The Rider

May 26, 2010

Take A Gander At This

Filed under: Steve's Stuff — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

You just can’t reason with a goose.

And trust me, I’ve tried. Oh, how I’ve tried.

It’s spring once again and this means the bike path along the Olentangy River is filled with fluffy and adorable little goslings and their incredibly protective parents.

Get close to their precious little babies—which is all but impossible not to do since the entire family just stands there, right in the middle of the path, blocking the way, refusing to move their webbed feet—and Mom and Dad go into a regular and literal hissy fit.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m scared of geese.

Like you wouldn’t be afraid of these fine-feathered fiends?

Of course you would. And you know exactly what I’m talking about if you use the path.

This is the beginning of a recent column I wrote for Columbus Monthly. If you’d like to read the rest, click here.

I’m posting the link because I know I’m not alone … and there are a lot of you out there who have had battles with geese – and maybe even a few other members of the Animal Kingdom. So, tell us about your adventures! Click on the “Leave A Comment” button and tell us about your close encounters with geese … and the outcome.

BTW: Great illustration by Mario Noche.

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