Friday, December 10, 2010

Part Four: WATCH THIS!

This tale involves my sister Donna and her, at the time, boyfriend Brian.

The year was 1994.  Bill Clinton was president, gas was only $1.09 per gallon, there was an infamous police chase involving a white Ford Bronco, and most importantly, my sister got her dream car.  A brand new, dark green Chevrolet Camaro.  This car had everything a 20 year old could ever want; power, looks, the eight-ball shaped gear shift, and power.  Donna drove that car until it died and to this day, would love nothing more than to own another Camaro. (She will take donations.)

On one bright spring day, Donna decided to take her car for a drive through the countryside.  At the time, she was dating a guy named Brian.  Brian was a couple of years younger and a bit mischievous.  Picture the Cheshire cat as a handsome man with long hair and you’ve got Brian.  He was in the passenger seat of the car enjoying the nice day as well. (I don’t think he was allowed to drive it.)

If I am not mistaken, this was right after a nice heavy rainstorm at the time of year when all the birds fly back from their winter vacations in the south.    I am not sure how many of you have experienced this but have you ever come across a flock of birds so large that it covers the road as well as the nearby yards and trees?  If you haven’t it’s a sight to see.  Donna and Brian came across one such area as they leisurely rode around.  The birds were using the puddles that had gathered after the rain as a public bath and the entire flock apparently felt it was dirty because there were so many birds, there was no room in the field where the puddles were and birds were standing in the road adding a feathery sheen to the asphalt. 

Donna knew the birds would scatter and fly off as she drove past but Brian suddenly got an idea.  I believe Dr. Suess described it best in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.  Brian got a wonderful, awful idea!  As they drove through the flock of birds Brian goes.  “Watch this.” BBEEEEEPPPPP!!!!!  He laid on the horn as they drove through the now panicked birds.

I am sure you can guess what happens when a flock of around 200 or more birds all gathered in one place get frightened.  Donna said it sounded like very large raindrops on her Camaro’s roof and they could not even see out of the windshield.  She looked over at Brian and the only words out of her mouth were, “You’re washing it!”

Quick nerd thing.  I originally posted this with an s in front of http.  Meaning I was trying to take all of you to a secure site instead of the actual site.  Oops on my part.

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