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Tour - Day 1

The woman who sat next to me on the plane from Atlanta sat bolt upright and put the blanket over her head. Because of the folds of cloth, she looked exactly like that one Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Crusher is in the morgue and all the corpses sit up with shrouds over them. "Eyes...in the dark...one moon circles..." Yeeesh.

Saw a Monk Parakeet on a telephone wire in Austin. Lifer!

Great bookstore gig, chatted with fans and got to see people I know primarily as Internet handles.

Now, day 2!

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Argh! I missed you! :-(

We have several large colonies of parakeets here--they especially like cell phone towers and large lighting towers.

I'm going to try to make it to Oak Park on the 13th. I'll tell you my LJ/twitter handle if I manage to show up. How long do these things last?

EDIT: ah well, probably can't make it.

Edited at 2015-10-07 10:07 am (UTC)

"The woman who sat next to me on the plane from Atlanta sat bolt upright and put the blanket over her head."

Doesn't it make you feel better that you can pass for normal on a plane?

I reckon that trumps the woman I sat next to who assumed the crash position for takeoff and landing.

The only way this could get better would be if there were ducks on the plane!

A flock of those parakeets occasionally visits my office building, in Houston! I took some photos of them chilling with some grackles, here.

Edited at 2015-10-06 10:58 pm (UTC)

Glad the tour started out well!

My friend's son (age 7) is reading the Dragonbreath series and she tweeted this: "Yesterday we learned that E ships Christiana/Suki in the Dragonbreath series. They’ve never even met. Fan achievement unlocked!" and then "E is extremely sure he’s spotted a Gerald and Piggie reference in Dragonbreath #10, and he is beside himself with joy." and "This whole Christiana/Suki shipping thing E is doing -- I'm watching a shipper get born in real time. He's got headcanon now!"

I thought you'd get a kick out of it!

I was one of the people at the signing! It was great fun, a lot more grown up than I expected, and now I have Cool New Friends!

So, reassuring for you and thank you for that very creepy reminder just before bedtime.

Do Monk parakeets have tonsures or go around solving crime while being preoccupied with cleanliness?

Glad to see you are surviving the rigours and best of luck for the morrow!

Glad you escaped the big wet and had a good first day. Hope you enjoy your tour as much as you can.

Monk Parakeet... huh. And here I thought I was seeing a weird fluke back when I saw green parrots perching about some trees and wires in Chicago.

Wikipedia has some fascinating info, "in addition, they have also found a home in Brooklyn, New York, after an accidental release decades ago of what appears to have been black-market birds[21] within Green-Wood Cemetery. The grounds crew initially tried to destroy the unsightly nests at the entrance gate, but no longer do so because the presence of the parrots has reduced the number of pigeons nesting within it. The management's decision was based on a comparative chemical analysis of pigeon feces (which destroy brownstone structures) and monk parakeet feces (which have no ill effect). "

So... pigeon poop eats through rocks! But #NotAllBirdPoop

Edited at 2015-10-08 05:14 am (UTC)

They're crazy common here in Austin! I work a couple miles out of downtown (but still very much in the central city) and I counted seventeen on my lunch break. They're very chatty and squawky, it's great.

:D Was so excited to meet you. And then a few of us kept talking outside on the tables after the bookstore closed. It was a good day. ^_^

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