Sunday Morning Newsiness January 22, 2012

Sometimes you can’t help being a little embarrassed for Old Sol, showing off just because he has a captive audience.

But you have to admit, even the Chinese can’t do fireworks to compete.  Some things just can’t be pulled off with the combination of cheap labor and US politicians dancing for multi-national corporations and banks.

Old Sol’s got his own cheap labor, I’m guessing.

And if he does they’re not forever counting themselves up to calculate whether they could march four abreast into the sea without wearing thin on the patience of everyone else.

I’m in the doghouse with all the cats this morning, but especially with Hydrox.  The invadercat came in just at dark last night while I was feeding the can of cat food to the four belongers.  Sat there 20-30 feet off the porch just watching.

Irked the bejesus out of Hydrox, especially, because I was taking its picture and talking to it instead of running it the hell off.  This morning Hydrox is being standoffish and treating me with a disdain I rarely see in him.

But you’ve got to admit that looks like a pretty good cat, though I’m not going to let it stay around here.  I don’t need any more cats and it’s well enough groomed to argue it has a home somewhere, anyway.

Hydrox and the other can relax, once they’ve punished me a while for causing them a momentary doubt about feline population projections for 2012.

I’ve mentioned guineas a number of times here, but I suspect some of you folks might never have seen one.  They’re difficult to photograph because they’re constantly moving faster than you can realize until you try snapping a pic of them.

They look a bit like a cross between a turkey vulture and a pheasant.  Most biologists believe the species leaked over here from a parallel universe and they’ve never quite managed to get a grip on this reality.

The biologists might be correct, but my personal theory is that they escaped from a Larry Niven novel, one of the Tales of Known Space from the 1970s and 1980s.  Likely as not they were developed by the race that created the Bandersnatchi.

But what the hell do I know?

Old Jules

15 responses to “Sunday Morning Newsiness January 22, 2012

  1. Grinning from ear to ear!

  2. Don’t know about Bandersnatchi Jules but do know I shot and ate some wild ones in Ghana. Tasted real damn good too. These are interesting birds. They don’t require much do they?

  3. I thought that cats groomed themselves? Those birds make great watch dogs, they can be very noisy.

  4. Guineas!!! I smile to see them, even though I have never met one in person. My mom had them in S Fla as a child, and loved them. She always talked about them and their funny noises. Glad to see you have them!

  5. Love the piece on old Sol!

  6. Nice Guineas! I like the Pearls. I only have one, and she’s a mix. The others are Purple’s and Lavender’s.

    Can’t wait until I get my fences up so I can let mine out again. How many do you have?

    • ejalvey: They’re the only remaining survivors of a dozen bought as keets a couple or three years ago. Predators had a protracted feast with them because they refuse to sleep in one of the fortresses and prefer trees. Gracias, Jules

  7. It’s snow covered and grey it’s always good to know “Old Sole” is behind them clouds ,thanks for stopping by.

  8. I always thought they came from Ringworld.

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