I know, I know!!!
I have been contemplating this same thing and found the perfect bird. A Senegal parrot. They are a small species about 9" and are very quite. They are extremely friendly right from the very beginning and DO NOT bite!
They bond very well to anyone and are pretty neat and clean for a bird. You can teach them to talk and they love attention. Go to Yahoo and type in senegal parrot, it'll link you to a billion sites full of photos and info. Good luck!