Last night my wife and I visited a friend's house, and at that house there also resides a Hahn's miniature macaw named Beaker [pictured right, not my hand].
Beaker and I had a grand old time, he sat on my shoulder and hands, I tried to teach him some phrases, he bit me a few times but left no marks. All in all, an enjoyable bird experience, unfortunately now I want a bird.
My wife, however, does not like birds and we have two cats, making the prospects of getting a bird somewhere in the neighborhood of nonexistent. So it looks like I'll be getting my bird fix by visiting Beaker and his room mate whenever I can.