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Your moment of random [Jan. 8th, 2010|10:36 am]
Zoethe
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I can't decide which is weirder: that a misdialing little old lady from New Haven, Connecticut called my toll-free number with questions about the disposition of antique bird of paradise feathers under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or that I knew the answer.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 03:36 pm (UTC)
(No, you can't sell feathers from any bird protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act unless you have a special permit.)
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2010-01-08 03:40 pm (UTC)
That whole scenario is the weirdest thing I've heard all day.

Your icon, of course, is perfect for it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 03:52 pm (UTC)
Who could pass up an icon opportunity like that???
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[User Picture]From: regyt
2010-01-08 03:56 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2010-01-08 03:58 pm (UTC)
That's just awesome. I wish every time I dialed a wrong number, the person on the other end would solve my problem anyway! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 04:17 pm (UTC)
Well, that was pretty obvious, I thought!
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[User Picture]From: gardenwaltz
2010-01-08 04:04 pm (UTC)
Misdial my foot. Someone has obviously posted your phone number on the bathroom walls of the Audoban society.
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[User Picture]From: 28bytes
2010-01-08 04:24 pm (UTC)
I know you're self-employed, but that would be an awesome line item to add to your résumé.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2010-01-08 04:46 pm (UTC)

Um....

Being a Lawyer type, you knowing the answer would not seem so odd... what is odd is that there IS a little old lady who still HAS antique bird of paradise feathers.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2010-01-08 04:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Um....

i have seen them old and battered, in Goodwill and such
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 05:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Um....

Actually, it is odd because the law if phenomenally broad and no lawyer knows about everything, particularly things that are far out of their field. I know because my ex took a field ornithology class one summer while we were dating and he wrote his term paper on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

And she had the feathers because they were her mother's, who wore them on a hat in the 1910s and stored the feathers away when the hat went out of fashion.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2010-01-08 04:52 pm (UTC)
that is just so cool....
as far as i reclall she can do almost anything *except sell them*
if it was hawk or eagle feathers she cant really even pick them up.... sad
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had to explain this to some of my coven mates. They were quite irked.
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[User Picture]From: etain
2010-01-09 03:37 am (UTC)
I used to do volunteer work taking care of, among other things, hawks and eagles. Every year for our birthdays we were allowed to take a feather home. It was awesome.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-09 04:46 am (UTC)
That is extremely awesome.

Don't try to sell them. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: pjhandley
2010-01-08 05:17 pm (UTC)
weirder that she called. somehow, I'm not surprised that you knew the answer.
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[User Picture]From: bbwoof
2010-01-08 05:28 pm (UTC)
If one wants to know about the law, it's not surprising that one should call an attorney.

It's only surprising that she should call an attorney by accident.

Was your answer pro bono?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
Of course it was pro bono.
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[User Picture]From: interactiveleaf
2010-01-08 08:35 pm (UTC)
May I repost this entry to readers_list? I will link back here for comments, and all the other criteria are listed here; I think you know them already though.

Edited to add: I'll check the entry for good HTML before posting, if you say yes. :)

Edited at 2010-01-08 08:36 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sure! Permission is automatic; I only ask for notification.
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[User Picture]From: interactiveleaf
2010-01-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
Done.

I don't know that this is what they're looking for--their entries tend towards the long and didactic thoughtful--but I liked it.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2010-01-09 01:44 am (UTC)
Here from readers_list. I loved it.

I do like the long and thoughtful. And the short and thoughtful. And long and amusing. And short and amusing. Anything that makes me bark out an involuntary laugh gets thumbs up in my book. Good pick.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-09 04:43 am (UTC)
Hi, and thanks. It made me laugh, so I had to share.
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[User Picture]From: interactiveleaf
2010-01-09 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. Thanks for commenting; that eased my mind and helped make my day. :)
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[User Picture]From: mmseason
2010-01-08 09:52 pm (UTC)
That is so delightful, i've simply got to tweet about it. ('Twitter' the verb? Nah.)

But given the title of your journal, i would only expect you to know things like this.

I have some antique peacock tail-feathers, but they're probably not as precious.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-08 10:48 pm (UTC)
Peacocks are not included, so you are safe.
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