Saturday, January 24, 2009


Here's a question for you... Are you smarter than a chicken?

I have serious doubts that I am.

You know those demonstrations where the chicken remembers which button to push to get the corn, and never gets it wrong?

Well apparently I can't be trained to remember something that I've been doing nearly every day for a year and a half.

Here's what I'm talking about...

Our Ford Taurus has that ridiculous feature where all the doors automatically lock as soon as you go over 5 mph, and EVERY time I get out of the car and need to open the back door I forget that it's locked, grab the handle and try to flip it open. This causes my fingers to slip off the handle with a painful and humiliating snap!

In fact, I do this so often that now everytime it happens I start clucking like a chicken in honor of my stupidity.

So wait... I guess I can be trained after all.


Elizabeth said...

Ha ha! Last year I had to move my classroom to the other side of the school. When the school year started I was constantly going to my old classroom like an old horse that's trained to go back to the barn. It was funny the first 3 or 4 times, but after about the 20th time people were starting to worry.

Unknown said...

Wish it was as easy to build a good habit as it is hard to shake the old familiar ones.

Anonymous said...

At least you look like a rooster, and that is not too bad.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

That's got to be even more fun in the cold winter when it feels like your fingers have actually just snapped off.

Mom Thumb said...

I hate that feature on automobiles. Try doing that with acrylic nails. On second thought, please don't get acrylic nails.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

Oh yeah, you should try it with the nails.

Sandy said...

Maybe you just need a little positive reinforcement. Do you like corn?

Roger Miller said...

At least you have your keys with you. Imagine the same scenario with all the doors locked, and your keys laugh mockingly at you, from the driver's seat, where you left them. :)

Not saying that has happened to me, but to a friend, yeah that's it, a friend. Twice. In a period of six months.

Michelle said...

If it makes you feel any better, my husband did the same thing with his Camry. Until he finally was shamed into remembering to unlock the door to get our children after I laughed at him mercilessly enough times.... Maybe you could try that route?

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I've done that before and broken a couple of nails down to the skin...I cry just thinking of the pain!!!

Sam said...

Every morning for last about 4 month, I have opened the wrong cupboard to get the cereal (after a rearrangements). I then swear.

Anonymous said...

I still keep writing 2008.

Maureen said...

So it's a common sight around your home town to see a tall man clucking beside his car, is it?

Oh my.

Doozie said...

you should probably just say no to fords

Heather said...

My husband does that too when we need to get the kids out of the back seat. I almost always have to open my door again to unlock the rest of the doors.

I have the opposite habit. I always unlock even when I don't have any kids with me (although that is rare).

United Studies said...

I hate when I do that...I usually end up breaking a nail.

JD at I Do Things said...

I haven't started clucking like a chicken yet, but the last SEVEN times I've done the grocery shopping, I've forgotten milk. Dave: "Don't you write a list?" Me: "Yes." Dave: "Don't you check off the items as you get them?" Me: "Yes."

Maybe my body is trying to tell me something?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

elizabeth - Yeah, but did they bring you oats and apples?

gette - That's funny, it's not hard for chickens.

bill - Yeah, but I do a better cluck than cock-a-doodle-do.

ed - Oh yeah, good times.

mom thumb - I prefer all natural, thank you.

jen - Sorry, I bite mine.

sandy - Good one! As long as it's not cream corn. That stuff is disgusting!

roger - I have no idea what you're talking about. ;b

michelle - First I'll need to borrow some youngins. I'm fresh out.

leeuna - What's with all the nail issues? I must have touched a nerve amongst the women folk.

sam - Sounds like it's time to practice your chicken imitation.

rick - That's not too bad, I just moved on from 2007.

maureen - Uh yeah sure. What's so strange about that?

doozie - Is that the only car that does this? I hate that feature.

heather - Sounds like you two are a good balance for each other.

jackie - Again with the nails! ;-)

jd - I can't stand being without milk so I never forget it. In fact, I usually buy milk every time I go to the store so sometimes I get milk buildup and there's no room for it our fridge. No worries though... I just throw out other food so there's room.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

So, I drive over in my Taurus from LOBO's News Desk, and here I find a chicken. IRONY

Going to add this to my WCT links.

SNAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed said...

I'm dumber than a chicken too, my Ford Explorer does the same thing and like you I'm constantly forgetting to unlock everything.