The Tale of the Meet and Greet
Trip Start Jul 04, 2009
8Trip End Jul 30, 2009
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Friday was the first day of the Meet and Greet and Karen (bless her heart) had arranged. I figured she'll never volunteer for THAT again! By the time I got there we were down to 4 others counting Karen and Pam. Pam was driving up from Tallahassee and I knew she’d be there and that Karen (bless her heart) who was driving down from Iowa would also be there. We weren’t sure who of the others would still be able to attend. Lots of things changed after we came up with this plan so lots of folks just couldn’t come.
The first person who came was Joe from the Conures list. He had suddenly realized he was staying near Owensboro and could drive over. He and his wife Connie came over just to meet Aloysius and Bartleby (and maybe me and Tom) in the early afternoon and we had a great visit
Right after Joe and Connie went back, Karen arrived. I was so glad to meet her finally. I think we are on a zillion lists together—it seems that way anyway . She’s wonderful in her advice about how to help encourage the behavior you want in your birdies and she’s wonderful about taking in abused birds and helping them recover. She’s also very funny and we loved just talking to her—she also enjoyed meeting Aloysius who immediately climbed up on her too! He really is shameless.
We were sitting outside the trailer, chatting and up drives Pamela. She had all her birdies and her moose-dog, Butch with her so her entourage was almost as large as ours! We had a great talk—they are great people. Unfortunately for Tom and Karen, Pam and I didn’t just talk birds, we also talked academia. And academics can talk academia for ever! It’s fascinating talk too—I assure you of that.
As we sat outside in the lovely cool weather, we noticed all the golf carts going around and around the park
Saturday was the main day of the meet and greet. No one else arrived to stay in the cabins or hotel rooms but Lisa Ann Faw from Evansville drove down and her mom and sister drove over to meet us. We all adjourned to Karen’s cabin with the screened in porch with Pam’s bird and Aloysius to sit and visit. We really had a great time talking birdies and watching Toby, Sonny, Peep, Hektor and Aloysius flirt with everyone. Aloysius performed admirably with his "mommy ball" which is a little ball that has a voice recorder in it. I’ve recorded myself singing “You are My Sunshine” which is his favorite song of all time. He’s learned to knock it so the recorder starts up and then he lays his head on it to listen to me. AWWWWW. He’s a sweetie. We sat outside again that night—Tom was vastly entertained with the bird talk and I know Karen and Tom both were riveted with the academia chatter. Again, there were lots of golf carts on the prowl
Sunday, Karen and Pam had to leave and we only worked in a little chatter to entertain Tom. However, Pam was off to Memphis so we had a another shot. Travis would be added into the group so we could achieve new heights of pedantic discussions. Tom was excited.
It was really wonderful to meet Joe, Lisa Ann, Karen and Pam. Finding folks who love their birds as much as I do is always terrific and meeting their birds was just a great treat. Butch, Pam’s dog, is also a HUGE sweetheart. He leaned on all of us. My husband looks with bemusement on all the bird talk but we all like the times we can actually TALK parrots to someone instead of writing it on the lists! Even though most folks ended up not being able to come, I thought the Meet and Greet was great fun—thanks, Karen (bless your heart).