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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rule Breakers

Happy Holidays

Well, "Project Clean Up My Big Bunch O' Blog Drafts" went well when it came to reviewing and deleting, obviously not as well when it comes to completing and posting! Most of them turned out to require more time and effort to finish than my hibernating self has cared to expend, but here's one that was nearly done and that I had a lot of fun putting together. Hope it'll provide as many chuckles for you as it has for me! But should any of these tempt you to go forth and be naughty, remember: Santa's watching. :-)

No fair!

"Hell, there are no rules here. 
We're trying to accomplish something."
~Thomas A. Edison

Let's face it. Some rules are good and necessary, but some just seem made to be broken. 

Sometimes subtly...





And sometimes not...



And lest you think it's just dogs (and Mike) who are engaging in acts of civil disobedience...



Photo by Marcia M. Olinger, Caledonia, Michigan

Adding "please" and an emphasis on "not" doesn't always work either...


Then again, sometimes you're just better off complying...

21 comments:

  1. I just love civil disobedience, especially when done by such cute critters. I think the beaver eating the sign might be my favorite. They are all worthy of our support for their bad ass, thumb their nose attitudes. Very fun post.

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    1. I agree that such adorable flouting of such ridiculous rules deserves our support! :-) I'm glad you got a kick out of it - Merry Christmas!

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  2. I've never understood the "no squirrels in the bird feeder" thing anyway. Good on the squirrels for their disobedience! I mean, who doesn't want to see MORE adorable furry friends eating seeds out of their cute little paws? Sacrilege!

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    1. Given the "come one, come all" feeder style, I reckon that "No Squirrels Allowed" was put their with tongue in cheek. :-) But I think if people don't want squirrels partaking of the noms offered in their bird feeders, they should provide dedicated squirrel feeders! When we lived where we had squirrels, we offered lots of communal feeders. Some of them even the deer could eat from (and many did - they love sunflower seeds!) :-) We enjoyed the company of them all, and as you observed, watching the squirrels handle their treats with their little hands - adorbs!! :-)

      Not long after you posted your comment, I saw this precious video on One Green Planet - if a dog can so patiently and sweetly put up with this without feeling a need to hang a sign around his neck that says, "No Squirrels Allowed to Bury Treats in My Fur," then people can surely be less discriminatory about sharing their bird feeders now and then. :-)

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  3. Some huge smiles to start my day. Megathanks, and the best of the season to you. And your rapidly approaching birthday too.

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    1. I'm always glad to hear when one of my posts has carried smiles all the way to Australia! :-) Happiest wishes for the holidays to you and the SP too, Ellie Sue! :-) Thank you for your holiday greetings (and oh yes, that… barreling down on me like a speeding locomotive bearing boxcars of more gray hairs and wrinkles. LOL)

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    1. I thought they were fun too, and had a great time collecting them!

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  5. Aw, I'm honored that you used a photo of mine in this fun post! I love seeing pictures like these. Critters and civil disobedience just seems to go hand in hand, for some reason. They're fighting the man! :)

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    1. And I appreciate your giving me permission to use it for a post you knew nothing about, all those many months ago! (I wanted it to be a surprise, so I didn't remind you before finally posting it!) :-) And critters have every right and need to fight the man! I think of our veganism as a daily act of profound civil disobedience in solidarity with our animal friends. :-)

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  6. Excellent...my belonging to that group of beings called animals is confirmed by my agreeing with each and every being shown "violating" some rule. Rules are made for (and by) living beings....living beings aren't made for rules. Great post!

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    1. Thanks, veganelder! *subversive fistbump* to my fellow peace rebel, and happy holiday wishes to you and yours (with special lovin's to the bunny brigade!) :-)

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  7. Hi! This is one of the most fantastic blog's post. I can not imagine how you can collect these wonderful photos. I thought the movie's title" Rebel Without a Cause" was prepared for this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Merry Christmas, Minoru! Your comment made me grin! :-) I collected a few of these images just randomly over several months (actually, a couple of the dog ones go back several years!), without any real plan in mind - I just thought they were fun. Then when I joined Pinterest, I found quite a few more - and the idea for this post was hatched. :-) So glad you enjoyed it; I haven't had as much fun putting a blog post together in a long time, don't know why it took me so long to finally finish and share it!

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  8. My favorite -- "no dogs beyond this point!" Dogs are notorious rule breakers. Wish I could feel free to be more like them. -- barbara

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    1. I was going to say that I think more of cats that way- as notorious rule breakers - but then I realized that cats don't even recognize that rules exist, therefore I suppose they can't officially break them! :-) The expression on the face of the "No Dogs Beyond This Point" rule breaker seems to be one of defiant contrition. "I know I'm breaking the rule, but only just barely, and I'm really sorry about it but it's a stupid rule." :-)

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    2. P.S. I think dogs, especially, have taken to heart the theory that "it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission!" :-)

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  9. That WAS alot of fun and I'm glad it was close enough to finished for you to post it.

    My very favorite was the "No dogs beyond this point" where the dog is JUST beyond the sign. They were all very funny. The dog sitting on "No" was a close favorite and so was "No feeding". If that's an actual unretouched photo, that's probably the most ironic!!

    I think those photos were all fun to "take" or "make" and I appreciate you gathering them all in one place for us to enjoy.

    I'm back to work today and thought I'd end the year by actually enjoying a wee bit of my lunchtime. Glad that you'd had a chance to post while I had a chance to read!! :-)

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    1. I'm glad you were so entertained by this one, because it really was a lot of fun to gather and assemble these pictures - and as always, I enjoyed hearing which ones were favorites. One of mine is the "incognito" dog on the beach, probably in part because I've had that one in my stash for several years, and it and the photo of the dog sitting on the word "No" were the initial inspirations for this collection and post.

      I find the "no seagull" sign especially odd - are seagulls supposed to understand and heed it? Because if so, it's clearly not working. LOL

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  10. Sorry to get here so late ;-). Ah yes, there's a little civil disobedience in all of us. Love the pics!!

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    1. Is your tardiness an act of civil disobedience, then? :-)

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