I still can’t drive 55.


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    FWIW, even domesticated rabbits have a pretty good shot at survival close to humans.

    There’s a billion of them on my alma mater’s campus; old biology animals let loose.

    (your solution was better)Report

  2. Avatar Lyle says:

    Where I live in the Texas Hill Country deer are just plain pests because there are so many of them and there are no cougars to eat them. A lot of folks who live in the country have putt deer guards on the front of their pickup so that if they hit a deer the vehicle is not damages, while the deer is toast. I suspect there is a lack of large predators on Long Island as well leading to a large increase in the deer population. (I have seen deer leap 6 foot fences so gardens don’t work around here either even if there were not droughts).Report

    • Avatar David Ryan in reply to Lyle says:

      The dear are beyond pests here. I’ve seen as many as ten on our lawn, and 20+ in a nearby field. There are so many and so much competition for forage that they eat things are are considered “deer-safe” elsewhere.

      I have a bow and a quiver of bunnybuster-tipped flu-flu arrows on top of a shelf in our bedroom. I used to shoot them in the ass to try and chase them away, and it worked. They didn’t like getting hit at all and knew if they saw me it meant trouble.

      But over time I decided not to worry about it. There’s a big sliding glass door near our bed and I can see them and the wild rabbits on the lawn. Very pastoral. I have Beethoven’s Sixth bookmarked on my eye phone.

      Deer or no deer, deer guard or no deer guard, people shouldn’t drive so fast.Report

  3. Avatar Lyle says:

    Of course (giving where I live away) starting a few miles west the speed limit on the Interstate goes to 80 and it is 75 here. You can’t go to much slower or get runover. The fences along the interstate are not deer proof either, so I guess the front end protection makes sense, (covers front of car so the solid steel gets hit not the sheet metal.Report

  4. Avatar Remo says:

    I know not what is sadder – that you are setting yourself to the tragedy, or that you know you are doing so.

    Even though it might amount to nothing, I wish you happiness for as longas you can have it.Report

    • Avatar Remo in reply to Remo says:

      Sorry about that comment. I was having a bad day, and i was unnecessarily rude.

      The point below all that melancholy was much simpler: You understand that by feeding fawns near your house you will make a emotional attachment to them, and you also understand that they are fairly likely to be hit by a car or being hunted. And if any of that happen, it will hurt.

      It is still a sad excuse of a point to make really, but it shouldnt have come out nearly as offensive.Report