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Well, when I got married my wife came with a parrot to be more precise...
It is a clever and wonderful animal, but as it comes from a special recovery program in Argentina, therefore we don't know if it's a Mr. or a Mrs.
It speaks a lot.
It wants somebody close always.
Loves to destroy things.
My wife plays with it as a dog or a cat (in the couch and other places). I can't as it gets nervous and attacks me.
Shower time is party time! it loves being under the water.
Easy to maintain.
But you have to be careful... there are some meals that are venom (i.e. chocolate).
You can "walk"/"fly" it if you can convince it to wear a harness.
Sometimes while sleeping it falls down to the bottom of the cage... We still don't know why... we guess it doesn't know it either.
The biggest problem is when you need to answer a phone call or similar and it wants to speak too...
It is not a cheap animal.
It is easy in terms of obligations (you have to clean the cage once per week).
It opens it's feathers in order to allow our fingers to reach its skin while petting it.
I've seen my wife petting it and the parrot almost falling asleep.
So answering your question... no other pet I guess... usually those little boys live for 80 or more years so... probably the question should be which human will have it after we die...
We had a turtle for 20 years (no idea how old it was when it died - at least 28).
Had it not died, we were going to give it to one of our kids so their kids can have the same pet their (mommy/daddy) did. Not same kind, but same one, seemed kind of neat.
Easy maintenance. Practically none. Eats anything, although, unfortunately, since it was not a tortoise, it needs whole live food often to maintain its health. It's also quite a bit faster on its feet than a tortoise; quite a bit, indeed.
I didn't name it - and it was bought without my permission or knowledge (wife+kids did it).
As for the live food? I went out at dusk, flashlight, cup, and chopsticks, as "The Great White Hunter", and gathered slugs, snails, and worms.
In the summer, when he had quite the appetite, I ultimately nearly cleaned up the neighborhood of the (large spotted) slugs - traveling ever further to find a new colony. Interesting that I got this job for maintaining there beast.
In the winter, we let the house drop to 62 F (ca. 17 C) while we were out and he'd go into a semi-hibernation, eating and drinking next to nothing. Sometimes he'd warm up, escape from his 'place' (he was an amazing escape artist) and explore until he got too cold - whereupon he stopped wherever he was until found, retrieved, and put back in his place. This, without sand, was "His Place"[^]
I always were wondering: If none can hear the scream from the cat, is it then a scream?
And if you have no way to know whether the cat is alive, capable of screaming, or not, is then the uncertaintly about the existence of the the scream at a higher level than if the (possibly) screaming cat is just out of hearing distance of any other animal?
Bacchus is a male greyhound, named for the Greek and Roman god of whine (he doesn't bark). Hera is a female greyhound, named for Zeus' wife (she's the alpha of the pair). Both dogs are rescues from the dog racing community.
The third is Canada, a long-haired white female cat of advanced years and somewhat surly demeanor.
I'm a pet person, and I love all three. I'll always have a pet of some kind.
I miss having a pet, we always had dogs,cats and anything else the kids could sneak into the house. All that changed when the kids left home and I started working out of Oz.It is not fair to keep moving pets (or kids) around the world.
Singapore is not a pet friendly place, small dog or cat may be reasonable in a condo but I like big dogs. looking forward to getting a black lab when I retire, present to the wife, hopefully I won't get landed with all the maintenance.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Mrs. Wife and I have always had cats, but had only one dog before now. Acquiring two large dogs in a two month period (long story REDACTED) required a bit of an adjustment . Our biggest problem now is that if we need to take both dogs somewhere, we have to take two cars.
(Actually - on a semi serious note - having to change gears does help keep the brain engaged which is a helpful thing for a driver)
I've been driving a manual long enough that, at any time, if you ask me what gear I'm in I may not consciously know -- I'm in whatever gear is required for the situation. I have to put my hand on the shifter to figure it out.
With enough practice, manuals things become automatic.
Auto. Nowadays manual are basically like fax machines, getting redundant.
However I'm not a fan of some of these new breed my autos, dual clutch, cvt etc, The car we got for the missus has a dual clutch gearbox and it's a horrible piece of satan blessed sh*t. It's had to be rebuilt by the dealer under warranty. Never touch one of them again.
Manual. However, the new 10-speed automatics coming out have proven to be as good, if not better, than a manual on road courses. The down side is that automatic transmission raises the cost of the car by at least a few thousand dollars, so they're more expensive than their manual trans counterparts.
Paddle shifters are gay.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 - You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 - When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
My first car, an early 60's hilman I needed to double clutch particularly changing down - didn't know that that car was so far ahead of it's time.
These days all the things that were wrong with automatics (used more gas, needed repair more often, costlier) are no longer true. For ordinary driving particularly commuting (i.e. traffic jams) auto really is better - no longer young so way past the need to drop wheelspins at every traffic light. For driving between cities auto/manual same-o same-o (but consider for very long drives usually cruise control integrates better with auto).
One stage had 15 cars - mostly auto but had one well set up older manual (and well tuned muscle memory to suit) in which I'd beat any auto and most motorbikes off the line for the first km or so without even thinking about it (most fun was leaving idiots in brand new bmw's behind that tried to pass before lanes merged.) But at the time though most favourite when running local was a 50cc scooter (they called "auto" but in fact some sort of clv set up), could park it anywhere, bypass most jams, and it ran for a fortnight on half a gallon of gas. Top speed 50km/h (30 mph) - could do 60 down hill - fast enough on little wheels.
These days all the things that were wrong with automatics (used more gas, needed repair more often, costlier) are no longer true.
While I broadly agree with you, the auto's still need repairs more often than manuals. A manual g/box can easily do 500000km while the auto one has to be opened up to replace the clutch-packs at 250000km-300000km.
The situation is a lot better than it used to be. In the past you'd need to replace clutch packs in an auto every 100000km-140000km, but it's hard to beat the simplicity of the manual g/box design with its external clutch (which gets replaced independently of the g/box).