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Hi! My name is Dino

I am an African Grey from Upplands vasby, Intl.

Lots n´lots:) In swedish...

21 years old   M

African Grey

Oatrings and peanuts (trying to cut down on those tho but I just love ´em;) Also bananas, liverpaté (yeaaaah, I know), apples, tomatoes, cooked ham, eggs, carrots, chickpeas. ...Popcorns!

Top natural perches, me climbtree in the kitchen, the Patio, and sometimes in a closet I decide to inspect

Being at the Vet´s, neighbours drilling holes in the wall, rain on my head, insects buzzing around my head;).....PINS in my NECK:(

When she sings and talks to me. When she let me snuggle up in her bed, and the scritches. ...when I´m up for it that is;) Our sessions of learning new things and all the praise I get after:)

Hanging like a bat while mom clean me Homey. Looking inside all the closets, known and unknown, peekaboo´s behind doors.....

Never give up and a new day will come with new possibilities..

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  Hi Dino
we are so glad your mom is now finally all better. sometimes these virus seem to last forever.

one of our male budgies is now flying down to the floor on a nightly basis. i don't like it and mom doesn't either.he all fluffed up like he wants me or something. he is very bad. tonight when he flew down i jumped up in the air and then twirled right at him. mom was quick and made him fly back to his play stand

THOSE THAT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW ALSO HAVE THE DUTY TO ACT……….Albert Einstein

love Boo Boo

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12/16/2014 11:08.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
This morning mom had a docent meeting at the museum, and after the meeting was their holiday luncheon. Mom's fudge went over well, but there was a lot of food there, so there was leftover fudge to bring home. Mom gave some away to the guard at the gate and the guy collecting parking fees, but there was still more. Maybe Jeff, our neighbor with the Irish setters, will want some. Mom hopes so!
Tonight is dog class, and they will have a class next week, but be off the following week. Mom hasn't had a lot of time to work with Daisy this week, so she's not up to where mom would like.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/16/2014 12:19.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Thanks for stopping by again! I appreciate each blog and vote, and of course, all the hugs, too.
Today we're going to do everything Heinz! You may have noticed that Pittsburgh has some recurring names to things, Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, Heinz...
So the Heinz family built the Heinz plant on the North Side of the city, and they made 57 varieties of things, including Heinz Ketchup. (They also gave PA a great senator, John Heinz, who passed away at a young age.) Anyway, they have given a lot back to the city, so going from the last new pics (5&6) to the first they are 2 shots of Heinz Chapel. This is a nondenominational church located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, very close to the Cathedral of Learning (and the museum). One of mom's nieces got married there, it's a very popular place for weddings.
There are both exterior and interior views. The next 2 pics(3&4) are at Heinz field, the Great Hall. This is where the several Vince Lombardi trophies and super bowl rings, as well as lots of other Steeler memorabilia, are shown. It's like its own museum. The first 2 pics are the Heinz plant and the pickle pin!
When mom was young, Heinz plant tours were popular for kids. Her class toured the plant, and each kid was given a pickle pin at the end of the tour. They must have given out millions of pickle pins in their time here. Today the plant is owned by DelMonte, and lots of the stuff isn't made here any more, but the building still stands.
And we've seen Heinz Field and the Heinz History Museum already. So that's all things Heinz in our area! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a lovely day, and get lots of attention.
BTW, did you see the parrots singing carols on the new newsletter? They are really fun to watch. Hugs, Peppino

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12/16/2014 11:53.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Haven't heard from the vet yet on my test results ... mom will give them until the end of the week and then she will call to verify. Mom figures no news is good news but she still wants to know. Have a wonderful day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Cappy

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12/16/2014 07:04.24 AM Report This Comment  
  HI Dino
Yes, I can bet that Swedish would be very hard to learn. Finnish too. I bet the cruises would be nice! Mom's dad went to Finland and Sweden way back in 1957 and to his dying day, he talked about that trip with great happiness:)

We sure did have a nice sunny day here today! All of us were yelling to greet it too:) It was a bit on the cold side but we don't mind because we don't have to go outside...LOL! Is your place all decorated for Christmas? Ours sure is:) Mom has Christmas music on for us most of the day too so we get to enjoy that as well:) I think we all are getting a lot of presents because we have all been little angels;) We have the wings to prove it too! Hope you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Cleo

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12/15/2014 08:15.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
Hey buddy! So happy your mom is feeling better. Bet you can make your mom happy!
So you are having wind and rain? What's with that? Hope you get a white Christmas!
If we don't hear from you before Christmas.......we are wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Much love,
Raffikki

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12/15/2014 06:38.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Thank you soo much for liking my royal portrait!I just love your awesome picture with your Santa hat on,you look so very ready for Christmas!If you never got to make it to the castle for my party yesterday I'm leaving you with some of the food from the buffet table,lots of fruit and veggies,all kinds of meats and cakes and goodies,I've left you a big basket to sample from so you can enjoy all the things that we had and not feel left out!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses and a votie for you too!Love always,Kallie

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12/15/2014 06:18.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Yes, you did tell me you loved my picture and I thank you again! You are so kind! I know I told you already but I think your picture looks adorable. You look so cute with your Santa hat and that is a nice pic of you!

Hope your week is off to a good start! We are having a nice day and warmer weather. Have a good one!! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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12/15/2014 03:33.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
It's great to see you again. I hope mom is feeling better today.
I want to thank everybirdie who came to visit me in the KB, it was a fast and fun 2 weeks. Time just flew by. I hope you all enjoyed the surprise showing of the Polar Express and the new ANNIE last night, too.
Today mom cleaned the runs and the fledgling aviaries at the center. There is a turkey vulture there who hissed at her! She just chuckled and kept working. She knows she's too warm to be attractive to a vulture. Even the red tailed hawk didn't hiss at her. There was a new trainee too, who was afraid of the box turtles. Mom helped her take them out and put them back once their cage was clean. Mom had just finished with the snapping turtle when the woman came and asked about the turtles. There is also a Pekin duck there. These ducks are domestic cousins of Mallards, and people usually raise them for food (you know, Peking duck at the Chinese restaurant?). If you've seen magicians with ducks, this is the duck he most likely has. This guy's leg was really bad when he got there, but it's great now, he's putting weight on it and even swimming in his pond.
Mom will make more fudge tonight for the docent luncheon tomorrow after their meeting. We won't be online until late tomorrow, probably.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of cuddles and love. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/15/2014 11:28.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Thanks for the votes every day! I really love hearing from you, too.
Before we leave the Strip, we have to visit St. Stanislaus Church, it's right in the center of things, there on Smallman Street! The first 2 pics in my gallery show one of the oldest churches in Pittsburgh, St. Stanislaus in the Strip. I thought while we were seeing churches, we could go back to Oakland and see St. Paul's Cathedral, the next 2 pics in my gallery. This is the biggest Catholic church in the area. The last 2 new pics are of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, built by the Mellons in the 1800s. The people in Pittsburgh at the time called it Mellon's Fire Escape! Maybe it was, who knows? Today at that church, there are organ recitals every week, and Taize music some evenings. If you don't know the Taize stuff, you should google it and listen to a piece or 2, it's beautiful singing.
So, tomorrow we will go back to Oakland to see other things, including Heinz Chapel.
You may have noted Heinz field, Heinz History museum, and now Heinz chapel; what's that all about? We'll talk more tomorrow! Hope you have a spectacular day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/15/2014 10:56.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
Hey buddy! Good to hear from you! Sorry to hear your mom wasn't feeling well. Glad to hear she is feeling better now.
We sure hope you have a white Christmas! We are happy not to have snow for Christmas! We lived in CT. for22 years.....and my parrots grew up in Michigan, so they have had enough snow!
Thank you for liking my picture!
Hope you are having a great day my friend!
Much love to you and momma Inger,
Raffikki and momma Erin

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12/15/2014 10:26.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
I had a vet appointment Friday and I got so worked up that the vet drugged me. I turned from a big strong boy into small pile of white mushy snuggle bug ... Mom yells that she wants a year round supply of that there happy drug lol. However when I started coming around I attacked daddy ... mom thanks the good lord that I was still clutsy from the drugs cause I didn't hurt daddy, whew. Have a wonderful day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Cappy

PS: Hope you see some snow soon.

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12/15/2014 06:15.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
we haven't had any snow either. some snow flurries but nothing ever stuck to the ground. mostly we are getting the same weather as you foggy, cold and rainy. north of us they got 5 feet of snow in one day. they are predicting snow in the next couple of days but right now its too warm and all we are getting is rain.

stay warm, be safe and i will talk to you again soon.

love Boo Boo

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12/14/2014 10:19.38 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Dino
Sorry to hear that mom wasn't feeling well:( Glad she is doing better now;) Wasn't sure how to spell Jul Bocken or how you spelled it, but it is the same thing:) We have several of the straw goats. Mom's grandma was from Finland:) She was a Swedish Fin. We still have some relatives living over there too. Yes, gingerbread is yummy! I hope you get lots of presents too and that Santa bird is good to you, but I have a feeling he will be:) Hope you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Cleo

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy-Thanks so much everybirdy for BOTD!, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

12/14/2014 08:02.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
You have to come to the castle for a day of fun,food,friends and downright partying with me!Can you believe this is my third time here with you this week?Come share in my special day,there are so many things to do at the castle and we can have such a fun time together!It just wouldn't be the same with out you here by my side joining in the celebrations!Sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Love Kallie

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12/14/2014 07:47.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for liking my Christmas pic! Hope you're having a good weekend. Leaving a vote for you. Enjoy your evening!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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12/14/2014 04:33.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you are having a great day! We've had no rain and the wind has died down too. It is a bit cooler but it's more like it should be this time of the year!
There was a blackbird running around the furniture pad at mom's store this morning. Someone left the garden doors open and he came on in!! Mom tried to get him to come to her but he just hid around the back of an ottoman. She called her manager and told him that the bird was there and he told her that he had come in the day before. Her manager chased him around for half an hour but couldn't catch him. Mom thought about the fishing nets in the sporting goods department but the mesh is too big and she doesn't want him hurt. Mom suggested they make a trail of seed to the garden door. If he has been in the store for a day he must be hungry. There is a fountain in the indoor garden so he had access to water at least. Mom will find out tonight if they managed to get him out.

There are only 11 more ads until Christmas!hahaha Of course they are going to do an ad the day after also so mom will have to be there at midnight. They have tons of wrapping paper so everyone will probably be in for that. It will get slower after a few weeks. They have a storage event and early tax time and then it will be Valentine's Day! They already have throws, blankets, pillows and decor for Valentine's Day! At least it's all in the stockroom and not out on the floor!
I hope you enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/13/2014 11:48.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's been a busy morning around here since the dog has had some accidents. Mom bought those doggie diapers but they are not working out. She is going to get adult diapers and cut them to fit her. Duct tape will keep them on her! It is a lot of work but Mandy is family and you don't give up on family!
Mom starts her workweek tonight so there is some cooking going on and some baking too! That will make my little tummy very happy!hahahahahaha Pumpkin muffins!
I hope your day is just perfect! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/10/2014 01:23.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you had a wonderful day! It was pretty nice here. I am on my second toy in a week and had a great time making a lovely pile of wood at the bottom of my play cage! Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night so she took a nap and then had to go to the bank. She and Ian are giving Jennifer a new Kindle for Christmas and she wanted to use dad's account because he gets free shipping on Amazon. I think Jennifer is going to be very surprised!
I got squawked again yesterday morning and couldn't get back on until last night! It keeps happening on Sundays!! I have no idea how long it stays that way since mom had to work last night so she had to give up and go to sleep! I'm so sorry I didn't get by! I thought they took weekends off!hahahahaha I think they should take the weekends off!!
We are watching a movie while I get my notes done then it will be off to bed! I don't know why mom gets so happy about going to sleep! I'd rather stay up all night and play!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/08/2014 08:35.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Lots of cleaning and some cooking going on here. Kind of boring really but I have a new toy in the play cage to keep me occupied.
Mom put the Trans Siberian Orchestra CD on for us to listen to. She just love the Christmas Canon. She love the Canon and this version of it is very beautiful! I'm enjoying it. The new computer does not have the same music program as the old one so mom has not figured out how to get more music on her MP3 player! Ian gave mom his old IPod since he got a smart phone and it does everything the Ipod does. Now mom has to figure out how to use it! She can turn it on and off! So far that's about it!Hahahahahaha It's rather embarrassing to have a mom who is so clueless when it comes to technology!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/06/2014 01:02.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It's been crazy here and I am so sorry I have not been able to get notes out like I should! I would not want you to think you are not important to me because that is not true!!
You know our dog Mandy is very old now and can no longer go up or down the stairs anymore. Mom got the wee wee pads and put them all over the balcony but Mandy has been stubborn about them! She has hip dysplasia so she tends to slip a lot. She has figured out what the pads are for at least!
When mom gets home in the mornings Mandy is so excited to see her that she just pees wherever she is! Mom has been spending a whole bunch of time mopping floors, cleaning the carpet and washing blanket and towels which has left me very little time for the BC! Mom just finished working 8 days straight too!
Mom is going to put diapers on Mandy at night now. It's easier to give her a bath everyday then it is to do all this cleaning. The warm baths seems to help her too!
Everything is just fine here. We had 3 very cold days but the clouds rolled back in today and it's warmed up! I have been busy with chewing up wood and supervising the chores! It's a nice way to spend the day!
I hope your mom is felling better and that you guys are enjoying yourselves!
Enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/04/2014 09:39.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Thanks so much for your support.
Today I want to go back to the higher education facilities in Pittsburgh, but just to the University of Pittsburgh.
The Cathedral of Learning, Pitt's main building on campus, is a special place. It's a skyscraper of a building, but the first 2 floors are what you want to see. If you are interested in Pittsburgh's ethnic heritage, they have Nationality rooms. We can go into who settled here in a later blog, but on these floors of the cathedral, each ethnic group has decorated a classroom with things that are particular to its culture. Mom took Italian classes in the Italian room, and it's gorgeous, with dark wood paneling, lots of cultural references to the artists, composers, poets, etc. that Italy has produced. Other rooms include those from Eastern Europe, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam, China, Japan, Western Europe, and the Caribbean. They have added Latin American rooms lately as well. It's truly spectacular this time of year, with all the Nationality Rooms decorated for Christmas. If you come to Pittsburgh for Christmas, this is a must see!
I hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/04/2014 09:19.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Daisy is going to doggie school! Mom has taken her for 2 weeks, and she seems to be doing fine, although she is still looking at us. The KB is the Kissing Booth, page 163138 on Bird Channel. Different birds are there every 2 weeks, and it's my turn right now.
Yesterday mom got our oil filled radiator and got the wheels on it so it's ready to go. If it's cold next Thursday, the radiator will keep us warm and toasty. She also bought a wreath for outside while she was at Home Depot. This inspired her to put out the little sled, and make beautiful gold bows for both the wreath and the sled, to kind of tie them together. Today she is going shopping with her sister, so no decorating, but we have high hopes for the weekend, at least for the outdoors.
At the KB today, I'm running all the Christmas Carol movies, starting with the one in the 30s, and running through the most modern ones. I particularly love the Muppets Christmas Carol, and a movie called Scrooge! with Albert Finney. It has great music! See you at the movie marathon.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of love and attention. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/04/2014 08:04.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Oh boy didn't know you had nasty neighnors ... be careful with the Cockatoo scream the cause that has been known to really rile up the neighbors. You can here me scream a mile away (mom says a mile away behind closed doors) lol. Have a wonderful day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Cappy

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12/04/2014 05:09.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
mom is also getting rid of a ton of clothes. she has all these pant suits that she bought when she was working and they are all expensive and ralph lauren and calvin kline but they are also very old and outdated. mom loves the pant suits but why keep them if you don't wear them. they are all in perfect shape but probably would be considered vintage clothes. lol. i guess my mom is vintage too.

love Boo Boo

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12/03/2014 10:29.11 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Dino
Nice to hear from you again:) I am sure Santa bird will bring you lots of presents! I have been so good so I know I am getting lots! Mom's dad used to tell her how his mom always made Lutefisk for Christmas. Does your mom make that? I bet she has a Yule Bukken too! Mom has several up. One was her grandma's that she got when she was a little girl and it is over 100 years old! Mom always makes a nice cardamom bread for Christmas too! Hope you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Cleo

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12/03/2014 07:44.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
We just wrote you a blog....and BC just ate it! Ugh!
Glad you got some white stuff even if it was frost!
So none of your pictures disappeared on BC? You are lucky. My profile picture disappeared for a couple of days. Mom is waiting to put my Christmas picture up. We don't want it to disappear!
Thanks for liking my football picture buddy!
Hope you had a nice day!
Love,
Raffikki

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12/03/2014 05:18.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino,
Thank you. :). Mom was wondering why every birdie was congratulating me on being BOTD.

She didnt see the side panel of her phone which had me on it. Hahahaha!!

Come and join me for some great food, fun and frolic in the Castle!

See you there! And bring the flockily too!

Here's a vote for you.

Hugs,

King Pookie

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12/03/2014 04:29.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the compliment on my picture and also for your vote! Left one for you too. Hope you had a good day! Enjoy your evening!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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12/03/2014 04:13.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Well I don't know about famous cause when I scream I send everyone running for earplugs .... mom said she would be over the moon if I would just beep or sound like a laser hehehehe. Ok ... heres how ya do a cockatoo scream .... SCCCRREEEEEEEEEECH,SCCCRREEEEEEEEEECH, SCCCRREEEEEEEEEECH, SCCCRREEEEEEEEEECH,
SCCCRREEEEEEEEEECH, SCCCRREEEEEEEEEECH.

Try that and see what happend lol. Have a happy hump day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Cappy

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12/03/2014 12:16.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Can you see our pics? We can't! Apparently BC is having some problems. If you want snow, go to Chyna's page, it's snowing like crazy in Michigan! We haven't had any that stayed yet, just some covering the grass for a day. Mom's okay with that, though, as we hate shoveling it! We are getting a new furnace, this one is too unreliable, and mom doesn't want us to be cold at all in this weather.
Daisy did well last night at class. She is a pretty smart little one. This morning she settled on her little mat after breakfast, too, which mom rewarded with lots of praise.
I am so tired of not seeing our pics! I know they're there someplace, but not on our pages for us to see.
The KB is active! I am having a great time there, and hope to see everybirdie there at least once during my 2 weeks. We will be showing Christmas movies, starting with ELF, my very favorite one.
Not much news today, mom is going out for the Christmas baking supplies and our radiator. The guy who sold us the furnace said he has one at home with his cockatiel in the house, so he knows they are bird safe.
Please vote for Peppino every day this month, he would appreciate the support.
I hope you are having a good day and getting cuddles and scritchies. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/03/2014 07:46.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
Hey buddy! How are you? Love your picture! There has been a lot of problems with BC. Birdies pictures disappear! It's been crazy!
Sounds like you are having dreary weather ! Hope you get some snow soon!
So you have your Christmas decorations up? We do too! I just love the Christmas tree!
I love the Christmas music too!
Hope you day was nice my friend!
Much love to my buddy,
Raffikki

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12/02/2014 07:27.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Your Christmas profile picture looks really cute! Hope you're having nice weather! We started the week off fairly warm for December. Today it's raining and we even had ice this morning. At least it isn't snow!

Enjoy your evening!! Left a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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12/02/2014 03:42.32 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
A 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game of … FOOT~BALL???

This evening … to be played on the Milonga Page (#165848)

8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
4:00 pm Aleutian

Jake <Ö) may have been a “BAD Parrot”, but he says it well: “Be there or BE SQUARE!!!”


Well, the Defense still needs to know their jobs, so without any further delay, let’s get started with the Job Descriptions, Mr Dino!

Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 04:13.46 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


À la prochen frois, mon ami,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 04:13.38 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Mr Dino! I do hope your Thanksgiving was one of contemplation and appreciation for all the blessings you share with your flockily, as well as loving time together to celebrate all of those blessings.

As I mentioned several days ago, my momma and daddy were blessed with not only the very first Holiday Celebration (or celebration of any event or holiday) with EVERYone in daddy’s family being present, but also a several day long visit with my Grandma beforehand, and a couple of days to come still with my Uncle.

As a result, I have not been able to visit as regularly as I otherwise would have. But parrotsonally, I did use the contemplations of the Holiday to count the many featheriendship blessings that I’ve had in the process of this Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown that I’ve been on this month, AND the love and support you’ve all shown me in that effort. And I eggstend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

For today I thought I would lighten the spirit of the Campaign and share a funny story. We will, however, finish up with our FootBall information before the month is out.

This is a story that I “made up” about my frother Jake. The originally disguised parrot’s identity was changed to reveal Jake’s NON-innocence. **GiGGle**


BAD Jake <Ö)

Jake joined The K Kritter Korral as the first Blue-and-Gold Macaw after fister Rosalie made her Journey to The Rainbow Bridge. He had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of his beak was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Momma tried and tried to change his attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else she could think of to clean up his vocabulary.

Finally, Momma was fed up and she yelled at Jake <Ö). Jake <Ö), of course, yelled back. Momma shook him and he got angrier and even more rude. In desperation, Momma threw up her hands, grabbed Jake <Ö) and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes Jake <Ö) squawked and kicked and screamed. (And Jake <Ö) screams LIKE A GIRL! **TeeHee**.) Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a sound was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that she had hurt him, Momma quickly opened the door to the freezer. Jake <Ö) calmly stepped out onto Momma’s outstretched hand and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Momma was absolutely stunned at the change in Jake’s <Ö) attitude.

As she was about to ask Jake <Ö) what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, he spoke up, very softly, and asked … "May I ask what the turkey did?"


`Ü´ Big Beaky **GRiN** `Ü´

A bientot, mon ami
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/28/2014 06:24.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you are having a great day! We got to talk to dad this morning. He is in Iowa now and it's snowing there! He is at a truck stop and is going to stay there for the day. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive a certain amount of hours a day and if dad is on a road where there is an accident and he gets stuck, he will run out of hours. If he takes a break right now he gains more hours and won't have to worry about running out. He's on his way to Oklahoma. He actually told mom that the snow looked pretty! Dad usually hates snow!
We are getting things ready for mom to start her workweek tonight and for Ian who starts his tomorrow. Hopefully Black Friday won't be too crazy. Mom just hopes everyone has a good time.
I don't know if you do Thanksgiving over there or not?? How about crazy shopping on Friday???
I wanted you to know that I am thankful for your friendship and know how very blessed I am to have found such excellent friends here on the BC!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/26/2014 11:27.30 AM Report This Comment  
  HI Dino!
I see you are all decked out for the holidays too! So you have a lot of Swedish nicknames? Mama's grandma was from Finland and spoke Finnish, Swedish and English:) Do you say any of them? Mom has been busy making us toys for Christmas and I have been a good boy so I know I am getting lots! Hope you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Cleo

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy-Thanks so much everybirdy for BOTD!, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

11/24/2014 08:22.35 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Mr Dino!

I do hope that your Saturday and Sunday were full of fun and productivity. I know in my case I had to relinquish Momma’s eggsclusive attention and assistance on my Campaign to be your December Bird of the Month to more pressing parrontal matters around our K Kritter Korral. (The portion of Sunday during which Momma was available to bring me to your page for a visit, the BirdChannel was not cooperating. You might say that their GPS was out of order! **TeeHee**)

You see, Momma and Daddy were informed that they could eggspect a visit from my Grandma from Idaho from later today, to last thru Thursday morning when they all gather at Daddy’s youngest brother’s home about an hour away from us for the first Family Celebration with everyone present since Momma and Daddy have known each other. Grandma was eager to be able to spend time here with Momma and Daddy, and all of us fids of course, before joining the rest of the family for a concurrent Celebration of Thanksgiving and her BirthDay on Thursday! Then she will remain with my Uncle and his family until she returns to her home in Idaho later in the week, while my other Uncle comes to pay us a visit over the long weekend.

So, all of this is to say that my visits may be a bit sporadic from now thru the end of the month, due to Grandma’s visit, the Holiday weekend with my Uncle visiting, and the upcoming Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game. I do apologize in advance for any visits I shall have to forego. But rest assured that I shall continue to do my utmost to bring you the maximum amount of FootBall information in the time we have left together.

And on that note, let us get straight to the information I’ve promised you next about the Offensive Squad on a FootBall team …


Let’s begin our eggsamination of the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

QuarterBack – The Player who usually receives the ball from the Center at the start of each play. He informs his TeamMates in the huddle of the play that will be run and then, after the Center snaps* the ball to him, either hands the ball to a Running Back or throws to a Receiver.

Center – The Player who hikes (or snaps) the ball to the QuarterBack at the start of each play. The term comes from the fact that this Player is flanked on either side by a Guard and a Tackle; he’s the “MiddleMan” (or Center) in a contingent of five Offensive LineMen or Blockers. He handles the ball on every play and also snaps the ball to the Punter and Holder.

Guard – There are two Guards on every play, and they line up on either side of the Offensive Center. The Guards protect the QuarterBack from an Inside Rusher; they block Defenders immediately across from them and also swing out, or pull**, and run toward either end [of the line] to block any Defender when the ball carrier runs wide°.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 01:08.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Tackle – Both Offensive and Defensive, on Offense they are Outside Blockers on the line of scrimmage°°.

Tight End – Serves as a BIG Receiver [Oh MY!] and also a Blocker. Unlike a Wide Receiver, this Player generally lines up beside the Offensive Tackle either to the right or to the left of the QuarterBack. (Also “Strong Side+”)

Wide Receiver – The Player who uses his speed and quickness to elude Defenders and catch the FootBall, but who isn’t primarily a Blocker. Wide Receivers are also known as “pass catchers” [but I-I-I would parrotsonally NOT disparage one so!]. Also called a WideOut.

Running Back – A Player who runs with the FootBall. Running Backs are also referred to as TailBacks and HalfBacks, depending on their exact responsibilities and alignment.

FullBack – A Player who lines up in the Offensive backfield++ and generally is responsible for blocking for the Running Back and pass-blocking to protect the QuarterBack. FullBacks also serve as short-yardage runners.


I would also like to call your attention to a display of several of the basic Offensive Formations which appear in the Gallery at the bottom of my page. (They also appear in my Profile Picture at the top of my page; but they are much clearer and contain eggsplanatory text in the photos in the Gallery.) I hope these are of use to you in recognizing some of what happens on the actual field of play the next time you watch a FootBall Game.

I am also including several definitions of terms used in the above Position Descriptions at the end of this note.

Have a Greyt Day! Perhaps enjoy watching The Jets play The Bills at 7:00 pm on CBS, or The Ravens play at The Saints at 8:30 pm on ESPN. Both times are EST. Remember, it is virtually illegal to watch a FootBall Game quietly. So do what we Avians are most well-known for doing … **S*Q*U*A*W*K** . **I*T** . **U*P** ! ! !

À la prochen frois, mon ami,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Beongia ♥


*snap—the action in which the ball in handed or hiked by the Center to the QuarterBack, to the Holder on a kick attempt, or to the Punter.
**pull—when a player leaves one area of the field, generally moving back and then over, to block in an area other than his normal position.
°run wide
°°line of scrimmage—the imaginary boundary between the two teams prior to the snap of the ball. The Offense’s and Defense’s scrimmage lines are defined by the tip of the ball closest to them and stretch from sideline to sideline. The Defensive Team usually lines up less than a yard away from where the ball is placed.
+strong side—the side of the Offensive formation where the Tight End aligns. With a right-handed QuarterBack, the strong side is usually to his right side.
++backfield—the group of Offensive Players (the Running Backs and QuarterBack) who line up behind the line of scrimmage (vs the Offensive LineMen and/or Receivers who line up at the line of scrimmage).

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 01:08.10 PM Report This Comment  
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