No, Really, I Work Here

It’s just that—well, this is kind of embarrassing—my uniform is at the cleaners.

Little accident with the ketchup dispenser, if you must know.




  1. Is this the Bluebird of happiness, that flys up your nose?

  2. They don’t work @ a restaurant, they all work @ the Googly Eye Factory! Product Testing Division.

  3. Do we get to see them all start dancing to that one song like they did in that Texaco ad years ago? 🙂

  4. That’s a very cool photo!

  5. Leslie (NTA) says:

    As is standard policy for me these days with NTMTOM entries, I read the whole storyline before scrolling down for the entire visual. SO GLAD I have developed that policy w/ his posts. When I get to the pic, there’s practically an audible
    “Ba-Dump bum” drumbeat for the punchline. That said:

    1) Alternative storyline (while maintaining work/office scenario) could involve something about Whiteout spillage ….
    2) Metz beat me to the reference, but my wording was gonna be specifically to the BEADY eye factor …. aka BEF
    3) Are Birds allowed the “Baroo?” effect?????

  6. resriechan says:

    (oops/ comment form on this computer still had my previous nametag/ screenname..sorry for the false impersonation …blush)

  7. BeckyMonster says:

    I have built a little birdhouse in my soul, and I painted it BLUE. If those snobby red birds don’t love him, I WILL!!

    [Not to put too fine a point on it, say I’m the only bleen in yer bonnet… – Ed.]

  8. Budgies are so underrateeeed! So fun.

  9. Eye capsules galore! The little blue one looks like he’s blushing. *aww*

  10. charliewabba says:

    most definitely, birds qualify for the “baroo” tag, in my opinion.

  11. What a panorama of googly eyes!!!

    @Katrina, sorry to correct you, but Senator, I had budgies. Budgies were friends of mine. And these are no budgies. They seem to be some kind of lovebird, but they are stinkin’ cute, too.

  12. @Leslie, if the “Baroo ” fits . . . :mrgreen:

  13. aw, little birdie does look a dash ‘barressed

  14. Are they big budgies? Lovebirds are pretty!

  15. One of these things is not like the others…come on, sing along now!

  16. …one of these things just doesn’t belong…

  17. the eyes… the eyes!!!

  18. TracyFlick says:

    I thought I was the only one who felt bummed for this birdie. It sure seems kind of sad, huh? Poor birdie.

  19. Poor thing does look embarrassed. Look at those downcast eyes.

  20. This is what happens when your mom goes back-to-school shopping without you.

  21. Trabb's Boy says:

    Those look like the lovely lorikeets they have at the Toronto zoo. You can feed them and they’ll land on your head or arms sometimes and they are so stunningly beautiful.

    The blue one is gorgeous. It looks like he is just missing the red and yellow pigment in the other ones — the blue lines up perfectly with their green. Don’t worry little guy. You’ve got the camoflage to fly the highest!

  22. AuntieMame says:

    My mom would have bought those clothes anyway, even if I was there. They were the cheapest (cheepest?) thing on the rack.

  23. *doffs imaginary hat to NOMTOM ….
    holy BEF batman! can someone recall if the “princess di eyes” is a rule of cuteness? if so, i think this blue boidy showcases it well!

  24. Yeah they do look like love birds, my sister-in-law has one. His name is Didi, one day a couple of years ago they saw a flash of color in a tree outside the window. When they opened the window he flew in and landed on my sister-in-law’s head. They put up posters but nobody came forward so they decided to keep him. He follows her every where in the house, even take a shower with her and eats’ spaghetti off her plate. I was never a big fans of pet birds didn’t think they had much personality but I have to admit Didi changed my mind about that.

  25. Teeny Gozer says:

    Birds of a feather, flock togeth– Er, nevermind.

  26. It’s a Marty Feldman Eyes convention!!!!

    And do I hear “Mine! Mine! Mine!” in the background????

  27. Its one of those rare Norwegian Blues and its merely pinin’ for the fjords.

  28. Head up Billie Budgie! (I know I know it’s been established tis not a budgie, but pbbbth)
    Personally I think it pays to be unique and stand out from the crowd of fashion trend wannabes.

  29. Holy eye capsules!!

  30. BeckyMonster says:

    That is a late parrot! If he wasn’t nailed to the perch he’d be pushin’ up the daisies!!!

    There is a special place in heaven for all the Monty Python guys, or at least there should be.

  31. ChloesMom says:

    These are most definitely Lovebirds. Fischer Lovebirds to be exact. I used to have Peach Faced Lovebirds….loud but adorable!

  32. @BeckyMonster, you are right– that is a Norwegian Blue!

  33. You guys should rent this movie called The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. I think this is a picture of them, actually. Very touching movie.

    Beautiful boids! I”m always amazed by how smart they are.

  34. PS called “cherry heads”

  35. Resriechan says:

    HEY, MANAGEMENT!!! WHAT DOES SOMEBODY hafta DO around here, to add a Tag…???There are a’redy seven mentions of eye capsules or BEF, outta 32 comments so far !!!!!! But, then again, maybe it’s listed in the Glossary but not avail as a Tag ……. Please forgive my (righteous? ridiculous? oh well) indignation ……

  36. The eye capsules look like they’re pasted on. 😀

    Poor little blue guy does seem embarrassed but it doesn’t look like he’s being shunned for being different. Maybe the avian community is more advanced than I thought.

  37. LovesDogs says:

    She (or is it a he) was adopted.

  38. Geez, weren’t any of you guys ever in marching band?! OBVIOUSLY, the blue birdeh is the drum major – whose uniform is ALWAYS unique – and he’s preparing his line for the parade later this afternoon.

  39. Stellasmom says:

    Looks like someone forgot to load the yellow and red cartridges into the Epson…

  40. Stellasmom says:

    sry, that’s yellow and magenta

  41. Just don’t show him a mirror, and he may never know he’s not colored like the others. Remember, ignorance is usually bliss.

  42. victoreia says:

    @brinann: I was going to say primary ballerina with the chorus line….

  43. Byoootiful!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  44. The Fat Budgie, by John Lennon

    I have a little budgie
    He is my very pal
    I take him walks in Britain
    I hope I always shall.

    I call my budgie Jeffrey
    My grandads name’s the same
    I call him after grandad
    Who had a feathered brain.

    Some people don’t like budgies
    The little yellow brats
    They eat them up for breakfast
    Or give them to their cats.

    My uncle ate a budgie
    It was so fat and fair.
    I cried and called him Ronnie
    He didn’t seem to care

    Although his name was Arthur
    It didn’t mean a thing.
    He went into a petshop
    And ate up everything.

    The doctors looked inside him,
    To see what they could do,
    But he had been too greedy
    And died just like a zoo.

    My Jeffrey chirps and twitters
    When I walk into the room,
    I make him scrambled egg on toast
    And feed him with a spoon.

    He sings like other budgies
    But only when in trim
    But most of all on Sunday
    Thats when I plug him in.

    He flies about the room sometimes
    And sits upon my bed
    And if he’s really happy
    He does it on my head.

    He’s on a diet now you know
    From eating far too much
    They say if he gets fatter
    He’ll have to wear a crutch.

    It would be funny wouldn’t it
    A budgie on a stick
    Imagine all the people
    Laughing till they’re sick.

    So that’s my budgie Jeffrey
    Fat and yellow too
    I love him more than daddie
    And I’m only thirty two.

  45. B-b-b-bird bird bird, bird is the word….

  46. Looks like the color on my monitor is a little off. Let me fix that…

    [goes to get a #3 monitor-fixing hammer]

    tap. tap…


    Ah, that’s much better!

  47. o/~ In the tikki tikki tikki tikki tikki room…. o/~

  48. Which one is not like the other ones……..?

  49. Victoreia, good point there. The principal dancers always have the best costumes!

  50. Blue Bird: Damn i should have readed the mail about the uniform

    lol i love the pic the poor little blue bird looks embarrased and the eyes omg the eyes

  51. Trabb’s Boy – Never fly above the canopy!

  52. Von Zeppelin says:

    This guy is wearing the “low visibility camouflage” often seen on modern military aircraft. If it weren’t for all those bright-colored birds around him, he’d blend right in to the background.

  53. I believe those are Fischer’s Lovebirds–they are pretty small (about 5 inch long). The blue one is a color mutation. The birds featured in “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” are Cherry-headed Conures, much bigger birds.

  54. victoreia says:

    “The local theater’s re-enactment of Anderson’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’ had a slight misunderstanding with a rival newspaper when posting the casting call…”

  55. They look Like plastic toys to me

  56. trinky dink says:

    YAY!!! Birdies!! Meg you make us wait faaaaaaar to long between birdie posts.

    BTW, why should you never kiss a budgie?

    Cause you might get CHIRPIES and there’s no TWEETMENT!

    [dodging tomatos and rotten lettuce as she signs off]

  57. Teeny Gozer says:

    ChloesMom is right, they are Fischer’s Lovebirds:

    While most of the Fischer’s Lovebirds are green in color there have been some bred mutations. The ‘blue’ mutation is predominant and indicates a lack of yellow pigment. Usually a ‘blue’ Fischer’s Lovebird will have a bright blue back, tail, and chest, a white neck, a pale grey head and a pale pink beak.

    That bird is a mutant!

  58. “blue” birdie may have reason to look downcast.
    Sad to say, unless there’s another “blue bird” among the bunch, that poor baby may never get a date. At least in certain species of parrots, the baby birds, having been imprinted as to proper coloration by their parents and siblings, will not choose someone with such different coloring as a mate.

    Hence, my “wild” colored cockatiel, who has a massive crush on my sister’s “pearl” hen, is totally shunned by her, while she is chasing after my resQte ‘tiel, who is all “like give me my space, girl, donchewknow, the guys like to do the chasing?”.

  59. googlie eyes says:

    I don’t have much of a comment, but I felt it was important to make a show of googlie eye solidarity. So where do I show it? {ponders} . . .

  60. Chinchillazilla says:

    Aww, poor bird looks like he got left in the sun and faded.

  61. @ Gigi: What a wonderful story! I didn’t think much about pet birds until I babysat for my friend’s parrotlet and fell in love. My current parrotlet, Newton, loves to sit on my sholder and has loads of personality. He’s not as smart as my first parrotlet, but he’s probably a little more loveable. He’ll cuddle in my hands for pretty much as long as I let him, and in the evening he loves to snooze under my hair. Quite frequently, when he’s under there, I’ll feel him yawn. Pretty darn endearing.

  62. Resriechan says:

    @ Dona: Your own story there is pretty keen. A parrot(let) YAWNING???

    Have you been a regular to CO recently/ frequently enough, to have enjoyed the hamster’s full, teefy, slo-mo YAWN that got massive #’s of comments in the past few months? You’d probably particularly enjoy that little vid ….

  63. aw its okay ur purty anyways :]

  64. earlybird1 says:

    Definitely the most AWAKE googley eyes I’ve ever seen. Like me after 3 espressos. O_O

  65. I have a secret to tell
    From my electrical well
    It’s a simple message and I’m leaving out the whistles and bells

    [So the room must listen to me / Filibuster vigilantly / My name is Blue Canary Pink Tongue (spelled T-H-P-P 😛 ) – Ed.]

  66. its like costume day

  67. These are not budgies nor lovebirds. They are conures, probably Sun Conures.
    (not sure about the blue one) We have one, named Capt. Tabasco. She is very beautiful and VERY LOUD.

  68. Oops, I was wrong. I believe Jo is correct that they are Fischer’s Lovebirds.

  69. Ragingaddgirl says:

    I keep thinking he is just the one that Jeans to work on Thursday thinking it was causal Friday… oops!

  70. Well you can’t really tell how big they are, there is no object to be a reference point. So they could be love birds, or they could be conures. I still want y’all to rent that movie though.

  71. kibblenibble says:

    Not sure if they’re conures or lovebirds, but they make me miss my Scout, who was a blue-crowned conure. He lived with me for 20 years. I miss him so.

  72. I always wanted a chance to use “Filibuster vigilantly” in conversation. So far, nothing. But you know, They Might Be Giants’s “Flood” is the single item of music on which my youngest stepson and I can agree (he’s a Slipknot devotee). I gave him his own copy of the CD when he went away to college.

    I lost my lucky ball and chain…

  73. Dancr finally remembers song!!!

    ”I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes…” 😀

  74. darkshines says:

    For fans of birdies, watch the film Paulie, it will break you heart, such a cute movie!

  75. mervtheflamingo says:

    I second that….the little guy is a Norwegian Blue…..and he’s pining for the fjords.

  76. resriechan says:

    [blushing a little, but forging ahead anyhow…
    An ex-Significant Other — we were both M Python aficianados– always used to tell me on the phone, that HE was pining for MY fjords …which actually stood as a coded reference, to a couple of my body parts which are located on my torso, between my neck & my tummy… all these references to the M Python/ Norwegian Blue/ Dead Parrot & Fjords skit …keep knocking my focus
    off-balance….but I’ve got a stoopid grin glued on my face….]

  77. It’s the token white guy on the basketball team!

  78. Even Birds can alone in a crowded room! How poetic.

    Poor thing looks so sad. 😦

  79. Jenn in IL says:

    I must be PMS’ing, because his sad downcast look brought tears to my eyes…it’s okay, little one!! We know you work here!

  80. Dancr sez white and blue bird isn’t pining… he is PLOTTING. heh heh heh. 😉

  81. They all look like they are smiling and give the definite feeling of liking everyone. In other words, they all seem like really nice guys.