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Addiction LXXVIII

Old 05-14-20, 07:25 PM
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I haven’t seen any birds in awhile.
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Some of you people live in the middle of nowhere.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I haven’t seen any birds in awhile.
wut
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No turkeys, I did have two bunnies on two different hills, hop out at me this morning. Slammed on brakes for both. Not sure who would have felt more pain if we collided. Them or me. I use the word “hill” loosely.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
A doctor I know was riding on MLK Drive when a group of geese took flight. One of them struck her in the head, causing her to crash. The force of the collision ruptured the bird’s abdomen. It fell to the ground and literally spilled its guts in the road.
brutal!

and to think I've ridden into crowds of Canada geese just for fun.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Some of you people live in the middle of nowhere.
I don't think we have a Nowhere in AZ. But we're about 90 miles from Nothing, AZ.
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First tractor activity in a month that I didn't have to bundle up to stay warm.

Normally I would put my cold weather clothing away for months, but there's still a real possibility this will be a year without summer.

And I have bird content.

I was on the tractor, going backwards in a spot between two trees, or I might have missed seeing this little bird on the ground. It was only a few feet away, just sitting there, so obviously not behaving normally. I came around again a minute later, this time got closer, and the bird flew, but again something was wrong because it landed just three feet up a small bank on the other side of a four lane road. Not a place a normal/healthy bird would go, with cars buzzing by so close.

I wasn't sure if it was hurt, stunned, or what.

Really not anything I know how to do as far as bird rescue, but I felt bad about it being there. I decided to finish mowing the section of lawn nearby and then check to see if it was still there.

Several minutes later, I went over there, and yes it was sitting on the bank. I reached down to see if I could pick it up, and it flew back across the street.

Well, that was about all I could do for it anyway, put it in a safer place. So that's my attempted bird rescue story.
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Originally Posted by datlas
My bird story is on the bike trail near Manayunk a couple years ago I rode near a goose who attacked me with its wings. It must have had a nest nearby because it was very aggressive. My cheek got a little red from the wing-slap but otherwise I was more surprised than hurt.
Geese are known to be aggressive, in general. Farmyard geese anyway.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Well, that was about all I could do for it anyway, put it in a safer place. So that's my attempted bird rescue story.
There was one day I was out on our patio, and I heard this loud noise - a bird had flown into one of our windows, and was laying on the ground twitching. I wasn't sure at the time if it was dying, had broken its neck or what. We contemplated what to do for a few minutes - but it eventually came to its senses and flew off and seemed no worse for the wear.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
No turkeys, I did have two bunnies on two different hills, hop out at me this morning. Slammed on brakes for both.
What is it called if you bunny-hop a bunny?
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Originally Posted by ericy
There was one day I was out on our patio, and I heard this loud noise - a bird had flown into one of our windows, and was laying on the ground twitching. I wasn't sure at the time if it was dying, had broken its neck or what. We contemplated what to do for a few minutes - but it eventually came to its senses and flew off and seemed no worse for the wear.
I wondered if something like that was going on, but it sat by the road for 15 minutes before I scared it back from where it came.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Some of you people live in the middle of nowhere.
I've had to dodge chickens that wandered onto the road in front of me, more than once.
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Originally Posted by ericy
What is it called if you bunny-hop a bunny?
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I've had to dodge chickens that wandered onto the road in front of me, more than once.
Often, I'm forced to play chicken with Dodges, that carelessly wander into my lane coming the other direction.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I've had to dodge chickens that wandered onto the road in front of me, more than once.
Why did they cross the road?
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I've had to dodge chickens that wandered onto the road in front of me, more than once.
Why were they crossing the road?
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I've had to dodge chickens that wandered onto the road in front of me, more than once.
Did you ask them why they were crossing the road?
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Why did they cross the road?
Exactly
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Triple play
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Originally Posted by datlas
Message from patient I got today:

"I want an MRI of my back."

Refuses to come in for a visit. NEVER mentioned any back problems before. I have no (wait for it) back-story. Just demand for an MRI.

How do you break it to patients that the doctor is not Burger King? You can't just place whatever order you want and "have it your way??"
Lol I recently had a new-to-me client call to schedule brain surgery.

We just explained to the guy thats not how it works.

(Of course the dog doesn’t have a surgical problem.)
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Issue is some patients are so entitled after paying $$$ for insurance they think they can get anything they want. He would not even tell us whether he wants a thoracic spine or lumbar spine MRI. My guess is he wants the whole thing.

Sigh.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Departmental Zoom happy hour at 4. Getting a head start.
Drink of the day here was: Pineapple Margarita.

Front porch happy hour with a friend.


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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I once saw something off in a field during a ride. Stopped to check it out. First thought it was a calf or sheep then realized it was a Tom turkey. The think was pretty darn big. Only Tom I’ve seen in the wild.
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Originally Posted by berner
Growing up in a rural part of upstate New York, I never once saw a wild turkey. Wild life has been coming back and turkeys are common around the town of Bristol that still has wooded areas. I like having that wildlife around. A week ago, in an old cemetary adjacent to the bike path in the next town north of Bristol, was a fine looking, healthy mature doe browsing the new grass. I've seen her there twice and seemingly not over concerned by proximity to people.
We have a possum living in our hedge.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
No turkeys, I did have two bunnies on two different hills, hop out at me this morning. Slammed on brakes for both. Not sure who would have felt more pain if we collided. Them or me. I use the word “hill” loosely.

BTW followed yalls advice, my front disk is no longer rubbing. Thanks for the help.
I was riding in cottontail alley this morning.
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