We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I just finished the first disc of "Teach Your Parrot", a 3-disc set I got from Netflix. I'm not actually planning on getting one, but we have a blue & gold macaw here at the marina so I got curious about them. The first disc was pretty amazing. He had them doing tricks inside of minutes. Every time I watch a disc on training animals, I think some of the tricks that the trainers employ are some of the cleverest things people do. The two guys that put this together are no exception.
About a half an hour ago Jojo was doing her "hungry cat" routine, sounding exactly like a yowling, hungry tomcat. It was all I could do not to open a can of cat food. Here's a little page on her, if anyone's interested:
One thing I didn't mention on the page is that she has two versions of cats and dogs. She has her "hungry cat" sound and a regular barking dog, both of which are indistinguishable from the real thing. But she also does the human versions, i.e., "Meow-meow. Meow-meow." "Bark-bark! Bark-bark!" It's pretty funny. I guess that makes her bilingual?
Speaking of parrots, the parrot in Micheal Crichton's "Next" is an absolute scream. It's genetically been given sentient intelligence and becomes a total wisecracker. When they make it into a movie, he'll have 'em rolling in the aisles.