I get why Brooks Hatlen had a pet pigeon in the classic movie "Shawshank Redemption". CORRECTION: it was a raven (my buddy Steve happily corrected me). Note to self: trust Google and not your terrible memory!
I guess I understand why people have exotic birds for pets (although I never would, they are extremely annoying). So I guess it makes sense why some folks would make the New York City pigeons their personal adopted friends.
Maybe I'm not local enough of a New Yorker yet but I bet I will always feel a little nauseous when I see a human covered with bird shit, call me crazy. Yesterday I ran into two of these interesting (screw loose, nuts, etc...) New Yorkers.
This lady is a fixture in Astoria Park (which is just a block from where I live). I snapped this picture yesterday morning on my way to the train. She is definitely one with nature.
|The combination of the birds and the squirrels |
following her every move remind me of a cartoon
(a very creepy version of a cartoon)
Later in the day I ran across this gentleman in Washington Square Park (near NYU in Manhattan). I had seen him before and I am pretty sure he chills is in the park with his flying friends every day. If you thought the lady has a screw lose, well than this dude is just plain weird! Note: I actually saw this guy talking with some kids about his friends with wings and he actually seemed really friendly and great with the kids. Yeah, but still creepy.
|"sir, do you know that there is a pigeon eating food out of your hair?"|
Growing up on a farm I saw my fair share of pigeons, mice, rats, spiders, etc. These critters never bothered me. Snakes however always made me jump out of my shoes. I know that it is supposed to be very healthy to overcome all of your fears in life but I am perfectly fine with never having to confront my fear of snakes. I just hate the damn things.
A couple of weeks ago I saw this creative entrepreneur in Times Square.
|love the reaction by the girl on the right|
He even gave the huge yellow serpent a very smart name to make it seem not so intimidating (Sponge Bob). No matter how trained Sponge Bob is, these kids are much braver than I am (it was hard enough for me to stand this close to get this picture!).
I love animals and I think that having pets can be great (if you have the time to give them the attention that they deserve). However, these interesting New Yorkers take having pets to a whole new level.
Have a great weekend everybody, go out and have fun. If you plan on throwing back a few cold ones then please have a sober alternative ride home lined up before you crack the first one. Do not bank on the "I'll just have a couple and be fine" method as it fails every time and can turn your great night hanging out with friends into a life altering experience that you will always regret.