The 2003 Collection

Dear Readers:

The 2003 Collection is titled Pirates Parrots of 2nd Street.

Like it or not, flocks of these noisy, squawky parrots are permanent residents of the Belmont Shore section of Long Beach, and some mornings it's all I can do to hope they stay on 1st Street and not come over and visit my neighborhood. They make the crows and the seagulls seem quiet and civilized.  Just how did they get all the way from the Amazon rain forests to Long Beach, anyway?  And, more to the point, why do they stay? Do they like it here, or are they just lost?

Some interesting urban legends surround the origins of my exotic neighbors. One story tells of their daring escape from a pet store, another of an eccentric yachtsman who kept them on his boat until the day he fell drunkenly overboard, another recalls a wealthy, reclusive widow who felt sorry for them and freed them so they could fly back to their native rain forests, which they never did.  No matter which story is true, the parrots aren't native to Long Beach. They were brought here by circumstance, and chose to stay here, thousands of miles from their native habitat. Pirates Parrots of 2nd Street's common thread may be its characters' journeys to and from the places they are familiar with - coming face to face with their new environment. 

Like the parrots of 2nd Street, many of us (myself included) have traveled far in order to find what we now regard as home. We humans are migratory creatures, so many of us are thriving far from the places our ancestors came from. Traveling far, we carry our culture and stories with us.  They are ultimately our most valuable possessions, as they add to the experiences and learning of others we come in contact with.


Best wishes,

Jon Bohrn

jon_bohrn @

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