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Friday, June 22, 2012 I am Bird of the Day!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015 2nd Place Most Festive with Miss Cookie Stark at the milonga
Third Place - Gent's Derby Hat Contest - May 2014

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My mom's good friend had several cockatoos and when they laid an egg and I hatched, they gave me to my mom and dad. Even the vet said I was the ugliest bird she'd ever seen since my bird mom plucked me when I was 3 months old! But see, the Ugly Duckling story is really true!!! hehehe
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Hi! My name is Picabo- Vote BooBoo - BOTM 162724

I am an Umbrella Cockatoo from Chuburna Puerto, Intl.

BooBoo, Big Guy, Picabooey

9 years old   M

Umbrella Cockatoo

peanuts; chicken, nutriberries, ribs, ice cream, whipped cream from the can squirted directly into the beak, cheese, eggs, toast, strawberry yogurt

his ceiling hanger; anyplace with his dad, top of his cage; back edge of the couch; inside mom's pj top; his parronts' bed - lays his head on the pillow

getting left in his cage or left alone in a room or outside - I want to be involved and part of whatever activity is going on!

they play with me and laugh with me and cuddle me; I am one spoiled 'too!

screams & flaps wings while riding on the door of another parrot's cage; opened cage to let out his girlfriend Alfie before she went to the RB; tells a long story in Picabo language and then laughs and laughs! Likes to swing upside down from his ceiling hanger and flap his wings, twirling in a circle! Likes to play catch and peekaboo..

I work for peanuts!.

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  Hey Picobo!
Mmm, artichoke dip, I bet that stuff's awesome. I'd be happy t'sink my beak in for a sample. That's cool that you got t'hang out with the humans while they lounged. They'd be crazy not t'invite you out if you're the life of the party.

You're right about Jack bein' the guy in the video with Jensen. I'm impressed that you remember that. Jack still can't believe he agreed t'do sing on film for my mom. I haven't watched that myself in a long time. Might have t'blow the dust off it and hit the 'replay' button.

Well, I've finished my peanut-butter/pumpkin treat and red grape so I guess it's time for bed for this macaw. Hope your Tuesday was a good one. Maybe there was a little leftover artichoke dip and some chicken t'go with it in your day.

R ('>

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03/03/2015 05:11.43 PM Report This Comment  
today is World Wildlife Day—a day to celebrate the amazing variety of animals with which we share the planet and a special day to raise awareness of the plight of wildlife.

The United Nations has designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day, described by the UN as “an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts and obstacles faced by those who wish to conserve populations of endangered species and their habitats all over the world.

Wildlife crime is a key issue when it comes to the conservation of increasingly dwindling environmental resources shared by humans, plants and animals. Without the help of citizens all over the globe, wildlife crime will remain a threat to our world and all who share it. Thousands of species are decreasing at alarming rates as ruthless profiteers prey on the most vulnerable populations around the world.The illegal wildlife trade is among the worst and most lucrative transnational crimes, after drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Global commercialization of wild animals and plants is a multi-billion dollar industry that results in extreme animal cruelty and severe population declines.

On World Wildlife Day, we ask that you reflect on how wildlife crime is endangering our planet, and what you can do to help.

Today, on World Wildlife Day, speak out loudly for wildlife—because they can't speak out for themselves!

love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/03/2015 12:29.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Congrats on your award for the milonga contest. It was a fun one, and all the pics were amazing!
So, your folks are in a social whirl right now? That's funny, I bet your mom and dad like when everyone goes home. We are still in winter here, and at the wildlife center, there is a gas leak. That means everything to do with heat is shut off until repairs are made. The good news is that the dryer is electric, so laundry will still get done. Mom nearly froze her fingers to the bone yesterday when she was there, though. The 2 rooms where she worked didn't have space heaters in them.
There's not much going on today. Mom is going to have a late lunch/early dinner with her sister later, after they shop at Barnes and Noble and maybe a few other places. Other than that, it's a dull day here.
It's supposed to go up to 42 today, which will mean that a lot of the nasty ice will melt, but mom never believes that until it happens. I hope you are having a great day, staying warm, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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03/03/2015 08:32.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Tuesday
Photo: Flitzer gets in on the act, and joins Michael Keaton in the Oscar-Winning "Birdman"
Monday Dad got me in the Travel Cage and took me to get my claws done with Aunt Maria.
I decided, for a change, not to fight it, and it passed quickly. Dad even bought some extra seeds for me while he was there. I must say, it was nice getting out as I've been stuck at home for the past couple months in record-cold temperatures.

The rest of the day went well, enjoyed some good Daddy-n-Bird Time. ~Wings Up~

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03/03/2015 03:22.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Mom had a really short day yesterday - two hour delay for school cause of snow and then she had a workshop in the afternoon - she got home when she should have is all that mattered to me :) This afternoon is her drama club meeting . . . only we're supposed to get a couple more inches of snow so she may cancel - wait and see.
Good news is that by the weekend it's supposed to be near 40 ! ! !

My latest project includes carrying my set of measuring cups one at a time and filling up all the food and water bowls with them ! Then when I get hungry or thirsty, I throw them and they make a great big clunking noise ! ! !

Can you send some warm ? ! love you Cookie

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03/03/2015 02:22.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
We will have to keep our toes crossed for the drawing to be jockeys I think it will be coming up soon.
That mocking bird sounds cool I bet we would be great friends since I do a awesome car alarm sound too.Hes definitely not as smart as you since he can't do animal sounds like you.
Got a messy winter storm that's going to happen tomorrow with sleet snow and freezing rain. My mom has the day off and is going to stay home all day with me I like the sound of that.
Hope you get that Picabo bag I just love pizza too had some this past weekend with my mom . Have a good night buddy.

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03/02/2015 08:42.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo and Squeaky
since we are still getting winter advisory warnings, more snow and temps still dropping down to the low 10s i thought i would talk about chickadees those cute little black and white balls of fluff we see flying around outside in this weather. Chickadees Are Cold Weather Machines

Though any bird that survives winter in the North amazes those of us that depend on furnaces and warm blankets, the black-capped chickadee may be the most incredible of all winter survivors. although none can compare to the emperor penguin thats for sure.

“Black-capped Chickadees have a wonderful assortment of adaptations for the winter. “Carefully hidden food items, dense winter coats, specially selected winter roost cavities, and perhaps most remarkable of all, the ability to go into nightly hypothermia, thus conserving large amounts of energy, greatly increases the chances of survival,” The ability to go into regulated hypothermia actually lowers the chickadee’s body temperature in a controlled manner, down to about 12 or 15 degrees (F.) below their normal daytime temperature of 108 degrees (F.). This remarkable adaptation allows the bird to conserve almost 25 percent of its hourly metabolic expenditure when the outside temperature is at freezing. The lower the outside temperature, the more energy conserved

“Chickadees are not the suburban wimps that some people think they are as every winter morning chickadees replace the fat they used overnight and struggle against starvation and stinging cold. even though they are tough survivors that live close to the edge of life i still find myself partial to Bue Jays as i spot their bright blue color against the white snow and hear them calling out to me every morning. at least i like to think they are calling out to me.

love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/02/2015 04:36.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Picabo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's been sunny up here for a few days now. We had the warmest October, December and February on record! Strange!! Warm up here means it's in the 50's but considering what the East coast looks like, I'll take it.
Not much going on around here except for cleaning-again! That dog makes such a mess but she is so old that I can not be upset with her. She has to go to the vet on Wednesday and I always worry that she won't come back. She has been chewing the hair off her tail and a place on her thigh. Mom gives her baths all the time but we had the flea problem and mom doesn't think that Frontline stuff did any good at all. Mom has been brushing her with lemon water which is suppose to help and cleaning the house everyday. We must have the cleanest carpet in town by this point!
I hope you all have a wonderful day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love ya ~ Sugar ♥

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03/02/2015 01:37.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Here's a wet rainy day high five for you...
Enjoy your week !!!

Love your buddy

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03/02/2015 10:20.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday Musings
Hello from King Flitzer. I was so surprised with the giant Carrot Cake greeting me yesterday.
I hope you all got to have a beakful.
Sadly, another cold, snowy slippery Monday morning commute. Daddy says the whole town is miserable as Monday commutes are the most difficult on the spirit as well.

March can be as brutal as February here in Buffalo-land. We are pleading for mercy.
Everyone have a great day. ~Wings Up~

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03/02/2015 04:15.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
March has come in like a lion in our neck of the woods and its snowing snowing, snowing. i would like to start out my campaign by talking about HUMAN POOP. More than 2.5 billion people in the developing world lack access to toilets, and a child dies every 15 seconds from diarrhea, usually the result of food or water becoming contaminated by human waste. Each year, 200 million tons of the world’s poop also goes completely untreated, ending up directly in lakes, rivers, and oceans.

in Kenya, , $324 million is lost every year due to sickness and missed work hours caused by poor sanitation. Nonprofits and businesses have experimented with what to do with human waste. Haiti is famous for distributing “composting toilets” that drastically lower the risk of contracting diseases. by collecting the poop from toilets, treating it, and selling it as fertilizer.

in Kenya Instead of composting the waste to grow food, it’s turning it into energy to cook it by distributing toilets to local families, emptying them each month, and turning the poop into briquettes. After the waste is collected from toilets around town, it’s put it in a solar concentrator that uses mirrors to heat the waste to temperatures that have been shown by the Centers for Disease Control to kill pathogens, making it safe for reuse.

Across Africa and around the world, hundreds of millions of people cook with wood and charcoal. Most charcoal comes from trees that are slowly cooked down in huge earthen ovens, removing the moisture without oxidizing the wood so that it becomes a more efficient source of heat per volume. But the process consumes a lot of trees—four tons of trees produce just one ton of charcoal, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization—and with populations on the continent rising exponentially, deforestation is only increasting. Already, forest cover in Kenya has fallen to just 2 percent, and the price of charcoal is rising.

Moreover, smoke from burning charcoal indoors can be hazardous 6 percent of global diseases and 7 percent of disease-related deaths are caused by respiratory infections. poop briquettes contain one-third less charcoal than normal ones. For now the briquettes being given away for testing purposes.“When you look at the chemical composition of poop, it’s 90 percent organic matter and 40 percent carbon. So not only is there a high demand for fuel, but poop from a chemical composition standpoint already has a great composition to be turned into fuel,” he major obstacle is the “ick” factor. reservations tend to disappear as soon as they try out the odorless briquettes for themselves. the proof is in the smell—or rather, lack thereof. They see it’s not smelling, it’s cooking good.”


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03/01/2015 02:08.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer, Happy and Proud
Tired but very happy. We stayed up into the night -
Everything is so beautiful. Thank You to everyone who faithfully supported me throughout the month of February.

Love to you all! ~Wings Up~

==King Flitzer==

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03/01/2015 01:53.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
You have been entered in the jockey lottery. Good luck.

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02/28/2015 10:34.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
back in the fall mom found a small sparrow that had somehow gotten its leg tanged in a bird house filled with our doggies hair mom clips every spring for the birds making nests. there was another sparrow tangled in it also and mom thinks it was trying to help the other one that was dangling by its leg. mom had a heck of a time getting the sparrows leg out and felt the sparrow probably broke it by struggling so much. once she untangled the one sparrows leg the other sparrow became free also and they both quickly flew away before mom could check for any broken legs. today dad had the doggie outside to do her business and called for mom to come out because there was a little bird sitting on the driveway. somehow mom recognized this sparrow as the one dangling by its leg months ago from the bird house. it sat there for a few minutes and looked at mom and then it hobbled away and then flew to a nearby tree. mom knows its leg has never healed but at least it looked in good shape considering its bad leg.

my fister Boo Boo, the rare blue bali mynah will be running for BOTM starting tomorrow and would greatly appreciate your votes

love Cori

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02/28/2015 09:37.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
I went by there last night and signed up right away to ride or to be the bugler. I guess there is going to be a drawing this year for riders.I sure hope we both get to be riders.
Hope your weekend is off to a good start. Have a good night.

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02/28/2015 08:26.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
and Squeaky. Scion sends his special greetings to his family from the bridge today.
Thanks for coming by to visit me. I still watch over all my BC friends and family. Giz and I are well and happy here at the bridge, and we help others who come here to feel at home. Hugs, Angel Divo

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02/28/2015 11:11.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Love from Daisy♥
Dear Picabo adn Squeaky,
Mommy thanks you so much for flying to my page in rememberance of me.
Heavenly Love from Angel Daisy♥

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02/28/2015 10:10.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Final February Post
For many years, longer films were planned with Intermisisons. the story would take a dramatic pause, the music would swell, and the audience got to take a break to use the bathrooms, visit the Refreshment Stand etc.
I always loved the Intermission music. Often in the older theaters, curtains would dramatically close on the Intermission, and slowly open when Part 2 began.
Nowadays we're forced to sit for 2 1/2, 3 hrs or more without a break.
[The Lord of the Rings films are good examples - they are long, involved, and you're lost if you had to take a break away from the screen].

Even revivals of older films will skip right over the Intermission - forcing you to shift in your seat - and hold it in for another extended period of time - ~ugh~
Unfortunately, after paying the high ticket-prices we need to *er* …"step away" from the film for a few minutes, missing possibly something interesting.
Theater owners are always conscious of how many showings they can fit in per day, but I say BRING BACK THE INTERMISSION. People *will* spend more for refreshments, and not have to miss any of the movie.
Upcoming 'Bird-of-the-Month' Candidates:
[I’m awaiting confirmation on this information]
APR FOR MAY - MIKEY D - 247164

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02/28/2015 01:53.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Picabo~
I hope you are having a lovely day! I had a lovely cranberry scone for breakfast so it's been a great day so far! The gardeners are here but since it's raining they are not going to get much done! I suppose that it will be all bush trimming and sweeping today so it won't be too interesting, Suppose I'll have to find someone else to yell at today!
Mom is cleaning today so I will just supervise and wait for the cooking to start and see what is on the menu for the day!
I do hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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02/27/2015 11:36.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Here's one back at you !!!

Happy TGIF
Love your buddy

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02/27/2015 09:46.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday on Film
Before the month winds down, we want to Thank our loyal friends for all their support, kind words and encouragement throughout this past month.
Love from Mark and Flitzer

= = = =
Dad's Special Movie Memory:
As kids we would get to a movie theater once in a while. Mostly for a Kids Matinee.
We almost never visited the Refreshment Stand. There was one special time which was an exception.
Dad was treated to a special movie with his Mom. They went without the rest of the family -and It was an evening showing, She even bought him popcorn. Can't recall if it was a Birthday or whatever - just that it was a special night.

The film was "MARY POPPINS", which, ever since has been a special movie for Dad.

We spoke earlier this month about how a few notes of music can make a movie-memory come sweeping back. Any music from ‘Mary Poppins’ makes Dad think of that special Movie Night with his Mom.

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02/27/2015 03:54.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Pic
I gotta know, did ya get some whipped cream the other night??? A squirt of that stuff would definitely be a good start to makin' up for a boring day and a nice tip for your services in the sewing room. Speakin' of whipped cream, I've posted a picture just for you. It was taken way back in 2005. That's the youngest son Jack in the background; he's the guy I was best buds with at first after moving here. Maybe it was the whipped cream that won my affections, who knows.

I'm wishin' you a chicken-wing sorta day, you cannibal!!!!! (I like chicken too so we're two of a kind. Dad calls it 'cousin lovin'.)

Later, Dude!
R ('>

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02/26/2015 12:45.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Winners and Classics
Kiddo raised an interesting topic: Films that did Not win The Academy Award for 'Best Picture', but they are now classics, many times surpassing the Oscar-winning film.
in the Awards Game there has to be a winner, and losers. There will be endless discussion as to outcomes, but only time makes a film a true Classic.
A couple of examples:
The Year: 1941. The Oscar-Winning film, "How Green was My Valley" [a personal favorite and a wonderful film], but the nominee that did not get the award was "Citizen Kane" which many feel is one of the Greatest Films Ever Made.
The Year: 1952. The Oscar-Winning Film, "The GreatestShow on Earth"
...same year as "High noon" and "The Quiet Man"
The Year: 2005. The Oscar-Winning Film, "Crash"
...same year as "Brokeback Mountain", a film which many consider a Classic.
= = =
Will this year's winner, "Birdman", remain considered the Best of the year?
or will “American Sniper”, "Boyhood" or even "The Grand Budapest Hotel" be remembered...only time will tell.

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02/26/2015 01:06.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
He's a Humpday V4U buddy...
Todays a boring day. We have to go into lockdown while my mommy goes to the eye doctor.
On the brighter side her doctor is close to the bird farm.
Maybe she will bring home snacks for us !!!

Have an awesome day
Love your buddy

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02/25/2015 08:33.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
Truly a happy humpday ! RT hit my 30k this morning ! Although it is exciting, I must say the friendships forged here are so much more important to my little green heart !

We're supposed to hit freezing today ! I don't think it's going to melt anything though . . . at least there's nothing more than flurries in the forecast for the next few days :)

I've been very cranky the last few days - between hormones and pin feathers, I've been squawking a lot ! Mom tried to get me to take a bath last night, but I don't want anything she does ! ha !

Have a great day and if you get a chance to play Name that Tune (231616) go give it a wing ! But dress warmly, it's chilly over there ! LOL ! love Cookie

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02/25/2015 02:14.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday Thoughts . . .
Still in "Recovery-Mode" from Hollywood's Big Night.

Some of you BirdChannel friends have expressed that they don't watch The Oscars.
Dad doesn't really like the Hollywood Glamor-thing and some of the industry politics,
but we do love movies.
Often we are disappointed with what films and actors win the awards. That is all a part of the game. We often look back on past years with a knowing smirk, realizing that the movies we liked best that year are the ones that are still being watched and appreciated.
All that being said, we do like tuning in that one night a year, when Hollywood goes all-out and celebrates the talent, work and yes, the tackiness of The Hollywood Movie Machine.
~Wings Up~

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02/25/2015 12:46.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Parties with the Stars
Inside Oscar’s Glamorous After-Parties
The night doesn’t end when the final Oscar is handed out. In fact, the party is just getting started as stars and execs exit the Dolby Theater, heading to a flurry of post-awards celebrations, including the Governors Ball, the Vanity Fair Party, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party and more.

The Governors Ball
By the time celebs arrived at the Governors Ball, they were ravenous. As usual, the event was catered by Wolfgang Puck -- a fact he made sure everyone was aware of.
Before the Oscars began, he walked the entire red carpet in his chef's whites with a tray displaying some of the treats partygoers would be offered at the after-party. Among them: caviar-topped baked potatoes, chicken pot pie and mac and cheese with aged cheddar. There was also a dessert bar, though most guests skipped the cookies and cupcakes in favor of Puck's trademark mini gold-covered chocolate Oscars. The candy men were kept just feet from a station where winners headed with their real gold statues and queued up to wait for engraving.
Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Location: Wallis Annenberg Center, Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Details: Graydon Carter hosts the Vanity Fair Oscar party at a custom-designed space which connects the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall. Above photo, Lady Gaga attends while right, Oscar-winning best supporting actor Jared Leto photobombs Anne Hathaway.
InStyle Oscar Party
Location: Fig & Olive, 8940 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA

Guy Oseary and Madonna’s Late Night Party
Details: Undisclosed. It’s happening, but a source close to the event says Madonna will be unable to attend since she’ll be in rehearsals for The Brit Awards on Feb. 25.
Elton John Oscars Party
The Elton John AIDS Foundation hosted its 2015 Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood on Sunday. The annual event, now in its 23rd year, serves as a star-studded fundraiser for the organization, which John founded in 1992 to support HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and awareness.

John and his husband David Furnish serve as co-hosts. Gordon Ramsay is once again providing a five-course gourmet dinner, and there will be a special musical performance. John, who joined Instagram in December to document his wedding to Furnish, is now using his account to share intimate pictures from the exclusive celebration. Before the Oscars ceremony began, the music legend revealed $4.85 million had already been raised, and later shared an adorable picture of his sons watching “Uncle Neil” Patrick Harris host the show.

Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum, Nina Dobrev, the Osbournes, Aaron Paul, Alec Baldwin, Rob Lowe are among the celebrities in attendance. Plenty more are expected to join the festivities once the Academy Awards show ends.

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02/24/2015 03:38.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Picabo ! ! !
Mom's first day back went pretty well and she came home to the BirdTalk magazine in the mailbox ! She ordered it just a couple weeks ago with her BC points ! There's an article about cockatiels written by my vet - so far all she's done is look at the pictures. By the time she got home and we played some, it was time to start dinner. Besides she wants to savor it . . . she really misses the monthly BirdTalk :(

Then the accountant's office called and the taxes are ready ! Daddy will go pick them up today - mom is hoping she can not only get a new sofa and loveseat, but maybe coffee table and end tables ? Wings crossed ! Maybe even, if I cross my toes too, some new toys ?

Have a wonderful Tuesday ! love you ! Cookie

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02/24/2015 02:17.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Howdy-Howdy There Mr. Picabo
How goes it in the wilds of your stretch of the world? Me, I'm still thawed out which is an amazing thing, let me tell ya. -14° with the windchill factored in. -2° without it. This McFlock needs a big ol' motorhome t'load up in and hit the road come the second snowfall. After the first one, it ain't that exciting anymore. That's me talkin', not my mom, of course.

So you've been eatin' ice cream with the parronts. Ain't you a lucky guy! I've had me a nibble or two in my life time. I don't remember the brain freezing but then maybe that's what happens once it's been froze — you don't remember nothin'! I don't think there's any ice cream in the house right now. Had a slurp of pineapple yogurt the other day. That stuff's like desssssert. Yum.

Holy moly, Picabo — boas by your door? That's downright scary. I'd be lookin' at the doorway differently too if I was a cat. Thank goodness they neither one invited themselves in for lunch. Are there a lot of those slithery reptiles in your area? Maybe I don't want you to answer that so I won't be wakin' myself up with bad dreams about "what if's" at your place. The llamaS are both fine although I suspect they're about as bored with winter as I am. They haven't been out on their picket lines for months which means they've been stuck in their rather small paddock area. Sometimes it gets even smaller when a snowdrift takes up about a third of their lot. The wind's been so bad in the last couple of weeks, even tho those creatures come with the most amazing dense coat, dad's let them into the hay storage area to really get away from the cold. They seem to appreciate the gesture. Or maybe it's the free-for-all feed session they get from sleeping right beside dozens of bales of hay. Pigs.

That's neat you and Squeaks got t'help with the backyard bird count. Did you get counted in the inventory? !! Ha!

Hey, thanks for the fly-by. You and the family take care and if ya get the chance, soak up a warm ray of sun for me, okay? Sweet.

R ('>

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02/23/2015 06:50.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
Think Quick !!! Catch !!! Here's a vote right back at you !!!
Today we are having cooler temps in the low 60's...More rain on the way this weekend...I love the cooler temps and rain. It gives us a break from all this yucky heat.
Loving it...

Have an awesome day
Love your buddy

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02/23/2015 09:06.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer and Dad Sleepy after Oscar Parties
"The costumes, the scenery, the makeup, the props
The audience that lifts you when you're down
The headaches, the heartaches, the backaches, the flops
The sheriff who escorts you out of town

The opening when your heart beats like a drum
The closing when the customers won't come

There's no business like show business
Like no business I know..."
Dad says it will take a couple of Blogs to cover his disorganized reactions to the 87th Acadmy Awards. [Dad is old and scatter-brained anyway, but I love him].

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First Things First: The Opening Number was Awesome. The best in years.
The other highlight of the show was Lady Gaga's tribute to the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music" -like her or not, her performance was phenomenal.
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Dad's pick for Best Dressed: Rosamund Pike‘s red hot custom Givenchy gown
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Although Dad thinks there were better films last year, anything called "Birdman" gets my vote too. It took hom 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Dad's favorite film this year was "Whiplash" which won three awards, including JK Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor - Dad says he had the best performance of the year and his gold statue was the most deserved.
It's interesting that each of the eight nominees for 'Best Picture' went home with at least one Oscar
Best Picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Director: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Actress: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
Original Screenplay: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Animated Feature: “Big Hero 6”
Original Score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat (WINNER)
Original Song: “Glory” from “Selma”
Film Editing: “Whiplash” Tom Cross
Cinematography: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
Foreign Language Film: “Ida” from Poland

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02/23/2015 03:42.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo
brrrrr . . . mother nature teased us yesterday ! The sun was shining, the temps were all the way up to 36 and some snow melted ! This morning we woke up to -2 ! What's that about ? Jeeeeze !

Mom heads back to school today - she hopes all the kids had as relaxing a vacation as she did. Then they'll be
ready to work again ! I'll miss her though. We had a great week of snuggling and head rubs !

Send warm ! love Cookie

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02/23/2015 02:15.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
It's still snowing ! The weather guessers said the temps were to rise overnight (they did - it's 27 now !), and the snow would change to rain. hmmmpf ! Our winter weather warning has been extended from 8:00 to noon . . . then the folks will head up to dig out the g'parronts, maybe have a little lunch and rush home to me ! Mom wants to have a quiet night to emotionally prepare for heading back to school tomorrow. She's an early morning riser, so it's not the getting up that's tough, it's the getting ready and out !

It was a great time last night at Milonga ! Even if I did disappear early - we've been having router problems and mom gets frustrated having to continually get bumped off and have to reboot ! Congratulations to all the winners :) The only problem is the crowds - can never get to chat with everybird :(

Have a great Sunday - love Cookie

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02/22/2015 03:50.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer ready to co-Host The Oscars
Oscar Sunday
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Singing: "It’s a wonderful night for Oscar…Oscar, Oscar!
Who will win?" --Billy Crystal
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Billy Crystal is my favorite Oscar Host. He has hosted NINE Times between 1990 and 2012.
As far as I'm concerned he could keep on hosting.
The origin of the name Oscar is disputed. One biography of Bette Davis claims that she named the Oscar after her first husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson; Walt Disney is also quoted as thanking the Academy for his Oscar as early as 1932.
Another claimed origin is that the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette's reminding her of her "Uncle Oscar" (a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce). Columnist Sidney Skolsky was present during Herrick's naming and seized the name in his byline, "Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette 'Oscar'". The trophy was officially dubbed the "Oscar" in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
I am ready for a great night. We have snacks, a coffee cake, champagne and Dad'll be picking up "subs" [Submarine Sandwiches]. Just a small party.
Have a great night, everyone. ~Wings Up~

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02/22/2015 01:54.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
I hope you are having a great day! Dad is back on the road and it's not New Mexico he was going to, it Colorado! Different story all together. Mom could have sworn he said New Mexico but he tells her he told her it was Pueblo which is in Colorado! Well he got to the yard and they don't think he can make it all the way to Colorado on time so now he is going to Salt Lake City! Good news is that most of the mountain passes between here and there are bare and dry. There is a storm blowing in today but it's mostly wind and it's just not cold enough to snow. We did put the fireplace on for a bit this morning just to warm the room up for me.
Mom is finishing up the laundry and then she'll head off to bed. We had a great weekend but now it's time for the workweek to start! I wish I could be at the Milonga tonight but mom will be sleeping so I won't have a typist! I think I have only made it to one but I always go back on Sunday morning and read all about it!
I hope your day is just perfect! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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02/21/2015 12:38.41 PM Report This Comment  
  hey Picabo !
Today was the coldest one so far ! ! So cold it hurts - but as mom said - you don't have to shovel cold ! So she did go out yesterday and get her feathers trimmed and pick up a few groceries since snow comes today - only 4-6 inches, and I know it's not much but YIKES ! More ?

Something really sad and disturbing happened here yesterday. I was just sitting with mom having a lovely head skritch and all the wild friends were outside on the patio eating, when all of a sudden a hawk flew in - right onto the patio, not 2 feet from the sliding glass door - and snatched up a blue jay ! Right from the porch ! ! ! Mom cried and hugged me tight, I squawked and daddy closed the drape . . . Although there are a lot of hawks around here, none has ever come in this close to the house ! We know that's nature's way, but we don't want to see it !

Hope to see you tonight at Milonga ! And I say hope with all capital letters ! We had some internet problems this morning and it took forever while daddy did a system restore . . . sigh. love you ! Cookie

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02/21/2015 05:04.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Saturday Squawks
Instead of saying who I think will win Oscars, or who should win, I will simply concentrate on what I consider the Best Films for the year.
Top Films of 2014: My Top Films this year:
#1: “Whiplash”: (Dir: Damien Chazelle).
"Whiplash" is such an amazing film in every way. The Directing, the Writing, the Editing, the Cinematography. The performances are outstanding.

A film about Talent, Ambition, Obsession. Pushing oneself beyond known abilities. - -Soaring above the rest.
"Whiplash" won both The Audience Award and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance - an amazing feat.

Filmed more like a thriller than a film about music, it becomes a battle of wills between our protagonist [Miles Teller] and his mentor-[a truly amazing J.J. Simmons]. It is an exhilarating work from the start to it's adrenaline-rushing finish.
#2: “Boyhood”: (Dir: Richard Linklater).
A celebration of Life and being human. A simple story of growing up becomes profound and moving. Filmed over 12 years, the story and characters grow as the real-life filmmakers do, and the end-result is wonderful.

Richard Linklater is a talented, insightful director. I think the time has come to acknowledge his achievements.
3. “Calvary”: (Dir: John Michael McDonagh)
Beautiful, sad and scathing portrait of a simple priest struggling with his own humanity and trying to do good in a small sinful town.
A truly great performance by Brendan Gleeson and a portrait of the True Power of Forgiveness. It is a film of Faith, of Doubt and Transcendence.
4. “Birdman” (Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Michael Keaton shines in this fascinating exploration of Creativity, Talent and the cost of Fame. The tale winds seamlessly and breathlessly to the last shot.
5. “The Babadook” (Dir: Jennifer Kent).
A superior horror tales that is brilliant in every way. What an amazing first film: Writing, Direction, Cinematography --- pitch-perfect performances.
An amazing film that works on a few different levels.
6. "Edge of Tomorrow"
7. "Enemy"
8. "Ida"
9. "Into the Woods"
10. "Jodorowsky's Dune"
11. "Locke"
12. "The Immigrant"

You can check out the complete article here:

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02/21/2015 02:18.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Picabo~
I hope you are having a great day! I think those winds must have been so very scary!!
We have been having a mild winter here in the west. The ski resorts had to close down because of lack of snow. We may get a storm with snow in the mountains tomorrow. That means that dad will have to leave tonight instead of tomorrow so he can get over the mountain. He's going to New Mexico!
Mom hasn't been out to see a movie for a while. She tried to read 50 Shades of Gray and thought it was dumb. She just took it back to the library and has no interest in seeing the movie. She read Girl Gone also and thought it was dumb too.
I can't understand why someone would have a house and not take care of it. It must have been a lot of work for your parents. I know that the salt in the air can destroy stuff quickly so it doesn't make sense to leave it sitting for a year. It's an investment and you would think she would want to take care of it!
Not much else going on around here. The family went to the Mexican place down the street last night and brought me back a fresh tortilla! It was lovely.
Today mom has to go by the market but then she'll be home with me! Yes!!
I hope you all enjoy the day!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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02/20/2015 12:13.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
I'm flying by to say hi and leave you a vote....


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02/20/2015 10:34.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
Tell mom thanks for the book review - we're going to go find it - it's still too cold to do anything else ! -3 today heading all the way up to 13 ! ! !

Come visit me, Cookie - on the lookout, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

02/20/2015 05:49.23 AM Report This Comment  
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