The Secret Life of Bees: Mink Edition

Mrs. Hawk resurrected the Secret Life of Bees tradition in August and I thought I’d continue with my own version. I thought I’d share three things about me that I haven’t been able to share in the past.

I’m a politics and news junkie.
I am fascinated by politics and the media. While I remember loving current events when I was young, I think my interest in the media stems from a short stint working at MSNBC just after my freshman year in college, when it was a brand new network. My job was purely administrative, but I was in awe of the staff of The News. The News was Brian William’s old show and his staff occupied the area of the newsroom next to my desk. I would FedEx plane tickets to producers or prepare shipments of MSNBC swag to be given out at the DNC while listening to his staff talk about how they would cover the events of the day. I loved being a fly on the newsroom wall.

While many are getting tired of the media’s coverage of our candidates’ every moves, I’m amped up for the final weeks of the election season. I only wish Tim Russert was still around with his white board.

I sometimes drive an animal taxi.
Our love of animals isn’t a secret, but I’ve never discussed some of the rescue work I do. One of the activities in which I’ve loved being involved is called rescue transport. Rescue transporters relay homeless animals, often from kill shelters in the south, to new homes in the north. A coordinator assembles a list of drivers by putting an itinerary out on a listserve. Drivers sign up to cover a segment of the trip, meeting the next driver on the list at a designated spot where a transfer is made. At the end of the day, there’s usually an update about the passenger getting to his or her new home.


On the left, my first passenger (from years ago…look at my short hair!) and on the right, my most recent one.

I love dramatic haircuts.

After years of having keeping my hair short, I decided to grow it out to donate to charity. I had my first donation cut in 2004 and have had three more since. Unfortunately, I found out that the charity that got my first donation often sells hair and doesn’t make too many wigs for sick folks, which I had assumed was their primary activity. The next time I cut my hair, I wound up selling it online and donating several hundred dollars to a local charity.


My second haircut for charity.

Does anyone else share my “secret” activities?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
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June 2012
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    katie395 527 posts, Busy bee @ 8:06 am

    Wow! I love political news also! This time of year can get kind of sticky when talking about politics with people but I would have loved your job at MSNBC! So cool! And thank you thank you thank you for being a transporter for animals! I am a huge animal lover and think we need more people like you in the world! Awesome post!

  2. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:14 am

    Is that Junior mink in your most recent rescue pic?!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 8:15 am

    have you been watching the newsroom (the HBO show)? if not – you should, it sounds like it’d be up your alley!

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    Twinkle-Toes Turner 30 posts, Newbee @ 8:16 am

    Mink, you’re a gal after my own heart! I miss Tim Russert, too. :) I once grew my hair out to donate, only to find out the day of the big cut that they wouldn’t take highlighted hair. It was a lesson learned in reading directions before you start a big project. It’s the thought that counts, right? LOL

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:36 am

    @Mrs. Eagle: I was thinking the same thing it does look a lot like Jr. Mink.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:28 am

    @katie395: It wasn’t really a cool job…but it was in a very cool place!

    @Mrs. Eagle: Oh my gosh, no. She was a big, strong girl who so wanted to RUN after being cooped up before we picked her up. :)

    @Miss Gray Wolf: I’m definitely watching it and I love it!

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    txlolo 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:31 am

    I had no idea you could sell your hair online and personally donate that money to a charity! I thought you just had to send it to locks of love or something. I have been a short haired gal all my life and I love it! However, I got the crazy idea to let my hair grow for graduation and then I got engaged and thought, what the heck?, might as well let it grow some more! Now it is mid-back and I can’t wait to chop it back chin length. Looks like I have some research to do on donation though…

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:17 am

    That’s soooo awesome that you drive an animal taxi!!!

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    Elm tree 519 posts, Busy bee @ 10:19 am

    I love what you do to drive the animals to a better home. I would if I could…

    I read the article and hope that my hair has not been thrown in the trash (but I never sent processed, grey or short hair). I do it for the children and adults who need it or else I would keep my hair long like I used to.

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:33 am

    I love love your passion for animals, such a good thing to do…wonder if there’s anything like that in my area. I just love these posts, thanks for sharing!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:41 am

    I’ve donated my hair a couple times too! I’m looking forward to doing it again, but I want to make sure it goes somewhere that will appreciate my donation. I like the idea of selling and donating the money, I hadn’t thought about that, maybe I could try it.

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    JeniRae, Guest @ 2:41 pm

    Where did you sell your hair? I am gearing up for my third donation and I’d love to make a cash one!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:53 pm

    @Twinkle-Toes Turner: I bet there’s a program (or a strange hair buyer) who would take it!

    @Miss Toadstool: They’re definitely the same color!

    @txlolo @Mrs. Pony @JeniRae: The hair trader site I found the last time I sold my hair was very strange…there are some odd people out there who want hair! I was willing to deal with the weirdness to raise the money…just be sure to use a totally untraceable, throw-away email account if you. Give it a try.

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:59 pm

    I love the idea of driving an animal taxi! Animals in need always go straight to my heart, so I generally tend to favor animal-related charity work. I’ve volunteered at the humane society and a charity that rehabilitates horses, adopted my two dogs, and made donations, but I had never heard of taxi-ing before.

    I’ve also donated my hair a couple of times (10-12″ of it), though I don’t know if I’ll ever grow my hair long enough to do that again anytime soon.

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    Missido 813 posts, Busy bee @ 8:26 pm

    Nice! You’ve always been one of my favorite blogger bees, and I didn’t even know you were involved in rescue!! We are too 😀 We foster, but we’ve done transport as well! We have a cute little Pom with us at the moment.

    Congrats on your wedding by the way! I was away for a bit (getting married myself!).

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:01 am

    @Mrs. Honey: If you live near a major north-south artery (like Interstate 95, you probably have a rescue transport group coming through your area!

    I’ve transported dogs almost exclusively (I had three cats once…and the huskie that was with me was beside himself with them in the car). I have seen horses being passed at a transfer site, though.

    Good transfer sites (a parking lot without much traffic or a rest stop) are often used by lots of different groups, so if you went to one, you might see loads of animals being moved from car to car. :)

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:09 am

    BTW, if you want to get involved, a lot of transporters set up drivers through Yahoo Groups. If you search for “rescue transport” you’ll find thousands of groups, but with some digging, you can find groups that operate specifically in your area.

    I now work exclusively with one rescue (mostly working with goldens), but I still know the coordinator who organizes runs through my area. There are LOTS of dogs who get moved from SC/NC/VA to the northeast. PM me if you want more info!

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 7:50 am

    I also love dramatic haircuts! I’m growing my hair out to donate it for the 4th time, and I was already skeptical about doing Locks of Love, but that article you linked to was seriously depressing. I hope my other ponytails were actually used. Thanks for the heads up though. And you look great with short and long hair!

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    Eileen, Guest @ 2:07 pm

    I miss Tim too… his replacement does not measure up very well. I have 2 nieces in California and when we visit them I love to stay up late debating with these card carrying Socialists. Always fun to talk with them.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:30 am

    I love that you transport rescues! I actually was just recently wondering (we’re looking for a rescued Frenchie) how they do that, since a lot of the dogs on the network are far away and I saw something about them transporting them from kill shelters as well. When I have free time, I may look into helping out as well, but right now I just don’t have the time to do any extra driving than I do for work and school!

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:53 pm

    Wow, this is such a cool post Mink! I am long due for a haircut and have been going back and forth on if I should donate. This was helpful!!

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