Many years ago, my brother-in-law was working a high school summer job that involved … oh, I don’t even know what it was. Something like landscaping, I guess. His crew had stopped for lunch near a school sports field in order to ogle a girls’ soccer practice, and my brother-in-law — let’s just refer to him by his name, which is Joe — saw that a seagull was trying to steal his sandwich. With the intent of scaring it away, Joe picked up a screwdriver and threw it, but some horrible twist of fate sent the tool flying end over end and plunging directly into the bird’s back. Like, impaling the damn thing. So here’s this seagull with a screwdriver gruesomely embedded into its flesh, staggering around with its wings splayed out, and Joe figures it’s going to die and better to end its life quickly before it tries to fly off with a fatal wound. So he picks it up by the head and starts swinging the body around and around in order to break its neck. That’s the point where Joe looks up and notices, for the first time, that all the girls are staring at him — a freaky-looking hunched-over guy who’s got a death grip on a seagull and is whipping it around in a circle, and it looks like he gouged it with a screwdriver first, what the fuck — with open-mouthed horror. As Joe carries on, feeling caught in a nightmare, some of the girls start crying.

I have no idea what happened after that. I’m only telling you this because you know how the trend with blogs lately is to have a super meaningful conclusion to a random story? Like my kids melted down at Target but that’s okay because parenthood is like a box of beautiful chocolates lying in the sun or whatever? Don’t you kinda miss when people just wrote about whatever, and there didn’t need to be a nice tidy ending?

ow fuck ow


47 Responses to “This one time at seagull camp”

  1. kathleenicanrah on May 12th, 2014 4:55 pm

    AMAZING. poor joe (poor bird). made me think of this, which is a favorite in our household

  2. m @ random musings on May 12th, 2014 4:58 pm

    hahaha. what an awesome story.

  3. JudithNYC on May 12th, 2014 5:04 pm

    I had a miserable, miserable day today. I am so glad you posted this story. I laughed so hard imagining poor Joe and the girls. And then I truly lost all control with the video the first commenter posted. Thank you.

  4. Ali303 on May 12th, 2014 5:39 pm

    Holy crap–I was full on belly-laughing from the story and the picture. Then I hovered over the pic, saw the description and I completely lost it!

  5. Sharon on May 12th, 2014 6:02 pm

    Good story. Thanks for sharing a real life story. Story endings are seldom tidy in the real world.

  6. sooboo on May 12th, 2014 6:27 pm

    I’m cringe laughing reading this! Man, poor everyone/thing involved in that story. It was like life though: some stuff happens, some good, some bad, (mostly bad in this story) the end.

  7. Kristin C. on May 12th, 2014 7:11 pm

    Ahahaaaaaa!!! Just woke my husband with my laughter. That’s an awesome story.

  8. Andrea on May 12th, 2014 7:21 pm

    OMG. I love you.

  9. JoAnna on May 12th, 2014 7:54 pm


  10. April on May 12th, 2014 10:37 pm

    My husband and I just laughed so hard that we cried.

  11. Claire on May 13th, 2014 5:40 am

    I DO miss that; sometimes I start a post thinking it’s going to end all neat and tidy and it doesn’t. And I have to be ok with that. So thank you for this.

  12. Aileen on May 13th, 2014 6:34 am

    Oh come on!!! It’s not a real blog post without all the kittens, and butterflies, and softly lit pictures of butter.

    Doesn’t it end with Joe pulling the screwdriver out of seagull, doing emergency surgery with the screwdriver, a plastic fork, and a granola bar wrapper? And the bird lives, and is now a valued and loving member of his family. ?

  13. Kristen on May 13th, 2014 7:19 am

    I love you Linda. That was fantastic!

  14. Angella on May 13th, 2014 7:21 am

    Best. Don’t ever stop blogging, Linda. xo

  15. jen on May 13th, 2014 7:29 am

    This is why you are awesome. Love it.

  16. Jo on May 13th, 2014 8:00 am

    HA HA HA !

  17. Amber on May 13th, 2014 8:12 am

    “And as I swung that seagull around by the neck, the soft sun shining down on all of us, its squawks of pain and distress filling the air, I realized something. Those girls, even in all their horror, were seeing the majesty and the grand tragedy of life all at once. Because sometimes that’s life, isn’t it? We make choices, even simple ones like throwing a screwdriver at a seagull, and those choices can go awry. Just like parenting. Just like life. We were all connected in that moment, in the warm summer sun. I can only hope they understood it as I did, all these years later.”

  18. Carmen on May 13th, 2014 8:30 am

    Best story ever. I have no need for a tidy wrap-up to a random story, if the random story is always as good as this one is.

  19. Linda on May 13th, 2014 8:36 am

    Amber: HAAAAAAAAAA. I am dying.

  20. Jan Ross on May 13th, 2014 9:20 am

    I am totally fine with impaling/breaking the neck of any seagull. Those freakin’ things make it just about impossible to eat on the beach. And I’d like to kick the people who encourage them to eat by feeding them on the beach. We were swarmed by the little buggers who rushed over in Siesta Key when we just OPENED THE COOLER to get a drink. They had been trained by the other tourists that opening cooler = food.

  21. dorrie on May 13th, 2014 9:37 am

    LOLS best blog entry in forever

  22. Laura Broder on May 13th, 2014 10:34 am

    This is amazing and made my day.

  23. Claire on May 13th, 2014 10:57 am

    Agreed. Not naming names cause that’s not cool but there’s a couple of blogs I used to love that have gone so sickly and schmaltzy and wannabe meaningful they make me want to vom.

    These blogs used to be piss funny and random. Now they are self conscious and borign as fuck. So yeah, like the seagull story. Like your blog too BTW, read for years.x

  24. Claire on May 13th, 2014 10:58 am

    Agreed. Not naming names cause that’s not cool but there’s a couple of blogs I used to love that have gone so sickly and schmaltzy and wannabe meaningful they make me want to vom.

    These blogs used to be piss funny and random. Now they are self conscious and boring as fuck. So yeah,I like the seagull story. I Like your blog too BTW, read for years.x

  25. Shawna on May 13th, 2014 11:00 am

    Is that… is that a real photo? Or photoshopped? Because it is the awesome!

  26. Em on May 13th, 2014 12:35 pm

    Crying. That is one if the funniest stories I’ve ever heard. And it definitely doesn’t need to be tied up in a pretty bow.

  27. Faith on May 13th, 2014 12:38 pm

    Do you think this event had anything to do with why he’s now a mortician? Cause that would be pretty funny.

  28. Kristin on May 13th, 2014 5:03 pm

    Too funny…!

  29. Morgan on May 13th, 2014 6:35 pm

    Ha! You’re the best.

  30. alexa on May 14th, 2014 5:46 am

    oh my god. Best story ever! I’m laughing my guts out.

  31. Tia on May 14th, 2014 8:19 am

    That’s the best story I’ve read all month. Thanks for the smile.

  32. Sara on May 14th, 2014 11:56 am

    Best. Entry. Ever.

  33. Christina on May 14th, 2014 3:58 pm

    I have (had) a sleeping baby in my arms. I could not help but laugh out loud quietly, which made my chest spasm more. Could not stop laughing. Worth it.

  34. lola on May 15th, 2014 4:56 am

    :) Laughing at story…then at Amber’s Tidy Finish. lol.

  35. Melissa A. on May 15th, 2014 8:09 am

    If this happened today, it would be caught on video, posted on YouTube, go viral and completely ruin his life as he is arrested and labeled an animal killer.

  36. H on May 15th, 2014 10:46 am

    Thank you for this! I love it.

  37. Andrea on May 15th, 2014 12:54 pm

    You made my Thursday. Tears rolling down my face.

  38. Lori on May 16th, 2014 4:52 pm

    The best story I’ve read in awhile.

  39. Gretchen in HB on May 19th, 2014 10:11 am

    I think I’d like to marry Amber, please, if she is single.


    Dude! Sometimes a melted crayon on the dashboard isn’t a metaphor for life and sunlight and unicorns, it’s just a big damn pain in the ass to clean up!

    Poor Joe, he must’ve wished Mother Earth would open up and swallow him whole.

  40. Leah, agirlandaboy (@agirlandaboy) on May 20th, 2014 9:32 am

    Long live Linda, queen of blogging forever and ever.

  41. Christine on May 21st, 2014 7:48 pm

    Never leave us, Linda. Okay?

  42. Danell on May 22nd, 2014 6:19 pm

    I can’t stop looking at that picture. Mesmerizing.

  43. Karen on May 22nd, 2014 9:22 pm

    I don’t know about blog posts with tidy endings, but this was awesome.

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