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Tropical Diary: Post #2665 ... Or: "Hey, Where'd Judy go?"
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

With apologies to my local southwest Florida readers who might have read this already, I feel compelled to reprint here a great story from my local newspaper, The News-Press (written by Glenn Miller):

"The hawk swooped unseen and unheard upon its prey, a defenseless Quaker parrot named Judy Garland, who was only inches away from its owner, south Fort Myers resident Ronda Piccirillo.

It was Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving. As it dived for its attack, one of the hawk's wings brushed Piccirillo's face. The hawk snatched Judy Garland and was last seen speeding over Vassar Drive, not somewhere over the rainbow, toward neighbor Carlene Brennen's house. Judy Garland hasn't been seen since.''I heard her scream,'' Piccirillo said. "So traumatic. Oh, gosh."

Then it was Piccirillo's turn to yell. "I heard her screaming," neighbor Joyce Richardson said. All the screaming by all the parrots and all the humans in Lee County couldn't save Judy Garland.

This was the second parrot Piccirillo has lost in recent years. About three years ago, her pet of 23 years, a parrot named Coca, died. Then on Nov. 7, 2007, Piccirillo's boyfriend, Ron Darling, gave her a new parrot, the one she named Judy Garland, after the legendary singer. Piccirillo, 53, is also a singer. She's a DJ and performs in karoake bars under the name RondaLee. She liked to take Judy out, place her on the branch of a frangipani tree. That's where they were Friday morning.

"I was standing there, talking to her," Piccirillo said. "It was so serene."

Then the serenity was gone. So was Judy Garland.

"There was nothing I could do," Piccirillo said.

After her screaming, Vassar Drive got quiet.

"It was dead silent," Piccirillo said. "There wasn't an animal in the neighborhood making a sound."

Ad again: Surreal, huh? All the way down to the boyfriend's name: Ron Darling. As I said last week, all those Florida crime-writer novelists don't make this stuff up!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ad: Following up on an earlier post, I noticed the following news report (and yes, it did occur in Florida -- of course):

INDIANTOWN - Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man who threw hot sweet potato pie in his girlfriend's face on Thanksgiving because he didn't like the food, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

December 2, 2008 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Oh, man, I love sweet potato pie!

December 2, 2008 at 11:22 PM  

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