The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

(View of Lombard Street from Coit Tower area on Telegraph Hill. April 2006.)

One of the reasons I flashbacked to our San Francisco trip (and not some other trip or hike or family event) was that M the Elder and I recently watched the film The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. The film is a documentary about a man named Mark Bittner and his relationship with a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco. It’s an amazing film with great cinematography. The ending brought tears to my eyes (so did a few scenes in between).

I highly recommend the film. Rush right out and rent it now. Or order it from Netflix. Or whatever it is you do to rent DVD’s and/or videos these days.

(Parrots in flight. From Mark Bittner’s website.)

Seriously, see this film. You won’t regret it. Have tissues handy.

Sometimes, in life, I feel like a blue-crowned parrot living in a world of cherry-heads. You’ll have to see the movie if you want to know what I mean.

Complaint of the day: Winter-like weather has been moving into the Bogs. My complaint isn’t about that. After all, winter is a fact of life and no matter what they say about global warming, it still gets cold and winter-like. No, my complaint is about something different. It concerns my internet connection.

We’re hooked up to the rest of the online world via Road Runner through Time-Warner cable company. It should be noted that we don’t have cable for our television viewing pleasure. Just a cable internet connection. Some people think that’s weird, including our cable company. But we have no reason to spend big bucks on cable television. We can pick up quite a few channels without cable via the old-fashioned antenna on the roof. With M the Elder’s entertainment center we’re also able to get quite a few HD stations. I can’t watch Trading Spaces or the latest movie being shown on HBO (which was probably the same movie being shown ten years ago when we subscribed to HBO), but we get enough variety that life without cable television doesn’t feel like we’re lacking in anything at all. In fact, we’ve probably gained a lot since we don’t have as many choices to keep us planted on the couch.

Back to the point of this diatribe…

When winter weather moves in, our cable internet connection goes on the fritz. It sputters, it spurts, it works amazingly well for one minute and crashes the next. On cold days it goes out for hours. Or the whole cold day. On windy days it acts as though it’s being blown about by the wind, going in and out.

Maybe if they buried these cables, as well as the power lines, we’d have less of this crap.

Just saying.

Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weights you down. ~Toni Morrison

NaBloPoMo: Day 4


3 Comments on “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”

  1. […] think I managed to get any good shots of them (or they would be on the blog), but do have this post regarding the movie, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph […]

  2. Barbara Rodgers says:

    I love “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” too! I bought the DVD and watch it a couple of times a year. Will have to go check out Mark Bittner’s website – hope it is still there!


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