Ever since I first brought Ralph home, he has had a fear of people running. There are a lot of running races around central New York, especially at this time of year, and the local TV stations always show videos of the runners. Ralph hates seeing them and will usually do the Quaker parrot alarm call when those videos are shown. I've always taken the usual approach, to reassure him and calm him, but it never quite worked. For some reason recently, when the TV news ran highlights of a road race, I tried a new approach. I told Ralph that the people were running because they knew he and Scooter were here, and they're all afraid of parrots. They wanted to get away as fast as possible so they wouldn't get bit by a parrot. I said that Ralph didn't have to be afraid of the runners since they were more afraid of him. It seems to work. Now when sees runners on TV I say "Oh. there's those silly people who are afraid of parrots." No more alarm calls. It's said that parrots understand much of what we say to them. In this case, it seems to be true.