H.o.p.’s 13th Birthday Cake

H.o.p.'s 13th birthday, Dec 2 1997
H.o.p.’s 13th Birthday Cake has blue lettering
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I tried to interest him in getting one that was more an old style cake than the common, supermarket one with shortening icing, but he prefers the gooey kind.

Thirteen. A big day for him. He’s been looking forward to this since he turned 12, waiting eagerly for the day he would be able to sign up for his own Youtube and Facebook accounts. The big thirteen! So far I think he’s had a great time despite the fact I inappropriately scheduled an orthodontist appointment for him this morning. Thirteen!

H.o.p.’s 2010 Pumpkins – 4 Views

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.

H.o.p. carved the pumpkins 1

H.o.p. carved the pumpkins 2

H.o.p. carved the pumpkins 3 - view 1

H.o.p. carved the pumpkins 3 - view 2

Photos taken with iPhone 3g and post processed.

At the Zoo – A Story

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
Oct 2010
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2010 Oct 20 Zoo
Posing for the camera
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A Story Goes With This

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.