Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's just a BIRD, for crying out loud!

See this bird?

Oh that's right... it's not just a bird.
It's a blatant symbol of my anti-Australian-ism.
It's subversive, and non-conformist, and a sure sign that I don't accept Australian culture.

Yeah... right.
It's just a bird feeder, people!

I brought home this bird feeder when we were in the States.
I bought it simply because I liked it, and because I love Robins....
And I never, ever thought that it would cause me the grief that it caused me last night.

See, I had a parent (client) stop by last night, to pay me her portion of the last bill.
2 weeks late, mind you... and I didn't even charge her the $5 a day late fees that are clearly marked on her contract.
In light of what happened, maybe I should have.

So anyway, we're standing on the front porch talking about the scheduling for next week, when she looks over and says "Isn't that an American bird?"
And I said "Yes... I just love Robin Red Breasts, and I found this terrific little bird feeder while we were in the States in April.
Don't you just love it?"

To which she replied:
"Well, don't you think you should have an Aussie bird up there, instead of something American? Isn't that giving the children the wrong type of message?"

Huh? Am I missing something here?

It's a bird.
It's a bird feeder.
Australian birds come and eat out of it on a daily basis.
Aussie birds like sweet little wrens and finches, and even the occasional parrot or two. (and they shit poop all over my railing and porch while they're at it, but we won't go there)

The children like it, and they can spend hours with their little noses pressed to the windows, watching the birds come in for a feed.
Isn't that what's really important?
Besides me liking it, of course.

The funny thing is, this woman had a real problem with it... and even asked that I take it down and replace it with something "more representative" of my adopted country - or she might have to speak to the office about it.

The funny thing is, this wind chime was less than 2 feet away from the bird feeder... and she never said a word about it!

That's me folks.

Dividing and destroying Australia...

One bird feeder at a time!


Marjie said...

I always knew you were a subversive, a secret agent! But, didn't she think about the fact that the kids are looking at the REAL birds?

Tell her to kiss your Yankee arse.

Kurichan said...

You have GOT to be shi**ing me!!!! Omigosh...she needs to get a life...

Robynn's Ravings said...

Maybe we should dub you the BIRD s**t disturber! And I think I'll go to our local zoo and tell them to send all the Gallah's (sp?) back so that our little American children don't get confused about what birds REALLY belong here. Thank the good Lord that she is not representative of most of the lovely folks of Australia.

And thanks for the toast and the SONG!!!! (You flooosey!)

Anita said...

Poop on this silly woman..geeez how childish!I LOVE the bird and feeder.

Sherri said...

3 words! What an idiot!

Homestay Mama said...

Someone needs to get a life, eh? Don't worry, Tatersmama, you're coming home soon!

Chocolate Cat said...

Oh my goodness!!! I cannot believe someone has nothing better to do than complain about a bird feeder!!!! I sure hope you won't be taking it down!

Ola said...

This history is unbelivable, do such people exist?:)

Out Back said...

This parent is just a trouble maker.

What does it matter what kind of bird is on the feeder? I am sure the aussie birds don't mind.


Roslyn said...

OMG, so political over- correctness is alive & well everywhere, some people have teeny tiny little minds that are slammed shut!
Are you sure that wasn't my sister, oh no, she lives in NSW!

家唐銘 said...

As a man sows, so he shall reap.............................................................

雅王任 said...

生活很多細節都要小心點,請多保重 ..................................................................

Gramma 2 Many said...

I'm thinking we need to take up a collection and send you a giant life sized Bald Eagle bird feeder to hang from your eaves. Right as one enters your front door.

farmlady said...

Good grief! I thought Americans were the only ones who felt they were "entitled" to their opinions and expectations. I guess it's rampant in other countries too.
Poor little bird....


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