I have a gift for you...  

49AK 56M
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2/28/2006 11:46 am

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I have a gift for you...

It seems everywhere I look, I see it. As I walk into the grocery store, in the parking lot at McDonald's, as I am driving home from work, they're flirting and cooing at each other. There he is, all decked out in black, flirting with her. He only wants one thing, and I know what that is...

He's an opportunist.. He'd never spend hours shopping, but when he has the chance to pick up a gift that he thinks she'll like, he grabs it. I even saw him run into traffic to pick something out of the road, only to hop back onto the curb and offer it to her. Surely she can see through his actions to realize it was something he picked up off the street, for god sakes!

Of course, she just encourages him, and coos and feints at his attention, and acts like that piece of gravel in his beak is like the most beautiful diamond in the world. Yes, the ravens are mating, and its making me horny!

Native people all over Alaska (and all over the world) revere the raven, and have elaborate raven stories that explain all sorts of natural phenomenon. Ravens are part of a family of birds (Corvidae) that are known for their intelligence and their ability to mimic sounds in their environment. Some of their close cousins include crows, jays, magpies, mockingbirds and catbirds. Ravens and crows are among a relatively few animals in the world that actually make tools -- An experiment was done where ravens were given a straight piece of wire and a small, handled basket at the bottom of a chamber, and the ravens bent the wire into a hook and fished the basket out of the chamber with the tool.

One day a few weeks ago I was going into the local convenience store, and a truck was backing up, making its 'beep beep beep' sound. When the truck pulled away, a raven standing atop a street light across the street started singing 'beep beep beep'.

When I see them, I always talk to them. I am secretly hoping one of them replies to me, "Hi raven". But in the meantime, it is fun to watch them when I call to them. They almost always react, mostly by looking at me when I call them. It is easy to see why people believe that the raven is the physical embodiment of something very smart and spiritual; it is almost as if they were a person embodied as a bird.

So as they fly around in pairs, trading pieces of gravel and presenting each other with french fries from the dumpster like just so many jello shots, I remember that its really all about the presentation and the thought, and not so much about the gift. I mean, what gal wouldn't be impressed with a gift that I risked my life to get for her by dashing into traffic to pick up out of the road?

hockeygirl7 42F

3/1/2006 12:55 am

Great blog 49!! .... I too talk to the ravens, and also hope some day that one will answer me back. I enjoy watching them, and studying thier behavior.

On another note, I enjoy your blogs, and always check in to see what youv've got to say the next day. Keep on bloggin' on!!


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