Responsibility.....

..... about two months ago, the fellows who lived across the street from me left their home in a rush and moved to Belize..... missionary duty, I've been told since, but it was literally a case of one day they are watering their lawn, and the next they are having a garage sale and selling their bedroom set........ and two days later they were GONE........ hey, I respect anyone who would sally forth to do missionary work, but something about their whole "exit" just seemed a bit irresponsible......

.... the area surrounding their home - and the covered breezeway that connected the garage to the house - is an absolute jungle...... ivy runs rampant..... shrubs, hanging baskets, and ferns surround their house to the point that if you saw a Japanese soldier peep his face out after dark, you'd swear that you were in New Guinea ALA 1942.....

.... anyhow, after my annual 4th of July fireworks display this past year showered their vacant lawn with the left-over sticks from my 50 or so rockets, I wandered over to retrieve them one afternoon.... and that was when I discovered that - buried among the dense, tropical undergrowth, they also had two small koi ponds that were absolutely filled to the brim with 8-inch long koi carp..... I must admit that I was shocked and awed at the same time...... I mean, I just wasn't expecting to find such a bowl full so close to my own home..... it's odd, I know, but I stood there for the longest time just watching the fish..... eventually the mosquitoes ran me off, and I wandered back to my own house...... but that night I couldn't wait to tell The Missus of what I had discovered.....

..... fast forward to today...... a light thunderstorm had just passed and the Sun had broken through after lunch..... so I walked through to the living room where The Missus was curled on the couch.....

... "C'mon.... let's go.... put your shoes on.... I told you about those fish a month ago..... let me show them to you!"......

...... I'd told her about them the day that I first discovered them, but she'd never taken the time to go and look for herself...... so I took the lead, and we set off down the driveway.......

.... after arriving at the edge of the neighbor's jungle, it dawned on me that I should have asked her to wear more than the flimsy flip-flops that she had chosen as footwear...... the honeysuckle and morning glory vines were so dense that it was quite difficult for ME to walk, much less for a person only wearing shoes that were connected to feet with only a thin strap.... but still, she soldiered on while I followed behind.....

.... and what a sad, sad sight we found when we finally arrived at the pools...... two dead adults were floating - half decayed..... and the water itself was a deep forest-green..... the pumps and filters had stopped weeks ago once the county had turned off the power, and the water was hot, thick, smelly, and stagnant......

.... she was disgusted and trod off around the corner to peek into the windows of the abandoned house....... I, with ever the attention to detail, stood stone-still and examined the details of the pool.... the lilies, the ivy, the flat stones...... I was searching for life among the death...... and after five minutes or so, I saw the faintest flick of a white tail swish just below the surface, and I knew that there were fish still alive in the pool......

.... I looked around and found a fishnet that had been discarded in the vines, and I started scooping....... my third swipe reaped a minnow - twisting and flipping itself into the air as I examined the bottom of the dip-net......

.... there was an empty and unused garbage bag on the breezeway that I used to collect water in...... and into that water I deposited my baby koi...... five more minutes of netting resulted in two more minnows........

..... and so now, I have three baby koi carp living in an old glass salad bowl in my kitchen...... if they survive until morning, I will go into town and buy them a proper bowl and some food..... and if they are alive in the morning?...... I may even go back to the neighbor's house and see if I can find any more survivors......

..... if we humans create something that contains life for our pleasure, we should maintain it...... and it really, really pisses me off that a family of humans could traipse off halfway around the world to be missionaries for God, and leave those creatures to die.... slowly.... hopelessly.......

.... life is life, rubberneckers...... and every speck of life is to be respected.... sometimes things need to be killed, of course... but hunt what you need, eat what you kill, and leave the rest to enjoy itself as best it can..... and if you put something in a cage for your pleasure, then you should damn sure take CARE of it...... making any creature suffer is just beastly on the part of the human.....

.... so, anyone who has any knowledge of keeping fish, I'm all ears...... I've never owned a fish before - until now..... and they are much too small to fry up with some chips, so I'm kinda stuck....... pointers are definitely welcome.......

by Eric on July 31, 2010 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Get some anti-chlor for the tap water. Feed them sparingly. Google is your friend.

Fish are so tranquil and enjoyable, it's a shame anyone would just leave them. Running from an eviction, maybe, and took it as a chance to go on vacay in Belize?

My long-ago fish pond got raided by osprey. It made me cry to see the carnage, but the birds were likely quite pleased with themselves. Food chain wild kingdom in my back yard.

Bullshitted by Joan of Argghh! on July 31, 2010 09:40 PM

Did they make it through the night?

Bullshitted by Yabu on August 1, 2010 06:16 AM

My daughter has a koi pond. I'll ask her for advice and get back to you.

Bullshitted by LeeAnn on August 1, 2010 07:36 AM

Koi grow fast... you'll be wanting to build a koi pond yourself before too long. Our friends Gary and JoAnn have such a pond in their back yard, and it is a great source of pleasure. And them is some honkin' big feesh.

Bullshitted by Elisson on August 2, 2010 01:26 PM

Come on, dude. Quit teasing us and tell us the latest about the damn skunk!

Bullshitted by zonker on August 2, 2010 10:54 PM

Hunt what you need and eat what you kill?

I'm looking forward to the first report of your skunk pie....

Bullshitted by Mark on August 3, 2010 01:45 PM