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Goats vs. kudzu at Davidson College

By John Syme

Posted: Friday, Jul. 01, 2011

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John Syme graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor of arts degree in French in 1985. He worked as a general-assignment reporter at The Winston-Salem Journal, where he later wrote freelance travel stories during his first solo cross-country road trip in the summer of 1989. He worked as a copywriter at a Charlotte advertising agency, as a research translator at a French nutrition center outside Paris, and as a politics and education newspaper reporter in Charlotte. He returned in 2001 to Davidson, where he is senior writer, alumni editor and instigator of the "Road Trip 2009" blog, which evolved into his current blog, "Daybook Davidson."

Bouncing out the cross-country trails to the goats in a golf cart on Monday, I thought how much I've enjoyed biking out there every day or three to get time-lapsed pictures of the goats' progress at nibbling kudzu.

I also thought how much I was enjoying the golf cart instead of a bike, as temperatures moved on past 90 against a forecast closer to 100 by Sunday of the long July 4 weekend. It is summertime in North Carolina, after all, and now that we have a series of pictures of record for one petite patch of pitched battle between kudzu and goat, there's no reason for me to wheel out there in the heat of the day anymore, right? I can just sit here in the air conditioning waiting for the heart attack that all those "sitting still will kill you" articles are telling me is imminent, right? Sigh.

Anyway, videographer Gary Bartholomew and professor Chris Paradise, who were in the golf cart on Monday, put a video grace note on the goat story that can't be topped. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what's a video worth, right? My work here is done. “Cool.”

Stay cool and have a Happy Fourth of July!

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