Friday, June 20, 2008

Parrot for State Bird of California?

I don't often click on online ads, but reading CNN, I had to know what this ad, "Parrot for State Bird," was about. Could someone seriously be spending money to petition our legislators to replace our state bird, the quail?

Turns out it's just an ad for Parrot Cellular, reminding consumers that they have plenty of Bluetooth devices at their stores to buy before California's new hands-free driving law goes in to effect on July 1.

The reason I half-bought the premise of the petition is because there are wild parrots in California. One of my favorite documentaries of all time is The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. Judy Irving's film about San Francisco hippie Mark Bittner and his relationship with an urban flock of cherry-headed conures is a surprisingly touching meditation on life, loneliness, and love with the ultimate feel-good ending. If you don't believe that this movie has appeal beyond the Animal Planet set, check out the positive reviews of 100% of the top critics at Rotten Tomatoes, then view the trailer:

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