Friday, April 27, 2007

Goat Friday

image by jarcob  —  click to enlarge

Introducing... Clover, our family’s new patagonian pocket goat.

I acquired Clover on the way to the market last week, when this bloke who called himself Jack traded her for only three beans. I’m almost ashamed of myself because I really took the guy to the cleaners, as those beans were of a variety that takes over your garden practically overnight.

Anyway, Clover, being a patagonian pocket goat, is a very low-maintenance and docile animal.

Very, very docile. In fact, incredibly docile! These patagonian pocket goats are reputed to have the most gentle disposition in the goat world.

So, if I can coax Clover out of her shell, I hope in future to post some pictures of some of her endearing antics.

Um... I haven’t as yet seen any of those said antics, but I’m sure Clover will endear herself to us all when she’s settled into her new home.


Anonymous Kathy said...

"Very, very docile."

Yeah Jacob, and the best part?

No shit! Lol....

27/4/07 7:15 AM  
Blogger Caz said...


Are you serious?

You have a tee wee docile goat?

Holy crap.

I am so jealous.

27/4/07 8:04 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Hmm, I suppose this goaty post does rather upstage the 116 year old goat herder who attributes his longevity to never having married, never having had sex, and to remaining ignorant, the latter of which he says is the secret to long life and happiness.

27/4/07 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Ahh ...But what a boring life he must of had Caz!

27/4/07 9:27 PM  
Blogger Jacob A. Stam said...

I know ignorance is supposed to be bliss, but I'm intrigued as to how ignorance can contribute to longevity.

If he doesn't know about all the unhealthy stuff that'll kill ya, how can he avoid them??

27/4/07 10:04 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Well, let's look at the flip side of that point Jacob.

We now know more about all the good stuff and the bad stuff than any generations in history, yet we are fatter, unhealthier and more ignorant about what is good and bad for us than ever before.

We even have parent groups demanding that the government legislate to have "no fat" removed from packets of full sugar (no fat) supermaket goodies ... because, um, because, um ... parents are really stoopid?

Sorry, but it still makes me shake my head ...

The less you know, the less worries you have?

I actually think there's something in that, except for people with vivid imaginations, but that's another story.

27/4/07 10:33 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

He did have his goat herd Kath.

27/4/07 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

The less you know, the less worries you have?

Damn right Caz!

When my mother had me she was only 20 years old, hadn't read much about childbirth, and was pretty naive.
Doctor said to her that having a baby was like passin' a big stool(And HE would know!) So poor mum had visions of a bar stool...

Well, you get the picture.

However she had no other pre conceived notions..

Me on the other hand, having had children much later.. had read every bloody book I could get my hands on...Trouble was the more I read the more I worried if I was doing things right.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss..

27/4/07 10:48 PM  
Blogger Jacob A. Stam said...

It's a principle going back to the Bible: "With knowledge comes much sorrow..." and obesity, cancer, etc. etc. etc.

I'm still a little confused though, because each of the following seems equally valid:

What you don't know doesn't hurt you.


What you do know does hurts you.


What you know doesn't hurt you.


What you don't know does hurt you.

What's the good of being a superlatively evolved organism if no matter what you know - or don't, as the case may be - you end up being obese and dying of cancer?

(Some groups, including apparently goat-herders, randomly excepted...)

28/4/07 12:23 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

Yes Kath, I was "young" (by today's standards) when I had my one and only, and like a diligent student I read every book about child birth and child raising before The Princess came along.

Even so, being young and silly, all that information didn't bother me too much. I think being young & silly helps salve a lot of whoas! You just kind of get on with it, in naive bliss.

FWIW - I think that these days, with the endless glut of information (enough books are published every single year to keep you busy reading for a hundred years or so, and that's just old fashioned books) society as a whole, and individuals, very definitely, conventiently forget the adage: data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom.

What we really have is data, data, everywhere, and people fail to even apply basic judgement over which data is worth taking notice of, let alone having the capacity to turn that data into information, and apply that information as knowledge, and then gain and exercise wisdom from that knowledge.

That's why people are so seemingly dumb today. They stop at data, believing that it means something.

That's what I think!

28/4/07 5:11 PM  

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