Waiting to cross the road by webmink
Waiting to cross the road, a photo by webmink on Flickr.

As if to underline the laid-back character of Key West in Florida (which one American friend called “the laziest town in the country”), wherever you go there are chickens sauntering about their business. They actually look much tidier and more organised than most of the tourists.

Not to mention more traffic aware. All the car horns I heard were associated with tourists wandering into the street without looking; I saw no chickens with a death wish. One hen on Duval Street was crossing amidst all the traffic with her chicks, taking all five safely across. Another, a rooster, jumped from a tree into the centre of the street and looked around carefully to avoid a brush with destiny. And of course, the rooster in this picture was very carefully considering whether to jump off the kerb and cross, taking great care to look both ways first.

So next time you hear someone ask “why did the chicken cross the road”, the answer – at least in Key West – is “to teach the humans how to do it properly.”

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Grizzled geek with eclectic tastes. Fanatical about freedoms, manic about music, radical regarding religion, particular about politics.
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