Bird (Day 20)

Welcome to 30 days of Photographs II. A photo challenge bearing a striking resemblance to an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I leave it to you to guess which one. Only 10 more days left to go. Click to see the list of themes that could have been created by Hitchcock himself.

And here is the cast of characters participating in this challenge: Ziva, MikeWJ, Mo, Meleah, nonamedufus, Unfinished Person, Mariann, Malisa, Nora, LaughingMom, Tanya, Elizabeth A, Kristen , Cheryl, Katherine, and 00Dozo.

I’m pretty sure they all die at the end.


Mike – Little back-story…Have you seen that show Portlandia? Well there’s this in-show joke that in Portland “you can put a bird on something and call it art“, which is further illustrated in the sketch Put A Bird On It.

Anyhow, I mentioned the show to a colleague and then found this Post-It Note stuck on my headphones the next day. Just in time for today’s theme. Bird:

Put A Bird On It Headphones

Nicky – I hate birds. I believe, however, that the feeling is mutual.

I used to live in an apartment where birds had built nests in the walls and would regularly find their way into my home. Trust me when I tell you, bird crap is NOT an interior design statement.

Also, on more than one occasion, kamikaze birds have crashed into my car while I was driving. One even flew inside my car while I was stopped at a red light.

As if it’s not bad enough that they’ve invaded my home and attempted to murder me in my car, the little buggers pecked away at the cantaloupe seeds I planted in our garden last year and not a single one grew.

So, yeah, I hate birds and I was not looking forward to this theme. Then my son, Jake, told me he had a bird in our living room. One that would consent to having it’s photo taken and would then leave without crapping all over the place or trying to kill me. I grabbed my camera and ran into the living room.

Sure enough, there he was.

flipping the bird, middle finger, fuck you, flipping off, hand




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  • Mike, I’m blown away, what an amazing piece of art!

    Nicky, is this the same polite bare-chested yet adorably shy Jake that I had the pleasure of talking to a while back? If so, why the hell is he flipping me the bird??

  • Mike, your colleague is incredibly talented.

    Nicky, a friend of mine got shit on by seagulls three times over the course of a month at the beach. What bothered me most was that she got to spend a month at the beach doing pretty much whatever she wanted. Birds is birds. Sorry they’ve scarred you so terribly. I heart them. (That’s an impressive bird your son’s got going on there. I’m pretty sure a whole lot of the others would have like to borrow him for at least one of the themes.)

  • Mike: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    Nicky: Same to you, buddy.

  • MalisaHargrove

    Mike, I have intended to watch the show, but never have. I will now have to make it a point to watch because I think that quote is hilarious as is the bird on your headphones.

    Nicky, I detest birds too. They flap their wings and shit all over everything. What is that all about? If I had one fly in  my house, I would freak out. If I had one fly in my car, I would jump out! OMG! 

  • The two of you, or even the four of you (son and bird included) are incredible.

  • Mike – A true work of art. You should get it signed.

    Nicky – HA! You or your son have more balls than I do.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Mike, your co-worker’s timing was incredibly fortuitous, and his skills with a pen are mind-blowing.

    Nicky, I don’t like birds, either. I trace my revulsion of them to my childhood, when our parakeet slowly lost all of its feathers and then died. Once you see a bird naked, you can’t look at them positively ever again. I feel the same way about Jack Black. Charlize Theron, not so much.

  • Hi Mike and Nicky…I just knew when I saw the theme that someone would come up with a variation of Nicky’s picture.   ahhaaa I just didn’t know who would do it.

    I am not crazy about birds in large numbers.  The Hitchcock film freaked me out. 

    Mike, You are all about S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G those themes, aren’t you??  In honor of Portlandia, I have a picture for you.

  • Mike and Nicky!  I am so proud of both of you for totally taking this contest to a new level.  I love your panache!  

  • Mike – That’s so funny!

  • Nicky – AHHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHA! I’m dying over this.

    Um… since you *hate* birds, you are NOT going to like my picture today!

  • CheesyMike:  I’ve never seen the show but, um, nice art(?)


    Nicky:  Well, somebody had to do it.  (Frankly, I was expecting at least a couple more.)


  • Yes, that’s the same Jake.  I don’t know why he’s flipping you the bird… unless you’re the one who chose bird as a theme. Then I know exactly why. 🙂

  • Ha! A friend of mine got crapped on by one on her wedding day. Everyone told her that it would bring good luck. Two years and two babies later, her husband left her for another woman. Bird crap is not lucky. It’s crap. She also hates birds. 🙂

  •  But Pickles, it’s not directed at you! Unless you’re the one who came up with this theme. Then it’s definitely directed at you. 🙂

  • I nearly did jump out, Malisa, but that would have put me right in front of oncoming traffic, so I didn’t. By the time I could find a place to pull over, the little bugger had wedged himself practically inside the dashboard. Stupid birds.

  • I’m going to believe that that was a compliment, Mad Dog. 🙂

  • Well, LM, I think my son has more balls than both of us unless there’s something about you that I don’t know… 🙂

  • Now all I can think about is Charlize Theron naked. Thank you!

  • I’ve heard a lot of things but I’ve never heard that little tidbit. Crap is crap. Even I know that.

  • Really, Cheryl? You didn’t know who would do it? 😉

  •  Thank you, hon! We’re all about panache 🙂

  • Me too, 00. Kinda surprised there was only one.

  • Me too, Honey.  That amd pancakes!

  • MalisaHargrove

    I would have jumped out oncoming traffic or no. I am impressed that you could restrain yourself. I once pulled my car up on an island in the middle of a busy road and left my car with the door open because a moth flew in the car. I walked home, got a broom and got that motherfucker out of my car. I’m not a stable person when it comes to winged things.

  •  It’s not that I don’t like your picture sweet thing, it’s that I don’t like the bird in your picture. I think that picture and the gorgeous girl in it would have been perfect without the bird 🙂

  • Yes, somebody had to do it. And, be honest, you’re not at all surprised it was me, are you? 🙂

  • Um yeah, that might have been me..

  • What can I say, I love birds – at least the feathered kinds. 😉  Ya’ll are both very creative!  

  • I know this might sound like an odd question, but I’m looking to get a new pair of headphones. What kind are they?

    As for Nicky’s shot, very, very creative. I wish I had thought of that…oh, wait, I did. I already did one of those earlier. 😛

  • Didn’t he capture it perfectly? Like it’s just getting ready to peck your eyes out? Because from what I’ve heard, that’s what they do. They peck your eyes out.

  • Bryan, I’m pretty sure they’re JVC HA-RX300 extra bass headphones. To be
    honest, I don’t love them because of the bassiness, but they were cheap
    (30$CDN) and I need them NOW because I desperately needed to drown out
    the incessant chatter of my colleagues. I have great co-workers, but
    some days those headphones really come in handy.

  • It’s a pretty funny show in a quirky way. Yeah, the things you can do with a ball point pen 🙂

  •  It was great timing for sure 🙂

  •  I love pancakes 🙂

  • That one is too good, Cheryl! Your lake was already art but Fred’s making it official by putting a bird on it 🙂

  • I should. It’s value should max out my retirement fund.

  • If you like quirky sketches, you’ll love the show. The characters remind me a lot of the locals around my neighborhood.

  •  Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

  • I’ve already told him to quit and follow his dream of becoming a ball point pen post it artist.

  •  Crazy, eh? The detail is astounding.

  • I like bass, but I don’t need if I need that either. Looking for something not too expensive, but not too cheap either. Right now I have an old pair of Koss headphones, a Logitech headset and a new pair of Sony headphones (small, cheap, $30 from Wal-Mart) for my iPod Shuffle, but I want something semi-decent, mostly for home. Luckily, I work in a library so I don’t have the incessant chatter of colleagues.

  • I do too. When you visit I’ll take you to have Swedish pancakes.  Yum!

  • MalisaHargrove

    I love quirky sketches. I write quirky sketches. I was a theatre teacher/director for years. One of my ex-students and I are acting partners and enter original work fringe theater competitions.

  • Do you only do local Fringe stuff? Because we have a pretty vibrant Fringe community/fest here in Montreal: http://montrealfringe.ca/en

  •  Thanks, Linda!

  • MalisaHargrove

    Thanks! Going to look right now! Yes, we do fringe theater in Austin.

  • That guy would be crazy not to follow your sage advice.

  • Mikewj

    You are so right, my friend. I was almost fooled by the cuteness of the drawing. But it is an evil picture.

  • Mikewj

    You ow me.


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