Saturday, December 11, 2004

Am I immature for laughing at this?

Sure, it's just a feel-good newspaper feature about a retired lady who won her fight with nature and then wrote a children's book about it. Still, I have to wonder if The Huntsville Times could have picked a better headline than "Feisty Lady won her beaver battle."

Somewhere, copy editors are laughing heartily.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it's a funny title, but...

"The county agent told her the federal government had brought in beavers years ago to stop erosion and flooding in local creeks.
Then this from the county agent: The beaver population increased so quickly that the government used alligators to eat the beavers."

Is this not a rather obvious urban legend? (Or in this case a rural legend I suppose.) Who is dumber, the county agent who actually believes this, or the reporter who printed it without question?

The reason that beavers are on the increase is that beaver pelts are now worth diddly squat. So nobody traps them anymore for the pelts. So the beaver population is exploding, and trappers can charge for removing nuisance beavers.

As you might surmise we've had a little flooding problem too ($250 worth).

I enjoy your blog and your writing style.


9:01 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Thank you kindly for the compliments. Would you by any chance happen to be the finest copy editor I've ever known with the initials "KW"? If so, shoot me an e-mail. And even if you aren't, thanks for climbing aboard this little blog of wonder.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, sorry. Haven't edited copy since the high school newspaper.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Ah, too bad. The media could use more people with an eye for detail like yours.

Out of curiosity, how did you find the blog? I'm always interested in trying to figure out how to increase readership.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found it through the Alabama blogs list on . It didn't have a "new" sign by it but I had not noticed the name before so I checked it out.

Kind of figured from the name that it wasn't a "My name's Krissy, here's my kewl sparkly blog!" type of thing. :)

To increase your readership you probably need to link to some other blogs, and get them to link to you, especially Alabama ones I would think. Good luck!


P.S. I have been known to take a red pen to one of my local newspapers when it bothers me too much. (I've thought about sending it back to them that way but I don't think they'd know a delete mark if it bit them.)

7:07 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Ha ha. I have a friend who refers to the "kewl sparkly" types as "diaryahh bloggers." ("It's cold outside. I'm listening to Britney. Why does no one love me? Think I'll eat a Pop Tart.") But hey, they do come in handy if you ever get in the mood to feel really bad about our education system. :-)

Do you have a blog, by chance? I'd be glad to add a link to it once I figure out a little more about how this HTML stuff works.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been on my "to do" list for the past 3 years or so. Maybe 2005 will be the year!

6:24 AM  

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