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The building I work in is a sleek reflective aqua tetrahedron, set in landscaped grounds with a stormwater drainage pond ornamental lake.  If you've ever been near a Midwestern pond in October, you know what this means:  geese!

I've decided wild geese are cool.  They don't give a damn about anything, they're mean suckers, you can't make them move or change direction for anything, and they look cool.  Plus, they can make an entire building of executives do a funny tip-toe dance through the parking lot, with no tools other than a strategic overnight dropping of dung. 

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wickedgillie
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Geese rock. And yes, they're mean mofo's! But I still love 'em.
np_complete
Oct. 14th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
They're cool to watch, and they have superb attitude.
kalleah
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Geese are cool. They do what they want. I admire that.
np_complete
Oct. 14th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
They ignore you with prejudice. They're quite majestic in the way they pay no attention to you or your car or your car's horn.

How are things post-vacation? I've been meaning to ask!
capemaynuts
Oct. 14th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Watch out for those feathered stormtroopers in the Spring. They will viciously attack if you go anywhere near their nests. And the stupid birds will build their nests anywhere, including the 4'X4' grass divide between a parking spot and the street in the middle of a mall parking lot.
np_complete
Oct. 14th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
And the stupid birds will build their nests anywhere, including the 4'X4' grass divide between a parking spot and the street in the middle of a mall parking lot.

That *is* stupid. Right now our geese are being fairly civil, just having little conclaves on the median and keeping to themselves.

I've heard of people having geese as watchdogs, actually! although I think that was the domestic white goose.
capemaynuts
Oct. 15th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
We have a very active anti goose policy here in NJ because of how dangerous they are. We've had people have to be hospitalized from attacks. Plus their fecal matter spreads disease. And they can do some serious damage to a small car when they get hit.
We used to have herds (Not flocks,there were too many) of geese that would cross the road by the river. It would take them up to an hour to get the road cleared. But now with the depopulation plans in place, there's rarely more then 30-40 geese around that intersection any more.
And yes, they do use domesticated geese as guard dogs. My uncle used to have one that kept everything out of his back yard.... including my uncle, lol.
np_complete
Oct. 15th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. It used to amuse me when the local geese would migrate on foot from office park pond to office park pond, backing the traffic up for blocks. But I guess if you've never had to deal with huge numbers of them, you don't realize what a problem they can be.
starmalachite
Oct. 14th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I used to work in a clone of your office complex. In good weather, the resident Canada geese would "migrate" between the outdoor lunch areas of the various buildings. They would quite calmly walk single file & stay to the right on the walkways, nodding politely to the humans passing them well within arm's (or neck's) reach. Most of the humans would habitually nod back. ;-) It was all quite civilized; they consistently refrained from dirtying the shared walkway.
np_complete
Oct. 14th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, how cool!

About ten years ago I worked at an office complex near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. It, too, had ornamental lakes (it even had ornamental fish!) So it, too, had geese in large numbers, who would block the driveway and loiter in the good parking spaces, and so on.

Because it was so near the airport, the geese were considered a bit of a flight hazard, so periodically they'd cull them, supposedly driving them about fifty miles south and letting them go. That was the story, anyway.
capemaynuts
Oct. 15th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Supposedly it was geese that brought down the plane that landed on the Hudson River in NYC.
np_complete
Oct. 15th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Wow!
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