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Why did the chicken cross the road?

“Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn’t cross the road; it transcended it.

Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

Jack Nickolson: ‘Cause it #$@&! wanted to! That’s the *&#@*! reason!

Mark Twain: The news of it’s crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Want to read more clever clucking? Go here.

Here’s another question: Why is Deborah crossing the pond?

To go to Chicken Camp! With Bob Bailey! In Borlange, Sweden!

Chickens have been on my mind ever since Sadie’s and my first trainer, Nana Will, regaled me with stories about learning the mechanics of operant conditioning from Bob Bailey and Marian Breland Bailey in Arkansas back in the day. Nana studied with them for hundreds of hours and eventually brought Bob and Marian to Boulder to teach a class for local dog trainers. That was long before Sadie’s day.

My excellent expotition to chicken-land (aka The House of Learning) begins Friday evening, May 6, and, to add a bit of excitement, I’m not sure when I’ll be returning.

You see I signed up for three 5-day consecutive workshops in May. Unfortunately, I learned last week that the third workshop was cancelled. The problem is, I can’t change my return flights until I travel the first leg of the trip from Denver to Stockholm. Only after I arrive in Stockholm can I reschedule my return flights. Thank you Orbitz!

I hope I’ll be returning home on May 22, but maybe not. Worse things have happened than being forced to spend a few days knocking around lovely Sweden chasing down gravlax with swigs of brännvin (schnapps).

I’m not planning on blogging while I’m hanging with the hens. Each of the two workshops is 5-days long and 8 hours per day. That’s 40 hours each!

The bad news? I’m anticipating exhaustion and brain fry. The good news? Sweden is one of the heaviest coffee-drinking countries in the world. I’ll be doing my part to help Sweden maintain her reputation for world-class coffee consumption. Feel the buzzzzz.

See you all later!

In the meantime, check out these chickens!

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12 Responses to “Going to the Dogs, ah, Chickens”

  1. erica says:

    No. Freaking. Way. Can you see how jealous I am??? See my face??!!??

    My goal for 2012 is to make it to A chicken camp. Maybe if I’m as awesome as you, I’ll make it to one in Sweden!!! 😉

    Have fun, safe travels, and can’t wait to read all about it!

  2. Kevin Myers says:

    We expect to be regaled with tales of coffee, chickens, schnapps, and anything else you care to regale us with when you get home. Bon voyage. Safe voyage!

  3. Sue says:

    Jealous! Have fun, travel safe, and learn a bunch.

    Do you know if there are any chicken camps in the US?

  4. Pamela says:

    Hope you have a great trip and learn lots. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you return and get a chance to rest up.

    As for the chicken crossing the road, your list of references proved definitively that I know too much worthless information when I “got” every one of the “quotes.” :)

  5. Edie says:

    This sounds sooo cool! Have a wonderful time. I’m eager to hear your reports. Who knew that chickens had it in them?

    • Chicken’s rock! They are fast and apparently brook few errors from their trainers. If you’re too slow they just flap their wings and fly off! I expect I’ll be humbled by my chicken.

  6. Pup Fan says:

    Sounds so cool!

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