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Date: 14 Feb 2007 02:48:36
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: life outside the mall


apart from the expected business benefits of relocation beyond the
confines of an enclosed mall, there have been several "quality of
life" benefits, as well.

the first really noticeable one was sunsets. we have an excellent
view of the western sky, and have enjoyed numerous gorgeous sunsets.


tonight, however, i think we've got the first really unexpected
benefit. if it is a benefit....

there is a white swan hunkered down in the snow about 25 ft from our
shop. he'd been across the street earlier in the day, out in the
field in front of the church. several folks had tried to catch him,
without even coming close to success. i'm not sure why these folks
feel obligated to bother this critter. anyway, he migrated across the
road this evening, stopping traffic in the falling snow, and took up
residence in our parking lot. a little while later, a couple of guys
in a pickup truck decided they should pull into the lot and try to "do
something" for this swan. i stuck my head out the door and asked them
to leave him alone, as various people had been trying to catch him all
day ("he's faster than you are. you haven't a chance."). all they
managed to do was drive him closer to the building.

i wonder if it likes coffee.

i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
need him bothering the customers.

--barry "no, we're not leaving food out for him"




 
Date: 15 Feb 2007 05:21:47
From: Omniryx@gmail.com
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Feb 14, 4:25 pm, sprsso <acrit...@cfl.rr.com > wrote:
> You need to tell him the Riley's he belongs to is in Osceola Square Mall


Can any good thing come out of Osceola Square Mall???

(Inside joke for Central Floridians)



 
Date: 14 Feb 2007 18:37:38
From: daveb
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Feb 13, 9:48 pm, Barry Jarrett <b...@rileys-coffee.com > wrote:
> apart from the expected business benefits of relocation beyond the
> confines of an enclosed mall, there have been several "quality of
> life" benefits, as well.
>
> the first really noticeable one was sunsets. we have an excellent
> view of the western sky, and have enjoyed numerous gorgeous sunsets.
>
> tonight, however, i think we've got the first really unexpected
> benefit. if it is a benefit....
>
> there is a white swan hunkered down in the snow about 25 ft from our
> shop. he'd been across the street earlier in the day, out in the
> field in front of the church. several folks had tried to catch him,
> without even coming close to success. i'm not sure why these folks
> feel obligated to bother this critter. anyway, he migrated across the
> road this evening, stopping traffic in the falling snow, and took up
> residence in our parking lot. a little while later, a couple of guys
> in a pickup truck decided they should pull into the lot and try to "do
> something" for this swan. i stuck my head out the door and asked them
> to leave him alone, as various people had been trying to catch him all
> day ("he's faster than you are. you haven't a chance."). all they
> managed to do was drive him closer to the building.
>
> i wonder if it likes coffee.
>
> i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
> need him bothering the customers.
>
> --barry "no, we're not leaving food out for him"

PLUS you get fresh air!!

d



 
Date: 14 Feb 2007 20:44:03
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:48:36 GMT, Barry Jarrett
<barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote:

>i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
>need him bothering the customers.
>

it's still here.



  
Date: 14 Feb 2007 15:53:27
From:
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 20:44:03 GMT, Barry Jarrett
<barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote:

>On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:48:36 GMT, Barry Jarrett
><barry@rileys-coffee.com> wrote:
>
> >i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
> >need him bothering the customers.
> >
>
>it's still here.

I know it is late in your day! Of course I love birds and would adore
to have a swan around here, but alas they never made the trans-Pacific
flight as other birds did- 2800 miles. My suggestion is to call your
local Humane Society. They know what to do and handle all sorts of
issues like this. (My sister runs the Humane Society on Oahu and I
hear many tales with happy endings.)

Good luck!

aloha,
Cea


   
Date: 15 Feb 2007 06:56:03
From: Donn Cave
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
...


    
Date: 15 Feb 2007 09:00:07
From: Roger Shoaf
Subject: Re: life outside the mall

"Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com > wrote in message
news:1171522563.835639@bubbleator.drizzle.com...
> Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
> ...
>


     
Date: 15 Feb 2007 13:32:13
From:
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Thu, 15 Feb 2007 09:00:07 -0800, "Roger Shoaf"
<shoaf@nospamsyix.com > wrote:

>
>"Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com> wrote in message
>news:1171522563.835639@bubbleator.drizzle.com...
>> Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
>> ...
>>


     
Date: 15 Feb 2007 23:23:15
From: Brian Colwell
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
"Roger Shoaf" <shoaf@nospamsyix.com > wrote in message
news:1171558825.583185@news01.syix.com...
>
> "Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com> wrote in message
> news:1171522563.835639@bubbleator.drizzle.com...
>> Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
>> ...
>>


    
Date: 15 Feb 2007 05:50:23
From:
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On 15 Feb 2007 06:56:03 GMT, "Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com > wrote:

>Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
>...
>


   
Date: 15 Feb 2007 02:29:17
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 15:53:27 -1000, beans@smithfarms.com wrote:

>I know it is late in your day! Of course I love birds and would adore
>to have a swan around here, but alas they never made the trans-Pacific
>flight as other birds did- 2800 miles. My suggestion is to call your
>local Humane Society. They know what to do and handle all sorts of
>issues like this. (My sister runs the Humane Society on Oahu and I
>hear many tales with happy endings.)
>

unlike many others around here, apparently, i don't consider wayward
wildlife to be automatically in need of an "intervention". he was
visiting, and not causing any problems. yet, there seems to have been
an inordinate number of people who insisted on "helping" him by
disturbing his naps and forcing him to relocate every time they
violated his space. i lost count of the number of people who wanted
to put a blanket on him because "he must be cold." an animal rescue
group was called yesterday and they only succeeded in providing about
a half hour's entertainment by chasing him back and forth across the
field on the other side of the street, in a driving snowstorm. "uh,
guys, he has wings." this was no small swan, either. his web track
in the snow measures 7 inches wide, and i'd estimate his wingspan at
about 8 ft.

anyway, someone pestered him enough this afternoon that he ended up in
the field behind our building and then he got so fed up he flew away.

--barry "don't mind him visiting, just don't want him to live here"





    
Date: 14 Feb 2007 22:02:06
From: Jack Denver
Subject: Re: life outside the mall

"Barry Jarrett" <barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote in message
news:egg7t297o33kj9a33blmacr9rrpeh97qge@4ax.com...
.
>
> --barry "don't mind him visiting, just don't want him to live here"


If swan poop is anything like Canada goose poop you should be glad he's not
hanging around long term. Around here there are tons of Canada geese (which
are protected by international treaty as "migratory fowl") that have decided
that living in the suburbs is too good to bother with this migrating thing
and they hang around all year in parks, golf courses, etc. and poop up a
storm. They're almost as bad as deer.
>
>
>




     
Date: 15 Feb 2007 03:10:09
From: Barry Jarrett
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 22:02:06 -0500, "Jack Denver"
<nunuvyer@netscape.net > wrote:

>If swan poop is anything like Canada goose poop you should be glad he's not
>hanging around long term.

yes, that's one of the reasons i didn't want to encourage him to adopt
us as his new residence.



  
Date: 15 Feb 2007 00:24:09
From: Steve
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 20:44:03 GMT, Barry Jarrett
<barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote:

>On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:48:36 GMT, Barry Jarrett
><barry@rileys-coffee.com> wrote:
>
> >i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
> >need him bothering the customers.
> >
>
>it's still here.

I have a sister-in-law like that.
Not much one can do.


   
Date: 14 Feb 2007 17:24:06
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
Steve <not@use.net > wrote:


>>
>>it's still here.
>
>I have a sister-in-law like that.
>Not much one can do.
>

Buy a pair of speedos and start drinking beer.. She'll eventually go..
if not, switch to a thong!

...can't say I practice what I preach... mine stayed for about 18
months!



Randy "if I did, she would have stayed longer" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




  
Date: 14 Feb 2007 16:25:26
From: sprsso
Subject: Re: life outside the mall


You need to tell him the Riley's he belongs to is in Osceola Square
Mall....al

On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 20:44:03 GMT, Barry Jarrett
<barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote:

>On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:48:36 GMT, Barry Jarrett
><barry@rileys-coffee.com> wrote:
>
> >i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
> >need him bothering the customers.
> >
>
>it's still here.



 
Date: 14 Feb 2007 05:19:44
From: Andy Schecter
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
Barry Jarrett wrote:
> i hope he's gone by morning.

This reminds me of one of my favorite photos on Flickr:
http://flickr.com/photos/beaeggli/286714791/in/photostream/

Translating the Spanish, it says, "Lesson 1 from my book, 'How to Train a Swan.'"

:-)
--


-Andy S.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_s/sets/


 
Date: 14 Feb 2007 00:02:47
From: jim schulman
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:48:36 GMT, Barry Jarrett
<barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote:

>
>i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
>need him bothering the customers.

They don't bother you unless you boiher them. Of course, if there's
chicks, it's another story, as the famous sunk scull incident at my
high school attests.


 
Date: 13 Feb 2007 19:53:58
From: Ken Fox
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
"Barry Jarrett" <barry@rileys-coffee.com > wrote in message
news:hit4t29ljkj2vimqtemun6dok0f3ar1g6f@4ax.com...
>
>
> there is a white swan hunkered down in the snow about 25 ft from our
> shop. he'd been across the street earlier in the day, out in the
> field in front of the church. several folks had tried to catch him,
> without even coming close to success. i'm not sure why these folks
> feel obligated to bother this critter. anyway, he migrated across the
> road this evening, stopping traffic in the falling snow, and took up
> residence in our parking lot. a little while later, a couple of guys
> in a pickup truck decided they should pull into the lot and try to "do
> something" for this swan. i stuck my head out the door and asked them
> to leave him alone, as various people had been trying to catch him all
> day ("he's faster than you are. you haven't a chance."). all they
> managed to do was drive him closer to the building.
>
> i wonder if it likes coffee.
>
> i hope he's gone by morning. they can be mean cusses, and i don't
> need him bothering the customers.
>
> --barry "no, we're not leaving food out for him"

I think you'll do a lot better in this sort of location too, because the
people who come in will be looking for your shop rather than being captives
in a mall.

I've seen a lot of swans in Lyon, France, where I attend a language school
twice a year. Unsurprisingly, they hang out on the rivers. They are much
better looking from a distance than they are from close up. One of my
teachers last year told me about one she saw who flew into some overhead
tramway power lines and was electrocuted. It caused quite a stir among
those assembled waiting for the tramway or the bus.

ken




  
Date: 21 Feb 2007 19:56:32
From: bernie
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
Ken Fox wrote:

> They are much
> better looking from a distance than they are from close up.
>
> ken
>
>

Actually I find the French to be an attractive lot.
Bernie (it was fat and slow) D.


   
Date: 21 Feb 2007 20:15:08
From: Ken Fox
Subject: Re: life outside the mall
"bernie" <bdigman@zianet.com > wrote in message
news:45dd0660@nntp.zianet.com...
> Ken Fox wrote:
>
>> They are much better looking from a distance than they are from close
>> up. ken
>>
>>
>
> Actually I find the French to be an attractive lot.
> Bernie (it was fat and slow) D.

some of them, maybe