The Cider’s Empty
“Every time I was out on patrol it was like going to the movies. I knew there’d be a show playing, I just never knew what kind of a show it would be. It seemed as though there always was a big surprise hiding around the corner. During these times, I got to see the very best of my neighbors and, at other times, I witnessed the very worst!”
The dictionary describes character as “the pattern of behavior or the personality found within an individual; his or her moral constitution.” Without fail, every town in my patrol area had its share of memorable characters. You know, those types of folks who for one strange reason or another, managed to stand out above the rest.
Many of the characters with whom I became so well acquainted with seemed to exhibit and an attitude of total defiance for most of the wildlife laws governing our society. A total and blatant disregard of the rules of the game, one might say.read more
My pal Dana was promoted to become a department pilot shortly after I began my career with the organization. Prior to his promotion Dana was a district warden. His patrol area bordered mine, so we had a few opportunities of working in the field together. Without any doubt, Dana was a wild cowboy. Every move he made was done hurriedly and in a complete hyped up rush including his driving and flying habits. He often bragged about how he could land in a real tight spot with the departments small piper cub aircraft.read more
How many folks do you suppose could lay claim to the fact that they had a live Great Horned Owl perched as a decoration within their Christmas tree? Those wildlife critters and my mothers tender-loving-care along, with knowing and respecting those dedicated wardens in Southern Maine during the early years of my youth, are what provided me with a host of memories that I shall never forget.read more
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