Something to get your mind off the stock market. From an email I received.
I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it lovingly with seed. It was indeed a beautiful bird feeder. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue. Then came the bird poop. It was everywhere; on the patio tile, the chairs, the table ... everywhere! Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food. After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio. Soon, the back yard was like it used to be ... quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
imaging a Mourning Dove figuring out how to get the lid up so it could climb in and sit down while eating. imagine the panic from the same dove discovering that in was easier than out. imagine the rage from the same dove when the kindly homeowner attempted to free the dove. now imagine the homeowner deciding that providing free food was not worth the effort for zero gratitude, and deciding they all were infected with West Nile Virus and did just fine before humans came along with feeders.
Has anyone ever thanked you for the taxes you paid? There is no gratitude. None at all. That is because you don't give it, they take it. They don't have to thank you because you didn't have a choice. You can feel happy about giving it away but that doesn't mean that the people receiving it care. They probably don't even like you. And if you gave them twice as much they still would not like you. That is not the point. For a liberal politician to buy their vote and get elected they don't have to like you. He gets elected even if they spit on you. And if you told them that the money they get from the government came from taxes you paid I'm sure they would spit on you. I'm certain of it.
It turns out that a Dove in my back yard just had a chick. She sat on the egg for weeks and has been feeding it for about the last week. It looks like the little chick is growing fast. I would not be surprised if it is off flying very soon. From what I can tell this is a very happy dove family and they are making it with no help from us.