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Parrot, Where Art Thou?



Some may be wondering about the Parrot since the site/YouTube updates have been so scarce.  I thought it was worth letting those know what has been happening, and what plans are moving forward.

Let’s take it from the top and look back to 2019.  Things got a little crazy for all of us, didn’t they?  I was not unaffected by this collective madness that overtook our society.  But I did try to make the best of it, and even got the YouTube channel up and running during that time.  Hey, ain’t “work from home” great?

The hope was things would go back to normal soon, but they didn’t.  Schisms were occurring at home and Canada was quickly devolving into a banana republic.  I’d have people wearing double drywall masks with fearful bulging eyeballs staring at me and saying I’m the crazy one for not believing humanity was facing an extinction-level virus.  People had lost their ever loving minds.

Strong men who I once admired became snitches, cowards, and sycophants for the government.  And others who I never thought had a spine became champions and people I am proud to call true friends.  The church we were a part of for 20 years asked us to leave for no other sin than we refused to partake in a lie.  This was a blessing, as we joined one that stayed open and fought.  Nothing makes Sunday’s fun like wondering if the SWAT is going to break down the door.  If nothing else, you make friends quickly.

I always felt a navy suit matches best with handcuffs.

Being part of political protests, supporting trucker convoys, and even managing to oust a corrupt Premier was a daily grind.  My wife especially was Princess Leia, a badass freedom fighter with an underground network.  Things were nuts.  The secret meetings in the park with high-ranking political operatives, all while our iPhones were in faraday bags made me question what friggin dumpster fire my country had become to require such cloak and dagger crap.

Not to mention the difficulties of work having to test constantly due to not taking the jab.  Flying under the radar until sanity prevailed was exhausting, and my excuses were staring to wear thin.  But I made it by the skin of my teeth.

And in that insanity, we took in a foster child with all the legal fun that comes with it.  I don’t regret that, but it nonetheless adds a new dynamic to a family.

I thought the fight we endured for the last few years didn’t take anything out of me.  But yeah…it kind of did.

Some of you might even think I’m the bad guy.  I would only ask you reconsider.  All I can say is that all the data coming out now proves the government could not have been more wrong.  My disappointment is that I don’t understand how anyone else could not see it.  That disappointment, sadly, only chipped away at me.

So now I’m picking up the pieces.  Many of you are too.

Which brings us to the Dysfunctional Parrot.  My neglected alter ego.

For a good while I was a fitness video junkie, but that train got seriously derailed.  So I am in the process of getting that locomotive back on track and starting over.  To my readers, thank you for your understanding and patience.  To my viewers, thank you for subscribing to a small, upstart channel that I apologize has had very infrequent additions.

In the weeks and months ahead, I plan to devote more time to the site and video content.  The lawn mower might take a few pulls to get going strong again, but I don’t plan on walking away just yet.

Again, thank you.  I look forward to what our future brings.

John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.



  1. Ty

    January 2, 2024 at

    I’m here to say I read your post and it struck a very close chord with me and my wife. We tried loving everybody on both sides of the pandemic but felt like we were not respected for our point of view.
    We stood our ground despite almost losing our jobs but we hung in there and I’m so glad we did!
    Thank you for your post and it’s so good to hear from other like minded individuals. May God bless you and your family this New Year!

  2. John

    December 3, 2023 at

    I frequent your site every time I go to start a workout routine (even though I haven’t ever successfully completed said workout routines). So I found this post today to see if you had reviewed LIIFT More. But compared to the content of your post, that’s non-important. I want to thank you for standing up for people’s rights in Canada. My wife and I were doing the same thing, but from incomparably easier ground in Texas. We were praying for Canadians as we watched the pastor get arrested and the amazing work of the truckers. I applaud you for finding another church that stayed open. We wondered if we should many times but the Lord kept telling us to stay where we were even though the leadership didn’t understand our fight against the jab. I’m praying for healing as you continue to get back on your feet. I’m sure it was traumatic, but the Lord has good things for you in this and He will work it all out for your good. He is always looking for bold and steadfast people like your family that He can trust and send out and be who He called them to be no matter who is watching. God bless you and your family!

  3. Jenn

    July 1, 2023 at

    Would love for you to review one of Megan Davies’ programs on Bodi!

  4. Nimo

    May 18, 2023 at

    Hey Parrot, Its good to have you back…Your posts are well written, humor ladden and REAL!! So welcome back, we appreciate you from area code +254!!

  5. Coffee & Chocolate

    May 16, 2023 at

    Where’s your patreon (or equivalent) link?

    • John Paul Parrot

      May 16, 2023 at

      Don’t have one. I’m not sure I’m big enough potatoes for that!


        May 30, 2023 at

        Can’t hurt.

        Also, what happened, did the feds nuke your twitter account, too?

        • John Paul Parrot

          May 31, 2023 at

          Don’t do Twitter. Just not a productive use of time.

          • feemcg1

            June 8, 2023 at

            What a great post,describing the madness that we also experienced over the pond in Scotland.
            Although you guys had it a lot worse than we did!!
            My husband and I watched in horror at what was taking place in Canada.
            I cannot imagine what it mustve been like to live it!

            Its been a crazy few years watching everyone loose their minds.

            Glad to see that you will be back on it again 💪

  6. Ed

    May 15, 2023 at

    Good to see you back Parrot! I frequently refer back to your reviews, especially the P90x One On Ones to look for new workouts to try out or reminders of what they even are. Sadly there’s no more new content like that from our Beachbody (Bodi 🤢) overlords, but I’ve been consistent for years now following younger Tony and don’t plan on stopping any time soon!

  7. AJ

    May 13, 2023 at

    Glad to see you are back. I was in the same boat as you. Navigating through a sea of zombies while trying to open their eyes. Hopefully you will give a Caroline Girvan series a try. So many free programs on YouTube. I’d recommend her Epic Endgame or Epic Heat to start.

  8. Mike

    May 9, 2023 at

    Happy to see you back in the saddle. Looking forward to what you’ve got in store. 💪

  9. Gelo A.

    May 8, 2023 at

    Glad to hear from you and staying strong with the life choices you’ve made. I also took the same path as you; and here in the Philippines, people just love their COVID mandates.

    Wishing nothing but the best from you and your family. Definitely supporting you with your journey back to fitness. It would be interesting to know what fitness program you’d be doing in this journey.

  10. D

    April 28, 2023 at

    Don’t care much for your political beliefs (I think both sides got it wrong😂) but it won’t stop me from loving your writing skills and workout reviews! Welcome back!!

    • John Paul Parrot

      May 1, 2023 at

      Both sides unequivocally got it wrong, so we are in agreement. Our family fought against the very Premier and party we voted for and against all odds got the two-faced SOB removed. It was long, it was dirty and it was a massive eye-opener to how things really operate in the political sphere.

      • D

        May 16, 2023 at

        I know enough to know I don’t want to know as much as you discovered😂. Well done for your efforts. Glad we have people to stand up for things while sheeple like me keep muttering under our breaths and doing nothing. It’s appreciated. Not that we will vocalize that appreciation😀.

    • D

      November 8, 2023 at

      Are you still wearing your n95? lol

  11. Pete

    April 27, 2023 at


    I love this post so hard. Thank you!

    Can’t wait to see the new content and always look back at your old posts as a reference. Thank you for staying strong and standing up.

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