[Tweeters] Those Incredible Nerd's

Michelle Johnson asmalllife at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 10:29:13 PDT 2012

Never underestimate the power and tenaciousness of nerds in possession of
educational grants.

Michelle Johnson
Oak Harbor, WA

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM, jeff gibson <gibsondesign at msn.com> wrote:

> Yesterday (4/23) was about as warm an April day as I can remember in the

> last few years, at least around here. I was feeling lucky in the afternoon

> and stopped off at Fields Riffle just downstream from Snohomish.


> The riparian willows and cottonwoods were awash in Yellow- rumped Warblers

> - I gave up trying to keep track, a few singing quietly. Saw a pair of FOY

> Yellowthroats, the male singing just a bit, and up high in an alder, a

> bright Goldfinch was singing away- the first I've heard this year. Ah yes,

> those incredible birds!


> As always, I stopped and checked out the humble sand patch along the trail

> for bugs. There I spied a few Oregon Tiger Beetles, the iridescent beauty

> of which could compete quite well with a tropical Hummingbird in terms of

> shiny color. It's just that they're so puny - about 1/2" long - that most

> folks wouldn't notice. Most would just write these off as flies on the

> trail - they are incredibly zippy, on the ground and in flight. It has been

> suggested that Tiger Beetle's, for their size, are the fastest animals on

> earth, moving so fast at times that their own eye's can't keep up. Amazing.


> What I find almost equally amazing is how anyone could figure that out. I

> mean, what kind of incredible nerd would it take to come up with data like

> that? And what kind of super nerd equipment, what kind of cool ultra

> bug-o-meters would something like that be measured with? Incredible! I

> should say that I consider the label Nerd a term of endearment, a

> compliment. Why, I have several nerd-like qualities myself, and I imagine,

> since you're reading tweeters, you just might be a nerd too. Maybe even one

> of those Incredible ones.


> Jeff Gibson

> nerding about in

> Snohomish Co. Wa


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