TMB Outside the Office – One Employee’s Love of Birds
In the Summer of 2019, I wondered into a pet store to look at some items. I happened to see two budgies that were cute, so I decided to purchase them along with some toys and a cage. Every day when I wake up in the morning, they tweet constantly, bouncing around, cooing like an owl and kiss each other which makes me happy. Sometimes they wrestle with each other; mostly Suba starts the fighting/roughhousing and John Deere pushes Suba down from their swing. During their play time, they love to play with Lucky.
Lucky is a Pineapple Conure with a unique body shape of a candy cane, although my wife always disagrees with me on that. At approximately 9am each day, she screams “Babyyyy!!!” Lucky takes several baths per day; I don’t know why, but she does. Her favorite hobbies are chewing confetti papers/newspaper and spending time with the budgies.In January 2020, my wife and I drove down to Greensboro, NC because we were extremely excited to get another bird, Zeus. Every day I look at him, the more I think his head has a unique shape of binoculars. He gets very defensive about his carrots – stealing his carrot bowl. He also screams at his food/carrot bowls; I don’t know why, but he does and it’s funny (good for my wife and I, but bad for him). His favorite snacks are nuts, cheez-its, sunflower seeds, and sometimes I feed him unsalted french-fries. According to my wife, he always misses me and is looking for me while I’m at work. When I come home, he loves to be on my shoulder and starts licking my whole face and uses his whole binoculars head to clean out my ears. His sign of happiness is quacking like a duck and dancing and he loves to ring his bell. Occasionally, I “peek-a-boo” Zeus and he likes to yell “peek-a-boo” back. His favorite music is Bob Marley and Sean Paul. He also plays music by tapping the bowls with his beak. Zeus screams through the day with an approximate 110 decibels which sets off my house glass break sensor.
~ Allen Shin