Last Thursday my sister, my nephew’s wife and I decided to get up very early and take the kayaks and the paddleboard out to explore.
We left sometime around 7:30 in the morning and headed off down the canal. We didn’t expect to see anyone in the canal so early so we were surprised to happen upon one of the neighbors doing some early morning fishing. I should mention that I have never seen these people outside, ever, but they have a growing beer can collection in the backyard that rivals the Eiffel Tower, it’s impressive in a college fraternity sort of way.
They also have a pretty sweet set-up in the backyard complete with a full size sofa by a make-shift fire pit and the matching lazy boy on the dock for fishing purposes I assume. What I’m saying here is that code enforcement in Sarasota County apparently does not care about your backyard.
Anywho, the two fellows outside that morning were pleasant enough. The conversation went something like this:
Two guys: Good morning ladies.
Us: Good Morning, how are you?
Guy one: Good, I’m just doing a little fishing before work.
My sister: Why? Is it bring your fish to work day?
Guy one: Good one!
My Sister: I got hundreds of em’. Hundreds of em’ I tell ya.
Two Guys: Were you from?
Guy two: Were from Maryland
Us: Well, nice to meet you, have a good day.
Two Guys: You too.
Once we were out of earshot I said to my sister, ‘You should have asked them for their beer cans, those would substantially increase the amount of money in the cabana fund.’ They gotta be worth hundreds, seriously.
As we neared the end of the canal, I yelled ‘pretty bird’ to the parrot who lives in the last house. He always whistles back when I do that but this morning, he didn’t respond. I guess parrots sleep in.
Anyway since we had already taken the kayaks out to the Gulf we decided to paddle down Shackett Creek. We wanted to check out the fishing situation in the creek and we were not disappointed. We saw snook and tarpon all over the place. We even saw a manatee! It was crazy how many fish were jumping and it made me kind of wish we had brought some poles along.
We paddled around for nearly 3 hours just looking at houses and watching fish and birds. It was very relaxing and we had a shit ton of fun.
Finally, we made our way back into the canal and as we entered I saw a huge snook jump in front of my kayak. It was so big that I was momentarily paralyzed and I ran right into a tree. Once I composed myself, I yelled back to the girls, ‘Oh my God, that’s the biggest fish I’ve ever seen.’ One second later we heard a voice say ‘Oh my Gawd, that’s the biggest fish I’ve ever seen!’ It was the parrot! He was mocking me.
My sister and I were laughing so hard that no sound was coming out but my nephew’s wife laughed out loud, ‘bwahahahaha’ and literally one second later, Pete the Repeat said ‘bwahahahaha’. So without missing a beat my sister said ‘L—-(my BIL) Sucks’ and I said ‘MacGyver Sucks’ and we waited, nothing.
No matter how hard we tried that damn bird wouldn’t say anything else but now that I know what he can do, I intend to keep practicing.
Have you ever had a bird mock you?
Do you like to kayak or paddleboard?