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Previous Entry Bird clothes! Also, yummy food. Mar. 31st, 2009 @ 11:19 am Next Entry
We put clothes on the bird this weekend!

Honest. At the suggestion of the breeder, we ordered something called a "flight suit", which is basically a little birdy vest + diaper combo, to which you can attach a leash. It sounds ridiculous the first time you hear about it, but we went with it. Because if we can get him used to it, it will be so much easier for us to take him with us to visit people. I have a feeling that our parents and friends would not mind a bird visitor if they can be assured that he won't poo on everything. And with the leash, we can take him for walks! Or at least into the backyard, which is what we did on Sunday.

Jess and Dan came by in the afternoon that day, and we took Maui out back for about an hour, to take advantage of the brief period of absolutely beautiful weather. The bird spent most of that time chewing on the velcro that held him into the suit, but he didn't seem unhappy. Just curious and a bit confused. Jess was even able to distract him for a few minutes at a time, with rocking, or her reflective sunglasses, or a few lines of "Lydia, The Tattooed Lady." So that seems like progress to me!

Aside from bird-related activities, about the only thing we did this weekend was eat awesome hamburgers. We went to this bar in Federal Hill that Lacey had found, where along with the menu they provide a clipboard with a build-your-own-burger checklist. They also have spiked milkshakes. And waffle fry nachos. The food was so excellent, that we fully intend to go back there, even though the service that we were given was probably the worst that any of us have ever experienced. To the guy's credit, he was polite throughout, so it wasn't an attitude thing. He was just a truly terrible waiter. We hope that his boss will recognize this and take action before we next attempt to eat there.


ETA: Oh my goodness, I just scrolled further down that page I linked about the flightsuit, and I just noticed that they sell MONOGRAMMED SWEATERS for birds. No, we will not be purchasing one of those.
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From:rosewater
Date:March 31st, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Ahahahah bird-diaper.com.
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From:butnotdavid
Date:March 31st, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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spiked milkshakes? hmmm.... i am intrigued...
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From:rosewater
Date:March 31st, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Me too! Provided that means "with alcohol" and not "metal springs shoot through your cheeks."
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From:khakipants
Date:March 31st, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
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It definitely means with alcohol!

Mine was "berger cookie" flavor, which was mostly a creamy vanilla shake with some bits of cookie and, I think, vodka. Sharif's was peanut butter & chocolate. I don't remember the alcohol, but it was probably Godiva or something. Lacey's, though, had irish whiskey in it. I don't even remember the flavor of the rest of the shake, because it was so damn whiskey-y.
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From:rosewater
Date:March 31st, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Mmmm Berger cookies.
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From:khakipants
Date:March 31st, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
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You are right to be so! They are tasty!
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From:afterknowledge
Date:March 31st, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh! I want to go to there!
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From:wowbagger
Date:March 31st, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Me too!

I wonder what made the waiter so terrible!
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From:khakipants
Date:April 1st, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
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WELL!

He took forever to come take our order, and when he did he just gathered our burger checklists and would have walked away without asking for drink or appetizer orders if I hadn't interjected. And when I asked if the sweet potato fries were sweet or salty, he said "neither, really", but he hears they are really good. (He doesn't really like them.) (Also, they were salty. Which was what I wanted.)

He didn't bring us any water, even though we asked for it, and one of us was ONLY getting water. We eventually had to go ask for some at the bar. It was given to us in a big bottle, and when we handed the empty bottle back to him and asked for more, he never brought it to us.

Once we got the nachos, he brought us only two plates for the four of us. And the two plates were of different sizes. And both dirty. Also, Ben had no fork in his silverwear and was never given one.

He was responsible for making our milkshakes, but he kept coming over to apologize for it taking so long, instead of just making the milkshakes. So we got them after the food arrived. At one point, during his apology, he was explaining that milkshakes take a long time to make, but assured us that he wasn't "angry at us, or anything." For, you know, ordering what we wanted, I guess.

Finally, when we had the check and were ready to pay, he stood flirting with the girls at the table next to us for a good 10 minutes, talking about his dogs. Showing them pictures, etc.

The food was really good, though. And our orders were all correct, once he'd come back a couple of times to double-check on what we wanted. So there's that.
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