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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An Exchange

Posted by on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

A few hours ago on Broadway, a man in a Kangol cap, a track suit, and sunglasses was whistling across the street to a friend. He tucked his bottom lip beneath his incisors, one of which was gold, and emitted an uncommonly loud and elaborate whistle. The whistle had a high, smooth, oscillating pitch. It sounded like a sine wave or an unusually cheerful mourning dove.

"That's a hell of a whistle you've got there," I said as I passed.

"Thank you sir!" he boomed. "I swallowed a bird!" Then he gave me one of those wink/cheek-clicks that is often accompanied by that pointing gesture where you make like your finger is a gun and your thumb is the hammer.

But he didn't make that pointing gesture. Just the wink/cheek-click.

 

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1
So essentially, you ran into the Faulous Mr. Fox?
Posted by onehack on February 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
2
@1 FTW
Posted by maddogm13 on February 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
3
er, Fabulous. What the cuss?
Posted by onehack on February 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
4
You can just call 'em finger-guns.
Posted by JenV on February 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
@3, it's impossible to pronounce (or type) the letter 'b' while whistling.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
LogopolisMike 6
This could be retitled "Why I'll Never Not Live in a City Again"
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on February 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM · Report this
rob! 7
What sounded like a cheek-click was actually the bird traversing his epiglottis. The wink? Pure reflex. You try swallowing a bird.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on February 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
8
wink/cheek-clickwink/cheek-clickwink/cheek-clickwink/cheek-clickwink/cheek-clickwink/cheek-clickwink/cheek-click
Posted by gloomy gus on February 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
schmacky 9
You should send someone out into the streets every day, all day long, and have them write blog entries. Different streets, of course...not just downtown and Cap Hill (and Green Lake).
Posted by schmacky on February 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
More, I Say! 10
My high-fives are like an aggravated old lady, pointing her fingers like she's got tiny guns.
Posted by More, I Say! on February 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 11
There was an young hipster who swallowed a bird;
How absurd, to swallow a bird!
He swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside him.
He swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why he swallowed that fly -
Perhaps he'll die
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on February 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM · Report this
12
Not to be a cantankerous old cuss, but a pure, unwavering tone sounds like a sign wave. Unless you modulate it with an additional much lower frequency sign wave, then you would get the warble. Sorry to get all audio-science-nazi on you, but that ridiculous graphic that Google is passing off as a modified sine wave in honor of Heinrich Hertz's birthday still has my dander up.
Posted by paulus on February 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM · Report this
rob! 13
[lol @ gus]
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on February 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
14
@12: Have you considered Head & Shoulders, or one of the identical but much cheaper generic equivalents?
Posted by also on February 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM · Report this
15
Can you blame him for not wanting to get shot down by SPD for brandishing a weapon?
Posted by suddenlyorcas on February 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
16
An excellent post and thread. I love me some frivolous on Slog.
Posted by Christy O on February 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this

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