Bird Watching

Al Batt: My Neighbor’s Pilot Episode – Austin Daily Herald

Echoes of the Loafers’ Club meeting

I’m making a documentary about my neighbour’s motorized paraglider.

How’s it going?

Good. I have already filmed the pilot.

Drive by Bruce Drive

I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Every time I walk past his reader, thoughts come to mind. I ventured into the unknown. With all the roadwork ahead of me, I never know where a road will take me. I couldn’t go home because of the works. It only set me back a few hours and it will be a beautiful country when it’s over. The road specialists will be back to complete their task. A rational man adapts to the path.

I was afraid of quicksand. It’s a throwback to having watched too many Tarzan movies during my formative years. It’s a mucky nuisance, but it’s impossible to mix this deadly reel the way quicksand is portrayed in movies and TV. This is because quicksand is denser than the human body. Flowing sand has been shown in “The Lone Ranger”, “Swiss Family Robinson”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Gilligan’s Island“, “Batman”, “Blazing Saddles”, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Avoiding quicksand was not difficult for me.

From the library

I really liked “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. That’s where I found this: “If you ever have any doubts, remember that unlike adults, children want to be happy. They therefore always have the ability to take the greatest pleasure in the simplest things.

Ask Al

“Have you ever seen a Bigfoot or a Sasquatch? Not Yeti.

“How can I keep squirrels away from my feeders? » Travel to Antarctica.

“Which bird hooted ‘AEIO-U’ during the night? It was a vowel.

Bad Jokes Department

Why did the snail cross the road? Nobody knows. He hasn’t crossed yet.

Which letter should be the center of attention? NOT

I accidentally ridden a dolphin. It was supposed to be about porpoises.

What is a Holstein cow at the North Pole called? Lost.

What invention was greater than the first telephone? The second phone.

False and even more false

I received one such forwarded list titled “Did You Know? who committed more errors than Cap Anson, who committed 658 errors while playing first base in the dead-ball era, which is the major league record for first basemen. Here are several corrections to errors not made by Anson. Jeep comes from GP, which comes from general purpose vehicle. When the Ford GP became the first jeep to reach GIs in large numbers in 1941, the General Purpose name was not in Army nomenclature. The word “jeep” existed in military parlance as early as World War I and was used to describe an untested human recruit or new untested vehicle.

The quack of a duck does not resonate. It does. I heard it.

If you touch a baby bird, the mother will abandon it because of your scent. Not true. She’s a mother and she won’t give up on her baby, even if you smell bad.

Einstein failed math. He did not do it. He was a pretty smart guy.

The average sleeping man swallows eight spiders a year. The truth is that the average sleeping human swallows no spiders per year. No spider wants to crawl into our mouths.

A goldfish’s attention span is nine seconds. Goldfish remember things for at least 5 months and probably longer.

There weren’t a million or a million mistakes in the list. A zillion and a jillion are extremely large and indeterminate numbers. The list got it right: a million has 6 zeros, a billion has 9 zeros, a trillion has 12 zeros, a quadrillion has 15 zeros, and a quintillion has 18 zeros.

Natural notes

It would lay an egg today, but in the late 19th and early 20th century, birds were killed for their feathers in the name of fashion. On Manhattan’s Ladies’ Mile, one of the main shopping districts, retail stores sold the feathers of snowy egrets, white ibises and great blue herons. Stuffed owl heads ended up on hats. On Cape Cod, 40,000 terns were killed in one season by a millinery agent. Whole songbirds were used on many hats, mounted on wires and springs that allowed the heads and wings to move in a natural way. Forty different species of birds were counted on women’s hats in New York in just two days in 1886. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 made it illegal unless licensed to pursue, hunt, take, capture , kill, possess, sell, buy, barter, import, export or transport any migratory bird.

Adjourned meeting

“The best part of a good man’s life is his nameless, unremembered little acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth.