Peace, tranquility, and rats

As a lifelong “Wizard of Oz” fan, I’m not sure why I haven’t spent more time at Oz Park, the lovely grassy area in the Lincoln Park neighborhood that displays statues of our favorite Wizard of Oz characters.


So last weekend, when I found myself across the street from Oz Park with 20 minutes to kill, I was excited to spend some time with the Tin Man and his friends.

I even saw a beautiful garden:


Walk past the scarecrow (you can go right, or left, though some people do go both ways!) and you’ll enter a “peaceful” and “quiet” garden, according to the sign. The sign has a lot of rules, of course — like no ball playing and not picking the grass — but that’s just to preserve the tranquility of the sacred space.

Oh, did you miss the warning sign on the fence?


In case the photo isn’t clear, it says “Rat burrows are baited weekly by rodent control. Do not touch dead animals.”

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden, be tranquil in your thoughts, reminisce about your favorite moments from the Wizard of Oz … BUT WATCH OUT FOR RATS AND DEAD ANIMALS!!!

Ding dong … the rats are dead?


One thought on “Peace, tranquility, and rats

  1. You mean there are people who wouldn’t listen to Leviticus 3:27?

    כז וְכֹל הוֹלֵךְ עַל-כַּפָּיו, בְּכָל-הַחַיָּה הַהֹלֶכֶת עַל-אַרְבַּע–טְמֵאִים הֵם, לָכֶם; כָּל-הַנֹּגֵעַ בְּנִבְלָתָם, יִטְמָא עַד-הָעָרֶב.

    Anything that walks on its palms among all the animals that walk on fours, they’re inappropriate for you; anyone who touch their carcasses are inappropriate until the evening. (Yeah, usually it’s translated as impure instead of inappropriate…I don’t roll like that).

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