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All Right, You Birdbrains


I’m sitting at the table in the dining room beside the back door, drinking my morning coffee and just trying to wake up. I’m not trying too hard, to be honest. I didn’t sleep that well and Titan woke me up early wanting to go out. When I refused to get up, he went and sat in front of the gate and whined. After listening to him for half an hour, I got up and let him out, but then, I was awake and it was so close to time to get up that I didn’t go back to sleep.

Anyhow, for two days in a row, birds have tried to come into the house while I was sitting here. Yesterday, it was a black and white bird that I think is an Australian Magpie. It sat on the post at the top of the stairs and stared at me for a while. Long enough that I was able to take his picture. Maybe he was just being vain and wanted to be a show-off because once I took his picture, he flew away.




A short while ago, a different bird wanted to come in. This one was colored differently and wasn’t just posing for a photo. When he realized I was right there and wasn’t going to move, he flew around the side of the house and came in through the office window. I was hearing funny thumps and when I went to investigate, I saw him bounce off the glass, then he found the bottom was open and he could escape that way and proceeded to do just that.



Anyhow, it was an unusual enough event that I thought I’d write about it.
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Wonder if that second one was an immature or perhaps a female?
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Your friend must feed them? Or they steal the dogs biscuits?
I think they might be two different types of butcher bird. The second photo is hard to tell though. The first photo I’m pretty sure is a pied butcher bird, magpies are little bigger and have white on the back of the neck and sing a beautiful song.
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Either way they look like they’d be good pan fried with some gravy, eh?
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I guess if you are really hungry haha you would need a few to get a decent feed. It would be easier catching a cassowary or emu, they can’t fly and are a lot bigger.
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Am I the only one thinking what happened to big Bird?
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Pretty obvious isn’t it?
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Last night, around 5:30, Melia got a call from Honiara that Ron was sick and in the hospital. The person from the company Ron worked for said they’d call back in an hour. They never did. This morning, Melia called the company and discovered that Ron died last night. The person on the phone said that they tried repeatedly to call last night, but nobody answered. While my instinct is to say, “Bullshit”, it’s quite possibly true. Phone service there is less than optimum.

Needless to say, Melia is a basket case. She’s been on the phone with relatives all morning and is alternating between tears and being rational. She’s dealing with it the best way that she can.

I don’t know what I’m doing. My feelings are all over the place. I go from pissed off because it might have been preventable to remembering the good times and the bond that we shared. Ron and I used to refer to ourselves as brothers. Ron pissed me off at times, but we were always friends. If not for Ron, I wouldn’t have seen as much of this crazy planet as I have. Ron and I gave each other motorcycles and we helped each other out when we could. We once walked the streets of Cairns for two hours in the rain yelling at each other at the top of our lungs. We also once stayed up until the wee hours of the morning examining textbooks. His were on Aircraft engines while mine were on Diesel engines and Heavy Construction equipment. When my first marriage ended, Ron set me up with a job where I had to be smart and resourceful and had to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week. I was a complete basket case, mentally and emotionally and having a job that was that demanding forced me to focus on what I was doing. I didn’t have time to become nuts.

It was Ron, Melia and I who traveled around the United States together in 1981. That was the trip I remember best. It was also Ron and Melia and I who rode from Byron Bay to Cairns in 1994, then the three of us rode to Launceston, Tasmania for the 8th Australian HOG Rally in 1997.

Ron, Melia and I were as close as could be possible; now Ron’s gone.

I guess that I’m glad that he died while I’m here in Australia. If I had been back in Cincinnati, I’d be buying a plane ticket to be here. Melia had been discussing when he was coming home to Australia last Thursday. He was going to set things up so he would be here before I left to go home. When I was here four years ago, Ron and I hadn’t gotten along as well as I would have liked. I was really hoping that we could have gotten past that; I honestly believe that was going to happen.

Ron was unique. I’ll never have another friend like him. I’m sorry that he’s gone and I’ll miss him for a very long time.

Godspeed, brother Ron. You were loved.
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