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The Happier Thing

weather: light rain
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I haven't written about our Psychotic Little Rat With Feathers in a while =)

I think he's fully grown now. His personality is certainly set - he's crusty, yet insecure; brazen, yet a big wussball. Here's a little clip of him (4M; 16s) playing one of his favorite games - he's jangling keys and singing. He was doing this for a good 5 minutes.

What he's trying to sing is "This Old Man". He has the "This old man / He plays one" part down pat, but the rest of it is a mess. It sounds like he's tone deaf. We think he was a lousy jazz pianist ("keys", get it?) in a divey lounge in his past life. =D

He also does this warbling sound. We couldn't figure out what it was at first. We thought it was to get sympathy because it sounded a bit sad-ish. But I was within earshot of his cage once and someone's cell phone rang. He warbled after every ring. He was trying to be a cell phone, it was the funniest thing =D

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serennig
Mar. 19th, 2003 01:31 pm (UTC)
You just solved my dilemna. We've been looking for new songs to teach Brimley (our Quaker Parrot -- Wilfred Brimley is the name of the guy on the Quaker Oats package). That's a perfect one. Currently his favourite song is "Bobby Shaftoe," a Geordie folk song the Boy's parents sing to him that ends with "when he comes back he'll marry me, bonny Bobby Shaftoe!" He can get through the the two verses of the song quite easily, and really likes having it sung to him.

Unfortunately, I just can't emulate a Geordie accent and when I get to the line that goes "he's my love for ever more" (pronounced "'e's ma lurve fah ayvah mair") I get told "NO" and he turns his back on me. *sigh* I'm so unappreciated. So having a song that's all unique to me might help. :P
bride
Mar. 19th, 2003 01:43 pm (UTC)
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The best thing to do is buy a kid's toy that plays one song over and over. Then just wind it up or turn it on and leave it in front of Brimley.

That's what Grandma did with her other cockatiel. The kids outgrew this toy train that played "This Old Man", so she just put batteries in and left it on =) Guai-Guai sounds like an idiot, but her other bird sang it perfectly all the way through =D

Unfortunately, that train is dead and we can't find anything at Toys-R-Us that plays the song =P

I get told "NO" and he turns his back on me.

Wow, what a smartass! =D
serennig
Mar. 19th, 2003 09:09 pm (UTC)
The best thing to do is buy a kid's toy that plays one song over and over. Then just wind it up or turn it on and leave it in front of Brimley.

Oh god. That sounds like a noise disaster waiting to happen... but at the same time, he *would* probably really like it.

And he is a smartass. Quakers are not very clear talkers, but they catch on quick to meaning and know how to use words. We are very very careful not to swear around him.

Guai-Guai sure is cute in that movie. ;)
bdspitapit31
Mar. 19th, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
That's so cute!! I would love to hear a bird trying to be a cell phone.
bride
Mar. 19th, 2003 10:35 pm (UTC)
*keeheehee* I'll try to get it one day =D
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