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    When my kids were young, if either DH or I went somewhere without them (work, on a walk, shopping), when we returned, my kids would always ask, "Did you see anything strange or weird?!?" (come to think of it, they sometimes still ask....) So we always made a point to be extra observant. For example, last week my husband texted DD with the fact that he saw a cat on the loose at O'Hare Airport.

    So, in the same spirit, what have you seen lately that is strange or weird?
    Carol

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    Yes! Yesterday when we were out driving we saw a person biking (pedal) with a grocery basket attached to the side of their bike. And there was a white poodle sitting up in the basket with its feet up on the edge, and its ears flapping in the wind. So cute! A little bike side car for a dog.

    The weirdest thing we ever saw was in Joshua Tree national park.

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    Mainly absurd because of its location. Pretty sure you are not allowed pets in the national parks? And who takes their cat hiking?
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    I'm amazed the cat remained on the guy's shoulder!!

    Pets ARE allowed in the US National Parks, but usually only in certain areas..public areas, campgrounds, maybe some paved trails. (Bona fide service dogs are allowed in more areas.)

    When we were at Yellowstone, a ding-bat lady was walking her dog OFF the boardwalk trails around the small geysers. We were waiting for them both to become stew. Everyone was yelling at them to get back on the trail.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    This was a hiking trail, and we had walked like 30 min or something to get to this point, so I am pretty sure it was one of the pet not allowed areas. You would get in so much trouble if you had a pet in a national park in NZ because all pets are predators to our native wildlife, but in Joshua Tree, you cat is a yummy dinner for for the native wildlife. It was a strange choice.
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    I worked at a public teaching hospital - I've seen ALL the weird things.

    I did have a strange conversation a month or so ago in the grocery store. . .

    (strange) Man: looking into my shopping cart
    Me: "Hello there"
    Man: "I've noticed you have made really good food choices"
    Me: Oof! We've got a quirky one - smiles. "Yes, we'll I couldn't resist the cherries, they look so delicious"
    Man: "I've made my whole life about food, it's so important to me. So many people don't think about food."
    Me: "Ah. Well, I have a cherry turnover in my cart too"
    Man: "Oh well, I didn't see that" abruptly walks away.

    It still makes me giggle - what a weirdo.
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    Rebecca,

    I have to admit I'm a bit judgy at the grocery store when I look at other people's carts. But I would NEVER talk to them about it! Good story.
    Carol

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    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I ask my son every night when we pick him up from work, did he have anyone or see anything weird or odd or crazy. He works in a grocery store, so he does get interesting people doing interesting things. HAHA

    Yesterday, his day started with a kid at the store with his parents, who got away from them twice. 3rd time he did it, he climbed the tall pallet rack to the top and wouldn't come down, threatened to jump off and then when they did get him down.... he refused to go with parents so the Sheriff Dept. had to be called in. And because he is tall and strong, he was one of the ones on one side prepared to catch the kid if he did jump. Store manager was on the other side.

    As for weird things here. Just the place across from the house we just bought. I think it is a coven? Not that I have a problem with it. Built in 1900, never sold. Owned by a woman. Completely overgrown so you can barely see house but a huge house it is. Fully fenced and fence is blocked. They have a camera and anyone coming there is only women AND they have to be let in through a locked gate. So thinking either coven or haven for women or ??? I will solve this mystery, especially now that we live across from it!LOL
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    I had sort of a surreal experience at the library this week - I felt like I was surrounded by homeschoolers!
    DS7 was doing Speech therapy, I was sort of reading. At the table next to me was a “Facilitator” from some other local homeschool charter doing her monthly meeting with families (one at a time). Between families, we overheard (because she was loud!) someone’s tutor complaining how parents dump kids off at charters and expect the charters to teach their kids math, when its still the parents responsibility. It was school hours, she obviously had a client from it, I dont know why the tutor was complaining instead of laughing all the way to the bank! But still, the tutor had a point. I wonder how the Facilitator felt about the rant, though!
    That was my weirdness for the week, so far at least.

    I love the idea of a cat riding along on a hike. Maybe it was leashed? Our previous cat would ride on our shoulder, but it wouldve been more comfortable if I had a leather cat holster for her! Maybe these people were moving cross country with their cat, stopped at Joshua Tree, and obviously couldnt leave it in the car.
    I think I may have done that hike! Does it start out by a campground, end up amongst some huge granite boulders that you can crawl up behind?
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    I don't know, I am a stickler for following rules when it comes to preservation of environmental areas, and if someone who has more knowledge in the area than me has made a rule that pets are not to be taken on trails or more than X m off roads, then I think its pretty disrespectful of the hikers to take their cat with them. Even if they were moving cross country and stopped in Joshua tree and could not leave the cat in the car. Well then, don't go on the hike! It's because of choices like that, when people think they are special and rules don't apply to them or that breaking what to them seems a small rule just once won't really matter, that you end up with natural and historical areas being ruined over time.

    Not against taking a cat for a walk as such, but am against them ignoring the rules that have been set out for preservation of a natural environment.

    Sorry I don't remember what hike it was. We were there like three or four days and did many many hikes, and this was when DD11 was about 2 years old.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    please update us im very curious about the place across from you. sorry if thats weird

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