Thursday, March 10, 2011

Things I learned today, vol. 2


  • When your children go to bed gleefully anticipating a snow day, and you have to wake them up in the morning to tell them that the school buses are running and the schools are open, you should be prepared for levels of grumpiness never before seen. Nuclear-strength grumpiness and pouting.
  • Wild turkeys can fly. It ain't pretty, and they don't get much altitude, but they can fly. I nearly ran off the road this morning when one seemed to fall out of the sky right above my car. Fortunately she veered off and landed in the forest next to the road and not spreadeagled on my windshield.
  • Hat head isn't fatal. It only feels like it should be when you get to work and take off your hat and realize that you look as though you've been simultaneously electrocuted and drowned.
  • Knowing that you're going out for lunch with friends takes a lot of the sting out of a late-season snow/freezing rain/rain event.

9 comments:

  1. I personally think that having to deal with hat head is bad enough that the hat headed one should be allowed a day off on a subsequent sunny day.

    To get over the trauma, don'tcha know.

    - Jazz

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  2. I have to agree with you there, Jazz, though I doubt we could get that written into our next collective agreement.

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  3. You know, that is a harsh blow to go to bed thinking you have the next day off and then wake up and find out you were wrong. I'd be grumpy and pouty too.

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  4. All three of us were grumpy and pouty.

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  5. I heavily downplayed the possibility of a snow day last night, but there were still considerable levels of grump to deal with this morning, not to mention a declaration that "I did NOTHING today" from Angus when I picked him up from school. And I swear everyone I know is talking about wild turkeys right now... is it the new zeitgeist?

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  6. Wild turkeys are the new black.

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  7. Turkeys can get GREAT altitude! At least the one that visits my feeder can. I have been left open mouthed with awe at his aerobatics!

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  8. i have been laughing on and off all day over the image of a wild turkey flying. thanks!

    -Meanie

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  9. A couple of summers ago I was following a cube van on a two-laned highway when a turkey tried to fly up off the road to evade the van. Woops, just missed and oh, the feathers and carnage that flew were just unreal. He just needed a couple more inches of height to not get hit. Poor thing!

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