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This morning I did a very non-emdot type of thing. I went to the grocery store right when it opened.
I didn’t mean to. I mean, I was going to go to a different grocery store (Scolaris, or as KB and I like to call it, Scolarlar) that opened at normal hours, thus would have been open for awhile before I got there.
But I was out of coffee and I really wanted some French Roast, and for that I typically go to Traders because you can git a boatload of French for about 10 smackers.
My car clock is set ahead about 7.5 minutes because it runs fast and I’m notoriously late, so I figure, why set it back? It’ll just be fast again and anyway this way I can trick myself for being on time.
But for some reason I forgot to use car-clock math when I checked the time and thought "oooh, Trader’s is opening right now." Only I got there 7.5 minutes early. And that’s embarrassing. Standing outside the locked doors with the rabid early morning grocery shoppers and all.
But I did what I had to do, cuz, c’mon: coffee was involved.
Anyhow. Finally they open the doors and the early morning crowd push their way in and right about that time I hear a very interesting bird song.
A bird song I’d never heard before. But lord knows if I could imitate it now or even tell you what it sounded like. Alls I know is that it was a different bird song to me. It sounded somehow intelligent, even. And me, being a very non-impressive but interested street-type of birder, looked up into the Trader Joe’s rafters to see if I would be lucky enough to spy the little singer.
And there he was. Proud. Immodest. Blatant. Perched. Singing boldly. Brashly. As if it made perfect sense that he lived on top of the Trader Joe’s T.
About the size of a robin (maybe just a smidge smaller), dark and seriously speckled this guy sang with the bravado of a mocking bird.
I’ve tried to look him up online, but to no success. He’s a bit wren-like, except that he is very dark. And he seems to big to be a songbird, but sing he did.
Does anyone know what he is?
(And just in case you were wondering, as soon as I walked into TJs I realized I needed way more than coffee, so spent an hour and a hundred dollars. Also ran into Nick B. who drove to LA after Katrina to rescue family and got to hear his crazy story "I’ve never had so many guns pointed at me in my life!!" And also experienced grumpiest checker in the world who I swore pitched my groceries into their prospective bags with masochistic checker glee.)
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