Well, we did it, 7 shows! Another season done. Thanks to all who made it happen: the Waughs, Ginger, Brian, Marion, our judges Ella, Clay, Doria, Earlene, Freddy, Tad, and Yours Truly. It wasn't so bad, huh guys? No worse than 4 shows?!
Congrats to newcomers, Randie B. and James T. on their top 6 ranking the first time out.
I believe PAS competition has reached another level up in addition to attracting out-of-state competitors. Personally as your judge I noticed improvement in type, song, and presentation. I predict that competition will stiffen even more next year.
Be diligent, steadfast, and have a goal in mind. Study those pedigrees and songs.
I have on hand interviews with several of our judges from the '99 season and will print them in upcoming newsletters as space does not permit this time.
by Gary Tom
Prominently absent was Jessie Durkin and so the task of running the holding room fell to Sally and Warren Kemerer. Supported by the many ASC members and exhibitors, all went very smoothly considering there were 375 birds from 42 exhibitors, it was quite a feat.
Commanding the judging room was Allen Gibson from Houston area in Texas. His friendly and casual attitude surprised and delighted us and his commentaries on every bird in the class let us know what he had heard and thought.
It was my observation that most of the birds still had an immature song and many lacked variety. Allen's three top birds of Riedel breeding had an immensely unusual variety and presentation. Many phrases delivered in a staccato fashion. Some might say it lacked a musical quality but I myself was fascinated by these birds' repertoire and wondered how it was developed, Alberta?
In Sacramento 2000, Allen has agreed to do the honors. Don't miss him.
Reminders of the Season
by Gary Tom
The breeding season is upon you. If you haven't done so already, you should:
a) Send in your PAS dues.
b) Pay your ASC membership dues and order bands.
c) Have eggfood and other vitamin/supplements on hand.
d) Study your boys, listen, and narrow down your stud force.
e) Plan those breedings, study your pedigrees, and listen, listen, listen.
f) Increase your lighting to 12 to 13 hours by your target date.
g) Get those burlap bags from coffeehouse retailers, wash and shred.
h) Clean and disinfect those breeding cages if you didn't do it in the summer.
i) Get religious and pray that Mother Nature is kind to you this season.
j) Hope you're lucky. No matter how much planning and praying, you'll still need some.
The Waterslagger Man Cometh
by Gary Tom
We're always glad to have visitors in our showroom and in Modesto we were lucky to have a nice handful. Some who stayed for a few classes and some who politely left after one twenty minute period. One rather rotund fellow stood at the end of a class, muttered to one of our members "This is Mickey mouse", and proceeded to leave while handing out his German Restaurant cards which on the back he had written "Waterslaggers" along with a phone number. As he pushed it into each persons hand, he said "If you want a REAL singer!"
In shock, I took the card, thought twice about a confrontation, and realized this wasn't my classroom. My blood was up and shredded the card quicker than I accepted it. Our visitors all had left and I could not contain my outrage. I couldn't believe the nerve, the judgment, and the betrayal. To visit another songbreed showroom as a fellow aviculturist and to denounce us on our own turf. It was an outrage!
As aviculturists and canary fanciers worldwide, we're all faced with obstacles and declines in interest. Clubs and shows suffer losses year after year. I wonder which breed we'll lose next to go the way of the London Fancy? Will we have any clubs or shows in the future?
People, please remember, we're part of a family. We need to accept one another's differences and pursuits. There is room for all.
This story didn't end here. Sensing my rage, one of my friends in the club offered to go after this man. James confronted him and made him realize what a horrid offense he had committed. He apologized profusely and apologized to all members he ran across. I met this man at the Nationals and he apologized to me personally. I thanked him for doing so and for recognizing his error and look forward to seeing him next season.
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