Thursday, June 25, 2009
This picture was taken in 1946, and shows a group of armed Bedouins on horseback. These men were part of an Arab Legion cavalry unit supporting King Abdullah. The picture was taken in Amman, Transjordan. It looks to me like a very fine set of horses they have.
DOMESTIC UPDATE: Project Peacock continues to move forward. We did have a little setback in the program yesterday. I guess the best way to describe it would be that it is associated with barnyard politics. Mrs. PJM and I were talking about our new flock, and it became clear that we had different things in mind for the barnyard. You see, I had imagined what I will call a "Capitalistic" system. We would let the peacocks out onto the property, and they would go out and scratch around and find their own food. Those that were the hardest workers, and had the most motivation would be successful in eating well, and the other ones would not. Mrs. PJM had a different idea. Her idea is what I will call the "Big Government" model. In the "Big Government" model, Big Government (i.e. Me) goes to town, buys food for everyone, come homes and puts it out. Everyone gets fed, whether they work for it or not. No need to walk around in the sun, toiling to make it, Big Government is going to provide all their needs. Upon further discussion, I learn that the Big Government model will include Nationalized Health Care. Yep, each peacock will receive annual trips to the Vet, and will receive any medical attention needed, all paid in full by Big Government, removing any motivation for individual members of the flock to make healthy lifestyle choices.
This is the way I look at it. When I watch the peacocks in the cage, I notice that already at two days old, little Festus is showing lots of initiative. While the other peacocks are sleeping under the Mama peacocks wing, little Festus is out running around the cage, picking and scratching, looking for something good. He is keenly interested in the outside world, and I can see him really looking around outside his cage. I can see that this little guy just can not wait to get out and set the world on fire. Little Bo Bo, on the other hand, spends most of his time sleeping under his Mama's wing. Now if we implemented my "Capitalistic" system, I can see little Festus out running around the property, finding good things to eat, and working hard, and doing his best. I have to say I have very high hopes for this little guy. He would find the best food, he would have the best plumage, and would be trim and fit. This would certainly catch the attention of the lady peacocks in the barnyard, and little Festus would then procreate. With time the flock continues to improve, and grow stronger, as Festus passes on his exceptional work ethic.
Under Mrs. PJM's plan, no one would have to go out and work to find food. Food would be provided to them. Little Bo Bo, and the others would just sit around the barnyard, living off the bounty provided by the government, growing fat, dumb and happy. Knowing little Festus, I would imagine that under such a system, he would still go out and try to find his own food . . . it is just who he is. But, while little Festus is out toiling to make a way for himself, lazy little Bo Bo would be sitting around home, eating the free food, and procreating . . . eventually leading to a flock of lazy unmotivated peacocks, always looking at the back door for Big Government to come out and give them their food.
Well, I tried to explain all this to Mrs. PJM, but she just told me, "Go buy the Peacock Food". At this point I had a moment of self reflection. I reminded myself that the overall goal of Project Peacock was not to create a capitalistic utopia, but was to stay in Mrs. PJM's good graces so as to enable me to get a tractor at my next birthday. So, being the wise person that I am, I said, "Yes Dear".
Well, so much for free peacocks. I went to the Tractor Supply and got the supplies. If you are interested, I present a list of costs below from my Tractor Supply run:
$15.75 - 1 Jumbo Bag, vitamin fortified Peacock Pellets
$13.25 - 1 Bag, Chick-Chuck nutrient enriched chick food
$68.67 - 1 Large size, foldable Peacock Hutch
$45.67 - 1 Medium size, foldable Peacock Hutch
$2.75 -1 Small size watering bottle
$3.75 - 1 Large size watering bottle
$39.97 - 1 barnyard bottle watering system
$2.99 - 1 small feeding tray
$3.99 - 1 large feeding tray
$4 - 1 copy "Big Dan's" Tractor and Farm Implement Magazine
$6 - 1 two ounce package Beef Jerky
.25 - 1 Atomic Fireball large gumball
.25 - 1 Sour Green Apple gumball.
So, the free peacocks are not turning out to be so free. Now, some of you will argue that some of the items on the list are not directly related to the peacocks, like the beef jerky or the tractor magazine. The point is, though, I would not have bought these things if I had not been in the tractor supply store, so they will be registered as peacock expenses. While I had not anticipated these expenses, I still feel that it is a small price to pay in order to achieve my dream of getting a tractor for my birthday next summer.