Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

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Hello my friend,

First of all - happy belated birthday! I know, at our age we like to forget them :)

Second, I am SO HAPPY that you are still fighting Old Nic! Bravo!!! You'll have to let us know if you feel better in any way, such as taste buds starting to wake up even more after being shut down by smoke for 45 years?

I just looked on Google Earth to see where the heck Doha is - was surprised to see it's only one country away from Oman. I also looked up Lavender Village and it showed a very square, ugly building that looked a bit like a jail - I'm hoping you're not staying there - it says the address is: Lavender Residence, Fereej Bin Mahmoud South. Funny, the view of the entire area is rather.....fuzzy and brown. I wonder if there was a sand storm when the satellite passed over?

I wish you well - good to hear from you : )


Hello OLD friend!!! :)
I say that in jest, because I think we share a birthday, with mine coming years and years prior to yours.
No one wishes to hear how ancient they are, especially a woman.

So glad you took the time to save the spirit of your first writings about parrots, because that is from the days when I first was introduced to your philosophy of bird keeping. In some ways, by having the Internet, we have secured a piece of immortality. We might say that we live on in the people we touch, the ones we influence.

I think of a few sea adventure books you might like. I too am a fan of marine and nautical literature.
Try at Project Gutenberg: Joseph Conrad......Lord Jim
I also like his HEART OF DARKNESS which is about Africa

Then Philip Slocum, sailing alone around the world in a small vessel.

His son, Victor Slocum, wrote a collection of tales (true) called CASTAWAY BOATS.
A fairly modern volume, he shows how modern mariners just do not know seamanship as well as the old timers who can bring back the crew safely even when the ship they sailed on was wrecked. They had no EPIRB to set off, no MAYDAY radio, no nothing except their own skills to save themselves. I've read it twice.

And TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST was influential because of two reasons. First was the second part was written about California when this part of the world was unknown to many people, and it became a best seller because of the 1849 Gold Rush, and people wanting to know what sort of place California was. Also, the author came home to his proper Bostonian family and the experiences he endured during his years living "before the mast" (where the common seamen berthed on whaling ships) he went on to be a Congressman who helped make the ordinary seamen wards of the US government and stop captains and ship owners from treating them as ship slaves, it really helped the awful conditions under which they lived and worked. So I agree, the story is extremely compelling, always good to remember it was true and not made up. It's good to discover other people who value the book too.

You shall eventually have a normal life once more. What you describe reminds me of my days as a boat captain in the oil field of the Gulf of Mexico. No rest, no regular schedule, no escape from the stresses of the job because it was 24 hours on the boat and I worked 6 months straight before going home. Totally exhausting. Like being in military, or like in prison perhaps, where you must ask to do the simplest most ordinary activities taken for granted by citizens not so employed.

You shall prevail, I have no doubt. Peace be with you always.
Watch for a new entry in my journal, about my adoption of a small African grey female, Rumbles. She has red factor in her, with stray red feathers popping up here and there.


Great story! Happy Birthday. :)

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