Open Thread: What’s One More…Update

Screw bad news today. Our home has been turned upside down by this noisy thing:

I’ve named it Pearl/Earl.  We won’t know if its a boy or girl until it has its full feathers. It’s a Pekin duck, about 7 weeks old. I am leaning toward female because of the quack, but that’s not as reliable as the tail feather.

It followed a very sweet woman to her car from a local park where it was clearly abandoned (let me add testily here: don’t get ducks, chicks or bunnies for Easter, people, if you aren’t going to keep them for life!!)

She really has fallen in love and wanted to keep it, but just isn’t a place to do so. We are equipped here and I told her she could visit anytime she wanted. If it turns out she can’t live without, I’ll help her get set up for life with ducks.

We are settling in – but difficult since this handraised duckling wants nothing more than to sit in my lap and heaven-forbid I leave the room!

More photos here. 

I have yet to get pup and duck photos, but they are doing okay together.

And then there was this last night:

According to our local police, this little one decided to visit a very busy market:

…last night (Monday, 5/6/19) Longmont had a deer make her way inside the King Soopers on South Hover Street and take a stroll through the produce section and deli. Some shelves were knocked over and the deer incurred some minor injuries. Longmont officers responded and the deer remained in a section of King Soopers until Colorado Parks and Wildlife arrived. Eventually, the deer was removed and released back into the wild.

Wondering if the deer should have considered ClickList for an outside pick up?

Just another day around here…

Non-politics open thread.


51 replies
  1. 1
    gianduja says:

    honestly your ad hoc animal rescue operation is a source of joy and comfort and if you need a few bucks kicked in from the community please make that clear

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Enough with airy persiflage!
    There is a deer in my garage!

  3. 3

    @gianduja: That’s sweet, thank you. I do know my limits. An extra duck is not really going to impact us terribly. But you will note, the foster Great Dane was found a new home in short order. :-)

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    Baud says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    An extra duck is not really going to impact us terribly.

    Famous last words.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Once again, proof we are all trapped in hell together.

    The company started with Mayochup, the combination of mayonnaise and ketchup (why not ketchonnaise?) that the company released last fall. And it must have been a success, because they’ve just come out with three more Franken-condiments: Mayomust (mayo + mustard), Mayocue (mayo + barbecue sauce) and the best-named one yet: Kranch (ketchup + ranch dressing).

    Mayomust not.

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    TenguPhule says:


    Famous last words.

    Along with “Two bunnies, how much trouble could they be?”

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    Aleta says:

    @TenguPhule: And “Don’t worry, they’re still too young.”

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    rikyrah says:

    Pearl/Earl is adorable 😍😍

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Did you ever have a Muscovy duck?

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    spudgun says:

    Aww, look, little gal/guy still has some remnants of yellow baby “fur”…what a floofy charmer!

    You’re good people, TaMara – this is lovely news and a wonderful respite.

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    @zhena gogolia: No, but I did have Cayuga’s – the are a gorgeous emerald green.

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    @spudgun: Definitely in the awkward teenager stage. LOL

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    germy says:

    “I find a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread. Ducks love bread, but they can’t buy any. That’s the biggest joke on the duck ever. If I worked at a store and a duck came in I would like just give him some bread– “sure man no problem– tell your friends”— but I would not give him Pepperidge Farm bread….You know that stuff right? you open it and it still ain’t open. That is why I do not buy it. Cause I do not need another step, between me and toast.”

    – Mitch Hedberg

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    spudgun says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I know, right? Little stubby wings… <3

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    Steeplejack says:



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    NotMax says:


    Don’t pooh-pooh Pepperidge Farm.

    Pepperidge Farm remembers.


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    Zelma says:

    My first pets were to chicks that a friend gave to me for Easter way back in the early 50s. We named them Pete and RePete, since one always followed the other. My amazingly tolerant mother (she lived with parakeets flying around her house for years) allowed me to keep them in the kitchen. Of course, cute little chicks became chickens and it became impossible to keep them in a row house in the city. But my parents arranged for them to go to a farm where I actually got to visit them once. RePete got hit by a car but I was told that Pete became the cock of the hop. In retrospect, I imagine he ended up in the stew pot.

    I didn’t know that anyone still sold chicks and bunnies at Easter any more. I thought that was made illegal. But it was pretty common when I was a kid.

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    NotMax says:



    Fred and Ginger dance number cut from one their early films. Word was the director and editor felt the extra-long dance sequence spread it on too thick.


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    The Lodger says:

    Love the name. We adopted an abandoned neighborhood cat and named her Earl Grey before thoroughly investigating her gender. She’s still Earl.

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    Eljai says:

    I am kind of jealous that you have a duck that will sit in your lap. My cat won’t even do that.

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    MazeDancer says:

    So adorable. So envious. Having ducks would be like having chickens, setting up buffet for owls, hawks, foxes, even bears. Don’t have dogs, which would help.

    You definitely deserve some medals, Tamara. Looking forward to updates.

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    Dan B says:

    @Steeplejack: FuckTon’o’Mayo

    Bad image. Didn’t some town die from that?

    Cribbed from eemom, although she is welcome to disavow that connection.

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    eldorado says:

    oh, dear

  24. 24
    Mary G says:

    Love your rescue stories. The thought of your pack all trying to get into the bathroom to supervise is hilarious, and ypou are an angel.

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    Steeplejack says:


    That was the cover story. The pseudo-Italian lyrics were deemed offensive even for that era, and Astaire kept accidentally dropping Rogers off the edge of the gondola into the soundstage “canal.”

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    NotMax says:

    Which she did not at all … relish.

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    Aleta says:

    Looked at the rest of the photos. I love that duck.

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    Steeplejack says:


    ETA: This is detailed in the out-of-print (probably suppressed) exposé Hollywood Babaloo by Kenneth Testy.

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    NotMax says:


    BTW, you ever get around to setting up the TV?

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    spudgun says:

    @The Lodger: LOL! My brother and SIL, in a fit of whimsy, named their female ginger cat “Guillermo.” Actually, she has a full title of “Guillermo de-something-thingme”…engh, it was too long for me to try to remember.

    So, yup – Guillermo.

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    NotMax says:


    Vaguely recall hearing that the Hayes office was scandalized, calling Rogers’ attire for that scene an “extreme example of French dressing.”

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    Tazj says:

    Earl/ Pearl is so cute, and what pretty yellow feathers. A welcome reprieve from the news.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack: @NotMax:


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    rikyrah says:

    Man…that is a big one👏👏👏

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @TenguPhule: @Baud: “Mommy, can I have a bunny – and a pig, and a lizard and a crocodile!?” – Little girl from The Secret Life of Pets

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    Steeplejack says:


    To my embarrassment, I have not. I have been embroiled in a protracted Kondo/​Swedish death clean­ing/​spring-clean­ing fiasco that has proceeded at a glacial pace and resembles a disarranged Rubik’s cube.

    Motivation has been blunted because Cox Contour streaming with the 8" Samsung tablet’s excellent screen has been so convenient.

    But I’m making progress. Yeah, that’s it. Progress.

  39. 39
    mrmoshpotato says:

    What’s one more update? Well I guess if you want a bombardment of “Aaaaawww!! 😍”.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    You do not want to know what that little minx Shirley Temple would do for a lollipop.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @zhena gogolia:



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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Raven: I see the little one let you show off her catch. 😁


  43. 43
    zhena gogolia says:


    Graham Greene already covered that.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Ha! Dietrich in trousers?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    He got in some trouble for that.

  46. 46
    Steeplejack says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Yes, he did.

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    tobie says:

    TaMara, I hope you watch “The Durrells in Corfu,” based on Gerald Durrell’s “My Family and Other Animals.” It’s just up your alley, and it’s balm for the soul in these troubled times.

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    sukabi says:

    Either you’ve got a very small bathtub or that is a huge duckling.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Hello Pearl/Earl, you smiley downy thing landing on your feet. Well done.

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    Juju says:

    That is a cute little duckling. I can see why the woman who found her fell in love. I could never have a duck. I have a couple of golden girls and they are supposed to be retrievers. I’ve never seen any actual evidence of this trait, but I’d hate to find out they did have the trait with a beautiful little duck like Earl/Pearl.

    It’s really too bad you can’t do a miss you quack recording. I’d love to hear the little duck.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    As a friend (who lives in Longmont!) likes to say

    Find a Mallard, pick it up.
    All day long, you’ll have a duck.

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