What's wrong with this country?

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by chilco » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:36 pm

My friend there has problems with eagles taking his chickens. Eagles, and the guys working for him.
I'm excited about the nalca; I love to make pies.
We're obviously planning on greenhouses; my next area of research will be seed availability. And snow, well, it's a beautiful thing. If I didn't like snow I would probably have to stay in Santa Monica. Or move to Bali, where my brother is.

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by admin » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:25 pm

Yea, from my front door with a cup of coffee in the morning I get to see what I have identified so far:

2 different types of owls. One big pair, one small pair.
a pair of falcons (they are really white under the wings)
a dozen pairs of hawks. They do not seem to catch anything big, but at the same time I see them herding the rabbits across the field in the morning like they have hopes some day of catching one or they do it when I am not looking. Just seems odd in that all the time I have watched them hunt, I have never seen them really nail anything like a rabbit or a mouse, but the owls and falcons get them easily.

One day I let my puppy out in the morning. Two rabbits came flying up and stopped like 3 feet from her. She was only like 8 weeks old at the time, and thought they were dogs that wanted to play. My cat was sitting next to me in the doorway almost peeing herself, bounding up and down, with a "eat them you stupid dog"!! Turns out the hawks were herding them across the field, they ran smack in to the puppy, and then decided the puppy was much less of a threat than the hawks.

One of the reasons I think our environment is in fairly good shape here. The apex predators are doing well around my little piece of dirt.
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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by john » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:31 pm

chilco wrote:If I didn't like snow I would probably have to stay in Santa Monica.
What! It doesn't snow in Santa Monica anymore ... it did when I lived there, or am I just having a senior moment? :o :shock: :?

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by john » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:48 pm

patagoniax wrote:Are we talking about the same Sta Monica?
Okay, so I was experiencing a senior moment! :)

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I lived two blocks away from the person in the photo. 8)
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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by Seabee » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:39 pm

Oh GOD!... Give me Chile anytime of the day...
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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by chilco » Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:26 pm

Seabee wrote:Oh GOD!... Give me Chile anytime of the day...
Exactly! That's 8 blocks from my place. And that photo could have been taken in the dead of winter or the middle of summer......it never changes!

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by rasmataz » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:29 pm

John - Your not having a senior moment. The year I moved to Chile (2007), there was cold front that hit the SoCal, January I believe. I remember that Malibu and West LA got a dusting so, you are not that far off.

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by chilco » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:05 pm

Yeah, Santa Monica has Topanga Canyon protecting it from those massive blizzards happening over in Malibu, ha ha

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by john » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:22 pm

Vina is to Renaca as Santa Monica is to Malibu. Yep! That pesky Topanga Canyon is always causing Malibu problems! :)
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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by chilco » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:01 am

I actually quite like Topanga Canyon, although I want it to be the Topanga Canyon of the 70's. You're right, when I wikipedia'd Renaca, it really did sound like Malibu. Perhaps if I find myself needing a break from the South Latitudes, I'll check it out.

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by otravers » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:04 am

Does Malibu collapse each time it rains and is it covered in graffiti tags? Then yeah it's just like Reñaca.

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Re: What's wrong with this country?

Post by chilco » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:23 am

hmmmm.....they didn't mention those aspects of Reñaca on Wikipedia....although Malibu definitely gets its share of mudslides due to its other share of wildfires.

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