A Supremely Bad Idea
Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It AllBook - 2008
It was an epiphany: The moment two friends showed Luke Dempsey a small bird flitting around the bushes of his country garden, he fell madly in love. But did he really want to be a birder? Didn't that mean he'd be forced to eat granola? And wear a man-pouch? Before he knew it, though, he was lost to birding mania. Early mornings in Central Park gave way to weekend mornings wandering around Pennsylvania, which morphed into weeklong trips to Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Florida--anywhere the birds were.
A Supremely Bad Idea is one man's account of an epic journey around America, all in search of the rarest and most beautiful birds the country has to offer. But the birds are only part of it. There are also his crazy companions, Don and Donna Graffiti, who obsess over Dempsey's culinary limitations and watch in horror as an innocent comment in a store in Arizona almost turns into an international incident; as a trip through wild Florida turns into a series of (sometimes poetic) fisticuffs; and as he teeters at the summit of the Rocky Mountains, a displaced Brit falling in love all over again, this time with his adopted country.
Both a paean to avian beauty and a memoir of the back roads of America, A Supremely Bad Idea is a supremely fun comic romp: an environmentally sound This Is Spinal Tap with binoculars.
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"There's a hairy female on the deck!"
Assuming he's referring to a hairy woodpecker...
[This exchange is a running gag between the author, his friend and his friend's wife]
"So, I have a question to ask you," said Don.
"You don't like anything with tomatoes, yes?"
"Don, do we have to?" Donna wailed.
"I like pizza."
"Very interesting," said Don, once again amazed at what he's relearning.
Coarse Language: The text is mildly sprinkled with profanity. Not suitable for young children.
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