August 16th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

More Thunderstorms?


We have a warning for severe thunderstorms, but the coastal flood warning is gone. It's 94F now and humid, so other than bringing the paper in from the stoop, I've been inside.

Last night, after I got offline, I read part of the paper, watched Drop Dead Diva, finished the paper by the end of the news, and watched a DVD. I'd planned to sleep at 3am and set the alarm for 11am, but I read until 4am and then my stomach growled. I had toast and petted Spirit, and ended up getting up at 1:30pm. Tomorrow, I'll just have to set the alarm for 11am and get up no matter what.

A 737 crashed on landing and broke into three parts, but only one person died. There were police at the airport waiting to take the plane out, and they helped get people out of the plane.
20111112, Marilee

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill


Yes, another man making friends with critters. However, I think parrots are smarter than grizzlies and definitely won't kill you.

Mark Bittner headed to San Francisco planning to be a rock & roll musician (we hear a bit of folk) and that doesn't work out. He does a lot of odd jobs and then decides to become a birdwatcher and in the process sees all the parrots on Telegraph Hill. He feeds them and takes care of them. He names them and takes pictures of them. He gets a lot of what he needs because of his work with the birds -- a loaned cottage on the hill, free food, free seeds, etc.

We see a lot of interaction with birds, including his reaction to bird deaths. There comes a time when the cottage has to be renovated and he doesn't have a place to go. He takes the sick birds to a couple who will take them to a bird rescue in Phoenix, and says a final goodbye to the rest.

He talks to the council and suggests that feeding wild birds in parks like that is not a good idea, and the council made that a law. A councilman said they had responses ranging from they should get a dispenser machine for seeds to catching and killing them because they were non-native.

Early in the movie, the filmographer, Judy Irving, asks him why he has long hair (tied down his back) and at the end, we see someone cutting his long hair off. The next scene is Mark standing with his short hair and Judy comes around in front of the camera to tell us that they're a couple. They married a few years later.

I liked this, even though there were sad parts.