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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Final Jeopardy

One of the hardest parts of my day is 7:30pm. My run is over (if I get around to going), dinner is cooked and it's time for a little TV. Relaxing? Hardly. Time for the toughest decision: Jeopardy or Seinfeld? Damn. They tantalize by being on consecutive channels, yet it's impossible to watch both. CURSES! Ah well tonight I chose Seinfeld, as they were showing one of my favorite episodes, the one where Jerry and everyone are at the Saab dealership. Classic. My personal favorite George show, where he spends the whole time looking for revenge against the mechanic that stole his Twix. ("Yeah, like I'm gonna get my car fixed at a dealership. Why don't I just flush my money down the toilet!" and "All I want is my 75 cents back, an apology, and FOR HIM TO BE FIRED.")
Anyway, Seinfeld ended and I had time to catch Final Jeopardy. The question was interesting, and bird related. I paraphrase: Penguins nest on these islands even though they are covered with land mines. Answer: The Falklands. (I got it. So did everyone on the show, except the women who was in the lead, who wrote 'the Falklan Islands' and Trebek that tightwad didn't give it to her and she ended up dead last.) Apparently, de-mustachioed Trebek went on, the birds are too light to set off the mines. Here's a story from Planet Ark.

I'm flying off to Maine for the weekend for a funeral and will be at Dulles...I'm gonna look hard for the Snowy Owl from the plane, that should be cool.

District Patrol
DC Sightings
I saw three killdeer flying, for some reason, over Rayburn house office building and the highway interchange. Then, I emailed the sighting to MDosprey and misspelled "Capitol" (captiol) and gave an incorrect link to my blog. Nice. Great.
There were also reports of a Lesser Black Backed Gull (never seen one, myself), Tree Swallows, Hooded Mergansers and, shockingly, Canada Geese and Mallards along the Anacostia (0 hrs from DC and about 4 blocks from my 'partment).

Hanger Owl?
A BWI worker reported seeing a Barn Owl near the airport last night. I'd love to see it.
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