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bird in the hand is worth a grand om flight fails for feathered friend Note: A rare recently es- an lssaquah family, friends, interested by- on a wild bird chase before returning The follow- bird was inter- an enterprising This is the in his own )SChaefer, Cockatoo as told to ask me, freedom s cracked up to be. first time in my out of the house, ase me with auto- ses at !end out some cute m a tacky bird into coming was a little SUnshine and a stretch the old all, you ought to really unhap- . When Ryan and brought me he pet shop at Center, they for me. That you know. out of the egg guess I was worth say I had LOoked like 1 ht in if they ever Member Pride Move- right after the folks at 270 Rainier morning that me. You would t it was spring. someone had nt door open, feathers just and before I knew Only had about ;to circle and float Uple of wingovers got back and started. From sitting, about an apple 'tree pretty Y immediate con- was a large i r / :/ /, Lorna Schaefer-- my kinda gal after all. Photo by Terry McLafferty. about three blocks away. About this time they start- ed bringing out the troops. Actually, I was busy at the time getting ready for my sundown ritual. Roosters (distant cousins, at best) crow at dawn to tell every- body what's obvious -- he, boy, the sun is up. But cockatoos, being more sophisticated birds (ever hear of a talking chicken?) do their crooning at sundown. Anyway, about 7:30, who do 1 spot but my old owner, John Graves, of the pet shop, coming to wave and shout and see how I was doing. He and the Schaefers seemed to be having a heck of a good time, jumping up and down and pointing and hollering. I decided to leave them a little privacy. I flew off to the can- dy place and spent a quiet night on my own. We bachelors have a hard life in the wilds. Typical luck. In the morn- ing, when the mood was gone, I wake up to find Graves is back, this time with the most beautiful little doxy, all decked out in white fea- thers and well-groomed, and she was too timid to come up and introduce herself, well, I was too proud to go grovel- ing. It's a good thing I didn't get any closer to the ground. In fact, I had gone up about 80 feet in a nice smelling poplar tree when the guano hit the fan and l nearly croaked. I hadn't been paying atten- tion when the big yellow truck snuck up underneath me. But those guys made so much noise pfilling out hoses and starting up engines that I had my wits about me when the water started to fly. (I asked about this when I got home, you know. Seems these guys were county fire- men. The city boys said they don't do animal stuff -- bless 'em -- but those county boys must have been running for office or something. They came right over, "just to be neighborly." When they cut loose with these hoses, I nearly had a heart attack.) Since I was 10 or 15 feet higher than their ladders, 1 should have guessed. I had no choice. I just hung on, wrapping beak, talons, all I ds, way up the waiting for me on the had around that old poplar I d get back in ground, till they gave up. (Must have and zipped off to Hey, I was tempted, Boy had the meter running on tree on Dogwood was I tempted. But, heck, if that old truck; and my folks lmqqmmmminnnmnmmilnnmmunliniimmmunlmmmimimlnmmmmmmie mmlma i OFF ] SALMON BAKE i Reg. $6.00 Dinner, includes salmon ,, baked over alder, salad, bread | and beverage. | OCT. 1 and 2, 1983 -" Noon -- 6 P.M. | GIBSON PARK.. | Sponsored by Issaquah Kiwanis =- Limit 1 coupon per family. I Discount does not apply to children's portions. _m Ililiilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll ran out of quarters.) They took all the fun out of it, I'll say that for them. I spent the night in a nearby alder tree and tried to get warm. They next day is a blur. I remember flying back near the house and seeing my cage outside, the door prop- ped open by a little stick with a string on it. That smelled a little funny to get too close. 1 had still had some thinking to do. All that afternoon and evening I jumped around, ex- ploring and watching all the funny people shouting at me and pointing and running in- doors when 1 passed. You'd have thought I was Big Bird or something. Flying, I was learning, was hard work. Maybe that's why people don't do it. 1 used to think their wings were too skinny and their bottoms too I big, but maybe it's just pure laziness. But the next day I ached in places I didn't know I had places. My wings were just strong enough to hang down, and I was awful tired of hav- ing to break open everything I ate. Fast food -- birdseed and nice apples and shelled walnuts, and stuff, has its place, you know. By Monday morning, after all the cars had run off to the big highway and the down- town started getting noisy again, I started drifting home, thinking more and more about getting warm, and missing the family a lit- tle. When the smells brought me back to the candy place, I. settled down on a low fence and decided to let fate have its way. About 3:30, I was told later, my folks mother, Marge Constanich, suddenly appeared, climbing over a fence. She walked right up to me and said, "Well, Skip, ready to go home?" I just climbed up on her arm to think about it, and that's that. Since I've been back, they've treated me real nice, except for that rotten-tasting medicine they say is going to keep my ticker going a little longer and keep the old nose clear. You know, it's hard work being a man about town. Tough on the feet, tough on the old wings. And its tough on the fami- ly. I think next year for my vacation I'll sit in the front room a while. Or maybe hang upside down for a day or so. If I had stayed out any longer I would have missed the new television season. Everybody says its for the birds. I can hardly wait. KIDS! Catch A "Sahnon'" During Sahnon Days ..... ,, at FAITH'S "FISH MARK, ir il iiill :00iii ! Q FAI;iTN;;ED METHODIST CHURCH Serving lssaquah Sammamish Area Meeting at Church School 9 A.M. Worship 10 A.M. Holiday Inn -- lssaquah William B. Price, Pastor 392-0123 RAKE REPAIR s99so ,* repack front wheel bear- groare reals, t)leed brake system With new brake fluid) Radial TIGAR 20328R PRICE F.E.T. 155SR12 $34.89 $1.25 145SR13 34.91 1.35 155SR13 35.29 1.42 185SR13 38.83 1.84 175SR13 41.87 1.86 185SR13 45.19 1.93 185SR14 41.17 1.72 Dual steel-belted Rayon body plies Smaller metric size coverage Performance tread design Popular 70 and 80 series sizes 175SR14 43.75 1.92 185SR14 47.16 2.08 165SR15 43.29 1.81 165/70SR13 41.04 1.58 175/70SR13 42.39 1.72 185/70SR13 46.47 1.91 185/70SR14 47.77 2.11 195/70SR14 50.85 2.15 i AH MOST PASSENGER TIRE FLAT REPAIRS s25o EACH I i L 60 N.W. Gilman Blvd. 392-3831 SNOWTIRES N,OW STOCK! The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, September 28, 1983 - Page 3 Call Because of ever-present early winter snow storms, the Department of Transporta- tion urges drivers to plan ahead for trips over any of Washington State's 11 high- mountain-pass highway sum- mits. The Department's popular Sno-Line road condition Reporting service alerting motorists to driving hazards will begin October 1 and con- tinue through April 1, 1984. Motorists can dial any of ten Sno-Line telephone numbers to hear up-to-date road Sno-Line for mountain pass conditions reports. The service is avail- able 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sno-Line numbers include: Bellingham (676-2201); Everett (252-3146); Seattle (464-6010); Tacoma (383- 4541); Olympia (943-4600); Longview-Kelso (636-2660); Wenatchee (663-5151); Ellensburg (962-6851); Yakima (575-2606)" In addition to the Depart- ment of Transportation's Sno-Line road condition re- portin service, motorists can take advantage of the Department's Highway Ad- visory Radio (HAR) service to get over 1-90's Snoqualmie Pass summit. The HAR service linked to variable message electronic signs approaching the Sno- qualmie Pass summit, pro- vides up-to-the-minute road conditions via vehicle AM radios. Motorists can tune 1610 khz to hear brief reports as they approach the 3,010 foot high summit near North Bend on the west and Cle Elum on the east. Boat Company float wins in parade Frontier Boat Company's float in the Ellensburg Rodeo Parade won a first place in the commercial division. The parade took place over the Labor Day weekend. The float featured a 15- foot skiff and 8-foot El Toro draped with nets and floats. The company will also have a float in the Salmon Days parade. ISSAQUAH MARK-IT FOOD STORE HOURS: M-W 9-7, Th-Fr9-8. Sat. 9-7, Sun. 10-6 Shop Mark-It Foods Where Your Food Dollar Buys More. Featunng Market Fresh Produce From The Garden To Your Table. FRESH MUSHROOMS FOR SALADS OR STEAKS SAVE $1.10 lb. TIGER MOUNTAIN CRACKED MARKET FRESH PRODUCE NEWCROPRED POTATOES LOCAL SPINACH O0 SAVE 16 = SAVE 20 FRESH BAKERY- PUGET SOUND BAKING CO. OLD FASHIONED, PLAIN OR ICED WHEAT BREAD KRUNCHY DONUTS ALOAF O EACH FOI SAVE10 .... SAVE45 ':' FRESH FRESH MEAT BONELESS GROUND BEEF PORK BUTT ROAST .............. : SAVE 51 LB. LB. " SAVE 61' LB. " --- - 7,07" -- --" _'2". HYLiHAUI: HUT OOEi5 TOPSIRL01N STEAK 278 00m'll li n l ,.. WESTERN FAMILY WESTERN FAMILY TUNA. GRADE AA BUTTER SAVE26 SAVE27  WESTERN FAMILY BATH TISSUE WESTERN FAMILY PAPER TOWELS SAVE22 2 PLY SAVE20  C 85 SQ. FT. PRICES EFFECTIVE 9-28 THROUGH 10-4. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT. 625 N.W. Gilman Blvd