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September 20, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Old guys depart – or else!

People are really upset with the old guys these days.

It's here in the contract. (1945."And Then There Were None" screenshot/20th Century Fox/US PD:pub date/cr not renew/

It’s here in the contract. Time’s up. You’re outta here.
(1945.20th Century Fox/US PD:pub date/cr not renew/

The ancient grumps refuse to retire. Won’t go away.

Crowding doctors’ offices

Cluttering the part-time job market.

Wanting all the desirable parking spaces.

Unhappy about safety measures in the neighborhoods.

Complaining about saggy pants, ordinary street language, and loud music

Demanding respect.

Seen them strolling down the street like they own the place.

Really who made them King of the Road?

Shudder at all those golf carts with dogs driving!

They are from the dinosaurs era.

Just move over and get out of the way.

Let the new crowd take over.

Go smugly soak in some environmentally friendly spot in undeveloped nature…..waaaaay over there.

Hey. It says "Occupied." Get your own. (Nsgar Walk/

Hey. It says “Occupied.” Get your own.(Nsgar Walk/

Don’t make me say it: Ice flows.

(Heard that was actually tried.)

Just a warning old guys: don’t wear out your welcome…

Or you might end up like this…

Giant gator. (Image-Austin

Giant gator. (Image-Austin

The giant gator capture story/video is here.

Doesn’t seem quite fair.

He managed to live a long time to get this big.

Thirteen and one-half feet.

Over 750 pounds

Largest gator ever “harvested” from the Guadalupe Wildlife Management Area

He wasn’t doin’ anything to draw attention to himself especially.

Just trying to get a senior meal deal.

Getting booted instead.

Just couldn’t let him get on down the road?

Gator on the road (Trivili, TX:Austin

Gator on the road again (Trivoli, TX:Austin

Gator made a final statement: sunk their 14 foot boat.


Gotta step aside for gators,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Gator mouthing off. (Autin

Two old guys: Bill Kimbrough, 70, was with his son. It was all legal. A permitted hunt. Neither planning to hunt gators again. (Austin


  1. katecrimmins / Sep 20 2013 12:49 pm

    Poor guy! The boat sinking was justice! (Of course I don’t live in gator country)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2013 2:45 pm

      I know they have to manage gator numbers and the permits are extremely hard to get, but he was lured in, hooked, and life ended. It’s a little sad – even the hunter mentioned it. But the sinking boat was appropriate. Thanks for swimming over


  2. matthewexeter / Sep 20 2013 1:07 pm

    Weird, awsome


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2013 2:45 pm

      Greatest praise ever. Thanks


      • matthewexeter / Sep 20 2013 10:08 pm

        I am not entirely sure how sincere one could be of the comments I leave byut cool, ok


  3. The Hook / Sep 20 2013 1:52 pm

    I’ve never really understood the hunter’s mentality. We wouldn’t take such pleasure in human kills… Oh wait, some of us do….
    Excellent take on this story, as always.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2013 2:47 pm

      Oh, sadly you’ve muttered the truth.
      I know they have to manage the gator numbers, but it’s a bit sad.


  4. Carrie Rubin / Sep 20 2013 1:57 pm

    750 pounds. Wow. That’s a lot of gator, and one I would NOT want to see in my backyard (though I think I’m pretty safe from that here in Ohio…).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2013 2:49 pm

      It was a rare permitted hunt, but he had managed to live so long only to be caught by a chick.
      Later gator, thanks


  5. PiedType / Sep 20 2013 4:57 pm

    Good for the gator. At least he went down fighting.


  6. jmmcdowell / Sep 20 2013 8:17 pm

    Sigh. Despite my career choice, I will never understand humans.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2013 9:36 pm

      In fairness, gator hunting permits are very rare and extremely hard to get. The state wildlife people watch closely. Apparently this year there was a need to “manage” the gator population in that area. I understand, but can’t help feeling a bit sad for the giant. Thanks for tossing over a comment.


  7. EllaDee / Sep 20 2013 9:42 pm

    The gator was a true senior citizen. I admire something that got that old and that big. I wouldn’t like to meet up with it though, dead or alive. I wish killing them, like logging old growth forests, wasn’t a solution to something. Once there gone, there’s no bringing them back, and a long time to wait.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2013 9:47 pm

      Lovely comparison to old growth timber. Can’t help but being sad…although not as happy about the gator walking down the road two blocks away…oh well live and let live! Thanks for hiking over


  8. Sun / Sep 20 2013 11:37 pm

    🙂 senior meal deal. ha-ha. funny but sad for the gator.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 21 2013 10:26 am

      That’s what happens when one is lured by a chick. Old enough to know better. (giggles…but yes, a tad sad)Thanks for fishing along


  9. shoreacres / Sep 21 2013 1:11 pm

    Well, it’s not like there’s a shortage of alligators. I was out on Armand Bayou last weekend and they were everywhere – lurking, watching. There’s nothing like having one turn and head…for…you…ever…so…slowly….

    True, it’s a little sad that the big one got snagged. Who knows? Maybe that size meant an increased appetite and more struggle to find his next meal. Or perhaps he was just looking for an easy meal. I know a few people who’ve gotten into trouble because of that!

    But the population needs to be controlled and the hunts are regulated. The guys who got “the big one” didn’t do anything wrong at all. I do imagine their adrenaline was up, though.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 23 2013 11:02 pm

      Yes another example of an old guy lured to his downfall by a chick.
      Actually the gator grabbers were stunned. The elder (70) had snagged a smaller one years ago, and they on a lark put in for a rare gator hunt permit and won one. They both say this is probably their last gator hunt – anything else caught would bound to smaller and a let down. Besides, they did loose their boat.What a boys night out that turned out to be.
      Thanks for sloshing over


  10. jannatwrites / Sep 23 2013 4:57 am

    I know gators can be dangerous, but I still feel bad for the guy. So sad to see him hanging like that. I know people hunt all kinds of animals, but I like all kinds of animals, so I just prefer not to see it 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 23 2013 11:31 pm

      The hanging is a bit awkward. But it was completely legal/rare gator hunt. Old guys need to be careful around chicks. Thanks for splashing a comment this way


  11. Madame Weebles / Sep 24 2013 5:05 pm

    And they’re all yelling at us and saying, “Whippersnappers!”


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