October 17th, 2005

crushing your head

Bird on my pillow

No, the subject is not some sort of euphemism; this is no tired avian version of a monkey on my back or anything.

I woke up to my alarm blaring, hit snooze, and closed my eyes again. 15 minutes later, when the alarm went off again, I woke up with a groan and went outside to check on the kids. After giving them their good morning hugs and kisses, I walked back into my room, intending to close my eyes for a few minutes and see just how close I could shave the whole getting-into-work thing, but when I climbed onto my bed, I was greeted with a bird on my pillow.

Yeah.

Maybe you didn't hear me.

I said there was a BIRD on my PILLOW.

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You see, my window was open, but at an angle - it swings open, it doesn't slide open. I guess sometime in the 10 minutes I was out of my room, the bird must've flown into my window, and dropped onto my pillow, stunned. (I was pretty stunned, too.)

I walked out of my room and asked for a box, in a bit of a daze. He wanted to know what size box? What shape? I said I NEED a BOX. I grabbed the first one I could find, and put the bird in the box, then took it out and showed my dad and the kids. They were a little stunned, too. Of course, not that stunned - the first thing the kids asked was "Can we keep it?".

Anyways. Yeah. There was a BIRD on my PILLOW.

That's so weird.

Here's the window in question:
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(I use a box to prop it open, in case you were wondering.)

BIRD.

PILLOW.

I'm too tired for this.
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Bird in my kitchen

Ok, you remember the bird?

You know.

THE BIRD. ON MY PILLOW.

Well, I went out to check on it before hopping in the shower, and I looked in the box. It wasn't in there. Wait, what? Yes, you heard me, it was not in there.

I turns out it's a little more agile than we expected, and it was able to make it through the little holes on the top of the box. Wow. While looking at the box, stunned, I heard a chirp from above me.

Oh no.

I can now say I have, personally, caught a bird. With my bare hands and a Pathmark plastic shopping bag.

Seriously.

I CAUGHT a BIRD with my HANDS.

I snuck up behind it (and below it, since it had perched on the pot hanger that's hanging from my kitchen ceiling), and slowly brought the bag around to its front - so when it tried to fly away, it flew into the bag. It took me a few tries, but it seemed to like that spot as it came back to it twice. But, like they say, third time's the charm.

(Obviously, the bird was feeling a bit off from its ordeal, because while I can occasionally show signs of possessing some rudimentary level of agility, generally, things like catching birds with my bare hands don't fall into the category of "things I can do". Either that, or I was having a very samurai moment*.)

So, my answers for that "10 things I've done that most other people haven't" meme? Well, I know what one of them will be.

* - This moment is recreated in the third movie in the Samurai trilogy, starring the amazing Toshiro Mifune. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0780021061/002-6327156-9580068?v=glance
Exact likeness

Sigh.

Ok, it got out again. This bird is officially too healthy to be left inside.

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Bird on ceiling fan. (Yes, I need to dust my ceiling fan.)

Which is why, after I caught the bird with my hands for the second time, we just released it on the roof, to fly free. (Initially I had thought it was dead, or at least hurt, and figured we'd need to nurse it back to health. Apparently it really was just stunned.)

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Here's the movie of the event: The Bird (13 megs). Not exactly Alfred Hitchcock, but y'know, I bet that fatty never caught a bird with his bare hands and a plastic shopping bag.
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