I grew up listening to Tom Lehrer. My father was at MIT in the late fifties, and anyone who poked fun at Harvard was very popular with his crowd. When I was a kid, the regular record-player rotation seemed to be equal parts Weavers, Clancy Brothers, and Tom Lehrer.
Although I’ve always liked “National Brotherhood Week” and “The Elements,” my all-time favorite Tom Lehrer song has to be “Lobachevsky,” about the eponymous Russian mathematician suspected of stealing the concept of hyperbolic geometry from German mathematician Carl Gauss some 200 years ago:
Let no one else’s work evade your eyes,
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes,
So don’t shade your eyes,
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize –
Only be sure always to call it please ‘research’.
Living out here on Cape Cod, though, I find that “The Hunting Song” is climbing the charts.
I always will remember,
’twas a year ago November,
I went out to hunt some deer
On a mornin’ bright and clear.
I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow,
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.
I should have kept that song in mind when we got our Moultrie game camera a couple of months ago. I had visions of capturing compelling photographs of all our local wildlife and, while I did get some coyotes, I haven’t gotten a single raccoon, opossum, fox, or even skunk.
Lately, I’ve been leaving the camera pointed at the compost pile. Even though Kevin thinks that’s not sporting, I figure it’s my best chance at a decent wildlife picture, and all’s fair in love and photography. It had been out there for the better part of a week when I took the SD card out this morning to see what I’d gotten. Basically, it was two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.
A crow, a squirrel, and somebody’s dog.