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The 13 Thursday Flight Plan

blmpzc.jpg1. A mother phoebe with a nest in the porch rafters has been using our picnic table for her runway while making feeding trips to her babies, as evidenced by the bird droppings I have to clean up everyday.

2. The above gives new meaning to the term “poop deck.”

3. “Pooh” is actually a name listed in some baby books. The meaning of the American originated name is listed on one baby name site as: Little One. A popular name for pets or stuffed animals or a pet name for humans. The popular storybook character "Winnie the Pooh" was named after an actual bear in the Winnipeg zoo named "Winnipeg Pooh"

4. In naval architecture, a poop deck is a deck that constitutes the roof of a cabin built in the aft (rear) part of the superstructure of a ship. The name originates from the French word for stern, la poupe, from Latin puppis. Thus the poop deck is technically called a stern deck, which in sailing ships was usually elevated as the roof of the stern or "after" cabin, also known as the "poop cabin.” ~Wikipedia

5. My husband used the term “Mucky Muck” recently. I had no idea it was a real term, where it came from, or what it meant. It reminds me of the first time I heard SOL (shit out of luck) and the person who used it was thought it was incredulous that I didn’t know what it meant.

6. For many years whenever any asked me ‘if you had to be an animal which would you be?’ I always answered a duck because they can fly and swim.

7. Have you heard of or seen THIS amazingly bright pink dolphin?

8. Was the word “chirp” invented just for birds?

9. How did Led Zeppelin get its name? According to the Wikianswers, when Jimmy Page was assembling the group, Keith Moon (drummer from The Who) got word of his plans and predicted the group would go down "like a lead balloon" (this is a common English expression). Bassist and keyboardist John Entwistle thought it would be "more like a lead zeppelin." Page took the phrase and decided to change the phrase because he said "those damned Americans will pronounce it lead (leed) zeppelin."

10. And the Beatles? The old “party line” that John Lennon used to give was: “A man came down on a flaming pie and said ‘let there be Beatles with an A’” A more orthodox explanation is it was inspired by Buddy Holly's backing band "the Crickets" and the misspelling was a play on words to describe a “beat” band.

11. I used to like to black out teeth and draw hair-dos and mustaches on faces in magazines, but I never drew anything like THESE, found at Pearl’s place.

12. When the rush of writing stops and the stories slow down I feel like a race horse in the stall expecting to find myself at the starting line with the start-up gun go off at any moment.

13. The birds are back … checking out the real estate … a high-rise nest … on my porch rafter … A one room shelter … inaccessible to cats … with southern exposure … and a landing deck … Find out how this poem ends HERE.

More Thirteen Thursdays are HERE.


Interesting things I never knew...
I've actually never seen a duck fly...
Nor have I seen a pink dolphin...
I used to draw on faces in magazine too..that was so fun...the mustaches are so cute..
Thanks for sharing!

Whoa..I can't get past those mustaches!!

Pink dolphins... I wonder if they fall into the same category as pink elephants?? lol Fun list. Happy T13!

Those mustaches make me itchy!

I don't like those mustaches either???!!!
Another great TT!!!!

So interesting to read the derivation of "poop deck." And #2 is funny! We have a house finch couple who has raised one brood on one porch light and another brood on the other porch light. They are very messy birds, but still fun to watch.

I learned more about poo, pooh, and poop that I ever thought possible, LOL! :)

For years I told my kids SOL meant Shucks, Out of Luck. The other night I told my son he was SOL over some demand, and he started laughing hysterically. He was so pleased to be able to tell me he had caught on.

Leave it to John L. to be flippant.

John Lennon was brilliant!!!

I do enjoy the meanderings of your mind ... laughed aloud at #2 ... loved the link to the pink dolphin along with the road from poop to birds going full circle ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

I love the way your mind works! And, I learned a lot from you on this one...

Yep, pink dolphins are new to me. As for Poop Deck, I've got one, too. Makes it hard to eat lunch out there!

I hate being so far behind! But it looks like you've kept the groovy town of Floyd well documented. Great tales and great photos as always. Did you hear about our old friend Terri Lynn? I am sure you have and I just haven't been through all your comments. I hate that so bad. And I did try to get here on your bday and you must've been updating because the correct form would never come up. My portraits are done and I can finally go back to my normal life...or what I perceive to be normal anyway.

The first college I went to had a huge problem with birds hanging out over door eaves and pooping on everyone. It was a small really hippy, peace-love-and-understanding college, but it got so bad people atucally proposed poisoning the pigeons in question.

Lots of cool stuff in your TT! Loved reading it as always.

Great list, and so varied. I learned some interesting new stuff. Happy TT!

2, lol.
3. poor kids. what a razzing they'd get with that name.
5. haven't heard either used much. maybe they're words becoming more popular?

massaging your writer hands with grape seed oil and eucalyptus, ever so gently

Hi Colleen, Sorry to take so long in getting back here for a visit, especially since I've enjoyed my time so much here this morning. I will add you to my links and return. Thanks for stopping by my site. Oh, and I love this 13 thursday.

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