Coyote: An Instant Classic

Posted By on October 25, 2011

What was it that Coyote said?

From the moment he posted himself up here, almost a month ago,  Coyote has been a minor hit.  For a long time I thought that he would be a one-hit wonder.

Exactly the opposite has happened. Who would have thought that, almost a month after his initial appearance, Coyote is steadily rising through the ranks of the most visited posts of the site, having racked up more than forty sixty hits in the last three days?

What does this mean? Is there some reverbbing going on? Has Coyote hallowed out our language? You tell me. I don’t have a clue. But, FYI, just to prove to you that I was not following the tracks of a Heffalump, here’s the list (with a few duplicates removed) of Coyote’s visitors for the last three days:

Hayward, California, Huntington Beach, California, Peoria, Arizona, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Manila, Philippines, West Haven, Connecticut, Saint Louis, Missouri, North Richland Hills, Texas, Calgary, Alberta,  San Francisco, California, Akron, Ohio, Humble, Texas, Savannah, Georgia, Allen, Texas, Tainan, T’ai-wan, Taiwan, Columbia, Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Lafayette, Indiana, Loudon, Tennessee, United States, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Fremont, California, Fremont, California, Ottawa, Ontario,  Canada, Scappoose, Oregon, Scappoose, Oregon, Baltimore, Maryland, Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Houston, Texas, Houston, Texas, Annandale,  Minnesota Jasper, Indiana, Wilson, North Carolina.

At first glance it occurred to me that maybe these are all coyote regions. But some time before reaching Cambridgeshire that theory was dashed on the rocks of cruel reality. There are no Coyotes, that I know of, in Baltimore.

Then again, I will say that the distribution of these locations suggests a very definite regional pattern favoring the states where the Tricksters still run wild and provoke all sorts of all-too-human difficulties, pitting the spirit of the wild against the sturdy values of our American farmers and their need to protect livestock. Somehow we need both.

Signing off from right near North Avenue.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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