Yes, 500 posts. Not bad. It’s actually 501 if you count the original, “Hello World” post put up automatically by WordPress. But I don’t count that one because I didn’t write it.
So where have we been? What have we accomplished in the almost five years and 500 posts. Well, let’s see. I’ve been to a lot of places and wrote posts from all over the Americas. I’ve posted from Ecuador, the Caribbean Islands, Kanab, Utah, Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago. I’ve written on airplanes, in airports,crew vans, in hotel rooms, in bed, on the front porch and in jump seats. And as the world spun and time went on, I continued to blog. I had some occasional fits and starts as is to be expected when you keep something up for almost five years. But all of this time, I never thought about stopping. Not really. Occasionally I got frustrated with it and had to walk away from it for a while, but I never really thought about stopping entirely.
Highs and Lows
I’ve had some giddy times. There was a moment a few years ago when I first began writing about my way of feeding birds when I thought, You know, this might catch on! Maybe this is my way of serving the bird world. And that’s how the Chop Concept gained traction.
I’ve always thought most of us who end up on earth want to make a difference in the world: Do something that leaves our mark. Changes a life, Even for a moment. I keep hoping to do that every day. Maybe one day I’ll succeed.
Writing about Best Friends was a joy. Plain and simple.
I’ve heard pilots remark that they want to go through their career and upon the announcement of their retirement, everyone looks at each other and says, “Who’s that? I don’t remember him.” I can almost believe that. Airline Pilots are a different breed and I’ve never pretended to understand them. But I can almost wrap my head around this because if you make it through a career such as theirs and nobody remembers you, it means nothing out of the ordinary really happened, which all of us in the business pray for every day.
You know it’s been a good day when you can’t remember where you’ve been. And yes, this is a perfectly normal thing after 20 plus years. You’re standing in the crew line at Immigration and the pilot in front of you says, “Where’d you come in from?” And you literally have to stop and think about it. That’s a good day.
Looking at the Past
On the other hand, there were the tough times. Having to write about a couple of tragedies, such as the Troy, Ohio situation broke my heart. I got a phone call that this situation had happened and the person on the other end of the line told me about it and that they wanted me to write about it. I politely declined. I told them I didn’t write about stuff like that at my blog. “Well, I’m pulling a favor. This is important and you need to report it. If you don’t, all kinds of stuff that isn’t true is going to start rolling out and somebody needs to be accurate.” They gave me the background of the case sent me the photos and told me when they wanted me to pull the trigger on the post. I hated doing it, but at least it was an accurate account.
Hopes for the Future
Hope? Lots of it. I am for the most part an optimist. My goal is a little different than most. What I am hoping to do is to keep the well-cared for and happy birds in the homes they have. The longer they stay in these homes, the less load there will be on the adoption organizations. And there is the ever present hope to get birds off of an all-seed diet. A simple wish, but far tougher than it sounds. And my biggest hope is to remain useful and for this blog to remain relevant and continue serving the needs of the Parrot Nation.
Thank you all for supporting it.
March 26, 2013 at 7:55 am
A very happy 500th to you! And please continue with those scandals…makes for good tabloid headlines. 😉
March 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Thank you so much Irena. You have been so supportive and it means so much to me.
March 26, 2013 at 10:55 am
Thank you for all you are doing! I agree wholeheartedly on the goal for everyone to make the planet a little bit (or a lot) better when they leave than when they got here. If everyone just did that… and researched the best care for their pets… think where we’d be!
March 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Thanks Sher. You are so kind and have been with the blog for so long. You have lifted me up so many times with your comments. I so appreciate that!
March 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm
Listen , you have already changed many lives and attitudes on / in the feeding and care of our Avian Charges. I knew , when Mark and I first met you, that you were special and you proved me RIGHT! Again… Enough about my greatness.
When Mark and I saw your first article in Bird Talk we were giddy with excitement but it had nothing to do with you . I think it was Tequila , I can’t remember .
Then after many years of separation ( I think I got the shaft ) , we are now reunited in Bird Loving in a group that I founded ( again enough about me again , just stop) . Keep it going , keep it up , I need a back to crawl over. Congrats on your 500 !!! You know Rick love you mommy, kiss , kiss : I hope. My address is unlisted just in case!!
March 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm
Yes Rick, you got the shaft, but you being generous, handed it back after a while, by proxy. So that’s all good.
Tequila is always good in a pinch! I was there the same day the “Eagles” were all welcomed back. And it was a good feeling: You, Mark, Carrie, Shari and I. We were all back. Not a dry eye in the house. When you set out to do something good, and someone lights it on fire, best to let it burn. Because leaping in to stamp it out will only harm you.
It burned. And it almost died. But like a Phoenix, it rose from the flames and roared. And we’re all back and it’s all good. And that’s that. So glad to see both of you here! And I’m glad to be back where first met. *Kiss-Kiss*
March 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm
Congratulations! You make a difference to all of us who follow your musings and to the parrots we love. May you continue for another 500 at least.
March 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm
Thank you so much! Sometimes I don’t know if I am talking to the trees, I will try and stick to blogging on a regular basis. It’s not as easy as it looks. I thank you so much for your wishes. It means a lot.
March 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm
Most everybody can write about ONE subject and be entertaining. You can write about ANY subject and make it readable, which is quite rare, a sign of a real writer.
March 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm
thanks for your posts. they always lift my spirits!
March 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm
Never dull and always entertaining…and you are making a difference if you make people think. Thanks for doin’ it and for the next 500 to come!
March 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm
Forgot to mention the photos that you include in the blog….love them! You are a great photographer too!