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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Story

I first heard the Frozen Bird story when I was in the Navy, undergoing arduous training. The saga runs like this:

A little bird was flying south for the Winter. It was so cold that the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While he lay there, near death there, a cow came by and dropped a large pile of dung on him, warming him and saving his life.

As life coursed back into his little feathered body, he realized that he was covered by dung, repellant and odorous. He started chirping and complaining.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

There are lessons that can be drawn from this:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) When you are in deep dung, best to keep your mouth shut.

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22 comments:

  1. and for some of the risk averse among us. Avoid places where risk might occur. Stay safe, keep calm and do not trust anybody. Be prepared to defend yourself and always have access to the gear and resources needed in case of anything. Take care LL.

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  2. So that's what you get in Navy boot camp? Shit stories?

    Sign me up.

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    1. Fredd, the stories are endless. Not all Navy stories involve excrement. From your Army service, I'm sure that there are not many stories you haven't heard.

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    2. And the best ones all start out, "This is no shit!"

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  3. An old yarn, but a valid one. #3 can be be especially important.

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    1. I think that was their point. Nobody wants to hear your chirping/complaining.

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  4. And if you are hungry enough, nothing spoils your appetite.

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    1. Yes, I ate small frogs in a jungle once when we were out of food and they were remarkably good.

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  5. I always liked this version---

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=266cV7V4P30

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    1. You almost have to, Odie. Not much choice.

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  7. Bwahahahaha. Sorry. Struck me as funny.

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  8. An old cautionary tale that never gets old.

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    1. Today it would be labeled a "methane producer" and a contributor to global warming.

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  10. I was probably about the same age you were when I first heard it, only as a test technician in a factory 45 years ago. Just as good and just as true as ever.

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    1. There are those on the left who would ask the question, "was the bird a crow or a dove" as if that makes any difference.

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