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20110311

Mar 11 2011

"I love you. What's your name? 'Ref-lec-tion', so mysterious! Ooh."

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You thought for a moment there that STM was opening up his heart to someone else? Nope, just the usual ego-wanking.

In this clip from before we went to sleep, Adam shares the daydream he had at work yesterday, inspired no doubt by STMs moving rendition of "All You Need is Duck." I need to preface this with the following information:
  1. Molly is our little beagle dog.
  2. We take Molly for a long romp in the park every weekend. There is a pond on our route where lots of doggies congregate. Molly actually hates water, so she barks indignantly at any dog that decides to take a swim.
  3. Runner ducks are so named because they stand up straight and run. (see adorable image below)
  4. Adam does not usually talk like a six-year-old, in quick staccato phrases, all of which end in an upswing. If he did, I'd happily swallow Drano just to escape it.

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ADAM: I was daydreaming, and I daydreamed that we decided to get a runner duck as a pet, and we hatched it, and because Molly was the first thing it saw, it thought Molly was it's mum, and so we used to take it for a walk into Richmond Park with Molly, and it used to follow Molly everywhere, and the duck learned not to go into the pond 'cause Molly would always bark, so they'd stand on the edge of the puppy pond, and Molly would bark, and the duck would quack at all the dogs. Yeah, that's my daydream at work today. We called the runner duck Harvey. Don't know why.
KAREN: It's a good name for a duck.
ADAM: I think so, yeah. It's a stand-up kinda name for a stand-up kinda duck. Yeah, a runner duck called Harvey. Quack.
KAREN: Quack quack.


15 comments:

  1. Male runner ducks don't quack, according to Wikipedia.

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  2. Anonymous - Way to kill Adam's hopes and dreams! -Karen

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  3. I wouldn't worry about it. If the duck sees Molly as its parent it will probably copy her behaviour where possible. The fact that they don't quack doesn't mean they can't, so I bet it will follow her example and make noise (quack) when she does still.

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  4. In the 1960s, my mother had a pet mallard duck and she called it Harvey. It slept in a doll cradle in her room. :)

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  5. Maybe they couldn't tell if it was a guy duck or a girl duck when it hatched--it's not easy, you know!

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  6. Maybe the daydream was brought out by STM's other side .... daydream man....hopefully not as outspoken as STM

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  7. My dog hauls me to a Chi chi mall near my house that has several kinds of ducks and white and black swans. It's so freaking exciting for him that he refuses to come home sometimes. I've actually had to pick up my 70 pound American bulldog and carry him so that he understands that we are going home.

    Sometimes people are afraid that he will attack the water fowl but I know he won't because that would require him to get wet. So they're safe and he's puzzled. I've also considered getting him a pet duck so I don't have to worry about mall security kicking us out or banning us one day. However, said ducky would have a short life out of the water.

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  8. I've hand-raised Indian Runners, so I can testify as to the quackability of the males. The females DO have a very strident quack. The males, however...they sound like they have a perpetual case of bad laryngitis. Sort of very, very hoarse wheezy quack. They are very sweet ducks, and I adore them!

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  9. "Adam does not usually talk like a six-year-old, in quick staccato phrases, all of which end in an upswing. If he did, I'd happily swallow Drano just to escape it."

    Priceless

    *Quack*

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  10. Is it odd that literally a minute before I read the thing about the duck I was reading a comic in which there is a boy named Harvey that has dreams of ducks? Hmm...

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  11. Oh, love a duck! *teehee*

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  12. I also raise Indian Runners and we have two drakes who are fairly vocal and one female who is VERY vocal. Both sexes can indeed quack (I guess we should correct wikipedia). The picture that Karen put up looks just like my three! We named them Huey, Dewy, and Louie when they were hatched because you cant tell what they are until they get older. Turns out Huey is the girl haha. They do make really great pets, and interestingly, are not big swimmers! Their shape makes them less suited for sitting on the water like other ducks do. The runners actually are more land birds than water birds and they like to run around. So Harvey probably would have stood at the edge of the pond with Molly and quacked! Adam is pretty accurate!

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