Hero and Zero: WildCare heroes and self-entitled behavior

by Nikki Silverstein

Hero: The first orphaned baby songbirds arrived at WildCare in San Rafael recently and up to 1,000 needy fledglings are expected during spring and summer. WildCare is seeking heroes to help. Grab your knitting needles and start building nests for these tiny patients to inhabit until they are healthy enough to be released back into the wild. Fabric nests provide a warm, soft home resembling a wild bird’s nest. Rescuers feed the babies approximately every 45 minutes from dawn to dusk, creating poop galore, which means hundreds of washable knitted and crocheted nests are needed. The Birdroom director at WildCare likens fabric nests to towels in a nursery; you can’t have too many. Patterns that fit the bill are available at no charge at wildcarebayarea.org.

Zero: The coming of senior citizen age confers certain privileges, including Social Security benefits, discounted entry into Muir Woods and a seat on a crowded bus. We even excuse cranky golden-agers with no patience for the young and foolish; however, we draw the line at self-entitled behavior. Last Sunday, an able-bodied, obnoxious older woman approached a couple in a booth at the Bayside Café in Sausalito and ordered them to leave. “I’m in an uncomfortable chair,” she growled. Although the couple still had their beverages and the woman had been seated at a table with her party, they began to gather their belongings. Apparently, not quick enough for Zero Citizen, who sat down with them and threw the man’s baseball cap at him. Grow up, lady. You’re old enough to know better.

Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to [email protected]

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