While Facebook has its myriad charms and useful attributes, there are a few negative aspects. One of them is people. I’ve been known to say I’ve always wanted to be a flight attendant for Fed Ex. I have been in the throes of a small sniping battle with an individual for months. I had no idea how bad it got until yesterday when lo and behold, they popped up again. After a long, protracted “discussion,” they called a halt to the attack and the dust settled. I hope it stays that way.
I titled this piece “Debbie Downer.” You know who Debbie Downer is, right? You’ll find it right here at HULU: Debbie Downer
I’m normally not a negative person. I like my life and other than a few nagging little issues now and again which I believe to be normal in anyone’s life, I’ve got it pretty good. But I get somewhat irritated when someone messes with my work, my ideas and my efforts, all of which I like to think are positive.
This blog is one of the things I am happy about and the Chop Concept is another. I think it’s something I’ve been able to contribute to the world of aviculture that has made a difference in the lives of parrots and in the lives of their families.
I like to think I’ve helped make the diet of parrots better and the lives of the families easier. So where’s the downside to that?
Well, just ask “Debbie Downer.” She will tell you that Chop is evil and must be destroyed. Chop is killing parrots. Chop is devoid of protein and is going to hurt the birds in such a way that will negatively impact their health. “Debbie” would probably like to see me gassed. The interesting part of the “discussion,” for lack of a better term, is that I don’t think “Debbie” has any idea what Chop is.
This is from a person who came to me about a year ago and told me she couldn’t get her birds to “eat anything.” When I asked her in the “discussion” if her birds were eating yet, she replied, “Of course! Twice a day!”
Unfortunately, she apparently wasn’t telling the truth about that because I was emailed this quote from a FaceBook group about her bird’s eating habits. She said, and I quote: “My birds won’t eat greens, even when they are smaller than minced.. if they get in their mouths, they try to spit the bits out. Very frustrating.” This was dated August 4th at 8:57 a.m. That was 8 days ago. So much for integrity…
So this pontificating and getting after Chop every single time anyone puts up a link to a Chop video is wearing me down. “Debbie” even made a call to some really important people and told them “Chop is evil,” and that I must be prevented from promoting it. Nothing like some nice, positive news early in the afternoon. It’s sad really.
And it’s beginning to chap my rear end. It’s like having a chihuahua nipping at my heels every time I turn around.
Now here is the worst part: “Debbie” is dragging a very fine chat group down with her by misrepresenting their efforts and what they are all about. How do I know? I know because in the middle of this FB discussion, which wasn’t even on my own wall, the Moderator of the group that was being represented came on to try and smooth some feathers. We really aren’t even remotely far apart on our philosophies about feeding and she made it clear that she had no issue with Chop.
So what’s the problem? To be honest, I have no idea. Other people have their theories and thoughts on why “Debbie” keeps doing this. But the thing is, her efforts are akin to shutting the barn door after the horse has run. It’s simply too late. I believe the Chop concept is here to stay. As it evolves and spreads and people start putting their own spin on it, more and more people are going to adopt it as part of their Avicultural Lifestyle. And I couldn’t be happier about it.
Now if I could just get “Debbie Downer” off my back….