Sunday, March 19, 2006

The best thing about California

When it rains, instead of having sidewalks and streets covered by worms—as is common in the midwestern states with which I am most familiar—we get sidewalks and streets covered by snails. And, as everybody knows (well, they should know anyway), snails kick ass. Most pro-Caifornia propaganda is centered upon the ocean, the weather, Hollywood, the economy, and the smug sense of self-superiority that people seem to get by calling themselves Californians. These things are all well and good, but I think more focus should be placed upon our wonderful and enormous populations of snails. You can keep the traffic, the pollution, the Hollywood politicos and the "Two-Buck Chuck," but give me the gastropods!

10 comments:

Becka said...

But Dave, they're cannibalistic! It's really quite gross. And they make such a slippery mess when they(inevitably)get stepped on.

Catherine said...

Dave! Did you KNOW that snails are my favorite "animal?" (I know that's not the right word, but you know what I mean). They are! They have been for years! They are soooo amazing!!!!

Cool Cath

Dave said...

Becka -

Maybe you go around murdering snails, but that certainly doesn't mean the rest of us do! And as for the cannibalism, that's just part of their mystique!

Dave said...

Cath -

Actually you are correct. Snails are in the Animalia Kingdom. I didn't realize that you liked them, though! That's cool. Hmmmm...I wonder if we have a genetic propsentiy for gastropod appreciation? ;)

Becka said...

I wasn't saying that I kill them. That's even grosser because then the bottom of your sneakers are slippery. I avoid stepping on them at all cost. Maybe I just haven't yet learned to appreciate them. You are really stretching with the whole mystique thing there. You and Catherine go with your sibling solidarity though. :)

Dave said...

Becka -
Well, I'm relieved to hear that you aren't guilty of snail homicide. Maybe someday you'll learn to appreciate them like the McNiel/Carlson's do.

...Or not. ;)

Catherine said...

Its true, Dave! I once spent a very happy hour or two watching a snail slowly creep across the driveway. And, in the few picture we framed from our honeymoon, one of them is of a snail I saw. Is it nature, or nurture???

Cath

Dave said...

I don't know. Maybe we should encourage mom and dad to have another child who they can give up for adoption to a family in Sri Lanka. Then, after twenty years or so, we can call him/her up and ask if he/she thinks snails are really cool. Then maybe we can decide whether its nature or nurture.

Catherine said...

Hmmm. Not only is that a really bad idea, I'm pretty sure it is officially impossible. Let's allow it to remain a mystery. :)

Dave said...

Hmph. You just have an underdeveloped sense of scientific curiousity!