Email This Post HomeHumorMeeting of the Avian Advancement League Amy Vansant March 17, 2015 Humor, Literary Humor 6 Comments This is a little “literary humor” piece I wrote for the Barnes and Nobel Review. It’s about birds having a committee meeting. It’s very silly. Minutes from a Meeting of the Avian Advancement League Canary sings opening anthem. Members take their branches. Image courtesy of panuruangjan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Old Business: Reports of Invisible Wall killings continue to mount. Blue Jay retells harrowing tale of repeatedly striking an Invisible Wall just before the meeting. Claims it was cleverly posing as another angry Blue Jay. African Grey tries to explain the Invisible Walls are called “widows” but Blue Jay repeats his story four times before Starling ushers him out of the meeting. Cats remain public enemy #1, followed by Humans, Dogs and Ceiling Fans. New Business: Owl asks “Whoooo has new business.” (Any members betting less than “23” as the number of times in a row Owl will use that joke are officially out of the pool and must pay 10 additional sunflower seeds to reenter.) Concerns are raised that Birds are losing ground to Sharks as most frightening creatures on the planet. Canadian Geese point out that they brought down one of the Human’s metal birds as recently as 2009. American Bald Eagle comments that the metal bird crash was due more to the Canadian Geese’s dopey trusting nature than any well-planned assault. Canadian Geese insist there is nothing dopey about a “V” formation that reduces flying drag by up to 65%. Eagles accuse Geese of planting “V” statistic on Wikipedia. Argument ensues. Cardinal mentions she overheard Bears bragging that their recent spate of maulings stole the fire from Shark Week and was the most brilliant Bear PR move since their movie, Grizzly Man. Thrush says Grizzly Man shouldn’t count because Timothy Treadwell was a bona fide loon. Loons offended. Argument ensues. African Grey Parrot points out that Hippos, Crocodiles, Snake, Bugs, Cows, Horses, Dogs, Ants, Bees and even Jellyfish kill more people each year than Birds, and that as a species, considering ourselves “killing machines” is irrational at best. Everyone stares at her, and, realizing she’s made her point in English, she repeats her observation in Birdish. In response, Crow throws a Blu-Ray copy of Hitchcock’s The Birds at African Grey. Geese begin singing “O Canada.” American Eagle flips table. Fight erupts. Owl slams Woodpecker’s head into the podium and regains order. Emu suggests putting a Cassowary in charge of a new “Most Dangerous Birds” subcommittee, but in the end, all present are too terrified to find a Cassowary and ask. Falcon offers to rip a Human’s eyes out sometime in the coming week. A vote is taken and the Eyes have it. After the vote everyone notices both the snacks and the Sea Gulls have gone missing. Red-Footed Boobie offers an idea, but laughter is so loud following his introduction that his remarks go unrecorded. In the middle of scheduling the next meeting, Magpie imitates a dog barking and everyone scatters. During the panic, Blue Jay hits another invisible wall. A vote is taken, and Magpie is ousted for the day with a 125 to 3 vote, the three Nays cast by Mockingbirds, who argue the prank was all in good fun and then imitate a car alarm. Everyone returns to the meeting, except the Chickens who aren’t seen for the rest of the day. Vulture asks for it to be noted that we’re all going to die. Penguin finally shows up just as meeting ends, citing lack of flight as his excuse. Again. Swans sing closing anthem. Meeting adjourned. Author Recent Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Pineapple Hurricane is Released + Even More Giveaways (three chances to win a kindle) - June 4, 2020 Too Many Book Deals, Steals, Kindle Giveaways… - May 27, 2020 Name the Hurricane Winners, Win a Kindle + Books - May 19, 2020 6 Responses Jackie Weger March 17, 2015 So Funny! Loved it. Put it up Google+. 2 likes Reply Amy Vansant March 17, 2015 Thanks! I did! 0 likes Reply JessieJ412 March 18, 2015 This was great! Thanks for the laugh this morning. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant March 18, 2015 Thanks! 0 likes Reply Jan Moyer March 18, 2015 What a hoot. Great morning read. 1 likes Reply Nancy Goldberg Levine March 22, 2015 So funny–one of my heroes is named after the Blue Jay (and he does tell a good story). 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply to Nancy Goldberg Levine Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!