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Did the Chicken Cross the Road??

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hubby and I work for an international construction company. We live the life of nomads, moving from project to project, working from the ground up, coordinating the process of building a building, handing the keys over, then moving on to the next assignment. James is the project superintendent, coordinating all the subcontractors on the jobsite. I am the project engineer, claiming the onsite construction trailer as my domain, coordinating all the paperwork and communication that it takes to get the job done. We were recently assigned to the Portland, Oregon Branch Office, with the intention to oversee a Super Target in Sacramento, California—which is due to start mid-March. This past week, we took on the venture of relocating from the Minneapolis area to the West Coast.

The road trip to Portland offered me some breath-taking sites. The drive across the Rockies was indescribable!! As James drove, I scanned the mountains in search of big horn sheep, mountain goats, antelope, black bears, bobcats, buffalo, deer, moose, and elk. I did see some butts high up one rocky crag, but I couldn’t discern whether they belonged to deer or big horn sheep. Crossing Idaho, I saw 2 different large animals bedded down amongst the trees. I’m not sure if they were elk or moose, but want to say that they were moose—just because saying, “Moose,” makes me giggle! Try it! Say, “Moose!” out loud! What a funny name—can’t help but conjure up a mental picture of Bullwinkle, huh?!! We were mesmerized with the multiple sightings of eagles—so beautiful and majestic!!

The drive through Washington was kind of boring and desolate, but as we crossed into Oregon and traveled along the Columbia River, we were awestruck again with the beauty of landscape. It was my turn at the wheel, we were on the interstate—no buildings in sight…Then, there it was! A lone chicken along the side of the road!! What the heck?!! I rubbernecked to double-check that my eyes hadn’t deceived me! James and I looked at each other and laughed aloud, realizing that we’d both seen the same thing! Our conversation centered on the chicken…Where did it come from? How did it get there? Where was it going? Had it already crossed the road, or was that its goal? Okay, so I hadn’t been able to positively identify any wild animals in their natural element along the road trip…BUT all was not lost!…I had been able to positively identify a domestic animal in its UN-natural element. How many people can claim that??!!

The moral of the story can be interpreted countless ways…

• Don’t place all your chickens in one basket, as they might feel overcrowded and leave.
• Set your chicken free—if it’s meant to be, he’ll come back.
• Which came first? The hitch-hiking chicken, or the egg?
• If Chicken Little is out on the road, assume the sky is falling.
• Even a chicken can play a game of Chicken.
• Even a chicken can be a daredevil.
• Don’t let heavy traffic ruffle your feathers.
• The early bird gets to see the country.
• Don’t count your chickens until you’ve checked the interstate for any runaways.
• A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

Which moral will you adopt today?

Here’s my take…

• Just because I may be a chicken (introverted tendencies), it doesn’t mean that I have to stay within that mindset!

• In the same way that I’ve shed some excess poundage, I can shed my inhibitions. With the right frame of mind, I can be an eagle!

• Just like that chicken left it's cozy nest, I can leave my safe environment and dare to soar to uncharted territories.

• I can free myself from my introverted ways and be the carefree, fun-loving, adventuresome woman that I so crave to be!

• I can set my inner child free and be the extrovert!

Today is the day I will start living again!!
I double-dog dare you to do the same!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LDCECIL 10/8/2008 9:52PM

    I love it, thanks for sharing it with us!

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BLONDEGIRL10 10/8/2008 2:40PM

    I can't believe I never saw this one! Thanks for bringing it back up. You know I loves your blogs!!
You know, I thought I was the only crazy one that set out to become an extrovert. Now, I now know I am not the only Crazy Chick!
I Loves ya Deb!

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JANEYTEE 5/22/2008 8:54AM

    I say we eat the chicken and be done with it. Lets see fried, baked, broiled, grilled or roasted???? So many choices.

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FOCUS128 5/3/2008 6:52AM

seeing life through the eyes of a chicken! Hum: this makes me wonder... ha ha! I think the image is so refreshing, I will shake some of my own chicken feathers myself!
Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us!
Annie ;-)

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KYLIEMC8 4/5/2008 10:23AM

    You are the light that we all need! I love that story and now I want to come and follow you around the US!! I'm a gypsy at heart! Thanks! Hugs..Kylie :)

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NITAINMN 4/1/2008 4:28PM

    I agree you can surely write for a living with no fear of quitting your day job!!!
What a wonderful time to be in CA. Do post some new photos. Where we lived before, Tarrytown, used to have these magnificent eagles flying in the sky at certain time of the year!! Loved watching them! I love your take on the chicken besides the road. I am on in the dare:) Nita

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CELEST 3/29/2008 5:39PM

    You know what? If you ever get tired of construction work......there's always creative writing. If you could put all your stories into a book, I'd definitely be buying. Ps you're on with that dare.

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MIPPY265 2/28/2008 1:07AM

    I love your blog. Alot to think did that chicken really get there??? Enjoy your trip and be safe. Keep us updated on your adventures!

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AMBERROGUE 2/12/2008 10:13AM

    To get to the other side is SUCH a simple answer... Thanks for expanding!

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MRSLAZZLOE 2/1/2008 11:27PM

    I have NEVER seen so many comments on anyones blog. You truly are a gifted writer Debbie! And what a great outlook you have. I envy your adventures. But I envy your spirit more! =) Thanks for sharing!

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~LASYL~ 1/30/2008 10:06PM

    How can I even imagine not going to your page often as I move along this journey . I love the way you think..., lol. Funny thing is my best friend lives in Oregon and owns a ranch, on the ranch lives a chicken she named after me, Sylvia.., I better check if Sylvie is missing!?! Thanks for sharing, You inspired me in funny kinda way, lol.

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-ANGIE- 1/30/2008 4:32PM

    This blog is exaclty why I love ya- you have the greatest way of looking at things! I might have said, "It's God's way of making sure I have enough chicken for the trip so I don't go for a Big Mac later on"...scary the way my mind works, isn't it! I am only kidding- I really do love the way you have such a positive view on life. That's why you mean so much to so many of us...many of us would just have seen a chicken. Thanks for sharing your vision!

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0GRANNYPANTIES 1/29/2008 10:38PM

    That was so much fun to read! If you would have saw it here, it would be a frozen chicken patty right now! Enjoy the sites!

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MISSLANA 1/29/2008 10:21AM

    You and only you could come up with all those morals. Girl, you really do have a way with words and using something as simple as a chicken on the side of the road to make people visualize and create their own goals in life.
Thanks, Deb, for keeping us all laughing but motivated at the same time. Can't wait for the next adventure on your blog! Be safe, be happy and keep on sparking!

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HARLEYMOM59 1/29/2008 7:41AM

    show the world the deb we know....cause you is a blast baby.

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SWEETNSILLY 1/28/2008 9:59PM

    A great blog, actually the first I ahve read and I believe nothing will ever compare. Glad you are enjoying your trip. As far as the chicken and the morals they are all great and your outlook as well. We all need to use this in our own lives as each day is a new day...and each egg produces a new adventurous chicken maybe? LOL I know you will do great with everything at the new job!


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KATIE233 1/28/2008 3:11PM

    ha debbie it sounds beutiful there, i would been there with my camera just a clicking off the land sites and animals. it,s my favorite hobby, get that camera going there. want to see some sites. enjoy yourself and be careful.

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WATERGIRL60 1/28/2008 2:11PM

    Thanks for "pecking" at my brain and opening it up to new ways to view life! Your adventures in day to day life keep me laughing-you are always a pick me up on a hard day!
Can't wait until the next entry!

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KAREMEG 1/28/2008 11:26AM

    Loved the blog as usual! I am always thrilled when you write a new one. Your (mis) adventures would make a great book or ongoing magazine/newspaper column!

Glad you made the trip safely! Next time I'm feeling down, I'll be sure to shout, "M-O-O-S-E!"

Have a great day!

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-STEPHANIE- 1/28/2008 9:40AM

    Hey there "chickie", I'll take the "Early Chicken..." I'm always up before the sun and I love to see the country!

Enjoyed the blog!

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UP4MORE 1/28/2008 8:56AM

    • A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion... This is mine! I will take your double dog dare! You can be who you want to be, be brave, be wonderful, be yourself... I know you can do it. Its ok to be a little afraid, new things are scary, but you certainly fit into the extrovert catogory in my mind - so now claim it for yourself and own it! You can do it, embrace yourself!

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EXPT626 1/28/2008 12:39AM

    I liked -- 'The early bird gets to see the country. "

But how about this?:

Chickens will do as they please, and cars and roads should just get used to the idea.
-- Roberta Henlaying

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BAAB_GIRL 1/28/2008 12:02AM

    I love you!! You are a riot and I believe you are MY lost sister!! I have a SparkFriend in Oregon. Cierra_007(Jody) who is one of my first SparkFriends and got me rolling shortly after I joined with a July 4th-Labor Day challenge. It would be great if you could meet. She doesn't log on to Spark too much, so if you decide to contact her, don't expect a reply anytime soon.

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NAN71486 1/27/2008 9:23PM

    Congratulations on your "inner extroverted woman" breaking free! I so happy for you that you are having this experience. Keep up your healthy living and have a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing from you again. Keep a watch out for the chickens now! LOL


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JUDY4FITNESS 1/27/2008 7:47PM

    Well friend from Texas told me why the chicken crossed the road..............ready??????????? To prove to the armadillo that it could be done. Now with that in mind you could make a liar out of all those who say they have tried such and such and it didn't work! NOW GO STRUT YOUR STUFF!!!

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/27/2008 7:33PM

    Loved it...and I accept your dare!

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JMARIES51 1/27/2008 7:23PM

    Another wonderfully entertaining blog. Are you sure you aren't a freelance writer masquerading as a project engineer?

I am glad that you enjoyed your journey so far. Of course you only saw a bit of Eastern WA and it is kind of desolate over there. So don't judge your chickens before they are hatched. You have to see Western WA. This is God's country. :0

Hope you get to have the apartment. It sounds like something that you are looking forward to. hugs, Joann

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CWTAYLOR 1/27/2008 7:20PM

    You are hilarious! I could use you in my English class! We're getting ready to write essays in a couple of weeks! I envy you! :)

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RELOUDEN 1/27/2008 6:46PM

    Maybe the chicken was sent out as a welcoming party for the area.

Neat story. Enjoy your stay.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/27/2008 5:37PM

    I love your blog!!! How thought provoking!!!

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NUTMEG25 1/27/2008 5:37PM

    Glad you like Oregon. I have lived many places and this is the best! Enjoy your time here. Hugs, Meg

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SAYRAH-M 1/27/2008 5:04PM

    I agree with Annette you need to publish your blogs. They are great. You are so funny and profound!!
So that brave chicken within was going to make the journey one way or the other. Brave that highway and make the too. I am focusing every day harder on the highway rather than just the goal.
I know how it can be to seem to be outgoing when you are a secret introvert. I can rise to the occasion, especially if the occasion is work. But left to my own it is hard for me to leave my nest. Maybe I am hatching eggs here myself.
Love to read your blogs, your posts, your emails, and your comments on my blog. You are VERY motivating. Thanks Deb

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STARTSPARKING 1/27/2008 4:42PM

    No, I will not be the chicken with a bucket list or ends up fried in a bucket. I'll be the chicken that crosses the road to new territories to become an eagle! Thank you so much for a wonderful, thought-provoking blog!

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LUVBONNIE 1/27/2008 4:26PM

    Poultry in Motion. WOW I like that one best! How exciting to travel like you do! We needed to drop my daughter at Dartmouth College in NH, we are in So Cal. It was such a stressful time not really a vacation, but Hanover is straight out of a Norman Rockwell picture. So that was wonderful. Let me know how long you are staying in Oregon, and enjoy the beauty of it there for me.

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CYNTHIAS50 1/27/2008 4:17PM

    Great blog Debbie! Sounds like that was an enjoyable trip :-) BTW I am very happy that you made it there safely!
You know, I believe this is gonna be the day that I too will start living again, and it's gonna be all about me, what I need to do for me, what I want to do for me, and I'm gonna make it happen!
Thanks for this push Deb!

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CARPEOMNIA 1/27/2008 4:12PM

    YOU'RE ON Chicken Little!!

I love your blog...wish you'd take up being an've got skills girl!
Wait until Foghorn Leghorn Gabrielle reads this!!

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