July 7th, 2011


Death of a Parrot...

"Hello, Senor Rod? This is Ernesto, the
caretaker at your country house."
"Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"
"Um, I am just calling to advise you, Senor Rod, that your parrot, he is dead".
"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?"
"Si, Senor, that's the one."
"Damn! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did
he die from?"
"From eating the rotten meat, Senor Rod."
"Rotten meat? Who the hell fed him rotten meat?"
"Nobody, Senor. He ate the meat of the dead horse."
"Dead horse? What dead horse?"
"The thoroughbred, Senor Rod."
"My prize thoroughbred is dead?"
"Yes, Senor Rod, he died from all that work pulling the water cart."
"Are you insane? What water cart?"
"The one we used to put out the fire, Senor."
"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"
"The one at your house, Senor! A candle fell and the curtains caught
on fire."
"What the hell? Are you saying that my mansion is destroyed
because of a candle?!"
"Yes, Senor Rod."
"But there's electricity at the house! What was the
candle for?"
"For the funeral, Senor Rod."
"Your wife's, Senor Rod. She showed up very late one night and I
thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your golf club."
"My new Ping G15 204g titanium head golf club with the TFC 149D graphite shaft? Ernesto, if you broke that driver, you're in deep shit!"

Another delightful baby....

Yesterday I posted the pictures of a little one at home...here's a little one who came and unabashedly looked up at me in Des Peres Creek, in Forest Park!

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That's the

American Mink

Danny Brown had introduced me to the place on Des Peres Creek where I could sit patiently and wait for the family of minks to appear; I think it's a mother (and a father, I'm not sure!) and a litter of 3 or 4 babies.

I was very lucky indeed to have this curious little one come out, and here's a video of it going along the river bank:

It's been very hot and muggy and I have not been able to spend a lot of time wandering around Forest Park as I can do at other times of the year! But the mink area is a usual part of my morning walk these days...some lovely birds to see, even if the minks are elusive!