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Nice old bird

Meet my friend’s new pet turkey. I won’t tell you her name, because they have as a family, like, six or eight different names they call her.

She turned up at a nearby biker cafe. She was very friendly and the bikers fed her french fries all day. She’s had a wing clipped, so she was definitely domestic and probably a pet.

How she came to my friend, I didn’t catch, but she really was a sweetie. Best friends with the remaining chicken (they have a fox problem). Definitely not destined for the pot.

She made funny keening noises, not at all like gobbles. And graciously accepted hugs (not from me. I can’t imagine hugging a turkey).

I didn’t tell them what we’re having for Easter supper.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 1, 2021, 8:57 pm

Couple years back we were entertained by a flock of wild turkeys who roosted along the creek near our campsite in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

It wasn’t safe to open a bag of chips in hearing range of the buggers. Much to Mrs. D’s entertainment when I did.

And having them swoop down out of the trees every morning at dawn was interesting.
Mostly females I think.
Hugging? yeah, they’re just not very huggable looking.

Comment from Mitch
Time: April 1, 2021, 11:58 pm

Can’t believe you passed up a chance to hug a turkey. SMH.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 2, 2021, 1:36 am

@Durnedyankee. Husband and I used to have a vintage Airstream (1966 Tradewind) that we towed with a ‘66 Chevy Impala wagon. We spent several days camping in Palo Duro Canyon. Damn county is dry or was at the time. Pissed me off something fierce to have driven hours, set up camp and then had to drive to the next county to buy some beer to enjoy. We must have looked like we were buying for an army. But the canyon and our campsite were stunningly beautiful…particularly with a cold adult beverage in my hand.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: April 2, 2021, 12:04 pm

If Lileks sees this he’s going to freak out.



Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 2, 2021, 1:05 pm

@Armybrat – yeah, it’s still as dry as my dad’s sense of humor. And probably back in the day the alcohol laws hereabouts were controlled more by the local Baptist church than the ‘government’.

When I landed in San Angelo in the late 70’s I was stunned to find I could buy beer and wine in a 7-11 or grocery store, but had to drive outside of Angelo to buy any other kind of booze. What! no packys in town!?
Oh, you could get booze in a private club you pay a dollar to become a member of while ordering your steak, but you’re not going to buy it in town, nosiree! This here is a respectable sort of town!

That still holds true, Carrollton allows you to get slozeled on wine or beer or malt beverages (and that only recently when they realized they were losing the sales tax revenue to the surrounding cities), but if you want to put on a rip snorter with whiskey or any of those furrin liquors like rum or vodka you’re gonna have to go to those dens of sin and iniquity over in Plano or Dallas to get your demon rum!

Plus, ya know, the State of Texas Parks Department likes to pretend Texans are going to pay attention to the signs at the park entrance that say – no firearms, no alcohol -inside the park. But so as long as you don’t wave at the Park Rangers with your pistol in your right hand and your 40 of Country Club Malt Liquor in your left, it’s all good.

They also pretend no one is going to buy feed for the deer or the turkeys in Palo Duro at the nearest Wal-Mart.
Which is where the silly things learned about bags of snacks suitable for feeding turkeys.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 3, 2021, 12:16 am

@durnedyankee- we actually waved at the park rangers patrolling in Palo Duro Canyon with the hand that wasn’t holding the beer can in the coozie. Our firearms were in their holsters under our shirts. The park rangers smiled and waved right back at us.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 3, 2021, 7:24 pm

Is a biker cafe like a biker bar but with a better class of hookers and meth?

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