People who don’t nap generally seem to look askance at people who do, whereas people who do nap generally don’t care whether you do or don’t.
Passing a pedestrian we got a big smile and a thumbs up. He even stood up straighter. Marty and I both went, “what?” But it was fun…
This year we have 3 pumpkins for the windows. H.o.p. designed the faces for all three, and on the 3rd one he had 3 faces but I was unable to get a decent pic of the 3rd face–not that these are decent pics, taken in a dark room, as they were, with my 3g.
Photos taken with iPhone 3g and post processed.
My sister goes prepared for everything, which meant a picnic lunch, which was great as I was starved about the time they took a break and I got to partake.
Most notably, when we arrived there were a number of school buses and the zoo was filled with teenage giants, which made me wonder if some of these weren’t high school sports teams. They filled the benches at the gorilla house, and H.o.p. took the opportunity to grandstand and do an impromptu routine about a primate reality show. “Welcome to the reality show. Oh, no, the plot is not moving along! Reality shows! It’s a human zoo!” I edged in from the side to move him off the stage with my vaudeville cane and we moved along.
Niece posing for camera – color version
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Posing for the camera
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AND NOW FOR A STORY
The first of these three shots is from before our lunch break, and the next two are from immediately after. I didn’t notice the don’t climb on the statue sign until backing away from the gorilla statue upon which everyone was cavorting and thought it funny, but was also puzzled as I had walked over by the statue before lunch and not noticed the sign, and the rest of the statues at the zoo (as far as I’m aware) are for climbing. When I got home I looked up my previous shot and found that I’d not noticed the sign originally as it was down on the ground in the background before lunch. I was talking about this and H.o.p. said that after I’d walked away he had noticed the sign was down and had gone over and tried to put it up, at which point a zoo employee came by and helped him.
“If you knew about the don’t climb sign, why were you climbing on the statue after lunch,” I asked him.
“I wasn’t. I stood next to it.”
And indeed he was not climbing, as can be observed in the photo.
We were privileged to watch one of H.o.p.’s cousins rehearsing with her dance class at the Chinese Cultural Center. Shot this little video of them on my iPhone.
Robbi Kearns (Marty’s brother), Raymond Lee (Robbi’s partner) and Chris Nichols produced this video in which members of the Broadway and New York Theater Community gathered to share their stories that “It Gets Better”. They all did a great job and hopefully it will help some kids out there.
The It Gets Better Broadway website has lengthier interviews.
Fun with static electricity
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And a little video of H.o.p. playing with the thing.
iPhone video clips of a couple of geckos at Fernbank. Can’t tell much of anything from them except that they’re little lizards, yes they are.
A little bling, a little spark, and voila it’s light, the light bulb, a Promethean kind of independence from the paternal sun, its friendship and tyranny, which we know but perhaps we don’t too often contemplate as there just doesn’t seem much reason to meditate on what is so taken for granted as to be mundane, but still we know it as a Promethean object, a gift of fire, of independence, igniting thought, ideas, the cartoon figure is perplexed and fishing about the dark of the mind when inspiration flashes and we know what the light bulb appearing over the cartoon figure’s head means, it is illumination and the resolving of at least a portion of a puzzle.
The song ends at 2:56. A Youtube bug added on some happiness meditation time after it ends.
H.o.p. sitting between greeting and entertaining individuals on their way home from work.
This stands as the penultimate in “The Child Experiments”, I think, forH.o.p. took his love for the costume out on the street to perform for people on their way home from work. He would leap up and greet them, sweeping off his hat and bowing low. His goal, he said, was to brighten their day.