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Strange things afoot (or aflutter) in our driveway

So apparently, there is a remake being made of Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and tryouts are being held in our driveway, with all three vehicles as props:

Bird-smeared mirror

I had trouble getting the camera to focus on the surfaces rather than the reflections in them, but the windows, windshield, and the mirrors are all completely smeared with weird streaks and smudges. We found this on the Jeep, the Outlander, and my work van the past few days.

Bird-smeared window

Here you can see the streaks, which we think are actually wingprints, better. It must have taken hours (or several birds) to make this much of a mess, in spite of the fact that we have yet to actually see one of the culprits in action.

This bird used every weapon at his, uh, disposal

All of the mirrors also sport this decorative statement. Apparently a scatological offensive is also considered appropriate when squaring off with a rival, or in this case, your own reflection.

I googled ‘birds attacking car windows’ and apparently this is common in mating season, with robins and cardinals being likely culprits. I wish they’d knock it off, it’s disgusting. We didn’t have this problem last year, wonder why we are now? Is there something different going on this year, or is this all the work of one nutcase bird who perhaps has been into some fermented berries somewhere?

He must have been really hungry

Supersized

Fast food portions are just getting ridiculously large.

This is a warning that there is no warning

The following weather alert is showing in our weather toolbar right now:

“…FROST/FREEZE INFORMATION…

ENOUGH INSTANCES OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES HAVE OCCURRED THIS MONTH
TO EFFECTIVELY END THE GROWING SEASON ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS…AND
ACROSS THE FOOTHILLS AND PIEDMONT OF THE CAROLINAS. THEREFORE…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG WILL NOT
ISSUE FROST OR FREEZE PRODUCTS FOR THESE AREAS UNTIL THE GROWING
SEASON RESUMES IN THE SPRING OF 2009.”

Yeah, the black shrivelled basil plant kinda tipped us off that the growing season was over, but thanks for warning us… or, I guess, not warning us?

Too much information

No, I am not about to reveal some deeply personal bit of trivia that should have stayed personal, don’t worry.  ;-)

As I was coming in the door from work, the phone was ringing and I had to run to answer it (OK, actually I had to run to find the handset, because I always leave it laying somewhere obscure) in time. It was from what looked like a legal firm in a 919 area code, and the woman on the phone asked for a familiar-sounding man’s name. I told her she had the wrong number and she apologized and hung up. Of course I immediately googled the number…

The number was indeed for a legal firm, one that appears to specialize in collections, and I also remembered why the name sounded familiar. It was the boyfriend of the previous tenant in our house. A moment of confusion followed: how did they get our phone number to try and reach someone who previously had our address? The ‘why’ I could easily see; someone putting the phone in another person’s name to dodge creditors is a pretty common scenario, but I was baffled as to how our number came into it.

At first, I figured it must be some special reverse search software that creditors and people like that have access to, but the truth is actually more disturbing. It took a quick google on “lookup phone number by address,” and then a few mouse clicks, for me to bring up the name and address our phone number is listed under. Even scarier, for a fee the site would also give previous address history, court cases, email addresses, and all sorts of other info on any individual searched.

To have this sort of information out there on the Internet, for anyone to access, is rather disturbing.

At the end of the rainbow

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At the end of the rainbow