Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Just Gonna Read Today...


Folks, it's hot. Hot. I'm not working on windows today. Won't do it. Moonbat the parakeet (I know, I know, it was Bertie earlier, but names can't be chosen lightly. Typical writer; even my pets have working titles) is cranky. Flies listlessly from chair to window to chair. I'd read that parakeets like sharp, consonantal sounds, so I click my tongue in greeting whenever I approach him. He's taken to replicating the sound, which from him sounds like a sort of cough as reproduced on a gramophone. He scolds the owners of subwoofers as they thwomp by.

The heat finally claimed the Lusitania fan, a 50s turquoise beast so-named because it looked like the product of someone hacking off the back end of a boat and wiring it to move air. Two propellers. A grille like a Buick. One of the motors froze and baked. All other fans are now aimed in my direction.

One more hot day, according to the weather forecast, and then it should be cool enough to get some things done without panting. I feel like I've been coated with a layer of something half-oil, half-silicone. But hey, this all comes with an upside: I've only had to mow the lawn twice all summer. Which I certainly wouldn't do today even if the lawn needed it. I'm not planning on doing much motile activity today. From chair to couch to bed.

8 comments:

brian said...

You should also consider eating a Popsicle.

Tammy said...

Glad you left "Bertie" behind. It was kind of up there with the likes of "Fido" or "Poochie" as far as pet names go. Not that I'm passing judgement or anything. Really. I'm not. Really.

Kristen said...

Oh no!! Not the Lusitania!!! I'm in mourning! :(

I agree with Tammy regarding Bertie, but, um, Moonbat? Keep working on that title, dearie. Just a gentle editorial nudge.

davo said...

Jeez, Kristen, I'm always in trouble with you. Drivers license, parakeet names...is it because I threw away that Amnesty International pamphlet someone gave me on campus? ;-)

Jon Sealy said...

Moon bat is an interesting name, though.

Jon Sealy said...

Tag game.

Kristen said...

You threw away an Amnesty International pamphlet??!! Next thing I know you'll be back snacking on veal!

(I agree with Jon--Moonbat is an interesting name. I'm just not sure it suits the bird personality you've described thus far.)

davo said...

You're right--the bird is far too conservative to be named thus. But I have control.I'ts being at least over-liberal in the assumption of privileges it expects during its incarceration....