Today is the anniversary of my going back to work in 1998 and getting a fax out of the pile that arrived while we were on holiday break. “Please come to our meeting in Tallinn.”
I tweeted the story.
A longer version is here. I think it may be the best thing I’ve done in my life.
And here’s a bushtit, just outside my window. They’re one of the smallest birds, just a little bigger than a hummingbird, and they travel in flocks, sometimes big flocks. They love the suet feeder.
Let’s keep this thread light. I am exhausted.
That’s a beautiful photo, Cheryl.
My parents got a puppy for Christmas. And FYWP won’t let me paste the tweet dammit!
Sounds like the prologue to a spy novel.
@Baud: Much better than that.
That would make an awesome holiday card if you do that sort of thing.
@Yutsano: Send me the link and I’ll put it in the comments for you.
edit: I googled “yutsano’s mom’s puppy twitter” and came up with nothing.
I finally filled the suet holder. That must be why I am suddenly getting tufted titmice outside my window.
I am fucking exhausted.
Bushtits are the best. The 12 year old boy inside me giggles just saying their name. And they so obviously like each other; their constant chirping communication, their enjoyment of physical contact.
@Mary G: Me too. I am sad that I can’t do much except tweet and comment here about the horrific situation currently unfolding in India. I am afraid that there are going to be rivers of blood before this is over.
Very fine bird pic, Cheryl.
I mentioned last week that the last two cords of my winter wood were dumped in front of the hovel and waiting to be stacked. So the day went like this:
Throw the ball for Bert, grab an armload, go to the crib, chase Steve the cat out of the way and pile the wood. Repeat. Often.
When the first cord was stacked I threw the tarp over it and Steve of course got under it because it’s just like making the bed. Chased him out and put the weights on it. Here he is supervising my continuing efforts. From the look on is face I must be doing it wrong ;-)
@Roland Stone: I was introduced to great tits when I was 15. I can still remember the flush as I tried to think of something not stupid to say.
(A European chickadee as everyone knows.)
Bushtits really are the best birds.
We demand puppy pics.
@chris: yes, your cat looks miffed.
I went to the LA Zoo today and of course I went to the talk about their giant river otters, which are adorable even when they’re using their powerful jaws and razor-sharp teeth to gnaw apart chunks of frozen fish.
@chris: he is a cutie. Give him some treats stat.
Beautiful little bird, and I’ve never even heard of it.
And congratulations on having a great work memory that made a difference!
@Mike J: No puppy pics from me. Anyone else may post them
@schrodingers_cat: Treats? No worries there. He gets lots of treats and unlimited food so he’s quite, um, prosperous. His belly sways when he walks but that doesn’t stop him from following me and Bert around and generally being nosy.
@Mike J: Have some Bert.
Keep it light? I read the phrase about the bird as “And here’s the bullshit, just outside my window.”
Also, too, there’s probably a joke about bushtit in there somewhere.
Balloon Juice After Dark Lite – Bushtits Teehehehheeh
ETA – you said light, not mature. ?
@WaterGirl: Look for @dattaxpony it’s quite a ways down in my timeline but he’s there.
Looking forward to seeing you in February, Cheryl!
Let’s meet on Marcy Street.
Just like what my wife said years ago: ‘We need to go to Tallinn’. And we did.
Oh, did I mention she’s Estonian?
@Quinerly: OMG, February is coming right up!
All you folks who are giggling about bushtits need to know that Europe has great tits and 11 others, including coal, bearded, and sombre.
@Cheryl Rofer: At least two of those species would make great band names.
@Cheryl Rofer: Eurasian blue tit
@The Lodger: What about the Masked Boobies?