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 Posted:   May 21, 2003 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Thought I was gonna talk about Philippe Sarde's The Bear, didn'tja! Uh uh, this is about that big fat animal who ambled up onto our deck at about 2:30 in the morning, climbed up the tree and swatted away at the Carousel birdfeeder until he damn near destroyed the thing. Who knew bears go for black-oiled sunflower seeds! Then again, he destroyed feeder #2 last week which is also on sky hooks. Didn't think he'd go for #1 since it's pretty high off the dogwood. Oh well, at least I was able to bastardize between #s 1&2 and come up with a replacement. Gets expensive shelling out 80 bucks a pop for them things, ya know?

The worst part is that these kinds of feeders have proved totally squirrel-proof. I mean the dome baffle actually does just that. And that's no mean feat if you've ever seen Daylight Robbery on the Discovery channel. But how do you baffle a bear for crissakes?! For now, I am taking both feeders down every evening and putting them back up every morning. What a pain! So if you think I'm going to dignify the whole thing by bringing up the Sarde score, forget it.

And to tell you the truth, when I think of a bear the first thing that comes to mind is Elmer Fudd in Jellostone National Park ("A Westful Wetweat") and the great Carl Stalling, GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRmad

 Posted:   May 21, 2003 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I don't see how you "BEAR" it!big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

 Posted:   May 21, 2003 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Oof...that was bearly a pun!

 Posted:   May 21, 2003 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

At least he has a right to BEAR arms!big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   Laurent WATTEAU   (Member)

I thought a moment this thread was the counterpart of the one created by THE BIG BEAR :"To Ford With Love".

 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

"And to tell you the truth, when I think of a bear the first thing that comes to mind is Elmer Fudd in Jellostone National Park..."

Jellostone National Park???


Whatever you are smoking, please come down right now!



 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   The Big Bear   (Member)

Um, just thought I should say something.

Er... hi.

 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Thought for second this thread was about Ruben Studdard our new "AMERICAN IDOL". But I guess they call him the "Velvet Teddy Bear". Kudos to him and Clay Aiken. They sang their guts out, sweated up a storm and won the hearts of Armenia....I mean America! God Bless Us all!! Zoob

 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Oh yeah, and I actually got one of the half dozen squirrels to feed out of my hand. The rest would scatter upon sight but my little hunk of rodentia would come right on up & patiently wait for the treat. What a pal, what a neat little furry creature, what a...roadkilleek!

Yep, I knew he had to be the one laying there the other day. And near the bottom of the driveway, too. The one out of the bunch who was worth a damn, of course. The worst thing was later watching a pair of turkey vultures ripping the guts out of my poor little deceased friend. One of the maroons would stand on half of him to hold him in place, then stick that godawful beak in and do the 8th grade dissection shtick...

...Needless to say, it was impossible not to hum in my head for the rest of the day that Jose Feliciano number at the top of MacKenna's Gold. Man, that Old Turkey Buzzard. And to tell you the truth, once was rather fascinating to see them vultures do their thing up close and in person. Big mothers!cool

 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)


Dickinson, I didn't say he was a bear that lives in a park. You need to brush up on your Bugs Bunny. What a maroonrazz!

...that old turkey buzzard...

 Posted:   May 22, 2003 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I had no idea you lived in such pastoral environment, Howard!

 Posted:   May 23, 2003 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

--go to "the deer" in General Discussion area--

 Posted:   May 24, 2003 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

from today's New York Times:

Bear Bites Man in Backyard in New Jersey

A North Jersey man tangled with a bear yesterday afternoon and wound up in the hospital, the West Milford Police Department said.

The man, Rob Skrypek, 35, of West Milford, in Passaic County, was bitten on the hand, forearm, upper arm and head and was scratched on the back as he tried to defend his dog, a yellow Labrador retriever, from a bear that had wandered into his yard with her cub, the police said.

"He jumped on the bear's back and gave it a chokehold," said Susan Testerman, a police dispatcher.

The bear then threw Mr. Skrypek off, bit and scratched him and ran into the woods, said his wife, Carol, who was not home at the time of the attack. Mr. Skrypek then went into his house and called 911.

Mr. Skrypek was in good condition last night at Morristown Memorial Hospital. The dog, named Duke, was treated by a veterinarian and released.

The police and wildlife officials were looking for the bear so it could be killed and tested for disease.

The bear attack was the second this week in New Jersey. On Tuesday in Sussex County, a bear hit a 2-year-old boy with its paw before being shot to death by the police. The bear attacks come amid an emotional debate over a proposal for a six-day bear hunt, which if approved would be the first in the state in 33 years.

The State Fish and Game Council proposed the hunt for Dec. 8 to 13 to help control the state's bear population. On Thursday night, sides were sharply drawn at a hearing in Trenton. Opponents called the hunt barbaric; supporters called it necessary to protect people and property. A final vote is set for July 8.

Mrs. Skrypek said her husband is now "a strong proponent of the bear hunt."

West Milford's right next dooreek

 Posted:   May 24, 2003 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Howard, I have friends who live in W. Milford, and live not far from there myself (just down Rt. 23 a bit).
Did this guy, Skrypek actually think the bear would not retalliate after being jumped from behind?!?!?! SURE...Let's all go out and hunt the beastie down now and shoot him dead! He had some damn nerve defending himself like that, didn't he?
The saddest part is that that particular part of New Jersey has undergone major development in the past several years, and was up until now, a fairly safe haven for what little wildlife we still have in the state. These animals are running out of living space because of our need to populate every last inch of terrain available. No wonder they are wandering into our backyards and loosing their lives on our highways and streets. Well, not to this rate it won't be long at all before we have invaded all their space and hunted them all down for having the very nerve of wandering into our neighborhoods. Where you live sounds lovely, and I can tell you must truly enjoy seeing the presence of wildlife near you. How sad it is to think that someday one from this area of the state might only be able to observe a bear from the Bronx Zoo!
People who live in these settings must learn, as you have, to appreciate the beauty that still remains, yet use wise judgement, caution and respect around these creatures. After all, they are wild, and cannot comprehend the reasons why, or feel the need to adapt to mans' desire to conquer and take all, regardless of the long-term consequences.

 Posted:   May 24, 2003 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I can't bear all this dissension....

 Posted:   May 25, 2003 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

"Dickinson, I didn't say he was a bear that lives in a park."

Jefferson, you've been away so long that you've forgotten how it feels when I JERK YOUR CHAIN!!!

big grin

 Posted:   May 25, 2003 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Why I oughta...

...Did this guy, Skrypek actually think the bear would not retalliate after being jumped from behind?!?!?!

He must watch the WWF. Obviously he thought it was a WWF guy in a bearsuit or something. What...a...maroon!

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