"Life has meaning when you measure yourself against a worthy challenge." As rodentia, squirrels, like the poor, shall always be among us. This said, the answers to Adam's problem are easy:
1) Surrender. Yes, that's right: Start feeding the little buggers. As they are rats, they will eat almost anything that explodes in a microwave and then some: apple cores, pumpkin shells, Halloween candy, you name it. Once you have achieved status with them by freely providing them your detritus, you may scold them for storming the feeder and they will listen (glare at them while chattering and shaking your finger!).They may even curb (not cure) their behavior somewhat, as long as you give a little something every day, aka la mordida.
2) Put out a few bucks at Wal-Mart for a squirrel baffle for your feeder, a plastic dome that will provide you with hours of mirth as the tree-rats jump for the seed, splay themselves on the bell and slide slowly and harmlessly off onto the ground, spitting and cussing squirrel.
P.S.: You are putting out water, aren't you? Cold in the summer, warm in the winter?
I have been telling people for years about the Denver squirrels. They are insane. I've been around squirrels from all over, and none of them compare to Denver squirrels. It is possible they are a government experiment sent here. Just sayin'.
Adam's article made me tinkle a little. It was that funny.
"What's in a Name?," Adam Cayton-Holland, October 26
I was enraged after learning that a Denver bank actually labeled a man a terrorist based solely on his name. This would have never been an issue pre-9/11, and I can honestly say that I am disgusted in the way Americans have adapted their views since. Even though 9/11 happened over five years ago, we have used this tragic incident to create a new racism towards people of Indian and Arab culture and have made it acceptable to ostracize this entire race of people without actually knowing much about the background of their ethnicity.
Instead of blindly placing the blame on an entire culture of people who could not all possibly have been involved with planning the attack on America, we should be looking at our corrupt government and questioning our congresspeople and their motives. It was an attack a long time coming on the twisted leaders of our country, which innocent Americans got the brunt of. Instead of holding the powerful people responsible, we have been taking our anger, sadness and dissatisfaction out on a culture of people who were used as a scapegoat for George W. Bush's ill-thought-out decisions. I hope now with the Bush administration having successfully made a laughingstock out of the U.S, we can become better-informed Americans and make our own decisions when it comes to the acceptance of different cultures. And stop the racism.
Off Limits, November 2
Who is going to finally say it? The new DAM does not work as a space for art or for viewers of art. The truth is, to borrow from the Brothers Grimm, the emperor (Daniel Libeskind) isn't wearing any clothes! The building is a showstopper from the outside -- and then you enter what seems to be a badly designed seagoing vessel -- disorienting, uncomfortable and awkward on all counts. (And this is from a lover of art and a museum supporter who has visited three times -- so far.)
1) The angled interior walls and splaying steps make descending the stairs a challenge (even to a young museum employee).
2) The gallery spaces are nothing but a challenge to curators. And for the visitor, the feeling of being in a funhouse at a carnival takes over as you try to figure out where you are and where you are going.
3) The wasted space both in volume and in floor space is stunning. What is the point of the large and uninteresting foyer between the two buildings? Before Daniel Libeskind, the DAM could exhibit about 3 percent of its collection -- now it's up to 6 percent. Hmmmm.
4) And then there are the omnipresent ticket-scanning stations. Get your ticket, even if you are a member, at the inconveniently located booths across the plaza from the entrance. Then have your ticket scanned as you enter, as you leave the museum shop, as you return from the "old building." Let's think about the cost (and the inconvenience) of that system.