And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I Will Never Be Able To Top The Last Post, But.....

There is a house I pass on my way home from work every day. I always enjoy passing this house because they have geese, chickens, peafowl and guinea fowl wandering around the yard and it is kind of cool to watch them (rather than the road, which is a boring country back-road).

Today, however, I decided I don't like that house anymore.

Evidently guinea fowl have brains that (while admittedly small in the first place) are completely unable to function when the temp drops and snow begins to fly.

There I was, driving along quite contentedly, when I noticed that the whole flock was out in the road. This is pretty normal, since they are allowed to roam quite freely. I slowed down the way I always do to give them time to strut their way across the street. One bird, the one closest to me, just stood there in the middle of my lane looking the other way. My car is not quiet, so it had to know I was coming. The thing slowly turned and looked at me, then began putzing it's way to the right shoulder. I began moving forward again, assuming (you know what they say about assumptions) that the idiot bird intended to get off the road.

I was obviously mistaken. As I came even with the bird, it decided to head THE OTHER DIRECTION, nearly being turned into creamed idiot bird in the process.

While I was still cussing the stupidity of every animal with feathers and wings all the way back to the first dino-birds, the rest of the flock decided that they would just camp out in the middle of the road.

I tell you what, I just about decided to fill my freezer with some "chicken".

These stupid critters must be psychic, despite their obvious lack of brain function, because the minute I decided to just ram into the lot of them they hurried their little heineys off the road.



Lisa said...


Driving on our country roads, the squirrels do the same thing. After a few attempts at swerving to avoid them, and having them change course like your birds, I decided it wasn't worth risking an accident.

One day I was driving with DH and saw one in the road. I yelled "Squirrel!" in my best imitation of Chevy Chase in "Christmas Vacation." As soon as the word was out of my mouth, the dang thing changed direction and .... thunk! It was funny in a very morbid way! I certainly wouldn't try to hurt any animal.

barefoot gardener said...

I swear, some animals have suicidal tendencies! :)

RuthieJ said...

I used to work at a place in the country and they had a little flock of guineas too. They were usually standing in the driveway each morning....silly birds!