Saturday, March 25, 2006

Birdsong and More

For the last week, I've been waking up early to the annoying sounds to birds chirping. All sorts of different birds and different chirps. It's very loud. Is this a springtime phenomenon? I wouldn't mind it so much if it didn't start around 6:30am. I have a hard time picturing birds in LA finding worms and bringing them back to the nest, but maybe that's what's happening.

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Don't think that people who drive hybrids aren't assholes. I experienced road rage not long ago, mano a mano with a Toyota Prius. I was driving on the 134 east to Pasadena. It was nighttime. There were four lanes in my direction and I was in the second from the right, going about 65 mph. The car behind me started flicking his high beams. He did it about 8 times and it pissed me off. The freeway was relatively empty and there was plenty of room to pass on my left. So I told him to get lost by flashing my brake lights. He got all up in a tissy and passed me super fast on the left. It turned out that it was a Prius. I don't know why this surprised me. What a loser, I thought. So the Prius got in front of me and, still pissed, I high beamed him. Prius did not like this and slammed on his breaks and slowed to like 40 mph. Anyways, he soon got off the freeway.... I usually don't get road rage (probably cuz I hardly drive on the freeway), but it happens and I don't recommend it. Dangerous games people play. The point: people who drive hybrids can be total dickheads.

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My car gets about 275 miles to the tank, which means I get about 21-22 mpg. No surprise since it's almost all city mileage. I fill up about once a week. Gas is getting expensive again. Last time it cost me $35.

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One of my favorite things about Saturday morning is waking up and opening all the curtains in the house. (This is something that I only do on the weekends because during the week I just wake up and go.) The sun comes in, I settle onto the couch and drink a cup of coffee. This is living!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Been living in NY for too long, huh? "Annoying sounds of birds chirping"? How about some appreciation for the wonders of nature? ;-)

Yes, it's seasonal (with migratory songbirds limited to their breeding season) and totally dependent on the bird species. You can set your watch to different kinds of songbirds which all have their preset time for making a racket. You might have nightingales in your back yard which go off super early.

Personally, I think that is one of the nicest ways of waking up in the morning.

MK

chanchow said...

I hate to say it, but those birds are annoying. It's like they're right outside our window. And it only happens between 6:30 and 8:30 am. I'm all for nature, but here it seems we only have skunks and chirping, warbling birds!

Anonymous said...

Did you hear about the recent Coyote in Central Park?

MK

chanchow said...

No, I didn't hear about the coyote. Did they catch it? Funny to think of it running around in the middle of NY. Maybe coyote was looking for little red riding hood.

Anonymous said...

See here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/nyregion/23coyote.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

hh said...

i saw a couple coyote where i used to live on hyperion one night. they were just crossing the street like no big deal. trot trot trot. i was scuuuurred.
ps. saw the oppossum AGAIN (time #3) lastnight, walking on the fence. eeeek...his eyes glow and he mad dogs me. he's not playing dead anytime soon. i hate him.