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Poultry Responsibilities 🐔
Crappy Year For Music🎵
I am many things. I am a husband, a father, a marketing guy, a storyteller, a jokester, a damn good parallel parker and a guy who played on a basketball team that lost 135-3.
What I am not is a farmer. I left my suburban NY home when I graduated high school and went to college in Iowa and was somehow surprised to meet people who actually grew up on farms. This isn’t to say I didn’t realize that some form of human being was necessary to do the things that needed to be done on a farm. I’d just met precious few of them in my life.
Which is why there’s a great deal of irony that, in a few short days, I will be tasked with the responsibility of keeping roughly 20 chickens alive for 24 hours.
How this responsibility fell to me is somewhat of a whirlwind. Boy The Younger has become friends with a kid down the street — and when I say “down the street,” this is down a rural street, which means it’s about a mile away. Said friend — Michael, if you’re keeping score — comes from a family of five children and, evidently, roughly 20 chickens.
We have benefited from the efforts of said chickens a few times — or at least the fertility of said chickens. That human beings consume the undeveloped babies of chickens is one of those things that astounds me because that means someone somewhere at some point in our evolution either saw an egg emerge from a chicken or found one on the ground and somehow figured out that it tastes pretty damn good if you dump what’s inside in a pan over heat for a few minutes.
That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good omelet, mind you.
I think about these kind of things. It’s adjacent to my thoughts on how the hell someone figured out that the entirely disgusting individual ingredients that combine to make cake actually combine to make cake — and it’s not lost on me that eggs are part of that equation too.
Anyway, back to the chickens.
Michael’s parents, whom until yesterday afternoon I had never met, are taking the children — but not the chickens — on a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks. They leave Thursday and come back Sunday. Evidently, there’s no kennel for chickens. There are neighbors. And Wifey Poo being Wifey Poo, she was more than happy to volunteer to help out her new friend, Holly.
She then proceeded to plan a vacation for her and Boys The Elder & Younger to North Carolina to visit my parents, a vacation that, for several reasons, I cannot attend. And the chickens thank God for that because the chickens ain’t gonna take care of themselves. In a great marital slight-of-hand trick, all of a sudden, I became responsible for caring for these chickens from Thursday evening through Friday night, when my own brood is scheduled to return. Then it becomes BTY’s responsibility — if I somehow manage to keep these chickens alive for 24 hours.
“Jesus, John. They’re chickens, not human premie babies in the NICU. How hard can this be?”
Harder than I thought it was going to be before I went over to meet Holly, her husband, Mike (who, side note, has an awesome beard) and the chickens. I thought my duties would involve a poultry version of dog-sitting. I’d have to go over, throw some food in their general direction, make sure their water bowl was filled, maybe pat a chicken or two on the head (do chickens play fetch?) and I’d be back home on my couch in five minutes.
Four Fun Facts I Learned About These Chickens.
- These are free-range chickens. Now, I had heard that term before. You probably have too. But do you know that means that, in the morning, I have to go over and open the door to the coop Mike built (mad props, bro) and that these chickens scatter like my sons did when I would ask them to help me clean out the garage? Yeah. Me neither. When we were there yesterday learning how to care for the chickens, there was nary a chicken in sight. When Holly mentioned the chickens, she casually waved her hands to the tree line a hundred yards away. I guess that’s where they were. Now, I was infinitely curious what the hell goes on in a chicken brain that, armed with (admittedly crappy — but tasty) wings, these chickens could be let out of their prison cell and not just fly the hell away. Yes, I know that Holly and Mike (and, presumably, the children) feed these things, and they seem like really friendly people (although they did tell me how they’d just butchered 38 “meat chickens” that weekend). But it’s not as if chickens have highly selective diets. The world is their buffet. So while I was happy to hear that these chickens could enjoy the Missourah countryside as I like to do, I still was wondering why they stuck around. Then I learned …
- They make amazing targets for predators. And predators are freaking everywhere out here in the country. I have with my own two eyes seen a fox and a racoon. I have used my ears to catch the calls of coyotes. There are rumors of a cougar in the general vicinity. And I’m pretty sure there’s a Missouri Bigfoot wandering around the woods out there. (Hey Momo) These chickens are going to be my responsibility, so now I feel obligated to spend the night out there in a lawn chair with, at minimum, a fully loaded shotgun and a flamethrower by my side.
- I get free eggs! Now, I don’t know if Holly and Mike intend to pay BTY for his time when he’s the one in charge of these chickens, but I sure as hell don’t expect or want them to pay me. Their boy is my boy’s friend. Holly is my wife’s friend. Mike seems like a great guy to have a beer with over a bucket of KFC. That’s good enough for me to travel a mile up the road a few times over the course of 24 hours. But when Holly was telling me about my duties, she mentioned collecting the chicken’s eggs. “Coolio,” thought I. “I’m sure they will give me a house key or something so I can put them in their fridge.” No! Holly said these chickens are going to lay anywhere from five to eight eggs — and that I can take them home! And you know what that means? It’s breakfast for dinner on Friday night! But first …
- Hens can be bitches. One of the first things I learned about these particular chickens is that one, at the moment, was being “broody.” I was prepared to nod my head and then go home and google exactly what that meant, but Wifey Poo piped up and asked the question: “What does that mean?” She has much less fear of appearing dumb than I do, evidently. We learned together (although I tried to play it cool and appear as if I’d known what I’m about to write since birth) that it means that the hen’s hormones are running afoul (see what I did there?) and that she has taken to sitting on her eggs and being kind of a bitch when you want her to get off. This proves to me that, despite generations of us breaking their hearts daily by stealing their undeveloped babies — for food! — chickens have retained something of a maternal instinct. That made me happy. But when Holly popped open a door to the coop — and seriously, Mike, that thing is freaking amazing;it’s like Hogwarts for chickens — there was a rather pissed-off looking hen who was giving off a vibe of “I ain’t movin’ for nobody.” True to the vibe, when Holly’s hand neared the hen, the thing emitted a sound I heretofore had never associated with chickens. “See what I mean?” Holly said. Indeed I did. Holly than assured me that if the hen was still acting broody, she would be locked away in a different coop in the garage (solitary confinement, bitch!) — which made me sad because, hey, she was just being a good momma, but also happy because I didn’t feel like having my eyes pecked out by a chicken.
Holly and Mike did a great job of telling us how to take care of their birds. They even set a good low bar for us and told us that, should we show up and find a dead chicken (presumably killed by Bigfoot), that’s not a big deal and that I should just throw it off into a particular place in the woods (presumably the place where sacrifices are offered to the chicken gods). I’m not so sure how OK they’d be if I showed up and, say, twenty birds were dead. But I’m not goin’ there.
Then the four of my family got back into our vehicle, and I started the car to get the air condition running.
“I don’t know about you,” I said, “But I feel thoroughly unprepared to take care of these chickens.”
Please know … that’s not Holly’s fault. She did an amazing job of teaching us how to tend to her birds. It’s just that, well, she seemed to be under the impression that I’m, like, competent in this area. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that, just that previous week, BTY had been away at his cousin’s house and I had forgotten to feed his pet fish (Greg) for two days. Two days! Do you know what can happen to chickens neglected for two days? Neither do I! But I’m pretty sure it’s really, really bad.
Folks, let me tell you this: There aren’t a lot of 12- and 13-year-old boys in this area. There aren’t a lot of people period in this area. That BTY has a kid down the street — even if it is a mile away — whom he gets along with and who isn’t part of a family of banjo-strummin’ Missourahns who want me to squeal like a piggy is a miracle. I don’t want to destroy that friendship because I am so horrible at chicken-sitting that the family returns to an empty (but still f’n awesome) chicken coop.
I’m on duty in roughly 96 hours.
Proving that the Core Four is a group who can travel between worlds, prior to our adventures in chicken-sitting tutorial, we dined as posh, highly cultured people on really expensive food at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I’m not sure who Ruth is, or why she is possessive of a Chris, but what I do know is they make damn good steak. This was a first for Wifey Poo and Da Boyz. I’d been there once, on someone else’s dime — at my soon-to-be former business’s Christmas party. Today we were celebrating my new job, which I landed like a boss on Friday. That I paid for a two-thirds of the meal with a gift card given to me in March by the soon-to-be ex-bosslady ,with whom I have not exactly seen eye-to-eye over the past month or two? Well, irony sometimes tastes good.
For someone who loves and lives music, I sure was born in year in which the top songs absolutely sucked. The website Stereogum recently published a cool column that easily navigates you to reviews on every No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, which was a thing from 1958 to 1998. The year zero (which comes between B.J. — Before John — and A.J. — After John) was really, really ugly. While I can get behind Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s In The Cradle” for its effort to shame every father into sucking less, dude … my birth year also was marked by these “gems.”
- Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”
- Billy Swan’s “I Can Help”
- Oliva Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You”
- Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” (which might explain the boom in 1975 births)
- Paul Anka’s “Having My Baby”
- And — on the very day before my birth — John Denver’s “Annie’s Song.”
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Anniversary Changes 💍Near Death Experience 💀Dreamcatcher Drama 😳 All relationships change over time. Friendships, parent-child, boss-employee, husband-wife … no matter the relationship, the only constant thing is change. My marriage has changed mightily since it began. When Wifey Poo and I said our vows on March 22, 1997, we were –…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Why The Blahs? 😷Anniversary Plans 💍Unpleasant Warnings 🐍 Feeling blah is complicated when you have my medical history. For many people, feeling blah as I’m feeling right now is a clear indication that some sort of illness or infection has invaded the body. But for me — and for many others…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dentist Visit 🦷Basketball Sucks 🏀Found Husband 👨 No one truly likes going to the dentist. I’ve had people push back on me when I’ve said this before, but when I lay out the following scenario, well, it’s pretty much checkmate: “You just had the most well-respected doctor in the world tell…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dumb Gubment 🦅Dawg Party 🐶Flying African ✈️ We as modern Muricans tend to just accept that it’s the gubment’s job to educate our children. Of course, when other countries that aren’t our friends do that, we call it “indoctrination,” but that’s a topic for another day. The topic for today is…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Costly Mortality ☠️Crazies, Unite 🤪Defining ‘Appointment’ 🦷 I’m getting ready to die. Sounds ominous, right? Dramatic? Scary? It’s not. Oh yes, in a certain light, it’s depressing as hell. But what it really involved was a meeting with an attorney that Wifey Poo and I had yesterday to figure out exactly…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Books and Stories 📚SVB Lessons 🏦Basketball Party 🏀 Holy crap, you guys! I actually finished something I wrote! In fact, I finished two somethings I wrote! As my regular readers (hey you three!) know, I’ve been stunk in a funk of starting to write books and short stories with gusto and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Podcast Appearance 🎙️The Birth Control Pill Story 🐶Good Tired 🥱 If you would have asked me a few years ago whether I could ever envision myself on a stage in the back room of a dive bar sharing a story about how my dog ate six months of birth control pills…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Pee Mate 🚽Game Maker 🎲Dumb Muricans 🦅 I have been thinking about death a lot lately, not because I’m particularly eager for it to happen or because I’m particularly not eager for it to happen. I guess it’s because I’m a few months shy of my 49th birthday and please-for-the-love-of-God let…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dieudonne 🌍Hoops Win🏀Cornhole Roll ✔️ In 2021, during some of the darkest and most difficult times in our lives as individuals and couple, Wifey Poo and I did a thing. It was a big thing. It was a challenging thing. It was an amazing thing. But to say it was just…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Full Stop’ 🛑Needles 💉Business Lessons 🧑💼 Here’s something I learned about myself today: One way to ensure that I will debate you on a topic until I give my last breath or until you are huddled in a corner in a fetal position is to end the statement of your opinion…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mindfulness 🧘Mullet Prez 👩🦳Murder Family 🔪 Our brains are amazing things. So adept are they at routines that they can essentially run on autopilot and let you do the everyday stuff like operating a multi-ton object advancing at 70+ mph among lots of other multi-top objects advancing at 70+ mph without…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bloody Hell 💂Circus Moments 🤡Silence 🤫 OK, people: I’ve got a bone to pick with you. But first, a little digression. What in the bloody hell does that phrase mean? “A bone to pick with you?” That sounds absolutely disgusting. And if you’re wondering why I said “bloody hell,” well, that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩24 Hour Video 😡Rubik’s Kid 🧊Dilbert Doofus 🤪 There are two things I cannot stand in the working world — and in life, in general. The first is people whose lack of preparedness turns ordinary stuff into emergencies. The second is when people criticize the result of something they previous approved.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mormon Billionaires 💰Bigger Packages 🍌Birds Really Aren’t Real 🐦 Can we just get on with blowing the tits off the world with nuclear weapons or something and end this stupid thing we call the human race? Yeah, I know that’s a little dramatic, but when I take a look at the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Muricah The Evil 🦅You Buy You 💰Big-Ass Van 🚚 I find it rather humorous that Muricah warned China not to send arms to one side of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine … and that we issued this warning with a straight face. I’m quite sure most Muricahns believe their country…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Salve 🩹Car Wash 🚗💧Light Removal 🎄 I try not to venture too often into a Wal-Mart, especially on the weekend. I cling to slim hope for this nation as it is, and I find Wal-Mart trips do not help my grip. Alas, this weekend, Boy The Younger was under the weather…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩CC, BCC, FU 📧Basketball Poll 🏀Andy Rooney 🎙️ This week has largely been a Shit Week marred by Shit People. What are Shit People? They aren’t exactly easy to define, but one hallmark of a Shit Person is his rampant use of the CC function at work to passive-aggressively play power…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chill Day 🛋️Busy Weekend ⚾Halftime 🏈 I’m not working today. Not only am I not working at my day job, I’m not doing any work for my side gig today. I’m not planning on doing much of anything, actually. And I don’t feel guilty about that. This weekend was insanely busy.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Big Pharma Sucks 💊Work Rules 🧑💼Big Weekend 🏈 Spend any time in front of the television and you’ll see ads touting the latest drugs that you shouldn’t take if you’re allergic to and that you most definitely need to ask your doctor about. Now comes a study showing that the people…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Top 5 🎈Symphony 🎻Living Eulogies 💗 Top 5 things overheard in Missourah last week as a purported Chinese spy balloon made its way over the state en route to its rendezvous with an F22’s missile: Despite my high-brow upbringing in Suburbia, New York, I’m not what anyone would call A Symphony…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Space Walk 🧑🚀Bye-Bye Brady 🏈Failure Rate 🐿️ When Boy The Elder was just Boy and devoid of a younger brother, we had a nickname for him: Pokey Joe. BTE didn’t do anything fast, but more than anything, what he did incredibly slow was get out of a car. That would suck…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Raccoons 🦝February 💘Man Nips 🕺 Today I bring you the story of a raccoon who got his balls stuck to railroad tracks. But the reason you think I’m bringing you this story is not the reason I’m bringing you this story. You think I’m bringing the story of the raccoon Neil…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tyre Nichols 😔Tattoo Day ✒️Nephew Hoops🏀 I was a white kid in suburbia, New York, in 1988 when the gangsta rap group N.W.A. came out with its album Straight Outta Compton, featuring the song Fuck Tha Police. It was scandalous, at the time, to suggest that the police would be anything…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Car Concert 🎵Sick Wife🤒People Suck 🖕 Within the 24 hours in the run-up to Snowpocalypse 2023, the estimates on the Weather Channel app for our snowfall total ranged from 1 to 10 inches. That’s like going to the doctor and being told you have anything from a splinter to terminal cancer.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mission: Failed 👎Ho 🤣Handy Family 👍 It has to suck to work at the Missouri Department of Transportation. Why? It took exactly 75 minutes for all of 2023 to be a failure. Let me explain. Those of you unfortunate enough to have been involved in any sort of corporate planning process…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Houston 🖊️Sad clown 🤡Taco Seasoning 🌮 Houston, Missourah, is not unlike a lot of other rural Missourah towns through which I’ve driven and bears a resemblance to the Small Town USA in which Boy The Elder did a lot of his early growing up and to which Boy The Younger came…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Definitions 📖Missing Bourbon 🥃Mysterious Knocks 😵 I generally abhor any writing that starts with, “Webster’s dictionary defines …” Webster’s dictionary defines “ceiling” as a noun meaning “the overhead inside lining of a room.” The implication is that it’s a limitation, a max, a point of demarcation between what’s out there and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Annoyance 😠Disappointment 😞 When Boy The Elder was Boy The Only in our home, he watched one of the Air Bud movies featuring a basketball-playing dog. Or maybe it was football. Or soccer. By the time that series was over, that dog had played them all. Anyway, whichever Air Bud…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thor’s Blurry Hammer 🍆Pigeon Delivery 🕊️Idiot List 🤪 Thor is really, really good with his hammer. And by that, I mean that Thor the walrus in Scarborough, England, is really good at masturbating and ruining New Years Eve. If you haven’t heard about this story, stop reading stupid news like politics…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bruising Basketball 🏀Poke ☝️Six?!? 🔫 I grew up in the NBA era of the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons while loving a New York Knicks team that was, to put it mildly, quite physical. Guys like Steph Curry and LeBron James can makes basketball seem like artistry these days, but give me…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩What There is Like! ⛅’Modern Policing’ 🚨Xylophone Time! 🎵 When you decide to talk about a time in which you truly believe you more-or-less died and saw what comes after this life, you have to be comfortable with the fact that people might think you’re nuts. Hell, talking about it on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Grace Ashford! 📰Idaholy Shit! 🥔Story of the Year! 🍆 The three most influential people in my life as a journalist are, sadly, all part of the Great Newsroom in the Sky now. Professors Michael Perkins and Bob Woodward (AKA Bob Woodward-Not-That-Bob-Woodward) helped educate me at Drake University, and Lisa Warren was…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Poor Puppy 🐶Romeo and Juliet 🤴👸Meta Mistake 🙊 Disturbing news out of Washington, D.C., today as Republican Congressman-elect George Santos (if that’s his real name) brought a 6-month-old puppy to the house floor and screamed “Hey, look at me!” before slitting its throat and lapping up its squirting blood like a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩A Pretty Good Rant 😠Tesla Plunge 🚗Missed Lasts 😥 Those of you who regularly read my drivel (I see you, DirtySciFiBuddah) might have become aware of the fact over the past year or so that I am not a huge fan of our world’s modern institutions. All of them might, in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Incomplete 🕮Frustration 😠Bowl Bust 🏈 To say that I know how to write is like saying I know how to breathe. No one considers that they know how to breathe. They just … breathe. No one is particularly good at breathing or bad at breathing. Again, they just … breathe. I’ve…Keep reading
Welcome to Issue No. 15 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. So last year, I had a list of 100 intentions for 2022, and I did fairly well,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩2023 📅Helping 🧠The Universe 🔭 I’m not much for long-term plans and goals. This isn’t to suggest I don’t think they’re important. I just think that spending a lot of time on them is futile. What’s the saying? Man plans, God laughs. Something like that. Anyway, I’ve learned through experience that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chain Links 🔗”Work” 🧑💼Popular Toys 🧸 After my first son died in December 2000, I spent a lot of time wondering why. Why me? Why Wifey Poo? Why Jacob? Why this level of suffering in a world supposedly created and run by an all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful God? So I did what…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chiefs! 🏈Indy Tickets 🏎️Bank Visit 💰 When I bought the tickets to the Christmas Eve contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks as a gift for Boys The Elder & Younger, it was sometime in September and temps hovered around 90 degrees. The thought that the game might…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Timelines 👶Extinctions 🌋Sin City 👌 As I fall deeper down the rabbit hole learning more about theories on space and time, the concept of alternative timelines comes up again and again and again. Whether it’s the stuff of science fiction or one day will be proven to be the stuff of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Cousin’ Laughs🎤Improv!?!? 🎭Drake Hoops 🏀 Back when I was a boy, I had a favorite Cousin-Who-Wasn’t-A-Cousin. His name was Joey DeVito, and he was in no way a blood relation to me, though I called his father Uncle Frankie and his mother Aunt Celia. I’m pretty sure this is an East…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Glazed 🍩Bingo! 🖥️Disappearing Christians ⛪ I didn’t intend to bring doughnuts for my co-workers yesterday morning. It just sorta happened. How it happened and how it played out is a window into my weird mind. First, an explanation: I have a card purchased from Boy The Younger that entitles me to…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩STL’s Homeless 😥Snake Hoo-Hoos 🐍That Was Epoch 👴 I found James huddled underneath a blanket as he sat, knees to his chest, head bowed, just outside the doorway of a CVS in the Delmar Loop section of St. Louis. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s a fun place filled…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Knicks Memory 🏀JBM LLC 🧑🏼💼Brain Drain 🧠 My most memorable interaction with Paul Silas occurred when I was a 17-year-old kid with big dreams of being a sports reporter. I’d talked with Paul before — his wife and Mother Dearest were active in the local Make A Wish Foundation chapter and…Keep reading