So I made it in the New York Times today. No, it is not for a scientific breakthrough, a humanitarian effort, nor environmental preservation. No, my contribution to the world is playing a computer game. Here’s the link:
Here’s my paragraph in the article:
“I was having all these deaths on the farm and hurting myself on a daily basis doing real farming,” said Donna Schoonover, of Schoonover Farm in Skagit County, Wash., who raises sheep, goats and Satin Angora rabbits (real ones!). “This was a way to remind myself of the mythology of farming, and why I started farming in the first place.”
So “all these deaths” refers to when I mowed the pheasant nest and Fern was killed by the dogs, both in September. “Hurting myself” referred to the injury updates while we were building the hay loft. I did mention that “We raise livestock: Shetland sheep, Nigerian Dwarf goats, Dexter-Highland cows and Satin Angora rabbits. We also have donkeys, llamas, and poultry (turkey, chicken, geese, ducks, pheasants, peafowl). And we have an orchard and make hard apple cider. And we have a large vegetable garden. ” So that was edited- not sure why only Satin Angora rabbits were specified though.
Anyway, I will now bask in the glory of my fame and then go out to the barn in the rain/mud and trim goat hooves.
That is funny Donna. I had never heard of farmwille. Congratulations! Not everyone gets quoted in the New York Times. Ondra showed me a sheep game like that called virtuwool.net. I told her i did’nt want to get hooked on it cause I already have real critters to take care of and that’s enough!
What do you mean by “the mythology of farming” ? Do you know actual stories or are you referring to an idealistic vision?
Thanks.. The realcritters should be enough, Tom points this out. The mythology I was referring to was my childhood vision created by books and the stories my grandparents told me about there childhoods. These sources omitted the hardships involved. That us what I was thinking about.
You won’t believe that I have used your quote, which I based my term paper completely on to talk about virtuality and reality of FarmVille!:)
Thanks for the inspiration! Really!
Glad to hear that I could help with your term paper. Thanks for letting me know.
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