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Hi! My name is Duchess Malachite Bratbird

I am a Severe Macaw from Glen Burnie, MD.

Mal, Mallow-kite, Mallow bird, Beauty Bird, Malachite.

16 years old   F

Severe Macaw

Almonds in the shell and raisins. Mal is the only parrot I know that does not eat nutriberries.

Mal loves to hang out at the top of her cage or on my lap. She will sit in my lap and preen while we watch movies together.

Mal hates, HATES the green plastic peanut.

She understands my body language.

Malachite can dump any bird dish made, including the JV Croc-lock. She is very mechanical and loves to untie knots. She also is fond of watching Matt Lauer on TV..

Push the limits and boundries of the house rules every day. You never know when they might change..

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  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
In order to complete our information regarding the individual Player’s positions on a FootBall Team, we still need to know the Job Descriptions for the Defensive Squad. Shall we resume our eggsamination of those responsibilities now, Duchess Miss Malachite BratBird?

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´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/29/2014 07:40.58 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 amie,
[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´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/29/2014 07:40.50 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Duchess Miss Malachite BratBird! 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 amie
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/28/2014 07:29.42 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Duchess Miss Malachite BratBird!

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´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/24/2014 02:45.24 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 amie,
[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´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/24/2014 02:45.16 PM Report This Comment  



11/22/2014 08:50.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats Miss Malachite
You look downright snazzy in the Winner's Spot.


R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

11/22/2014 07:12.12 PM Report This Comment  
Just stopping by to "Congrats you on being BOTD"...Have fun celebrating at the castle..Enjoy your day....Just pecked a V4U...With many birdie wing hugs to you....Princess and the Dingmans Ferry Flock... :o)


11/22/2014 07:12.02 PM Report This Comment  
on your BOTD win today, Malachite! We hope you have a wonderful day with king Jesse in the castle. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

11/22/2014 07:05.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Malachite
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! I hope you are having a wonderful day with extra treats.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/22/2014 07:01.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Malachite
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus--Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

11/22/2014 06:38.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Malachite!
You are such a beautiful girl! Congratulations on being chosen as BOTD! I hope you enjoy your special day!

Susan, Boiling Springs, SC.

11/22/2014 06:21.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Duchess
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Saturday to
stamp U a votie
and to congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
have greyt one
be a good birdie
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Chip257319/ & Oki,/Vote BOTM MickeyD247164/Mourni- ng Gizmo.

11/22/2014 11:38.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Duchess!!!
Congratulations Malachite! I am so happy for you! I know you are going to love having a day in the spotlight!!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!
Royal hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo, Mei Mei-Vote 4 Mikey D 247164 & The Calendar Page~Pineapple for April.

11/22/2014 09:50.11 AM Report This Comment  
Congrats on winning BOTD. Left a vote!
Enjoy your special day in the spotlight!!


Come visit me, Chipper.

11/22/2014 09:20.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Malchite
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a super fun time celebrating your special honor at th castle today.

love Coi and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & QUEEN BOO BOO vote Mikey D 247164.

11/22/2014 09:09.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bratbird,

Congrat's on being BOTD. My name is Oz and I'm a Rose Breasted Cockatoo. Mommy is my 3rd owner and she says that I'm now in my Forever Home. Life is Good! Hope you have as much fun in the Castle as my Flock and I did when we were there. Here's a vote for you, cutie. Bye for now.

Oz (The Pink Too)


11/22/2014 07:48.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Malachite!
Congrats on winning BOTD! You are a pretty Queen! Have a great day at the castle today!

Come visit me, Raffikki,PumBaa & Max at the Derby!.

11/22/2014 07:16.13 AM Report This Comment  
on BOTD!Malachite! We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with King Jesse for a day filled with fun food,friends and family! Love Dixie,Kallie and Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

11/22/2014 07:14.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Malachite
Congratulations on your BOTD. Bye bye

Come visit me, The Moocher Ducks,Thanks Everybirdie, Norman, St Francis Chapel, Say a prayer today, Phoenix Base Fliers:Home of the 2013 World Champs & Jude.

11/22/2014 06:57.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Queen Malachite
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with King Jesse. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

11/22/2014 05:44.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulation !
Have a wonderful day in the castle with King Jesse ! Say hi to Photon !

Come visit me, Cookie and Goldencents, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

11/22/2014 03:12.07 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Duchess Miss Malachite BratBird!

Does anybirdy ELSE realize how much there is to KNOW about FootBall??? Why … I had no idea how much I DIDN’T KNOW until Momma consented to help me learn for the sake of my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown, and sharing her passion for The Game so that I might understand all of the HoopLa that I hear coming from the area of the television every time she watches a Game!!


Well! As promised, we shall begin our investigation into the individual responsibilities of the Players in each Position today. But I fear it will never fit into one day’s note. So we shall simply spread it out over several days so that you, My Featheriend, can take it all in and not fall asleep before you learn what you need to know!

You may recall from our earlier information that the NFL limits active, uniformed Players to 45 per Team on Game Day.

Each FootBall Team has 11 Players per side: 11 on Offense and 11 on Defense. Teams are allowed to play with fewer than 11 Players (and for the LIFE of me I can’t IMAGINE WHY they would WANT to???), but they are penalized for having more than 11 Players on the Field during play. Rarely, a few eggsceptionally talented Players may play both Offense and Defense in the NFL. (And I do believe that we have a few of those eggsceptionally talented Birdie FootBall Players on the Indians and Pilgrims Team Rosters!)

A typical NFL Game Day roster includes three QuarterBacks, a Punter, a PlaceKicker, a Kick Return Specialist, eight Offensive LineMen, four Running Backs, five Receivers, two Tight Ends, seven Defensive LineMen, seven LineBackers, and six Defensive Backs. (The NONSTARTING Players – that is, those who are not among the 22 or so Players who are listed in the Starting LineUp – are considered Reserves, and many of them are Specialists.)

In the NFL, an additional Player can be in uniform, but he must be a QuarterBack and enter the Game only after the other QuarterBacks have been removed from the Game because of injury. When this eggstra QuarterBack, or 46th Player, enters the Game, the other QuarterBacks are deemed ineligible and cannot return to that Game even if they are healthy.

With our very own 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game approaching in a little over a week, and Players needing and wanting to know how to practice to yield the most effective results, when we next meet I shall delve into the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

Before I depart this evening, though, I do wish to thank you, once again, for your wonderful continuing support of my efforts to be your Christmas Queen on BirdChannel. I am truly beginning to feel the eggscitement of the prospect of having my dream realized. You and your featheriendship are appreciated more than you know.

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

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/21/2014 08:21.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Malachite
How are u sweetie? I'm excited to begin my campaign on birdie first aid! First, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Momma Deb, my darling Casey's mom, for making all the awesome campaign pics for me! I couldn't have done it without her!
I will start with a basic first aid kit, which is helpful to have if an emergency occurs. Mom keeps mine in a 19 at storage container w/ lid.
*IMPORTANT PHONE #s-ur vet, emergency clinic & poison control ctr.
*PAPER & PEN to make notes on bird's condition.
*TOWELS for catching & restraining ur bird
*STYPTIC POWDER/STICK (beak & nails only) or CORNSTARCH (can be used on skin)
*NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS-to pull broken blood feathers
*PEROXIDE or other disinfectant solution
*EYE IRRIGATION-such as saline or contact wetting solution
*BASIC BANDAGE MATERIAL-such as gauze square & rolls, MASKING TAPE-does NOT stick to feathers
*SYRINGES to irrigate wounds or feed sick birds
*COTTON SWABS to apply meds & clean wounds
*BETADINE SOAP-which is anti-bacterial, for foot injuries
*HEAT PACK to keep bird warm during transport; wrap pack in towel - DO NOT apply directly to bird, burns could result.
Tomorrow we will discuss what constitutes an emergency & triage/first aid priorities.
See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote

Come visit me, TiaMaria.

01/01/2014 08:13.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Well Malachite
This concludes the Mighty Macaw's season of baseball. We took a fall to the Amazon team this afternoon which really sealed the deal about bein' in the playoffs. That's definitely a no-go at this point. But hey, it's been fun playin' ball with you this summer. Thanks a whole bunch for sayin' yes and signin' on with the MMs even though you knew your Mom is one busy gal. Me and the rest of the team, we really appreciate it.

How's things been with you? What's been keeping you busy lately? Me, I've been doin' my usual, shredding of t-shirt material or retired beach towels. Makes a wonderful mess on the floor, all those strings and chunks of material. Since it hasn't been an extremely hot summer, I've been out in the aviary every day for at least a couple of hours if not more sometimes. And since it hasn't rain much at all I haven't been caught in a downpour out there yet. Believe me, I'm not complainin' about that. Mom just thinks she's so funny when she stands under the overhang of the house and talks to me while water falls from the sky and drenches me. It's only a shower of rain, not a thunderstorm so I'm in no danger. Only of melting perhaps.

Hopin' you're lovin' life and havin' a good time at it.

Thanks again for playin' baseball with me and the rest of the MIGHTY MACAWS!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

08/22/2013 05:12.51 PM Report This Comment  
You ready? Got a wing-dinger comin' at ya.

*With a bat held in one wing, he tosses up a ball with the other then quick, grabs the bat with both wings, SWINGS! and sends the ball sailing, right to Malachite for a practice pop fly catch in preparation for Thursday's game against the Raiders.*

Thought maybe since we have us a game against them Raiders this week we should get in a little practice.

See ya at the ball park on Thursday!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

08/18/2013 01:41.36 PM Report This Comment  
Heads up!!

Incoming baseball!!

———— ———— ————O

See you at Kevlar Memorial Stadium tomorrow when we play those other big birds.

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-- vs --

The Major League Beaks

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We want this win!!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

08/01/2013 08:24.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Malachite
I was just over to Hal's page and saw you.
Hope you are having a great summer fellow MM.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

07/14/2013 07:36.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hot Diggity Dog!
We've got a game tomorrow which means I'll get t'hang out with you in the dugout and on the field, and if things go good, in a victory hug!

Lookin' forward to it.

R ('> First Base Bird for the MIGHTY MACAWS

Hey Malachite, what's been happenin' with you? Anything exciting? Okay, how about something boring. I've got some of that t'share. Ha! It's been really nice weather lately but I can't stand t'be outside right now because we've got these stupid little gnats or flies or whatever they are. PESTS, that's what they are. They want to sit on my face or buzz around my head and it drives me crazy. I just sit and either shake my head or scratch at my face so the outside visits aren't lasting very long at all right now. Complete bummer. I hope these insects hurry up and vacation elsewhere 'cause the summer's gonna go by and I'll end up having spent little time in the sun. Hope your days are filled with all sorts of fun stuff.

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

06/30/2013 05:17.27 PM Report This Comment  
  (Ö> *Team Captain Jake raises the
bullhorn to his beak, presses the [ON] button an’ **S*Q*U*A*W*K*S** into it … *


M'Alice, I know ya’ve been practicin’ like crazy since our last game. An’ all them BazeBol skills we need’re bein’ refined like fine silver. But we’re in for th’ GOLD, Teammie! We want it ALL!! We ain’t settlin’ for nuthin but th’ BEST!!!

THAT’s US … Th’ BEST o’ th’ BEST! Th’ heck with all th’ rest!

Now I know, I know. Th’ results so far this Season may not look like what I’m sayin’ here. But it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. An’ WE’RE JUS’ GETTIN’ STARTED!

We got our 3rd Game o’ th’ Season tomorrow at KEVLAR Memorial Stadium. We’re hostin’ Da Pois ‘N’ Dem. We ain’t won one yet, an’ they ain’t lost one yet. But we’re gonna change all that tomorrow! Right?! RIGHT!!

We’re gonna give ‘em a dose o’ their own Pois’n’! HA! We’re gonna turn th’ tide! We’re gonna show ‘em a M’caw trick ‘r two! We’re gonna take home the “W” this time!!!

But we can’t do that less’n ya get yer tail feathers (not t’ mention th’ REST o’ your feathers) out t’ th’ Stadium an’ play your little heart out. Wait … WHAT’M I SAYIN’?! Play your MIGHTY HEART out!!!

We’re gonna be sendin’ out that first pitch, courtesy o’ our own Mr SKY at 3:00 pm Eastern Time, 2:00 pm Central Time, 1:00 pm Mountain Time, an’ Noon Pacific Time. But it wouldn’t hurt none if’n ya was able t’ get all them feathers o’ your’n t’ th’ Stadium just a tad earlier an’ get nice an’ warmed up, an’ get in a little Pre-Game practice with th’ rest o’ th’ Team.

I’ll be there from early mornin’ as us’al. If’n ya don’t see me, I’m hidin’ … er … WORKIN’ in th’ office on th’ Battin’ Lineup an’ Game Stra-ge-dy an’ such. Jus’ come find me. An’ who knows, if’n I can get Ma off HER lazy tail feathers, we jus’ might be able t’ have some goodies ready for ev’rybirdy, just like all th’ other Teams seem t’ be doin’. Seems like maybe that might be somethin’ we could do t’ up our chances o’ winnin’. An’, hey, if’n ya got somethin’ o’ your own that ya wanna bring t’ share, DO IT! Eats. Drinks. Bring it all!

But most important, bring yourself an’ your gear!

See ya there. Be there. Or be ? !!!

AaaaaAA!! CRJake <Ö)
Team Captain
Mighty M’Caws BazeBol Team

PS: Ma had some trouble emailin’ ev’rybirdy b’fore Games 1 an’ 2. If’n ya didn’t get either o’ those emails (th’ first one, “Macaws Season Opener TUESDAY!!!” had th’ guidelines for Participation for Players this Season, and th’ second one, “Mighty Macaws vs Quaker Little Dragons” had the 2013 BirdChannel Birdie BazeBol Regular Season Calendar” attached), would ya let me know? An’ we’ll see what we can do ‘bout gettin’ ya th’ info so’s ya have it.

PSS: Ma’s workin’ on our pi’tures. Give ‘er a little time, if ya have th’ patience. It’s been ruff on ‘er gettin’ th’ Season set up an’ kicked off th’ first year all by ‘erself.

Come visit me, (Ö> CR Jake ~ 'Mater Cake CupCakes fer EVryBirdy! & ..

05/30/2013 11:08.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Malachite, our MM Short Stop!
How goes it with you these days? What's happenin' in MD? Hopefully it's not as chilly there as it has been in Illinois lately. Geesh, I thought it was safe t'get excited about spending time in the aviary. WRONG-O. Turns out if it's only mid-spring, a parrot shouldn't get his hopes up about workin' on his tan. You can't soak up much sun if you're still havin' to wear your winter parka. Okay, so it's not that cold here but it's close. I ain't seen snow but let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if I did.

Since we took a bit of a beating the other day at the ball park... okay, so it was a lose by only one point, sorry, but it felt like about a dozen... let's see if a little practice don't make a difference. I'm not a pitcher but I'm willing to throw you a ball you can smash out of the park. –– –– –– –– –– ~~~ --0


R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/25/2013 09:41.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Malachite! Wonderful Evening For Star Gazin
!**!**! **!** B.B.Q. And You're Invited !! **!**!**!

WHEN: Sunday May 5th, 2013

WHERE: The Silver Sluggers' Team Page

FOR: All Baseball Teams & Cheerleaders
& Any Other Baseball Enthusiasts!!
Some Fun To Start The Season Off
B.Y.O.B And "Flight Fuel" Will Be
***Come When You Can***

The Scruffy Bird's live here, so expect some music & dancin'! Look forward to seeing you there! Also, we'll remind you to place your BETS!!

Thanks All, Your Friend & Coach, SamIAm

Come visit me, Silver Sluggers Page Where Greyt Things Happen & Get Ready, Get Set For The Milonga Derby!.

05/04/2013 11:13.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey There Ya MIGHTY MACAW!
Assistant Coach RaneBeau here with some news you may be excited t'hear. I've got player's positions!! Yup, I do. Jake tells me these were decided by luck of the draw, literally. He and his parronts put the team players in one hat and the playing positions in another and then he supervised them each drawing one from each hat. Here's how it turned out:

PITCHER Sky 224183
CATCHER Scarlet 150977
1st Base RaneBeau 14079
2nd Base Floop 91788
3rd Base Chica 204081
Short Stop Malachite 8752
Left Field Jake 66865
Center Field Chyna 221660
Right Field BigBaby 11078
Short Field Joshua Chico 242006
Reserve Athena 247169
Reserve Ducky 186318

And there ya have it TEAMMATES! The O-FFCIAL roster of the MIGHTY MACAWS for the 2013 Birdie BazeBol season!

Now, what we'll be needin' is a picture or two (or three - we can't never have too many) of you so your baseball picture can be whipped up. Try and strike a pose that's a good one for balancing a hat on your head and sit real still while the camera's doin' its thing so the photo's nice and focused. A blurry picture makes for a blurry baseball photo! Send your pics either to me or to Coach Jake and if you don't have either of our addys, just ask and I'll get that for ya. While I have pics of lots of you, you may want t'see yourself in a new pose so don't hesitate to share a NEW picture with Coach Jake or myself. (His mom'll be making our team pictures.)

And here's a practice throw to you, Mal.

— — — — — O Catch!!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

05/01/2013 06:53.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mal
Thanks for the numbers. They're over t'Coach Jake now so you can kick back and relax till the MIGHTY MACAWS are called up t'bat.

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

04/30/2013 07:34.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Howdy Malachite!
With Opening Day for Birdie BazeBol set for Monday, May 6, the MIGHTY MACAWS have some deskwork duties to take care of, and QUICK! Coach Jake (66865) would like your playing numbers, those 15 choices using digits 1-12, delivered to his page PRONTO. That would be ASAP, Pretty Please!! Positions haven't been decided yet but I imagine he'll let you know as soon as they are.

Thanks a bunch for your prompt attention to this important little detail.

R ('>, Assist Coach of the MIGHTIEST MACAWS!!

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

04/25/2013 08:38.09 AM Report This Comment  
It's official, we've got two macaw teams this year. Is that awesome or what?!! My heartfelt thanks to everyone who signed up and signed on. This is gonna be one exciting year at Kevlar Memorial Stadium!

Wanna know who you'll be playin' alongside this season?
The MIGHTY MACAWS of 2013 are ... drumroll please...

Jake - 66865
RaneBeau - 14079
Malachite - 8752
Big Baby - 11078
Floop - 91788
Ducky - 186318
Chyna - 221660
Chica - 204081
Sky - 224183
Joshua Chico - 242006
Athena - 247169
Scarlet - 150977

Our fellow macaw team is made up of these fine birds:

Reba - 194337 (Coach)
Ruby 25469
Rio 12707
Cori 162513
Simon 203934
Tia 245811
Zeena 255116
Blue 251958
Mackenzie 247170
Jasper 40578
Peppy 144486

This dream has become a reality thanks to every single one of you! Thanks so much, from the bottom of my macaw heart, for signin' on and joinin' in the fun. This season is gonna be the best one yet!


Yours truly,
R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

04/08/2013 08:13.20 PM Report This Comment  
Obviously I'm one excited macaw. You said YES t'BASEBALL!!! I'm absolutely, totally thrilled, Malachite. Thanks so much for signin' back on. All is right with my world now, more than you can possibly believe.

You gave me a good laugh with your take on the real world of baseball. You're one funny gal, Mal. Thanks for makin' me laugh and smile t'night. I'll keep ya posted on what's happenin' with baseball. Opening Day's not till the first weekend of May so we've got a little time yet. Jake and the rest of the "oldies" are gonna be thrilled t'hear you're still with us.

Enjoy the rest of the game and we'll take later.

((Big ol' Macaw Hug)) I just couldn't help myself there.

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

04/02/2013 08:26.16 PM Report This Comment  
Hey girl, how are ya? Are ya seein' any signs of SPRING there yet? It's been tryin' to show up here but then we get a chilly day again like we did t'day and it feels like warmer weather will never make it here to stay.

I've got a great big important question to ask you. Would you be interested, could you be talked into considering playin' baseball this season? The MIGHTY MACAWS just wouldn't be as mighty without you on the team. I know there's not as much time for BC playin' but that'd wouldn't affect your standing on the team; we really need ya so we've got enough players to make TWO TEAMS. Yup, ya heard that right; 2 TEAMS. There's just enough of us macaws do create a double force of MIGHTY. Jake's still gonna be coachin' the MM team, I'm just here as Assistant Coach to help get things finalized before Opening Day which is set for the first part of May. Please oh please say you'll think about it. I's really wants ya t'be a part of the team like old times.

Hopin', hopin', hopin' to hear from you.
Big love from R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

04/01/2013 07:49.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mal ~
Ah, look atcha all smiles and grins 'cause the Ravens won the SuperBowl. I was just happy it was team with a bird's name. Made my day.

It's definitely been an unusual winter — very little snow, not all that cold although the 6° for tonight would beg to say otherwise, and earthworms. Yup, you read that right; earthworms. My uncle was out with his dog a month or so ago and noticed things moving in the grass. Normally this time of year nothing's moving in the grass, including the grass. Usually everything's frozen in place, but this year with it being much warmer, there's not even been frost in the ground. We'd had a little rain and WA-LA, the earthworms showed up for some moon bathing! The uncle don't drink so I don't think he was imagining. Strange year for sure.

Thanks for the hatchday wishes! I had a great day, I did. I love not having t'share any mom time with anybirdie else if I don't want to. Best prezzie ever! I did get a new ball which is what was wrapped up in those photos of me on my special day. The picture of Riley and I was put together on HER hatchday which is just two days after mine. Hers fell on Mardi Gras this year so we partied it up there.

Glad t'know you're not buried in snow and going stir crazy waiting for spring to show up. Well, you might still be stir-crazy but that's pretty much the norm this time of year, right?

Have a good one Pretty Girl
R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

02/19/2013 07:47.01 PM Report This Comment  
  •~~Happy Valentine's Day~~•
RaneBeau gives Malachite a conversation candy heart that says


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02/14/2013 04:37.13 AM Report This Comment  
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