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Discussion: OT Falcons

Subject: OT Falcons

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Sunday April 08, 2012

Message: Two peregrines in the yard this morning. I've never seen one in the US although I used to see them in Canada as a kid. In Ethiopia there's another almost indistinguishable hawk, but the kids are certain these are peregrines- they recognized the call at breakfast, and if they're sure, I'm sure.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Laura M.

Written on: Monday April 09, 2012

Message: My husband says he saw one a few years ago here in CT. It was this time of year when they are migrating north, so they probably won't stick around.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: Hi Laura, I lived in Connecticut for many years and spent summers there as a kid, but never saw any raptors except red tails, goshawks, bald eagles and ospreys, except on one bizarre occasion when I was playing tennis in Guilford and a golden eagle flew slowly by not 20 feet up. Is your husband a birder? After a rain a few weeks ago the flying ants were coming out of a hole near our house, and in 20 minutes I watched over 15 bird species trying to catch them. Very cool.

My kids are thrilled about the peregrines because they enjoyed "My Side of the Mountain" and "Frightful's Mountain". They were turned on to birding in Malawi, where we lived near a fabulous birder and naturalist. I've never been a huge bird guy, but the kids are getting me more interested.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: It's Peacock mating season here and we have a ton. Every morning they are screaming at each other from the trees. Beautiful birds but mean as hell.

I watched a wood pecker in our backyard for about 20 minutes while I was doing kick drills the other night. So gorgeous but so destructive! We have a ton of birds on our property. I love them all but the owl take the gold medal. Love him!!! We also have spoonbills on the lake - gorgeous! Wing span is HuGE!

I don't know what a Peregrine is but I'll google it.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Kris D.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: "flying ants" -how do you step on those? Man that would suck.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Rich H.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: Hey Kris D. just think about how hard it would be to fry them with a magnifying glass.

Some years ago my dad was working at the University of Chicago when a group was trying to re-introduce Peregrines to the downtown Chicago area. I don't think the program worked out but it would have been neat to see them taking out pigeons along the lake front.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: I thought this was going to be a that Scott Baio tried to join in Happy Days until Fonzie talked him out of it

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Greg C.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: Indeed, Jamie. Great episode. Profound because Fonzie was also one of the founding memebers of the Falcons. Nothing like a little Chachi in Charge to brighten up the day!

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Laura M.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: Sasha, my husband is a bit of a birder. We live on a Christmas tree farm and near an old gravel pit so we see everything here. My border collie loves to chase the hawks away from the chickens. We see plenty of bald eagles- we're near the CT River where they winter. While living in VT, a Snowy Owl swooped down towards my car one night. (That was the night after I nearly ran into a black bear with my car!) That was very awesome. And Suzanne the woodpeckers are cool to watch. We had a Piliated Woodpecker (otherwise known as Woody Woodpecker) living near the restaurant I worked at in VT. He was impressive.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: I knew I could count on Greg to help me out with the facts. I saw that episode about a year or so ago one night while I was up late with the baby. I remembered watching them growing up hahaha

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Message: We hear Piliated all the time in VT but never see them. Good for you! The thrill of bear wears off pretty quick when they won't leave the garbage alone. In Malawi an eagle almost got one of our chickens but the children, quite tiny then, sucessfully chased him off (with an assist from the dogs). We had amazing owls there- including an eagle owl who hunted the other owls. I have never seen a snowy owl, although many times people have said,"Did you see the snowy owl?" but of course I hadn't. Again, I'm envious.

We have amazing birds where we live on the edge of Addis, but wild peacocks sound pretty darn cool, Suzanne.

The idea that Happy Days can be profound is very postmodern. I see a thesis in it. Watching kids grow up on sit-coms is an odd thing when you think about it. We took a young woman from a village in Tanzania home to NYC with us (total nannygate)and she was absolutely baffled for a few weeks by the way the Cosby kids would grow older and younger, depending on the channel. Also the mzee (respectable old man) was a doctor sometimes, and other times was chatting with kids who did tricks. Very puzzling. Eventually she stuck to cooking shows, where people age less visibly.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Greg C.

Written on: Thursday April 12, 2012

Message: Happy Days was the only show my Dad would watch with his boys... Richie would be about mid 70s by now. Sasha, remember the episode when Richie campaigned for Stevenson and Howard for IKE? Another brilliant one... and when Richie almost hopped on a bus with beatniks. Genius writing.

Hope everyone is training well. Other than an arthritic shoulder, Grego's bookin' (I love OT threads)

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Thursday April 12, 2012

Message: I remember watching the episode where Fonzie crashed his motorcycle as a kid. I was so worried for him hahaha. Pat Morita was great on that show too before we knew him as Mr. Miyagi hahaha

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Paul B.

Written on: Thursday April 12, 2012

Message:
How the hell did we get from peregrine falcons to Happy days??
Some of you need to up your meds because you are seriously sub-therapeutic!

This thread has definitely jumped the shark.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Friday April 13, 2012

Message: I never really knew the show. I saw enough episodes to know what it was about and "jump the shark" has become a universal. The only line I remember was Richie's mom saying to Fonz, "I know you're the Fonz, with the "Hey" and the "Whoa" but...," which was beautifully delivered and punctured the whole "cool" thing hilariously.

Subject: RE: OT Falcons

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Friday April 13, 2012

Message: We weren't allowed to watch any TV (except Sesame Street and Bugs Bunny) until I was a teenager. Occasionally my brother and I would sneak into watch Magnum P.I. with my dad but if my mom found out we would all be dead. So anyway, I am lost on the Happy Days topic. But I watched a lot of Cosby.

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