Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Giving Up Birding

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Dear All:

After 37 years of near obsession, slack-jawed wonder, and thorough enjoyment of birds, I have decided to hang up the binoculars.

I just don't feel like being a birder anymore.

My new hobby (and I am really jazzed about it!) is collecting paper clips: all colors, shapes, designs and countries of origin. If you know of any cool paper-clip collecting festivals please let me know.

I'm even thinking about writing a book to encourage young people to come inside (it's dangerous outdoors!) and get into the really awesome fun of paper clip collecting!

Well, it's been fun! Gotta dash, my new job at Staples starts tonight at midnight.



On April 1, 2008 at 6:51 PM Anonymous said...

Hey, you and Bert on Sesame Street are kindred souls, he is the only other paperclip collector I know! He'll be thrilled, maybe the two of you can start a club.
Caroline in South Dakota

On April 1, 2008 at 7:34 PM mon@rch said...

Bill, you didn't have me for a second! LOL! I don't think someone can turn off birds like turning off water in the shower!

On April 1, 2008 at 7:41 PM egretsnest said...

You're funny! I have some really pretty striped paperclips I'll send you to get your collection rocking along!

On April 1, 2008 at 7:58 PM Tom said...


I know what you mean. Today, I gave up blogging.

Tom @ Ohio Nature

On April 1, 2008 at 8:18 PM Born Again Bird Watcher said...

I hear that there will be a great gathering of paper clip collectors, or as they prefer to be called membranajunctiologists, in Fargo, ND this coming December.

On April 1, 2008 at 8:29 PM Anonymous said...

Then there is the paperclip monument to the victims of the holocaust.



On April 1, 2008 at 8:32 PM cyberthrush said...

Oh my gosh, Julie of the Boston Terrier is going to be devastated (try to break it to her easily).

On April 1, 2008 at 8:43 PM Trixie said...

OOOOOooooooo.....paperclips. How sexy! You will be as a god among men.

On April 1, 2008 at 11:08 PM Janet Creamer said...

You are a wise man. Good luck at Staples! And when you want to go to another level, you can experiment with paperclip art!


On April 2, 2008 at 8:43 AM Beverly said...


When penguins fly, perhaps!


On April 2, 2008 at 2:35 PM Bill of the Birds said...


Awesome good news about the penguins! Thanks for sharing!


On April 2, 2008 at 8:32 PM Owlman said...

I would have believed stamps......not!

On April 3, 2008 at 5:54 PM Michael Nelson said...

Love your sense of humour, laughed outloud!!