San Antonio Express-News
Raptors might help against Lakers if cupcakes don't do trick
Author: Susan Yerkes of San Antonio Express-News (TX)
Spotted on the River Walk last Sunday - hungry raptors, spoiling for some sport.
No, it wasn't Shaq and the Lakers. They had just done their kind of
damage to the Spurs at the
The raptors by the river were real birds of prey; hooded falcons, hawks and a couple of European eagle owls with 5-foot wingspans - one of Jeffrey Diaz's working squads of birds of prey.
Diaz, a rugged Californian
with movie-star good looks, stopped in town for a short rest before finishing
his drive to one of Sunoco's
Diaz, a falconer since he was
just 12, started his Ronin Air Falconry Service to use the powerful predators
for "environmental bird pest abatement." He says the powerful
inborn fear the predators instill in smaller birds such as seagulls and
starlings can scare such nuisance roosters off for good. His birds even have
top security clearance to work on military installations, such as a bird-plagued
Stealth bomber plant in
Sounds a lot cooler than those evening cannonades designed to spook the grackles.
And if the city can't use Diaz's raptors, maybe the Spurs could sign them as a secret weapon, to keep that pesky Shaq at bay.
Speaking of the Spurs, folks
Back in March, Dr. David Bynum and supervisor Regina Barrientez started baking cupcakes for the department's 80 employees the night before each game day. The next day, they'd all gather to toast the team with cupcakes. The Spurs kept winning, so they kept baking.
Sunday's loss didn't phase the bakers. It wasn't a regular workday, they said. Monday night they baked again, and Tuesday they made their toast. As this section went to press Tuesday afternoon, we don't know whether the cupcakes worked this time.
If we don't win the playoffs, at least there'll always be the bake-offs.
Those wild and crazy
This Saturday is the shelter's
fifth annual "Bark-B-Que" and auction to
raise dough for the no-kill shelter.
This year, there's a new twist, Scott says. County Commissioner Jack Dawson, Constable Ben Scroggin and Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders have agreed to walk Naked at the event.
Yup, Naked. That's the name of one of the shelter dogs.
Susan Yerkes' column appears Wednesdays and Sundays in S.A. Life.
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