Puddings & Toyboys

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Who’s chasing me??

Recent goings-on have reminded me of an episode of Frasier.  Bear with me whilst I explain…

For those who are interested, it is The Ski Lodge, Season 5, Episode 14.

Summary: Roz wins a weekend at a ski lodge, and trades it to Frasier. So Frasier decides to take the whole family to the ski lodge including Daphne and her friend Annie, a swimsuit model. Once there, they meet Guy, a gay ski instructor, who has an eye for Niles. After dinner, and much butter rum, a bedroom farce ensues, where Frasier chases after Annie, who chases after Niles, who pursues Daphne, who has fallen for Guy, who obviously thinks Niles is gay.

The ultimate reveal is that no-one was after the right person, and no-one at all was after Frasier.

Frasier: Oh, wait, wait, wait!  Wait, everybody! [everyone stops and 
         looks at him]  Let me see if I've got this straight.  All the 
         lust coursing through this lodge tonight, all the hormones 
         virtually ricocheting off the walls, and no one... was chasing 
         me?

~~~

Translate this to what has been going on here & we have something very, very similar:

Cagney chases Thomas who has an eye for Bezukhov.  Bezukhov fancies Thomas.  Thomas is keeping his options open & flirts with both Cagney & Bezukhov.  Phineas has the hots for Cagney.  Cagney & Bezukhov are mates & flirt with each other.

Phinny: Oh, wait, wait, wait!  Wait, everybody! [everyone stops and 
         looks at him]  Let me see if I've got this straight.  All the 
         lust coursing through the Ferplast today, all the hormones 
         virtually ricocheting off the cage bars, toys and perches, and  
         no one... is chasing me?

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You looking for trouble?

Well I wasn’t looking for trouble but somehow trouble, in the form of Phineas Fog, has found me!

Phinny has another name – Trouble.  With a capital T.

There has been little to no progress on Phineas joining the toyboys in the Manor.  He still has no off switch.  He is still obsessed with Cagney.  If the toyboys are out & Phineas is locked in, the boys choose to sit right by Phineas’s cage.  They must like him to want to be near him?

When Phineas is out, the Manor roof is his domain.  From there, he can easily monitor the toyboys (Cagney mostly, of course) who tend to retire to the loft area when Phinny is out & about.  That said, there is often a lot of flying about by all three of them.  Phineas usually chases Cagney & lands wherever Cagney lands, though he still has some difficulty landing on the window perches.  Phineas keeps wanting to “chat” to Cagney & literally runs around him so Cagney is almost hemmed in & unable to escape.  Phineas also chases Bezukhov.  Initially I thought he was chasing him away from the Manor, where Cagney was but then he seems to also chase Bezukhov back to the Manor.

In short, I am still unable to work out how Phinny’s mind works!

Phineas still likes to jiggy-jiggy.  When he is in his cage he likes me to put my hand in so he can regurgitate to my thumb & often, after a bit of a tail-wagging dance, leaves a “deposit”.  He gives me a certain look when I approach the cage that suggests he would give my hand a welcome.  Outside the cage he largely ignores me, but then he has Cagney to fixate on.

He still does not entertain the idea of going back to his own cage by himself so I still have to catch him.  As an aside, clever Bezukhov has found that when Phinny is out, it is handy eating the seed in his cage.  Eating seed in the Manor can be difficult (if it is open) as Phineas wants to run about & cause mayhem.  Many times I have held seed up to Cagney in the loft area so he can get some food inside him.

So, in short (again), Phineas is Trouble!

Phineas however, is also incredibly handsome, despite looking a bit of a mess as he throws himself about & his feathers (particularly tail) are ruffled.  He has a very cute sulky look when he does not get his own way.  He puffs his cheeks out & if he had a bottom lip I am sure he would stick it out!

You looking for trouble? You come to the right place…

Swapping puddings?

Occasionally, the toyboys confuse things. 

We know that Bezukhov & Raspy love each other.  We know that Cagney & Atilla love each other.  There are times Bezukhov cannot resist having a flirt with Atilla & this riles Cagney.  We also know Cagney likes to chase Raspy for a kiss despite Bezukhov flapping his wings in warning.  Neither pudding is interested in the potential change in partner so nothing comes of it, though I do expect one or other toyboy to be sporting a black eye one day….

However, there are the exceptions & these are when both boys do not seem to mind swapping puddings…..  The problem is, the girls do not want to swap!  It’s like the boys have thrown their keys in the dish but the girls are not picking up…  The girls can get a bit stressed in such a situation because they do not even have their boyfriend to help fight their corner because he is too busy trying to get off with her sister.  It’s all very fraught. 

This evening, Raspy seemed to be at a slight disadvantage as I think she has hurt her wing a little (she can still fly).  After about an hour of trying to diffuse the situation, I introduced Raspy to the Ferplast & she readily went in.  Cagney was prowling around on top of the cage so I put the cover over it.  After a short time, Bezukhov was looking for Raspy so I opened the Ferplast door & he went in to be with her. 

Calm has finally returned.  Raspy has tried out all perches/swings in the Ferplast but I think she may settle on one of the swings for the night.  Bezukhov still has not decided where to sleep but he has been stretching his wings so I am sure he will settle soon.  In the Manor, Atilla is still wrestling with the mirror but that is normal (for the last week at least) & Cagney is already perched on top of a swing. 

I will keep the two couples separated for a day as I will not have time to keep an eye on them tomorrow.  Hopefully Raspy’s wing will also be better too.