Jul 26, 2006

Beep, Beep!

(click to enlarge) This is a Greater Roadrunner. It is the state bird of New Mexico, not Arizona. Our state bird is the Cactus Wren. I was working and I spied this guy in the desert. He (or she, they look similar) would dash from prickly pear to prickly pear in order to evade me. He finally stopped beneath a Palo Verde tree long enough from me to get a photo, although not a close up (click to enlarge). Notice his crest is standing up, indicating he is on alert, because of my presence. Roadrunners can run up to 15 mph and will fly for short distances. They undergo torpor (at state of induced hypothermia) at night to save energy. In the morning they lie in the sun, wings spread to warm up. On a less sane note. I was thinking about bumper stickers today. There is someone in my parking lot at work that has two bumper stickers. One says, "Born okay the first time" and the other says, "Don't be born again, grow up." My cubicle neighbor finds them offensive and she's the one who pointed it out to me, so when I left work I sought out the car to get a look. My friend is a devout Christian and is incensed that someone would put these stickers on their car. It is personal to her. (click to enlarge) I don't understand why people put combative stuff on their cars. What is missing in their lives that they have to go out of their way to offend? I think bumpers stickers ought to be supportive of something or at least entertaining. Have you ever noticed that there is an inverse relationship between the quality of a car and the number of bumper stickers? I guess people with nice cars don't want to junk them up. I've also noticed a direct correlation between the number of bumper stickers and the freak quotient of the car's owner. I also don't get vanity plates. I see a older woman on my commute home that has a vanity plate on her car that says "FOXY". She has flaming red hair, a bunch of makeup and a ton of jewelery. She reminds me of Mike Myers portraying Linda Richman on SNL. Someone needs to stop her and confiscate the plate. Why do people pay the state good money to make a statement, especially when it is frequently incomprehensible. Often times the sentiment the plate expresses is just an inside joke anyway. I saw a car with a "2SCOTYS" plate. It appears they have 2 Scotish Terriers. So what? I don't get it. Someone told me that it is just fun to have a vanity plate. Maybe I am missing my "fun gene" or something. Anyway, now I am just being mean. Merle. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong and sometimes just full of it. Tag:

1 comment:

Kurt said...

In my state, it's $90 for the plate, then $70 to renew it. But how else will people know how foxy I think I am?