Sightseeing – July 20, 2022

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150 words. You can do this. No energy bar required.

Short Hike

“Just two granola bars, sir?”

“Please.  Thank you, miss.”

“That’ll be a dollar seventy-eight, sir.”

“No tax?”

“None on food items.”

“Oh. Cool.”

“You’re from outstate?”

“Just passing through.”

“Headed where?”

“Brightsberg. Thought I’d catch the view from Peyton’s Overlook. I mean, I’m here.”

“Beautiful place. You’ll enjoy it.”

“How do I get there?”

“Down Gilbert Road, across the highway, right over there.  You’ll have to walk.  You can park here.”

“Can’t drive?

“Gilbert Road not so much a road after the first quarter mile.”

“Is it far?”

“Little over a mile, not quite two.  As the crow flies. You maybe want a large energy drink too, just in case?”

“No. Thanks.”

“Why not?”

“Under two miles, right? As the crow flies, right?”


“I’ve watched your crows circle and zig-zag.  They either get lost easy or can’t make up their minds where they’re headed. Should be an easy walk.”

Published by spwilcen

Retired career IT software engineer, or as we were called in the old days, programmer, it's time to empty my file cabinet of all the "creative" writing accumulated over the years - toss most of it, salvage and publish what is worthwhile.

16 thoughts on “Sightseeing – July 20, 2022

      1. Ah. In my “NO one read[sic] them…” comment, I was talking about what has bridged under the water the last two years. Am glad you liked this one, but for most folk it presses hard against the readability word limit at 150 words. So many [of what I think are] damned good reads run 500 to [gasp!] 1000 words.

        Say. You’ve not posted in awhile. Busy, huh?


      1. Most pigeons are city people. City tree real estate is costly, so they make do. Inflation and mortgage rates, you know. Mourning doves, country cousins to pigeons, will nest in trees, but if an eavestrough or soffit avails itself, they will do as their city cousins do. They manufacture spike rolls to prevent them from landing, which is, I reckon requisite to nesting. Can’t speak for their success. Mebbe a fierce tomcat?

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      2. You becha! I have one visits now and again hunting the {expletive} bunny hoppers. Problem is she doesn’t visit often enough. She’s familiar enough she isn’t disturbed when I step out side to watcher her hunt. Amazing creature. City boy, you might investigate falconry. Falcons WILL nest in the city to be near prey. Get your neighbors to STOP feeding the “cute” pigeons, too; no pigeon food source, no pigeon residents.

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      3. No, no one feeds them, but these pigeons are very territorial, when they settle in a place, they stay, you cannot scare them away. I closed the spaces they were using and now they sit across and give me dirty looks. Definitely a falcon or a hawk is the way to go. Thanks for the info.

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      4. It is, my friend, extreme, but there is another alternative. Squab or less tender pigeon. Consider the ecological and other impacts of eliminating pests, pest poop, and infuriating animal activist kooks. Not unlike game birds, notably quail, there might be local, regional, or national legal implications. Consider the extinction of passenger pigeons. It has potential.

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