Aaah! This is more like it! Much more like it.
Our friend “Unknowable” sent us this video last night, and we’ve just got to share it with you: all these different animals using a fallen tree-trunk as a bridge across a stream. I especially loved the little duckling who decided to do it the hard way, climbing over the log when he could have much more easily swum under it.
This is God’s stuff, and it works. All the time.
G’day, everybody! Byron the Quokka here, with an update on Quokka University–the great institution of higher learning that is being born before your eyes, right here on this blog.
Let’s see… So far we’ve got a Latin motto and beanies with propellers on them, which is a fantastically good start. But opinion is divided as to what we need next–a college cheer for our pick-up sticks team, or a college song for when we’re feeling sentimental, years and years after we graduate.
Just now we don’t have either one, because nobody’s written one yet.
I wonder if we need any input from you humans out there. Humans can be awful smart at times. Like the human who invented the whoopee cushion!
I wonder if there’s any way we could turn this into a contest…
[Offstage: Remember! This is for Tuesday. Not today!]
G’day! Byron the Quokka here; and if I did this right, then this is Tuesday and Lee’s at the vet’s with Peep the Cat and I’m in charge again!
That last faux pas was not my fault. Someone distracted me. I won’t say who. Somebody who got bitten for doing it!
Now–check this out! Our friend “Unknowable” snapped this picture of a bobcat right from his window.
Crikey! Here on Rottnest Island, we voted unanimously not to have bobcats. You know how our island got its name? Some Dutch sailors who’d been at sea for way too long thought us quokkas were… rats! Betcha they were the same sailors who thought manatees were beautiful mermaids. Anyhow, we don’t trust bobcats not to make the same mistake those sailors made.
And the winner of the comment contest is–
Watchman posted Comment No. 56,000 here a few minutes ago. That’s me, Byron, and some little quokka named Horace watching him sail across the finish line.
The prize is an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever, which has not been published yet but should be coming soon. But you can have an earlier book in the series, if you like–just let us know which one. When we’re ready to mail your prize, we’ll ask for your mailing address.
And that takes care of the contests for a while!
G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and we need only 22 more comments for some lucky reader to win our comment contest!
Here on Rottnest Island the suspense is unbearable. It’s like Election Night or something.
A lot of you have already won comment contests. One of you might win again. Or it could be someone visiting this blog for the very first time.
Whoever it is, the winner will get an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, which will be published very soon.
And now I’d better sit down, because I’m hyperventilating.
A few years ago they were having an election in France and a lot of the voters wanted to borrow Obama, now that we didn’t need him anymore. God spared them that.
Actually, I re-posted this essay because the comments by Marlene and Unknowable are so well worth reading, and instructive. But then I always get a lot out of my readers’ comments.
Before we get involved with anything else around here (computer problems this morning: *sigh*), let’s have a big “Happy Birthday!” shout-out to Jeremy, who is 298 years old in quokka years today.
Jeremy and his brother, Joshua, are also known as “J&J” on Youtube, where they have their own music channel. We know them best as regular contributors to this blog.
I don’t know what time it is in Japan, just now; but if you haven’t gone to bed yet, Jeremy, Happy Birthday!
[P.S.–If you’d like birthday greetings here, just tell us what day it is so we can add it to the list.]
While Lee sweats his Newswithviews column for the week–it’s not as easy as it looks!–I, Byron the Quokka, am here to tell you we have only 137 comments to go, to wrap up our current comment contest at 56,000.
The winner gets an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever, Book No. 12 in the Bell Mountain series. I just can’t get the guy to spring for a bicycle. Heck, they’re parked all over the place. No one will notice if it’s just one. But no, the only prize he’s offering is a book.
Only humans are eligible to win the contest, otherwise it’d be all quokkas. I have to admit, we’re crazy about your comments!
We have to thank “Unknowable” for sending us this scarcely-believable video. It was taken in California, near a tunnel that passes under a highway–and we see a coyote and a badger on the friendliest terms, jogging into the tunnel together. Wow! Who would have thought it? But one of the rangers says, “Coyotes and badgers are known to team up and hunt together.” Even Mr. Nature didn’t know that! But these wildlife monitoring cameras are showing us a lot of animal behavior that no one knew about before.
Not quite fair to the ground squirrels who get hunted by this tag-team, though, is it? They’re gonna have to find some friends.