The Birds, Redux

Suppose, for a moment, that you are in a strange town on a business trip.  Suppose that, in the eerie twilight, you are walking back to your generic motel room after having consumed a forgettable meal served by a forgettable franchise restaurant, along a busy commercial thoroughfare with telephone wires overhead.  Suppose you hear an odd fluttering noise, like a random displacement of air, when suddenly you look up and see that every square inch of telephone pole and wire is covered by a roiling mass of indistinguishable black birds that don’t seem to be doing anything except creepily perching in this spot for reasons known only to their tiny, alien, nictating bird brains.

Oh, yeah — and suppose when you were a kid you stupidly watched Alfred Hitchcock’s  The Birds on late-night TV and ever since you’ve been secretly terrified by the possibility that your eyes will be pecked out by evil birds in a strange town — probably after you have to put up with tiresome lectures by some bird know-it-all woman wearing a beret.

Yes, you’ll sleep well tonight, experiencing the wonders of business travel.  At least you haven’t seen anybody in a beret . . . yet.

1 thought on “The Birds, Redux

  1. Hi, Bob, Lois had mentioned your blog after the bachelor party so I have been poking around and enjoying it immensely, especially this entry and photo. It’s a good time and place to note the profile in this Sunday’s NY Times Magazine of John McPhee, whose writings cover a wide range of subjects “like a pianist playing with one hand”, as do yours. Highly recommended, if you’re not already a fan.
    And congratulations on being able to watch post-season Indians baseball again.

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