I am resisting pressure from my partner here at the ranch, who is becoming increasingly fanatical about the gopher fishing derby. At the time of this writing he is out checking his traps, a more and more frequent activity. If he had his way, we would be posting a picture of him holding aloft each and every catch. He asked me to turn on the date/time stamp on my camera. He would also like the gopher derby scores in the sidebar significantly enlarged and wants the text color red. Fortunately, my blog design skills have prevented that from happening. I recommended he can start his own blog solely devoted to all things gopher, but considering his lack of computer skills that is very unlikely to happen either.
The following picture was taken at night, and I forgot to turn on the flash, but I lightened it in Photoshop. It seemed worth posting for that gleam in Mooka's eye at the bottom right corner. That expresses the enthusiasm certain ones of us around here feel for their newfound hobby:
We welcome you to join us in the 2007 Gopher Derby. Send your stats to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime before January 2008. We'll post pictures upon request, though only one per person please. I don’t want to drive away too many gopher lovers.
We could only think of one rule, and that is no poison. This is an organic Gopher Derby.
Thanks in advance for your participation, and for helping rid the gardens of the world of rogue gophers. We trust you to use your judgment regarding the definition of "rogue gophers." My definition is they eat more than their share of special plants, gnaw straight through tree trunks, and if they see you, they hiss and bare their teeth.
Meanwhile, we’ll be moving on to a more tasteful subject soon…cooking! (And gophers are not on the menu...yet).