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The Dead Duck - Future Television Writer
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Tue, Apr. 18th, 2006 12:46 am
The Dead Duck

For the past few day, as I have been driving with my father up to my school to engage in a set of tennis, we have both notived a dead duck on the side of the road. The duck is just off to the side, to the point where small parts of it are in the lane that we are in when taking our normal route. I'm fairly certain we have not ran over any part of the dead duck during our voyages, though. Originally, I had seen the dead duck during by myself, prior to the vacation, leaving me to wonder how long the duck has been there.

I have also wondered about the logisitics of the duck's death. It must have been run over in some way, but my question is "where?" Was it run over in the same spot that it is resting now? Was it run over in the middle of the road and then did it struggle to it's long-time spot? Either one of these is a possibility. Maybe it wasn't an accident. Maybe it was bird-flu. My dad said that might be one reason why nobody has bothered to pick it up. The terror that bird-flu is striking in us. I know I wouldn't touch a dead bird. Maybe with gloves. Maybe.

But anyway, back to the question of how long it has been there. I don't think I can make too concrete of a guess, but I'm going to say that it has been over a week. I'm wondering why nobody has called the people who pick up dead animals from the road. A few weeks ago, after spotting a dead racoon in the street, my father called the police, who told him to call another number that I don't remember. The people at the other number didn't answer, being that it was late at night, so being the good member of society that he is, my father went out and got the racoon into a garbage bag. I'm sure he was careful about it.

As for why nobody has done it with this bird, I suspect that it is because it is just out of the road. It is just out of the zone in which it would be continuously run over, causing people to feel enough sympathy to make a phone call. Of course, I'm wondering all this as I sit here and type a journal entry instead of making the phone call that I may or may not be begging for someone to make. It's also interesting to note that the resting place of the bird is right in front of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center. One would think that a house of worship would want to have someone clean up the dead duck on their proverbial doorstep. I wonder if it will be there tomorrow.

Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful

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archbishopm
archbishopm
Archbishop Melker
Tue, Apr. 18th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)

A few blocks from here lie the scant but recognizable remains of a dead squirrel that's been lying just next to the footpath for a full year now.

A duck's more richly allegorical, of course...


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futuretvwriter
futuretvwriter
Josh
Tue, Apr. 18th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)

A year? Wow, that's really something.


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vampirechick
Nicole
Wed, Apr. 19th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)

Yeah, I don't know. Dead things usually sit around out here alot, we had a dead moose that laid on the side of the road for months. But that's because they couldn't get it out of the snow, when break up hit that section of the highway STUNK, they removed it then.

Also don't worry about bird flu too much. We're going to get it before you guys in the lower 48 do. Or so my news tells me. I have my doubts that we get it at all.


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emmyaward
emmyaward
the keeper of the migrating coconuts
Wed, Apr. 19th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)

When I went to Europe on a school trip in year ten, we discovered a frozen dead duck floating upside down in the fountain in the backyard of one of the Hapsburgs' palaces. It became a joke for the rest of the trip; your story just reminded me of it.

It also reminds of this dead bird that was stuck in the roof of the bus stop across the road from my work. It was there for weeks before it was removed, and all you could see were these two spindly legs sticking out of the roof's edging.

You've gotta love animal carcasses just lying around the place, yeah?


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