First program, great. The woman who scheduled it with me and assisted me with carrying the birds in, etc, hugged me no less than four times and told me that she had a great feeling about me and what RAPTOR does. And she scheduled another program for November.
I had about an hour of down time in between programs, so I came home, cooled off the birds and lay on the couch, trying to soak up as much cold air as I could.
The four hour program was very cool. A "Cop's Night Out", with helicopter demonstrations, K-9 demonstrations, dog adoptions, Marines, fire fighters, a hot dog eating contest, music, face painting, Outreach for Animals (snakes, alligators) and of course, me and my birds. Even though it was hot enough to boil my eyeballs, it was FUN.
My in-laws (Swami and Swamette) and Rachel, my sorta-sister-in-law, her friends, her Mom...all came to see the show, which was very nice of them. And Swami brought me ice and pop.
Go and check out the link above for Outreach for Animals. Tim Harrison, the guy in charge of this awesome organization, is a good friend of RAPTOR, Inc, and is mucho passionate about his mission. From their website:
Since 1995 when "reality" TV began airing wildlife programs showing the hosts casually handling dangerous animals and mistreating them, playing with them as if they were toys, children have died and been injured at an alarming rate. These children act out the part of these television actors and are bit by venomous snakes and lose limbs after jumping on alligators. Parents are encouraging this by bringing large predators into their urban and suburban homes. These situations are very bad for the people and equally bad for the animals.
Our non-profit organization is taking the lead in an effort to save the children and prevent cruelty to animals by the misinformed public. Our educational programs provide information about wildlife and how the wildlife deserves to be left in the wild.Very cool organization.
So, I made it. But I really don't want to ever go outside again.