Monday, March 19, 2018

#MicroblogMondays: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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Over the weekend, Grey's former roommate and very good friend came up with his family (in-laws included) to visit. It's become a running joke that he's only interested in seeing us during coast-to-coast moves (last time we saw them was 2 days after our arrival to Boston). The morning was spent taking everyone to the Natural History Museum followed by a tour of campus, resulting in two extremely happy former roommate in-laws but 3 kiddos who were deeply bored and in need their own adventure.

To rectify the adult-centered morning, Grey, former roommate and I decided to take the kids to an indoor playground. But the first order of business was getting lunch into the preschoolers. Hence the stop at Friendly's, when former roommate realized that Grey and I had never been and declared it was his duty to initiate us.

There's so much about this place that left me cringing. But the ultimate was during the walk to the restaurant when we realized the entrance was blocked by a male Canadian goose who was hissing and chasing people away. It was only when we managed to get around him and inside the atrium that we noticed his mate sitting in a nest pressed up to the glass, clearly incubating her eggs.

"That's Ozzie and Harriet" said one of the regulars as Grey, former roommate and I caught our breaths while the kids marveled at the continued geese drama happening outside. "They've been coming here for the last 7 years to lay their eggs and raise their young." 

Apparently no one has thought to build them an enclosure to rectify the ongoing drama. 

Then again, maybe this is just a weird revival of the 1950s TV show, except being an audience member is a bit more of an experience.


  1. Yikes, geese can be very aggressive and they are strong. They are lucky no one has been hurt. Can’t be good for business?!

  2. This is a cute story, though I totally agree that geese are very aggressive and am surprised as you are that no one thought to build a small little home for them!

  3. When we visit Boston, people love to take us to Friendly's (like you, I don't see the draw). I would love to have a story like this to make my heart light up the way others' do.

  4. Aaaaaa, I am terrified of geese! A small home would be amazing to help make Ozzie less aggressive, right? Could you send a goose-related card to the Friendly's to maybe suggest such a thing? How neat, though, that the restaurant has mascots, a couple that returns year after year to procreate there. Next to the Happy Ending sundaes. Ha, ha, ha! :)

  5. That's funny. But yes, I too wonder why they don't have a home.


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