Pet Peeve, Open Gates


Awareness of the outside world. “But the Republicans’ move right was always a political gamble. The fact that politics is getting so frantic suggests it is a gamble they are afraid they are losingThe anti-government anti-mask movement also probably seemed like a better idea before the Delta variant hit … But mask mandates are widely popular, and … popular opinion is turning against anti-maskers.” Heather Cox Richardson from Letters from an American: September 7, 2021. I wonder if they are riding yesterday’s horse, i.e. adhering to a formula that worked in the past rather evaluating current conditions.

Close. The. Gate.

It’s not hard. If you open it, close it.

Every time I walk in this particular park, I go around closing gates. It’s a small piece of land, completely surrounded by a fence. You’d think people would get the idea of a enclosed perimeter. But, no.

Secondary pet peeve. The latches too small for the posts.

I’ve always been a bit obsessive about gates. Working at the zoo put that habit over the top. Our barn operates on the theory of horizontal pass-thrus, i.e. step between the rails of the fence. Otherwise, I would spend my life checking and rechecking gates.

All park gates were left in the shut position.

Non-horse folks, do open gates give you the screaming heebee-jeebies, or is it a livestock thing?

Stay safe. Stay sane.

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