Beach Walk 564 – The Rat Dilemmma

One of the most dramatic change we are all experiencing is the openness and transparency that so many people are willing to communicate.

Of course the whole blogging phenomenon of taking the private journal public plays a role, as does the feminist movement of 40 years ago when women came out of their solitary kitchens and started talking to each other about their personal lives. We still have a long way to go – but! Being able to acknowledge irritating things likes rats in the attic is part of the process of realizing our shared connections. I am wanting this to filter down to the playground sooner than later.

Hawaiian Word:
ʻiole: rat, mouse, rodent

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  1. Susan and my dog Lexie says

    I’m chuckling since as your mother comments,”I don’t want to tell anyone I have rats,” she doesn’t have to…just an intimate, beachwalks ‘worldwide’ community knows now 🙂 I’d prefer a feisty snake over a feisty rat any day. Not that I’d want either, but have experienced both at super close range. I read recently that mice and rats only run 3 mph, but it’s their response time that is so much greater.

    Low tide was nice to see in today’s episode — very calming and peaceful!

  2. JFSD (Jonnie) says

    We live on a canyon and the small, gray tree-rats are common. One year they were extra active and I was setting and emptying traps a lot. I used poison (the kind that shuts their nervous system shut down, not the hemorrhagic type) in the garage and that was a mistake. Two found their way into the house, I found one and smelled the other for weeks – triple yik!

    Currently the gophers are on attack. It’s always something.

    I’m fairly open in my comments online, and without too much paranoia I make sure most of what I say couldn’t be repeated elsewhere. My area of concern regards my employer. I have certain legal obligations to not talk about business issues, yet there are some wonderful Dilbert-like situations that sort of ride the fence of being work related and psychotic (and juicy) and blogable all at the same time. Then again, I don’t really want to invest into negative energy spewing about situations that give those same situations an even longer life – no thanks…

  3. JFSD (Jonnie) says

    Typo alert: previous comment “most of what I say couldn’t be repeated elsewhere” should be “most of what I say COULD be repeated elsewhere”

  4. Hmmm…could rats in the attic be another way of referring to our monkey brains? ^_^

  5. @Susan and my dog Lexie – LOL! Though my mom is my best marketer and hands out postcards just about everywhere she goes, I don’t think most of her friends watch the show. We are in a type of parallel universe. 🙂

    @JFSD – agreed; not everything “needs” to be discussed publicly; I just like that there can be more synchrony these days with our public and private personas, when desired.

    @Luci – great thought to noodle on! Though as a person who had rats in the attic, I can say there is plenty of possibilities going on, not the least of which is a corroded something that lets them come in. By all means, seal the hatches to keep the rats out, but other wise have an open mind. 🙂

  6. Wonderful episode, as usual. Yes it’s true the internet has given the individual so much power. It will be interesting to see how this new power changes the world.

    After seeing this episode, I joined The Reef. You finally reached my tipping point, haha.

  7. I feel I need to give some advice to your parents. GET AN EXTERMINATOR. Having farmed for 20+ years I can tell you they need to get after this. They don’t dare go back to their summer home and not take care of this. If you do the math on this it will scare you to death. If you take 2 pennies and double them every day, in just 10 days that grows to 2048 pennies. Rats can do the same thing. They need to get help.

  8. @Kekoa – here’s a headline for you: “Rats drive viewers over to The Reef!”

    @Rich R – that is some crazy math! Message has been conveyed and they are working on it with great results. Thank you.

  9. Hello Rox,
    you know why rats are back in Hawaii? It is the end of a interesting circle that began in the whaling days when the ships would bring rats to Hawaii – and the flourished. So, in order to combat the rats (and the threat of the Black Plague), snakes (rats natural enemy) were imported… after huge portions of Honolulu were burned to the ground to kill the rat infestation and threat of plague. Well, the rats were so plentiful that the snake population boomed as well – so a choice had to be made between rats, who hide and run from people (and are relatively easy to control and kill), and snakes, who come in and live and might very well attack people (and are not so easy to control and kill). The decision was the rats (after the real cause of the plague was discovered) … so the mongoose was imported to eliminate the snakes that were imported to eliminate the rats. So, now, instead of just the rats as scavengers indoors, we now have the mongoose to scavenge outdoors as well.

    Ahhh, the great plans of man. . . gotta love it!

    Until that time. . . Earl J.

  10. I made a few errors in my last comment, but can’t edit once submitted. . . RATS!

    Until that time. . . Earl J.