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wild-west-wind
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Nature, paleontology, science, history and some random creative stuff I do sometimes. ~~~~~ 27 | CA/WY/MT/IL | Queer | Natural Science Educator The name is AJ ~~~~~ Chaotic Good Human Park Ranger, The World's Greatest Detective ~~~~~ Opinions stated in this blog are my own and do not represent the opinions or policies of my employers
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wild-west-wind · 18 hours ago
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Everytime I hear the phrase "Great Minds think alike" I am inevitably reminded that the German equivalent is "Zwei Dumme ein Gedanke" (Two Idiots same thought)
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wild-west-wind · 22 hours ago
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wild-west-wind · a day ago
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The sun rises:
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Love the transition from squirrels yelling time to elk yelling time (sunset)
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wild-west-wind · a day ago
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Love the transition from squirrels yelling time to elk yelling time (sunset)
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wild-west-wind · a day ago
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Coming to terms with the reality that I won't be able to afford to buy all the stuff I need to survive a -30F winter, so instead I'll be wearing my light Goretex rain jacket over the top of a uniform winter jacket, and pretending that I like to casually wear all green head to toe. As long at the NPS insignia is hidden it's okay I think!
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wild-west-wind · a day ago
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pliny the elder sailing towards pompeii: oobh i got pliny of time
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wild-west-wind · 4 days ago
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In a really weird headspace right now and tbh I can't wait until I have 24 miles of trail and two days in front of me, because tbh I'm about ready to flush myself down the toilet to live with my brethren in the sewers.
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wild-west-wind · 5 days ago
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the maned wolf is a large canine native to south america. despite its name, they are not wolves and are actually solitary animals without a pack structure. they are also omnivorous, and play an important role in distributing fruit seeds. the maned wolf is named for its ‘mane’ of fur down its neck and back; another of their recognizable traits is their disproportionately long legs.
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wild-west-wind · 7 days ago
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It's now in writing. I need to pass a new background check, but in early October I should transition over to a permanent Park Ranger from my current seasonal position.
Same park, but now much, much colder!
Got something that might metastasize into good news and now my brain is going to be a ruinous tempest of silverware and shit for the rest of the month.
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wild-west-wind · 10 days ago
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Live to go to sleep listening to the siren like wails of a boy-elk's fuck song.
It's such a spooky noise and I know they're all fucking moist somehow head to hoof when they do it...
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wild-west-wind · 11 days ago
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wild-west-wind · 11 days ago
why do you and others like vaccines so much?
not dying of preventable diseases is actually one of my favorite hobbies
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wild-west-wind · 12 days ago
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The Sun, in all her stages~
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wild-west-wind · 13 days ago
Aren’t park rangers a type of cop?
Most aren't, but some are.
Park Rangers were originally US Cavalry, frequently Buffalo Soldiers. After the start of WWI the National Park service was founded to free up personnel for the war effort.
Early Park Rangers did everything, from police type work, to ranging out into the back country to stop poaching or illegal encroachment on Federal Lands, to educational talks, to selling entry passes, to building cabins, to conducting scientific research.
After WWII it became clear that such a system sucked shit, and they broke up the monolithic all-in-one park ranger into Back country, law enforcement, EMT/Fire, visitor use, maintenance, education technicians, Resource management, Ranger-Naturalists (who were later renamed Interpretive Rangers), and more.
There is overlap (I sell entry passes sometimes, am frequently pulled in to help with searches, and do make contact with folks about resource violations, in addition to my role as a park educator), but mostly we each end up in our own little boxes, interacting, but not really doing each others' duties.
In a lot of ways the Park Service in a large park shows what happens when you defund and decentralize police, but don't disband them. Police type folks mostly focus on big shit (major resource damage, poaching, Search and Rescue, violent crime) and traffic. Educators do most of the rest, teaching and showing why rules exist, rather than enforcing them on threat of violence.
This mostly works, and is often less monsterously shitty than city policing, but it certainly has flaws, shortcomings, and outright horrific bullshit. Some parks are better than others.
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wild-west-wind · 14 days ago
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They told me I'll probably be in the apartment of a person who has told me "they'll have to replace the carpet anyway, I'm just going to leave the place dirty and if they fine me that's okay."
She has a big dog that shits on the rug constantly and I am allergic to dogs. Hopefully my being allergic to dogs is enough to get me in a place with a wood stove. I want to be cozy by the fire while living in the perpetual night.
Got something that might metastasize into good news and now my brain is going to be a ruinous tempest of silverware and shit for the rest of the month.
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wild-west-wind · 14 days ago
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TIL in 2001 a Nova Scotia man was barred from a hotel after leaving a window open in his room allowing seagulls to enter; drawn by the intoxicating smell of pepperoni. The room was destroyed. His ban was lifted in 2018 after a heartfelt plea to hotel management.
via reddit.com
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