07/18/2006: "Tell-Tale Raven!"
I was sitting at my easel when someone knocked on my front door. Now, I don't answer my door when the bell rings but if someone knocks it's more likely a friend so I ran down but no one was there. Back upstairs I sat down to continue painting when there was another knock. My two cats ran back under the bed and I ran back downstairs but again, there was no one.
I thought someone was playing a trick on me so I decided next time I wouldn't run down...but instantly there was more knocking, and now it sounded almost as if it was coming from inside the walls. I checked all around my house and nobody was there; I came back in and there it was again. WTF?
So finally I walked up the road a bit where I could see my entire house and I saw a very large raven sitting at the apex of my house holding a nut against the roof while pounding against it with his beak; his beak kept slipping off the nut, hitting the roof. I don't understand what made it sound like the knock was coming from the front door but I had a nice big laugh about it.
I remembered it today while working on a logo for our library as I made one with a raven (there are a lot of them on campus and there is a big raven statue in front of the library). However, I don't think it's going to work because one of the librarians didn't want to feed into the campus controversy that we now have a raven totem pole *and* a raven sculpture yet we don't have any representations of the other Tlingit moiety, the eagle.
I could have tried using an eagle for our logo instead but I'm afraid that Stephen Colbert has ruined them for me forever.