Header photo by Tambako the Jaguar via Flickr
Today’s post comes from Sherrilee
As the emails fly back and forth this week about straw bales and manure, I’m reminded again about what a wonderful community has sprung up here. When we first started hitting the trail, some of us were immigrants from the Trial Balloon blog; we were fans of Radio Heartland and before that the LGMS (Late Great Morning Show).
As the months and years have gone by, we’ve lost some and gained some. We’ve written more as Dale has amped up his activity in other areas. We’ve developed some verbiage of our own and the days we talk about food, books and music are usually run-aways.
But what I love most about this group is its spirit of community. Here just SOME of the things that we’ve done over the years:
- When a baboon needed help around the house, a couple of us showed up to do some chores.
- When another baboon was in a car accident, a dozen of the troupe showed up to do spring gardening at her house.
- When a HUGE tree fell over during a storm at someone’s house, we had chain saw party and got the tree chopped up and hauled away.
- When one of our own was in an ice cream development contest, we all voted and when she won, we had an ice cream social to toast her victory.
- When a baboon’s child was needing some help with math, another of us tutored her.
- When a baboon’s husband was traveling west for a project, another baboon offered her home for part of his stay.
- A kitten became part of another baboon’s family after being found on the farm of another baboon.
- We started a book club. Meets every 2 months and still going strong.
- When a founding member decided to move to the West Coast, several baboons helped get everything sorted for the estate sale and then helped pack up what needed to go to Portland.
- We’ve had more than one “plant” transfer – plants from one baboon home being transplanted to another baboon home.
- One baboon has given heirloom seeds to others in the troupe (and also provided multiple gardening tips over the years).
- Carpooling to various baboon fetes has been arranged
I’m absolutely sure that I’m missing quite a few interactions between baboons over the years and I’m not even including all the various social engagements and field trips that we’ve organized.
Although we are a social group most often convened in virtual space, we may still be a worthy subject for study by some enterprising anthropologist. Just as Jane Goodall observed chimpanzees in the wild, someone with a grant to document the behavior of Internet baboons would find plenty to write about here.
Goodall’s groundbreaking book carried the rather dry title “The Chimpanzees of Gombe – Patterns of Behavior.”
What title would you give a scholarly study of the Trail Baboons?