Did you guys catch that story in Sunday’s Trib about the birds at the Oakland Airport?
It was interesting, if kind of random, but as I was reading it, I couldn’t help but keep collapsing into giggles, because all I could think about the whole time was Mark Trail. I don’t know if you guys read Mark Trail, but it’s probably my favorite of the daily comic strips. Not because it’s funny (it isn’t), but because I find the sheer absurdity of the adventures of this nature journalist/wildlife protector somehow extremely charming.
I have to admit, though, that Mark Trail’s been letting me down lately – it seems like it’s been a really long time since we’ve gotten an anti-development storyline, which is when the strip is at its best. The shopping mall development on top of wetlands being delayed by a soon to be mother duck guarding her eggs and a bunch of nature loving construction workers was pretty awesome. And I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the convoluted scheming of the developer who faked a rockslide in the forest so the county would take the land en route to his planned casino by eminent domain and build a road there. But the all-time best anti-development/evil politician story in Mark Trail has got to be the one where two corrupt County Commissioners conspire to force the voters to levy a tax for a new airport (which will be built on their property, I think) by…well, just look:
“If we sprinkle birdseed on the airport, we’ll go to jail” just might be my favorite line in any piece of fiction I’ve ever read anywhere ever. So what do y’all think? Could Mark Trail author Jack Elrod have been onto something? Do we really have a bird problem at the Oakland Airport? Or does someone just want us to think there’s a problem? Hmm.