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So I don't think I've mentioned them yet, but I have a group of friends with whom I eat my lunch, when I go and do so in the park by the lake. They are pictured here:



In the background is Bernadette and Sen. Huey Waddlebottom (D-NJ), and in the foreground is DJ Quack Quack. They've been hanging out with me since Spring, but I don't think they were around in previous years; only the Senator is a mallard, and I've never seen non-mallard ducks at this lake before in past years. DJ Quack Quack is a Pekin duck! I looked it up on the internet. Pekin ducks are good for pets, and also for eating. Donald Duck is a Pekin.

They always hang around together, the three of them. It's weird. They're like a little club. There are other ducks at the lake, but they don't all socialize together. Also I'm pretty sure that they're all different kinds of duck (I haven't been able to ID Bernadette, but she's definitely not a mallard, and I think that female Pekin ducks look just like the males), and I find that odd. They don't stick up for each other, though. A month and a half ago Bernadette got something wrapped around her leg -- probably some fishing line -- and now she limps like crazy. Mostly she stays in the water, or limps up to the grass and just sits down. And the boys don't have her back at all! When I try to toss bread to just Bernadette, DJ Quack Quack always tries to get to it first. And a few weeks ago it was apparently duck mating season, and Bernadette was unwilling, and totally helpless. There were mallards all over her shit, and she was NOT happy, and DJ Quack Quack didn't do a damn thing. I was disappointed in him.

Today all three came over to see me, and I gave them the roll of my roast beast sandwich. I like to feed DJ Quack Quack out of my hands these days, and it's a good thing that ducks don't have teeth; he's got no finesse at all. Also today he tried to eat my toes. Three times. My toes look like bread, apparently.

On Monday only the DJ came over; the other two were nowhere to be seen. I made him jump. Because that's people do to animals; they fuck with them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q9F2j_p3nI

Yesterday the ducks weren't around, but the many Canada geese were. The goslings are big enough that you can't tell them apart from the grown-ups anymore, but man, they sure do not know how to fly! I saw a group lesson yesterday and it was HILARIOUS. A dozen geese, flapping their wings, and sorta flying, but mostly just walking on the water. They kept slapping the water with their webbed feet, trying to get air, but it didn't work, and they seriously just WALKED on the lake for, like, hundreds of feet. SLAPSLAPSLAPSLAPSLAP. Oh man it was fantastic, I was totally cracking up.

Thank god for the lake, man, am I right? It's like going to a zoo every day. A crappy zoo, but it's cheap, and the animals will walk on your blanket if you don't scold them enough. That's why I have a cat; he's my own little exhibit. and he'll curl against me and I can see the teeny tiny hairs on the top of his nose that are a millimeter long, and when he turns upside down I can see his sharp teeth, and when he drinks from his water fountain it goes fwip fwip fwip. I wonder how he would get along with a pet duck . . .

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bakerloo
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
This post pretty much descibes my nightmares.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B
littlewashu
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I still think of you practially every day. "Man, this is awesome, and Meghann would totally totally hate this!"
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brandawg
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
I would vote for Sen. Huey Waddlebottom (D-NJ).
littlewashu
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Jon named him!
grapenut
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Haha - oh man, that video is awesome!

You should totally look into getting a pet duck. Recently I've been reading about bunnies as pets - they can be litter box trained! I wonder if you could do the same with a duck...
petit_chou
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Bunnies RULE, but every single person I know who has kept a bunny in the house has not successfully potty trained it. Rabbit poops get EVERYWHERE -- not as big a deal when you have hardwood, because rabbits poop little BBs, but BAD on carpet (ew). We kept my bunny outside in a a big pen (which you could do, now that you're rocking the Oregon stylie! -- it doesn't get too cold there). His name was Bunya Bunya and he was awesome.

But duck poo? It is a messy business. I always wondered about the practicalities of the duck that Joey kept on Friends.
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queseracass
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
they get so close! all that animal goodness would make me smile, too. thanks for the pic.
i like ducks, but they leave so many little green poopies...
christy_p
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
yay ducks! you've got your own petting zoo. that's cool.
petit_chou
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
POST OF THE DAY!
Matthew and I had two Pekin ducks as pets when we were growing up -- Easter (male) and April (female). We did not name them. Easter and April had TONS of babies alla da time and it was GREAT. We used to take the ducklings, when they were of an age, to a woman we called The Bird Lady, who had converted her split-level house into a bird sanctuary. Each room contained a different variety of birds (she lived alone, natch), and the sprawling backyard was filled with larger, non-indoor birds. She had two emus! Matthew and I got to ride them! Anyway, we took all our ducklings to her and I really have no idea what she did with them. Sold them, I assume.

Easter and April had a kiddie wading pool with a slide on our back patio and they loved the Hell out of that thing. In the winter, when it froze over, they were VERY CONFUSED. Also, when they'd get it on, my parents would always call us out because, frankly, duck sex is HILARIOUS.

I LOVE that you have regular duck lunch dates.
rhino777
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
That must be fun eating by the lake with ducks every day...I'm usually at my desk...hehe...

Did you video that with your cellphone? Pretty decent quality if you did...
littlewashu
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if I didn't go out for lunch every day, I wouldn't do well the rest of the day. It sucks once it gets too cold to go out.

Actually, that's my camera, and the quality of the original file is WAY better than what's shown there; I don't know if YouTube is always that crappy, or if it's because I had to do an alternate uploading technique to get around my company's firewall, or what.
calamityjon
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Haha, GREETINGS TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE REPRESENTATIVE FROM NEW JERSEY!
king_kai
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
this post is awesome. i love ducks. they are one of those animals that is fun and cool-looking AND delicious. that is the animal trifecta & rare is the beast that can boast it. i doff my hat to thee, DJ Quack Quack.

also, he looks MAD white! a lot of times white animals look dingy in real life because, you know, they live outside in the dirt & no one really washes them. sheep? sheep in a children's book are white, sheep in real life are kind of disgusting. not so DJ Quack Quack, it seems.
littlewashu
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
He's a tiny bit dirty, but yeah, for the most part he's pretty white. But dude, his whole day is a bath!
mordicai
Jul. 12th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
i cannot make jump work.
littlewashu
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Try harder!

No but seriously, I don't know what to tell you. You could download this: http://www.geniusscientist.com/liverjournal/jump.avi if'n you wanted.
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counterfeitfake
Jul. 12th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, Henry would LOVE a pet duck.
littlewashu
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
So you think he would eat him, huh?
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olivetti
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
i am relieved that i am not the only one who bestows names to wild fowl.
whosaidilied
Jul. 14th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my G-d, I love ducks. My dad used to buy my sister & brother & I a duckling every year in the springtime and we would raise them in a pen in the backyard until they got eaten by whatever kind of wild animal lives in the suburbs of New Jersey and eats pet ducks.

I guess that was a sad story, but I meant this to be a nice comment about how charming your post was. I ... I failed you. I'm sorry.
macivanhorn
Jul. 14th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
That was an awesome post. Very fun. I wish you had video of the flying lesson.
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