нужно быть разным - исходя из ситуации: гибкость - залог успеха :) Нужно вовремя давать сдачи и принимать подарки. А главное - нужно ЛЮБИТЬ СЕБЯ, баловать, радовать и не огорчать :) И почаще делать то, что очень хочется :)

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Урок, что надо бороться до конца и никогда не сдаваться. Нужно проходить все препятствия, все преграды. И даже, если все обстоятельства против тебя, если даже все против тебя, надо бороться...Вот, какой урок и какие знания я вынес.

Writer's Block: No refunds

If you found a wad of cash on the ground, would you keep it? Donate it? Take it to the police?

My biggest regret, is not being there for my father when he died. I guess because I was at my friend's house having an amazing time while he was in his hospital bed hardly breathing since he was on a respirator (sp?). I always wish I could of been there for him just to see him off so that he knew that I loved him. And it does still plague me. But Its not my fault. My mother thought it would be best if I wasn't there to watch him take the last breath. She didn't want me to be upset.
Puchiko

What's up, insomnia. *dies*

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?


I probably wouldn't, since it would inevitably backfire and the animal would eat/trample/maul/gore me to death.

BUT IF I COULD LIVE...

A tiger. They're my favorite animal. Even though keeping them in captivity is probably best for their safety. So truthfully, I'd probably keep the tiger in the zoo, and set something harmless and common free.

Oh wait! No!

I could live my dream!


"Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

I have a feeling I will die INCOMPLETE."

This is from one of those Facebook daily things I did back a few months ago...

Yes. I would free a tiger to selfishly ride it, and then get mauled to death. The best choice.
  • vvi23

Вопрос дня: Назад в дикую природу

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

 
Всегда хочется помочь животному) Жаль лишь только что после зоопарка ему трудно будет жить в естественной природе(((

Среди животных мой выбор - Панда, уж очень люблю я этих китайских медвежат!!!

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Надо было смелей слушать себя и поступать соответственно своим интересам и желаниям, и меньше слушать умников, знающих как надо жить.

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

hmmm, this one depends a lot on if the animal in question was raised in captivity and if it's native. A lot of zoo animals anymore are born and raised in captivity and stand almost no chance when released out into the wild, since their natrual skills aren't honed in captivity, so it would almost be irresponsible to do such a thing. I like to see an animal in it's natrual habitat as much as everyone else, but if it's not adapted for it, you're basically killing it.

however, if the animal wasn't born in captivity and was captured to save it and still has it's natrual adaptation to it's natrual environment, then i'd have to say the Tiger. It's such a beautiful creature, majestic, tough, adaptable and playful.

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Самого важного урока я припомнить не могу,  жизнь каждый день преподносит уроки.
Нужно меньше себя любить, а больше других. И, человека, который к тебе тянется, не обидеть ничем.
Да, вот пожалуй, главное, - ненароком не обидеть доверчивую простую душу...Вот это люто не терпит Господь.
Этот раскаленный камешек как врежется, так врежется, хрен достанешь...
taylor swift, blank space

Writer's Block: Stomach pains

If you had to participate in an eating contest, what food would you pick to eat?

I would probably choose macaroni and cheese. It's really delicious and there's really no way to tire of it. I mean people watch their carbs and stuff but honestly, mac and cheese is the way to go. There are so many different ways to edit the recipe that there's almost no way to mess it up.
zoo, summer fun, birds

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

No. The animals are much much more likely to NOT be poached in a zoo, whereas many are EXTINCT (or nearly so) in their natural habitats due to poaching. Plus, Ohio weather SUCKS.  We get the WORST of everything, arctic winters and tropical summers. Few zoo animals can survive how extreme the seasonal temperature changes are, especially when where they come from doesn't have that extreme a change.

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?


Hmmm, well I learned a lot about my family...Ahem. ¬.¬

Despite that, I learned the basics like any adolescence. However, not everything in life is learned in adolescence, in fact, even today one is still learning new things about the world, their surroundings, and even those close to them. The thing about life is that it's a constant learning curve, if you let it become one. There will be always something learn, and in our life time, one cannot possibly know everything. As long as you keep your mind open, you will always learn something, either about yourself, philosophy, hell even dreaded and senseless politics. Point is, life is an infinite book of learning. Not just through adolescence but through a life time.

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?
If I could, I'd set the tigers and the wolves free. Both animals are beautiful to me and I don't like the idea that they are caged.
Then again, maybe it is safer for the tigers to be at the zoos. Tigers are becoming extinct, well to my knowledge the white ones spacifically. The white tiger is extremely beautiful and they are hunted for their coats. Hum, maybe they are safer where they are. I just don't like to see animals caged at all.

As for the wolves, i just think they should be allowed to roam free. They can be pretty tame actually. I know you are probably thinking, "What the hell? A tamed wolf?" Well, yes.
One of my best friends, Crystal from high school had a dog that was half wolf and half German Sheppard. His name was Lobo and he was one of the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen. Lobo for those who don't know means wolf in spanish. Lobo was one of the most gentle and friendly dogs I'd met. He was a lot more friendly than some other dogs I had come across that were just the normal breeds. Sadly, Lobo got sick and had to be put to sleep. When Crystal told me, I cried. I miss Lobo, he was awesome. He thaught he was a lap dog he did. He was huge but he'd try to sit on your lap anyway. Most of the time when I'd go to her house I ended up sitting on the floor and letting Lobo lay his big head and his front paws in my lap. He loved being pet and scratched behind his ears. He had some of the most beautiful eyes I'd ever seen on a dog. I'd love to have a half wolf,-half German Sheppard for a guide dog. That would be really cool! But I digress.

I don't know, this is a hard question for me because I truely believe that animals should be free. I don't like to see any animal caged. I know it's necessary but it doesn't mean I have to like it. But as i have stated above about the tigers, maybe some animals are safer that way. No hunters, no trappers and no reasons for people to kill animals because they attacked someone.

Y'know what i wish? I wish I could set a sanctuary for wild animals. It would be a place where they would be allowed to roam and not have to get stared at day after day. They'd have plenty to eat and they could increase the population of their kind and not have to worry about going extinct. Yep that's me, always the one to want to rescue animals, and people too. I did lots of animal rescuing when i was a child, but that's another entry for another day.

I'm off now to get ready for work. I'll write again soon.
No Approval

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?


Wow, this question needs so much more context.

My immediate answer is 'fuck no!'. Generally, zoo animals are born and raised in captivity. And while a large number of Western zoos try to mimic natural life for their wards as best as they can, few actually achieve it. These animals don't hunt live meat, have never seen a natural predator, and have learned survival and social skills for a zoo environment, not a natural environment. They're used to regular veterinary care, and haven't built up the resistance needed to live in the wild. They have been exposed to entirely different bacteria, are used to humans and the trappings of civilization, and to just release a zoo animal into the wild is a disaster waiting to happen.

There's a reason that when animals escape from the zoo, they end up wandering around residential neighborhoods and not the woods.

Obviously, there are Bad Zoos. There are some Very Bad Zoos. But I would more likely bust an animal out of a bad zoo and rehome it with a wildlife park, refuge, or rescue zoo.

Now, there are some cases where a zoo animal could be released, but it's rare. (And I mean specifically zoo animals.)

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Quest for immortality. ПОИСК БЕССМЕРТИЯ. С детства, сколько себя помню.
 Впрочем, может и не зря. В итоге, я для себя ответил на этот вопрос к 26 годам. Я дал себе слово, лет в 15,  что если не найду , то застрелюсь. С той поры прошло много времени, но то, что я узнал и понял тогда- так и не изменилось и  осталось со мной до сих пор...

Quest for immortality
. From his childhood as I can remember.
  However, it can not in vain. In the end, I for myself have answered this question in 26 years. I promised myself, in 15 years, if not found, then shoot myself. Since then, much time has passed, but what I learned and understood then, and has not changed and stayed with me until now ..

f/f, shipping, girls, anthy, utena

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

None, and never. Where would I send it? Do you mean, "Break open its cage and let it run wild"? Yeah, that's a great idea. I can just see the headlines "Panicky wild animal goes on urban rampage, kills 6 before felled by tranq overdose. Film at 11, autopsy tomorrow at 8."
And let it out into the wild? Free to suffer heat, cold, flooding, drought, starvation, death by predator or rival, or the ravages of disease?
Modern day zoos pride themselves in providing the best care for all their animals. They take pains to recreate their natural environments, keep their animals well-socialized, minimize human contact, stimulate animals with creative toys and challenges, and provide top-notch veterinary care.
The days of zoos being torture chambers full of cramped, bare cages is long past, and  saying that all non-domesticated animals should proudly run free is foolish and misguided.

Why yes, I am a cynic who loves to crush Romantic dreams and tells children the Easter Bunny doesn't exist; why do you ask?
Rodney
  • rellan

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?


No, because even though they are still wild animals, they have become 'institutionalized' and I don't believe they could survive in the actual wild. The survival instincts have dulled to the point of uselessness no matter how many 'games' the zookeepers use to keep those insticts alive.
CCartoon Miranda & Andy

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?


Birds would probably be the best and safest for the animal itself. I fear any other animal would not benefit from freedom as well as the bird. There's to big of a possibility that the animal has been born in captivity or caught at a young age and would not know how to survive in a wilder environment.
scholes_themaestro
  • zat_9

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

That there are two groups of people: Those who appreciate you and those who don't.
And never ever waste your time to impress people who don't appreciate you because no matter how hard you try, they still won't. Try to be around those who appreciate you instead.

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Хоть моя молодость еще вовсю идет, я с детства "выучила" такой урок: нужно ценить близких, никто не знает, сколько продлится жизнь. Может, всех нас скоро не станет (тьфу-тьфу-тьфу), поэтому нужно пользоваться каждым  моментом, чтобы быть с ними.
cathouse

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

If I could? No. 
  • That animal has been raised in captivity, socialized with others raised in captivity - to return it to the wild would be as cruel as shooting them and leaving them to die a slow and painful death.
  • Animals can and do love and have emotions, and if the animal has a close relationship with their carer, separation from their carer would cause them emotional pain. One of my cats is still grieving the loss of his friend ten years later.
  • In the wild, many endangered species are subject to poaching - not to eat, but to take their body parts, leaving the rest to rot. It's disrespect of the highest order and wanton destruction on the order of clearcutting a forest to make a box of toothpicks. Keeping endangered species in a zoo is essentially banking their genetic material against the day humans get a fucking clue. 

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Сначала думать, потом говорить/делать! Безостановочная болтовня и необдуманные поступки доставили немало :) до сих пор есть несколько идиотских выходок, за которые приходится краснеть, вспоминая... нда...
fuck-with-me

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?


No, I wouldn't. Several reasons
Chances are the animal in the zoo is in nothing like it's natural environment outside the zoo - most usually zoos house animals from entirely alien places (eg releasing an african animal in Toronto or an Australian animal in NY)

This would lead to one of two things - either the ensured death of the animal (far more likely) or the damage and destruction of the local habitat (maybe not seen as much of a problem in the middle of a city - but still a risk)

If a zoo was keeping it's animals in very poor conditions however I would find a way to apply pressure to have the animals moved to a more suitable location.

The other issue - for 'local' animals is that they do not know how to live in the wild, they lack the skills to fend for themselves, find food, avoid predators. This spells a sure death for the animals too.

Вопрос дня: Назад в дикую природу

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

Я бы освободила всех диких кошек. Они самые несчастные. Они свободные, дикие, грациозные вынужденны умирать в двух квадратных метрах клетки.
boobie-bounce

Writer's Block: Study break

What are you studying or did you study in school? Is it related to what you want to do for your career?


Am studying social service work - it's a career direction change - oneof the few growth industries here - mental health care

did study science (zoology) and I wanted to go there - but the courses ruined it for me, and the employment options were not what first appeared.
alice curtsey

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

Maybe yes Maybe no.  I have no interest into sending some poor animal to its death because some idiot wants it to "live free".  On the other hand if the animal can survive in the wild and isn't reliant on humans to take care of it (i.e. wouldn't be taken out by the next apex predator it encounters because it doesn't have a fear factor, or get shot by humans because it's not afraid and moseys on in to share their trash), and can be adapted back to the wild, then I don't see why not. I mean look at Christian the lion, he made it… but I know that most likely is not a typical outcome.

However, the sad truth is with the wild portions of our world are ever dwindling.  Many species are already overpopulated or don’t have that great of a chance of survival due to no space or adaptability. Look at Pandas, they aren’t doing so hot in the wild, which is really sad. The odds of some animals truly surviving and continuing to populate the species aren’t very good…. And I don’t think releasing lions to the wild in Texas would be that great of a plan either. Sure there’s lots of space, and the climate wouldn’t be too bad… but seriously I can hear the angry ranchers from here. 

SO yes, if the animal can be released and there is a reason for its release I vote yes. If the animal’s chances of survival are low I vote no. I don’t plan to release my cat to the wild. It would be cruel and he’d probably get killed pretty quickly by another animal, a person, a vehicle, or starve. I truly believe the same can be said of some, but not all, zoo animals.


Green Lantern
  • tkchan

Writer's Block: Into the wild

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?


I wouldn't, because I'm not an idiot or an asshole. Even animals that are being abused by circuses tend to cause severe issues once they are "set free". Elephants that have been abused have been known to suffer PTSD and kill and rape others. They need to be rehabilitated through reserve programs before they can just be let go. :/
  • sma111

Вопрос дня: Ошибки молодости

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

Для меня, пожалуй - это понимание того, что не нужно сдаваться! ;-)
Жизнь очень занимательная и интересная штука.
Сегодня все хорошо - завтра похуже или вообще плохо.
НО! Это не значит что так будет всегда до конца твоей жизни.
Впереди еще очень много и того, что будет радовать, и того что огорчит.
Живи тем что радует!!! :-)
journal

Writer's Block: Growing pains

What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

While there are many, many lessons I could list (such as never drink anything you and your best made from a variety ingredients including everything from cayenne pepper to Dr. Pepper and then named it The Concoction) there is one moment that really stood out to me and I still think about it on a regular basis:

Nothing stays the same.

I remember the day my grandmother sold her house. The gorgeous, 5 bedroom home with the HUGE backyard and the deer and the banana tree, and the holly bush in the driveway, where I used to catch lizards. The house we made Christmas cookies at every year in our pajamas. The house with the sailfish on the wall in the living room over the sofa. The house with the formal dining room that had a funny smell from all of the antiques.

I remember that house better than I remember most of the childhood homes that I grew up in, and even though it's been 11 years, I still feel a bit of surprise every time I think about an upcoming visit and remember I'll see her at her condo, not at that house.

I grew up a lot when she sold it. It was the defining moment where I realized that nothing is permanent. To an extent, the knowledge that for the rest of my life the only things from that house that I will have are memories and pictures has helped me "let go" of other things that have changed, like all of the other million moves I have made. I will never again see the view from the patio of my first apartment in San Antonio, or lay on my living room carpet in the sunlight from the huge window of my apartment in Lufkin. Nor will I ever see the inside of the dorm room I lived in when Ramzi and I first started dating. All I can take from these places are memories, and that makes me sad, but I know that memories are really the only thing we have in life, and the rest of our life is spent making more memories. I've got some good ones to make yet!