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Another animal encounter

Saturday, November 17, 2012

So today Bill and I drove down to Ft. Myers, to have lunch with two SparkFriends and their hubbies, at a lovely rooftop bistro. A good time was had by all, but I got a bit turned around as I was driving us home. I pulled over to scrutinize the directions on my iPhone, and a delightful woman who was strolling by with her parrot, name of DJ, on her shoulder, stopped to offer directions. Bill had rolled down the window, so as she was directing us back up the street, DJ hopped aboard Bill's arm, said "Hello" to me, and then proceeded on up to Bill's shoulder, where he settled in and began peering at Bill with great interest.

"He likes you, honey!" I suggested.

As you can see, Bill doesn't trust parrots one bit. Backstory: Bill and I had, years ago, witnessed an ugly incident that has put him a bit on edge about parrots. This guy with a gargantuan Amazonian blue told us, "She's my best buddy" and took her our of her cage to show us a lovely kiss, only to have his best buddy haul off and bite a chunk out of his arm. Blood everywhere. Parrot stuffed back in cage. Days later, "Do you want to buy a parrot?" DJ's owner had also told us, "We went through 10 rough years together, and I got a lot of bites on my lips and hands." Why we should have trusted DJ is beyond me, but we are trusting souls. In the end, DJ behaved himself nicely and left without a fuss when we were finished talking with his mistress. Cute, isn't he?

Only in Florida, as they say!
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    How did I miss this one? Animals just find their way to you. I hope all you meet are the friendly sort. No alligators in your area, are there?
    2012 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Was staying in Treasure Island. Learned there was a sea shuttle I could pick up in Ft. Myers to Key West. What a great excursion. How fortunate you are to live nearby there.
    Had a lovebird I was taking care of at my job. I had the opportunity to keep her as a pet. I named her Jessie, kind of a boy/girl name. She was very inquisitive. I would take her out of her cage, she would hop on the hand, crawl up to my shoulder. I would brush my teeth and she would be enthralled. She was not clipped so she could fly at will. We had some times where she wouldn't want to go back in the cage, or I took her outside and something would startle her and she would be gone. She taught me that saying, if you love something, let it go, and if it comes back, something or other. She was great. Sorry about Bill being assaulted.
    2013 days ago
    emoticon What a wonderful day! What a wonderful life! You are open to adventure, take chances and make choices and it's all working! Thanks for sharing; you are definitely a day brightener!!
    2013 days ago
  • EM4488
    What a hoot! Glad DJ didn't bite - and this is just one more reason I don't want pet birds!
    2013 days ago

    You folks are regular Marlin Perkinses! Just don't go for the big animals!
    2013 days ago
  • LESLIE871948
    what a way to start my Sunday morning. This is priceless
    2013 days ago
  • GABY1948
    What a cool adventure! My son has 2 Cockatiels (Baretta birds) and they are so much fun! Have a great Sunday!
    2013 days ago
    I'm so glad the parrot behaved himself! I'd have been nervous too!
    2013 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Too cool! Polite little guy too, saying hello!! I wonder what DJ was thinking about Bill..
    That is great you got to meet a couple of Spark friends!!
    Have a Super Sparking Sunday!!
    2013 days ago
    Glad he left with out a fuss -- and without a "muss", which I'm sure is what Bill was nervous about!
    2013 days ago
    Geez, Sue! Every day is an animal adventure for you!! That is a cute picture. Looks like Bill is trying to ignore the fact that he has a parrot on his shoulder!!!
    2013 days ago
    Bill has a buddy!! I had a parrot just like that named Tweeter. She was quite the diva. Unfortunately, even with her pea-sized brain she was the smartest person in the house and we were unable to keep her caged. Her name should have been Houdini. We finally had to put a pad lock on her cage. She was quite noisy and would not allow us to talk on the phone. Didn't like one sided conversations she wasn't privy too and would pelt out jungle noises while you attempted to talk. EE-EE-EE-EE-AH-AH-AH-AH!!!!
    2013 days ago
    awe so cute
    2013 days ago
    Cats, Possums and Birds....Oh My!
    2013 days ago
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