Friday, July 3, 2015


Chris and I have a code word.

When we're out and about, we often eavesdrop on what others are saying, and if it's especially interesting, funny, absurd, or stupid, we simply say "gardening." The other person then knows to be quiet for a few seconds.

Why "gardening" as a code word? Because if we said, "Shhhhh! I'm EAVESDROPPING!" the eavesdroppees might hear and thus shut up. And there goes our fun!

Here's something we overheard in 2002 in a restaurant in Newport, Oregon. It was so good I wrote it on the placemat, took it home, and kept it. While packing boxes in the last few months, I found it.

In case you can't read my writing (and who can, really? it's very artistic, but highly illegible) a couple at the next table were talking about birds . . .

"Is that a crow or a raven?"
"It's a raven. Crows have yellow beaks and yellow feet."

Do you see why "gardening" can be a most rewarding pastime? I highly recommend it. You just might learn something . . .

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Jim said...

Of course, you know how to tell the difference between Raven and a Crow? Those finger-like feathers at the end of the wing are called pinions. A Crow has 4 and a Raven has 5. So, in the end it's just a matter of a pinion .....

Carol Leigh said...

Sigh . . . Sometimes you're just too clever for your own good . . . Luckily, I appreciate cleverness!

Unknown said...

Reminds me of one I heard years ago about tails wagging indepently or dependent on the dog's butt. Eavesdropping can be entertaining or depressing, depending on your state of mind, or the state of a dog.'s butt.