The magpie is a really interesting bird. He kind of reminds me of a crow, and perhaps he is related. I suspect he probably is. An amazingly intelligent bird, but also so adaptable. The magpie lives in Australia and David has known him for a long time. He is also quite vicious in nesting season, but that's another story for another time. Involves blood spattering and injured parties....yeah, I'm not up for that either....
When David remembers the magpie, he remembers him in the wild, up to magpie sorts of adventures, doing magpie sorts of things. An interesting bird that sort of kept to himself...unless of course...nesting season.... What was different about meeting the magpie again for David was that the magpie has ventured into the human world. We met the magpie in a cafe, as you might meet a pigeon or a seagull, sniffing out scraps of food.
For David, he was sad. He thought, no magpie, this isn't you is it? A scavenger of human crap leftovers? Really? It seemed like a different bird. Like a successful businessman now homeless, begging on the street.
But then I thought about exactly what the magpie has done. Humans have squeezed creatures out of their habitats all over the place. Maybe the magpie was facing some tough choices and figured out a way to adapt to the new world. Maybe the magpie will be one of the species smart enough to stay with us as we move forward. I'm sorry that we suck, destroying animal habitats and hurting creatures. For that I'm sorry magpies. I wish we didn't.
Yeah, I did have a point in all of this, sorry. I have been feeling sorry for myself quite a bit as I try to adapt to this other side of the planet, with it's reversed day and night, and reversed temperatures (30 above to 30 below has been BRUTAL)...yeah, you've heard me complain. I want to do better. I want to be adaptable like the magpie. Yes, things change, get over it, figure out how to live another way. It's an amazing lesson. Hope for even pathetic people like us.
We had a great gig at Bushwakker's last night, and I love the people that came out and had some fun with us even though it was -30 something....these truly are the magpies of the world, adapting with life and just still going. You guys are amazing. Thank you for being part of my experience.