Jump to content
  • Sky
  • Blueberry
  • Slate
  • Blackcurrant
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Emerald
  • Chocolate
  • Charcoal

Buffy's Commentary

  • entries
    231
  • comments
    1,307
  • views
    21,192

Another reason to be glad I wasn't a member of the Donner party...

HerNameIsBuffy

465 views

I've spent a lot of time lately being grateful I wasn't a member of the Donner party.  In my attempts to embrace stoicism I've been trying to truncate my self pity by thinking of how any given situation could be worse.  And freezing cold, in isolation with other people not of my choosing, and dining on the aforementioned other people is always worse than whatever I'm complaining about.

I won't even eat licorice...do you think I'm going to have some person for lunch?  Honestly, Heinz wouldn't even start bottling ketchup for another 30 years.  I'm not relying on some strangers homemade ketchup recipe.  I'm not an animal, ffs.

So as bad as all the frostbite and cannibalism was, the real tragedy wasn't in the struggle against death and the proof that starvation and survival instinct will override societies most deeply held taboos.

It was the hair.

There is just no excuse for that.

 

Spoiler

9ec37e283b5384f68df9ad8afcfb1c29.jpg

Spoiler

7c86a8e8c000e9147c492cca89af0b59.jpg

Doesn't Margaret Reed look a lot like character actor William Shallart?  

 

 

 

 

 

  • Upvote 5
  • Haha 5


10 Comments


Recommended Comments

WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

Posted (edited)

My family used to travel over Donner Pass about once a year, on our way to or from a visit with my mom's family. So, I've considered the Donner party a few times over the years. But, I must say I never once considered their hairstyles! :pb_lol: 

Trust you to give me a new perspective, @HerNameIsBuffy:pb_biggrin:

Edited by WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?
  • Upvote 3
  • Haha 1
  • Love 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
HarryPotterFan

Posted

In college when students would run for SGA they’d make up a “party” name. Some friends and I considered running as the Donner Party. But we were too lazy and afraid we’d accidentally win.

  • Upvote 2
  • Haha 3
  • Love 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
The Roman from Ipanema

Posted

I don't think those hairdos were very efficient in keeping warm.

  • Upvote 3
  • I Agree 1
  • Love 1

Share this comment


Link to comment
onekidanddone

Posted (edited)

I've worked at the Philly Folk Fest a few times.  The name of the name of the volunteer food tent is called. "The Alfred G. Packer Memorial food tent. I wonder if I still have the photo.

I've been through Donner Pass on the train.  I'm wondering now what was in that 'burger' I ate in the dining car.

Edited by onekidanddone

Share this comment


Link to comment
Jellybean

Posted

The ringlet hairstyle reminds me of the hairstyles of the children featured in 'Chelsea Instagram' on QF of Snark. Those poor kiddies and their traction alopecia! Let's hope they don't also have to eat 'long pig' and homemade ketchup.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Lillymuffin

Posted (edited)

One year in college, over Spring Break,  a bunch of my friends and I got snowed in at another friend’s house by accident during a freak blizzard. There were about six of us, plus her parents and sister, and her mother hadn’t planned on feeding that many people for that long.

Toward the end of the weekend, our meals started getting a bit creative, and the guys started making jokes about the Donner Party. I was nominated as first to be eaten, as I was the smallest. I’m still not amused. 

Edited by Lillymuffin

Share this comment


Link to comment
mango_fandango

Posted

I just had to google the Donner Party to make head or tail of this post. At first I thought it was just a random selection of sentences, that made no sense...

NOW I get it! 

  • Upvote 1
  • Haha 4
  • Love 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Posts

    • Lgirlrocks

      Posted

      I got blocked because she posted, on her doodle about work place affairs, how 83% of affairs happen in the work place and I called her out on it. I posted proverbs 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. And told her she needed to check her facts it’s actually 36%. 

      • Upvote 1
    • anjulibai

      Posted

      Alatheia is 14 in March. I imagine she's quite a sister-mom at this point, poor thing. 

    • Million Children For Jesus

      Posted

      Bradley peaked in the 80's. I think because of Brad Pitt, born in 1963, and Brad from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (released 1982, Brad was a senior, that makes him born in 1964), I think of Brad as a 60's name. 

      image.png.d3cef0b097873fa9614018bf406f23ac.png

    • anjulibai

      Posted

      I'm still bothered that they used Grace twice for a middle name. 

      Now I'm even more bothered by it since I now know Hannah means grace. 

    • 7 hours ago, chaotic life said:

       


      Thank you, and no it’s not better at all. But I have hope it will be one day and I would choose this over what I endured for too long every day and twice on Sunday. My advice to others now is to never do what I did and get out immediately. But fundie religion teaches you to ignore your gut instincts and to forgive at all costs, even when the cost is you.

       

      I am genuinely sorry to hear that. I just cannot understand that line of teaching and I'm glad to see people rejecting it when it makes no sense. Not that the alternative is simple (as you say). 



×