Monday, November 30, 2009
The much anticipated Bird Man appeared briefly the other day. Luckily I was able to capture a quick photo just before he had to leave. His bird is a young African Grey Parrot. Parrots have been kept as pets for over 4000 years, being depicted in hieroglyphics in Egypt and also kept by the ancient Greeks and Romans. In the Pottery Mound of the ancient pueblo people a mural on the wall of a kiva shows a woman holding two parrots. The parrot is also illustrated on numerous other pieces of ancient pottery found throughout the world.
Bird Man's parrot is named Lola. I thought Lola was a rather sexy name for a parrot. Later I read Kama is the Hindu god of love and is very often depicted riding on the back of a parrot. I guess Lola is a good name for a parrot and Bird Man's parrot keeps him company while he is away from home.
Bird Man, aka Jose, is a lineman for the electric company. Apparently a lot of the people in this RV park work as linemen and travel around to various parts of the country keeping our electric service operating. Whenever I hear the word lineman, I always start humming the song by Glenn Campbell, so I'll leave you here to enjoy Wichita Lineman.