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Prize winners

I mentioned this earlier — this is Vita’s sister (same farm, same flock, same breed, same year, same batch of eggs) winning it all. Needless to say, they look a lot alike. They’re chickens. But Vita has a darker beak, and a permanent look of rising terror.

Bottom of the pecking order, poor thing.

That would be my cue to spoil her rotten, but she’s even scareder of me than she is of the other chickens. She makes baby-chick peeping noises and runs from me, despite being a big, blowsy bird. For a bantam.

Today, she tried to lay an egg in the driveway and she let me scoop her up and carry her off to a proper nest. The Power of Estrogen.

Eh, sorry to fob you off with such weak sauce. I’m feeling vaguely and indescribably but very distinctly unwell today. Dunno what it is. I might have picked up a bug. Or, you know, I might have eaten something that was bumping around in the back of the car for two weeks. Maybe.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 25, 2013, 10:39 pm


Comment from RealMc
Time: February 25, 2013, 10:43 pm

they all taste the same fried ……. runs…….

Comment from Deborah
Time: February 25, 2013, 10:43 pm

Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly (a southernism that should make you feel better). It sounds like a mutation of the steadily depressing, low down mind-bending, working at the car-wash blues.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 25, 2013, 11:07 pm

Not sure about that, RealMc. I’m pretty sure Mapp would make you hallucinate. Or at least give you the trots.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 25, 2013, 11:37 pm

Feeling poorly? One word: Hot Toddy

OK, that’s two words, but the advice stands: whiskey, hot lemon juice, honey to taste. Gay-Ron-Teed!

(I’m a southerner, too, so I can get away with “poorly” same as Deborah!)

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 26, 2013, 12:47 am

Uncle Al,

You are so correct. Hot toddies are the only reason I am alive to-day. Well, maybe. But I’m pretty sure they helped.

Comment from JeffS
Time: February 26, 2013, 12:56 am

When I saw the photo of the chicken, I thought “Yum!”

Then again, I’ve been slaving to set up Fedora on a laptop all day, and most of yesterday. So maybe I wasn’t out of Linux mode just yet.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 26, 2013, 1:20 am

slaving to set up Fedora

Gentoo on a netbook?

Comment from JeffS
Time: February 26, 2013, 1:24 am

Gentoo on a netbook?

Fedora, Gentoo, Ubuntu…..it’s my first foray into Linux, and I have visions of yums in my head.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: February 26, 2013, 1:33 am

I loves the chicken stories, feel better.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 26, 2013, 1:35 am

# yum -install nano
# yum -install mc

Comment from Mike James
Time: February 26, 2013, 2:11 am

I know a word, too:Hot spiced cider and rum. Take an orange, cut it in half, stick a bunch of whole cloves into the skin, and place in a big pot of apple cider brought to just below boiling along with some sticks of cinnamon. Give it time to steep (I guess that’s the word) and take some in a huge mug with rum added to taste. Brandy, if you’ve run out of rum. Do this right, and you’ll get a glow that’s a lot like right after good sex. It’s the cinnamon and cloves that does that.

Are you ever tempted to get some fryers to raise?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 26, 2013, 2:42 am

Linux? For the righteously paranoid, I very highly recommend Liberté Linux. Always remember, just because you’re paranoid it doesn’t mean they aren’t out to put you on a list and then disappear you.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 26, 2013, 2:47 am

Just make sure it isn’t this. Very unpleasant, very contagious.

Though I think you’d already know if you had that.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: February 26, 2013, 5:56 am

That chicken has gravitas, something rarely seen in domestic fowl.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 26, 2013, 12:05 pm

Oh, we’ve got an epidemic of norovirus around here, Rich. They’ve shut wards in several local hospitals to try and slow it down.

It’s not that. I’m not *that* unwell. I sure feel like I could pile up in bed with a book and not come down all day, though.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: February 26, 2013, 1:03 pm

That is my plan for today. I work Thursday-Monday, and I have had a long week, and feel blah, so today will be a Tuesday Of Sloth and Sleep.

Comment from mojo
Time: February 26, 2013, 6:07 pm

“What are you lookin’ at?”

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: February 26, 2013, 8:03 pm

Why does the domesticated animal association live in a meritocracy and yet humans live on an “Animal Farm?”

Sorry, navel-gazing.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 26, 2013, 8:35 pm

I generally find it easier to install Linux on a computer than Windows. And I like having a full-blown AMP stack with gcc, Python and bash, for free, pretty much out of the box. Macs are a hell of a lot easier for the things I do in this regard as well. I’ve been using Unix since about 1987 so I also have a lot of muscle memory built up.

If I’m feeling lousy and I can spare a day off work I usually do a pre-emptive strike by piling all the blankets on the bed and sweating it out. It’s not very pleasant, but it seems to be the most rapid technique.

Comment from steve
Time: February 27, 2013, 9:31 pm


That thing just raced through our entire household….

Comment from drew458
Time: February 27, 2013, 10:17 pm

Best in Show with the Pekin Bantaam Club? There’s a joke in there somewhere about being at the top of the Pekin Order, if you want to dig a bit for it.

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