Who is Roofus Seagull?

There is a seagull who lands on the roof of an old victorian building next door to us, and waits for the neighbors to toss him bread crumbs. Roofus is a creature of very specific habits.

He will show up out of nowhere and beg for bread by waiving his head around and making a low clucking sound. Then, during spring and summer he disappears for weeks on end, probably because he is out over the bay, about a mile from here, and gorging himself on anchovies.

Then, when winter comes, he is back, and will sit atop a nearby telephone pole for hours until the bread people come out and throw chunks of bread up on the roof. We say that he is "standing his post" when he does that.

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7 Responses to “Who is Roofus Seagull?”

  1. PerryA Says:

    Nice bird you got there! Judging by the slant of the sunlight, it appears to be early evening – on the west coast? Just askin’.

    Can I ask what area you live in, or is that against blogger rules?

  2. PerryA Says:

    . . . .so, all I had to do was read your bio to find out? What a novel concept. I do want to say that I love northern California! For some absolutely silly reason, the housing prices are still affordable (california $$, that is).

    Do you have other pictures of your area? I’ll check back later. Till then. . . .

  3. Steve Says:

    What does roofus have to say today? I mean, is he sort of an alter ego sociologist or something? Could I ask roofus a question, for example, on what he thinks about the new trend in “slow food”, or “what is happening with rap music”? Let me try one…

    Dear Roofus;
    With the coming U.S. presidential elections, health care will be one of the major issues faced by all candidates. As a sociologist, do you think that one of the main responsibilities of a society is to care for its people’s health, old age, etc.? Or is a civilization just a congolomeration of people glued together for mutual protection and financeil gain?

    The Sea Crab

  4. sofistic Says:

    Seacrab: Actually, I think seagulls love to eat crab. But I digress.

    As for the slow food movement, according to Wikkipedia, it has now evolved into the “slow movement.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Food
    [click on the “slow movement” link in the first paragraph]

    As for rap, I ran across a site that talks about rap in Africa, using traditional instruments, including the Akoting, ancestor to the banjo.
    http://www.shlomomusic.com/banjoancestors_akonting.htm

    Dear Roofus;
    With the coming U.S. presidential elections, health care will be one of the major issues faced by all candidates. As a sociologist, do you think that one of the main responsibilities of a society is to care for its people’s health, old age, etc.? Or is a civilization just a congolomeration of people glued together for mutual protection and financeil gain?

    The Sea Crab

    As a sociologist, the data show that all known societies either thrive or decline depending on how well they care for their members. This makes sense at the most basic level: Humans don’t have fur or claws, and they make up for that by having “sociality” built into their genetic makeup, much like how wolves run in packs to increase their hunting ability.

    Anthropologists and archeologists have done extensive research on the rise and decline of societies, and the decline has nearly always been due to either warfare and being snuffed out by a more powerful group, or by starvation due to weather related events (droughts or freezes), or by internal corruption or by assimilation by another culture, or by mass disease.

  5. seacrab Says:

    Roofus,

    I just finished watching about five hours of Oscar stuff and I would officially like to thank God for making matter and stuff so that we could extract metals and other inorganics that would eventually go into making TV sets so that I could watch all these rich people get richer. I would also like to thank all the organic world for providing food, furs, and feathers to to decorate the celebrities. I would also like to thank Al Gore for informing us that the end is coming soon. Last of all I would like to thank the makers of Yellow Tail Merlot for helping me get through all the thank you’s.

    The Sea Crab

  6. sofistic Says:

    Seacrab:
    Gee, I wish I had had some of that Yellow Tail Merlot. It would have helped a lot. I finally went to bed after a couple of glasses of cheap white.

  7. foursavages Says:

    After watching the movie “Sideways” a few times we would like to quote a line from the main character, “I’m not drinking any f##king Merlot!”. Of course, after seeing the movie, we polished off a bottle of Pepperwood Grove Merlot. This was also due in part to the effect of global warming. Realizing our inevitable peril, sociological study on our part hardly seemed important.

    We have a hummingbird that sits on the same spot of a tree in our backyard and makes little bird sounds. He appears often and was interacting with what we think was a female hummingbird once. Perhaps we should name him Roofus as well.

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