The Bird's The Word

Real Estate Agent with Prudential California Realty

I was stuck in traffic the other day, driving back from showing some houses to a nice couple and their daughter. It was kind of cool, so I had my window cracked a bit, and heard it before I saw it. A loud screech and then a seagull swooped down and almost hit my windshield!

Well, I slammed on my brakes and then realized that I had other cars following close behind me. They slammed on their brakes also, and I could see one of them waving at me, but not using all of their fingers. The light ahead had turned red, so I was able to catch my breath and calm my racing heart.

The instigator of all this, or his twin brother, flew onto a light standard across the street and just squatted down, unaware or not caring that he (if it was a he) had almost caused an accident. At first I was angry at the seagull, then wondered why it was flying around 15 miles from the nearest ocean. The kicker to this was that it (or he or she) was perfectly content sitting on that light pole watching all the crazy humans stuck in traffic.

For the first time in my life, I wished I was that seagull. Our lifestyles (at least here in Southern California) tend to force us humans to keep up with "it". "It" may be a big house, fancy car, well-paying job or whatever we idolize. I arrived safely at home without any more near-misses, and told my husband about it. He told me to read a book called "Johnathan Livingston Seagull", and it would give me better insight to my crazy day.

I'll have to read it later - I don't have the time right now................................

Live To Give


Comments (6)

Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Heather, I lived in Fullerton for many years and we used to get seagulls in our neighborhood whenever there was a storm off the coast.  I had a convertible and one day had two seagulls decide they wanted the scarf I was wearing on my head.  They swooped down over and over, pecking at my head, and I nearly ran off the road.  I felt like I was in that Hitchcock movie!

Jun 22, 2010 05:09 PM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Heather, your writing is entertaining and very articulate! I love this. You are featured!


Jun 22, 2010 05:23 PM
Wade Kawahara
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC - Phoenix, AZ

I hope your customers saw the seagull and didn't think you were just a terrible driver.  LOL

Jun 22, 2010 06:04 PM
Scott Truesdell
Southern Trust Realty - Lexington, KY

Hi Heather,

From someone who's over 1000 miles from the nearest ocean, I'd say that the threat of a seagull attack is a fair price to pay for your scenery.  Glad you weren't hurt.



Jun 22, 2010 06:15 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Hi Heather

Glad you were able to recover your beating heart and not get collected in an accident.  Just goes to show you how most people never stop to smell the roses.  Enjoy the read..another relaxing activity you shouldnt be too busy to do!

Jun 27, 2010 06:32 AM
Fred Sweezer Sr. CMI, LLC.
Hud Certified 203K Consultant - Long Beach, CA
Certified Home Inspector

the road rage you experienced was not justified

Jun 28, 2010 12:41 PM