We went to the zoo today and bought memberships for a year (only $84 for two people, plus free guest passes & sky-tram rides!). Within just a few minutes of exploring, we ran across the panda exhibit and I recorded a little snippet of the big fat panda eating some bamboo. Pretty damn cute.
It’s strange that I haven’t been to the zoo in probably about 10 years, and I completely forgot it was even in San Diego. It’s so close to our neighborhood, and I drive by it all the time that I never even think about it, but once you walk in and start seeing giraffes and camels and super weird fox cat things (look up a “Fossa”), it’s totally worth it. Not to mention that hiking around the zoo for a few hours is pretty good exercise, and since we’ve spent the last two months catching up on Lost, we need the energy boost.
Read up a little on wikipedia, and yes, it really is a World Famous zoo, considered “one of the largest and progressive” zoos in the entire world and contains 4000 animals and 950 different species. Watching Planet Earth kind of made me feel incredibly removed from most of the animals on the show, assuming that I would never see them, ever, in real life. But remember those super hard to track down Bactrian Camels with only “800 remaining in the wild in northwest China and Mongolia and classified as critically endangered“? Yeah, those were there.
Here is a picture I took of a cute little kid and his two friends, you know, just hangin’ out.
Every time I’ve gone to the zoo before (about 2 times since I’ve lived in San Diego) it was crowded, filled with too many families, hot, most of the animals were hiding, and we were rushing to get through the entire zoo to get our moneys worth. Now that we have year passes, we can just drop by and say hey to the camels or the pigs or the lizards and walk around without that sense of rushrushrush, and do it anytime we want. Plus, as we discovered today, if you go there around 2-3pm on a Monday, barely anyone is there.
The lettuce, spinach, and my tomato plant are all doing really well, but my rosemary never took root. I think the seeds were too close to the surface, or are just too damn hard to grow. I think my next step is to take over the empty rosemary space and replace it with the lettuce and spinach, but properly placed instead of all clumped together. I would like to get some plumbers piping and make a sort of netted tent to protect it from ze bugz.
And my hydrangea plant that I’ve had for about 2 years is blossoming again! It’s growing really healthy and in the Spring it usually likes to put on a show for me in pretty pink.
It’s still healing and a bit scabby, so don’t mind the unevenness of the coloring. Oh, and that’s my own mole perfectly aligned to be the kittens beauty mark as well. After looking at his selection of colors I decided I wanted to do a purple and teal instead of red and light blue. I already have red on this arm and wanted to mix it up. The blue really *pops* when you see it in person, so the picture does little justice. It is the second addition to my right arm, and the fourth addition to the whole “collection” thus far. I can’t wait until it’s not puffy and tender so I can actually pet my new kitten ink.
Art: Zack Wentz (originally individual construction paper cut-outs)
Inking Artist: Dave Warshaw, Avalon Tattoo II, San Diego
My brand new Avatar custom made bass speaker cab. 8-ohms of destruction and 2×12″ speakers incased in a beautiful electric blue tolex coating and nickel plated corners, with cloth wheat grill and white piping. I’m in love!! Hurrah! Please come and see it in person this Saturday March 27th for our show at the Tin Can Alehouse in Bankers Hill. Playing with Hot Moon and Sunday times.