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WordPress problems resolved!

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is fast, fast, fast, fast, fast.

As many of you know, I have been having WordPress problems since January 2, 2014. Many things:

  1. LIKE buttons were not loading on any blog whose URL ended with wordpress.com. Other blogs were fine. Just those ending with wordpress.com were problematic.
  2. Most of the time, not always though, I could not comment on blogs either. This problem affected all blogs, not just those whose URL ended with wordpress.com.
  3. My blog would not load correctly the first time. I would have to refresh or reload it in order to get it to work.
  4. My site stats would not load at all. Never.
  5. The gold star notification at the upper right would not work unless I clicked on the star twice.

SkyTower at SeaWorld San DiegoToday I had some extra time while preparing to go Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld. I could not access the WordPress Help Forums from anywhere on my blog like I could prior to January 2, 2014, so I went to Google, typed in wordpress help forums, and got to them that way.

I spent several hours reading through several hundred threads in the Help Forums before I finally found a clue about what might be happening. The clue was in a very long thread and was about the hundredth comment from someone outside of WordPress, someone like me who was having problems.

The clue was that the commenter was of the firm belief that WordPress was not compatible with Internet Explorer 10. I knew that I had upgraded from IE9 to IE10 but I didn’t know when. I pulled up my computer records and what do you know? I upgraded from IE9 to IE10 the night of January 1, 2014. Ah-ha!

I tried to downgrade from IE10 to IE9 but that apparently isn’t possible. All of the computers that I use daily are running IE10. I pulled out an old laptop computer that I don’t use anymore but which I knew had IE9 on it. Sure enough, I had no WordPress problems on the old computer using IE9.

I saw that IE11 was available, so since I couldn’t downgrade to IE9, I considered upgrading to IE11. I created a restore point on my Windows 7 computer so that if IE11 really caused problems, I could easily go back to IE10. Well, not only did IE11 load easily and quickly, but I have no more WordPress problems. LIKE buttons are loading, my stats page is showing up again, etc.

So there you have it! The problem wasn’t with my computer per sé but with a computer program that I needed in order to even get to my WordPress blog. The interesting thing is that apparently when Internet Explorer is your main browser, Firefox, Chrome, etc., don’t override everything in Internet Explorer. That explains why I was having the same problems in Firefox and Chrome.

I’m so happy! I can go blog camping again now, something that I really missed doing these past three months.

Lastly, not only is my Internet browsing so much faster than it was with IE10, but my whole computer seems to be much faster. Can’t explain it, but it is what it is.

And following a close-up of Shamu from this evening’s Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. Jim and I were sitting about three feet from four Shamus, separated only by a piece of glass four feet tall.

Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego on March 29, 2014

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A lesson in customer service

SeaWorld

Back at the beginning of March, SeaWorld sent me a gift, which was a free $39 Dine With Shamu meal. It could be redeemed only online. Unfortunately, online redemption has been giving me an error for the past two weeks when I have tried to redeem my gift.

Since the gift expires at the end of my birthday month, which is in just a few days, I printed out the error message and my birthday gift email and went to Guest Relations at SeaWorld.

First person couldn’t resolve the issue and called his supervisor over.

Supervisor couldn’t resolve the issue and called his supervisor over.

Supervisor II couldn’t resolve the issue but commented, “I think I now know why Dine With Shamu hasn’t been selling out.”

Supervisor II didn’t resolve the issue while I was there, but what he did do was practice customer service of the highest order. He simply made reservations for Saturday (that’s today!) at 6:00 p.m. for Jim and me, and then comped both tickets! So Jim and I are Dining With Shamu. Free! An $78 value!

Jim and I dined with Shamu two years ago, and it was awesome, not to mention that the food was far superior to what I was expecting for a theme park event. Following is a picture of Shamu from when we dined with him in May 2012, up close and personal:

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorld

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P.S. I’m not impressed with the new picture editing functions that WordPress instituted a couple of days ago, and I’m still having problems when I visit the blogs of other people, those problems being most noticeable when I try to comment or LIKE blogs whose URL ends with wordpress.com. About half the time I cannot comment, and LIKE buttons never load, so I can never LIKE!

The WordPress crowd in their Forums ignore me. Thus, I’m pretty sure that when my WordPress.com upgrade expires, I won’t be renewing. I’ll be taking my money to my own server.

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Eye to eye & nose to nose

SeaWorld

This past Sunday I renewed my annual pass to SeaWorld, this time for two years (they have a cool EZ Pay monthly payment plan!) at the Super Duper Platinum level, and took off to spend four hours at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld San DiegoThe construction they did in preparation for their 50th anniversary here created a really amazing time, especially at the new entrance where there are seven or eight (I lost count) touch pools. I touched the horseshoe crabs and the mantas.

What I like most about SeaWorld is the excitement of the children. I have no doubt that they will grow up with a greater appreciation of wildlife than if they had just seen pictures in a school textbook.

The 50th Anniversary version of SeaWorld also has three flamingo exhibits. One of them is the bestest flamingo exhibit ever because the flamingos walk right up to you, separated only by a fence. You can be eye to eye and nose to nose with them. In fact, I was thinking that the public can get too close to them. If one of those big flamingos decides to go bad, to go rogue, and peck someone in the face, SeaWorld’s going to have problems. Nonetheless, here are a couple of pictures and a video of the new bestest flamingo exhibit ever:

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Flamingo at SeaWorld San Diego

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I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of….

SeaWorld

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorldI have no problem saying that I’m a big fan of SeaWorld, Zoos, and Aquariums. Those who thought that Blackfish was a balanced documentary are the same people who DID NOT think that Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11 were balanced documentaries. And it’s true. There is no such thing as a balanced documentary because they are told from the point of view of the director, producer, and/or writer. Documentaries have a story to tell, even if it is only part of the full story.

Porcupine at Seaworld San DiegoI have watched a lot of documentaries in my life, and I have done a lot of research to get the rest of the story (smile if you remember the famous person responsible for always giving us the rest of the story).

Documentaries are one of my favorite genres because I love history and reality, except that type of reality that television gives us with The Bachelor, American Idol, and other crap (can I say crap on a family WordPress blog?).

Recently a friend with opposing views said, “Look what happened to Keiko!” Keiko was an Orca whale which starred in the movie, “Free Willy!” Knowing that said friend had no idea what happened to Keiko, I decided to help him improve his knowledge base. Here’s what happened to Keiko:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/freeing-willy-documentary_n_3957369.html

SeaWorld San DiegoFor those who don’t want to spare time watching an 11:43 documentary video about a whale, here’s the Cliff Notes version (smile if you remember Cliff Notes):

After $20 million and many years of teaching Keiko to hold his breath for long periods, catch his own food, and swim in harsh waters, Keiko wound up seeking out people wherever it went in the vast and free ocean. Keiko loved people.

SeaWorld San DiegoThe many whales at SeaWorld also love people. All you have to do is go watch a show at SeaWorld to see the love that is shared between the SeaWorld staff and trainers and the whales.

What people fail to realize is that Orcas are pretty big. If one is not careful, an Orca can kill you, even unintentionally in an accident. That is true with all life, though. Dogs kill people quite often. Cats can kill people with their bites and scratches. Heck, even people can kill people! So to use four accidental deaths in SeaWorld’s 50-year history and millions of shows is disingenuous at best, stupid at worst. Dogs kills more people each year than SeaWorld’s Orca whales, so carrying SeaWorld opponents’ thoughts to their logical conclusion, we should not have dogs captive in our homes or yards. They should all be released back into the wild from which they came. Cats, too. Not to mention all the marine life in aquariums, wildlife in zoos.

Starfish at SeaWorld San DiegoThe two most important reasons why I support SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the Scripps Aquarium :

  1. A great deal of the money they make each year goes to rescue marine life along the Southern California coast (beached whales, yes; dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, turtles) and injured wildlife in the interior, such as eagles, osprey, owls, big cats.
  2. Without the aquariums and zoos, I would never have had the opportunity to see elephants, giraffes, octopuses, bears, whales, tigers, jaguars, flamingos, spoonbills, eagles, leopards, penguins, and most of the other species at zoos and aquariums.

Since I go to the Zoo and SeaWorld quite often, I can also tell you that many people have told me that they have a greater appreciation for wildlife after they visit the Zoo and SeaWorld, and that’s important for the survival of species in the wild.

Here are some more pictures of SeaWorld:

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Flamingo lagoon at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Monitor at SeaWorld San Diego

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Beluga whale at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Orca whales at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego

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Walrus at SeaWorld San Diego

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Starfish at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Now I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of SeaWorld! Happy Sunday to everyone!

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Happy birthday to me!

I livew in my own little world

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If you were wondering what happened to me today since I didn’t post anything, well, I was celebrating my last birthday before the sun sets on my life. Yep. Sixty is just 365 days away. I turn 59 at 11:58 p.m. today. As I write this, that is only 34 minutes away. Of course, technicalities aside, I have been celebrating all day. Who needs to be exact in life?

My intent was to go to the San Diego Zoo from 9:00-10:30 this morning, then over to SeaWorld from 11:00-12:30, then to teach my chess class at an exclusive rich private school, then to On The Border for Taco Tuesday and a margarita!

I didn’t make it to SeaWorld because I was delayed at the Zoo due to a fire in a car parked just three cars from me. Here’s the smoke as seen from inside the Zoo, when I thought to myself, “That looks like where I parked my car.”

Car fire at the San Diego Zoo on March 11, 2014

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The police and firefighters had several rows blocked off, including, of course, the row I was parked in, so I stood and watched the fire for 43 minutes. By the time the fire was out and we were allowed to go to our cars, there was no way to get to SeaWorld to make the trip worthwhile.

It’s alright, though, because for my birthday, SeaWorld sent me a buy-one-get-one-free “Dine With Shamu” dinner, so Jim and I will be dining with Shamu real soon. We dined with Shamu a couple of years ago and it was awesome. You get real up close and personal! Here’s Shamu from our last Dine With Shamu dinner:

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorld

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After eating lunch, I went to teach chess for the first time at Francis Parker school, a rich private exclusive school.  3:30-4:30 class.  A bell rings at 4:00 and my eight students jumped up and went screaming out of the room!

Huh?

Turns out that they get a 10-minute break every hour. What do they do? The school—remember, a rich private exclusive school—feeds them junk food. The kids came back with Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, cheese & peanut butter crackers, etc.

These are K-6 students, and this rich private exclusive school is serving them junk food?

Confused, I am.

I did, of course, make it to On The Border for Taco Tuesday and margaritas:

Taco Tuesday at On The Border in El Cajon, California

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Margaritas at On The Border in El Cajon, California

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….right there by mama’s side!

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As much as I love going to SeaWorld, the Zoo, Safari Park, botanical gardens, and aquariums, there is a certain sadness connected to those places because many of the plants and animals they have there are endangered in the wild, usually because of human hunting or development.

Thus there’s always a certain king of joy when one sees plants and animals in their natural habitats.

Such was the case recently when I was way out in the boondocks where I saw many barrel cactus growing in the wild, specifically the fishhook barrel cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni). Other common names include Arizona barrel cactus, candy barrel cactus, and Southwestern barrel cactus. It looks like these beauties:

Fishhook barrel cactus

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Fishhook barrel cactus

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That second one looks like it is growing out of solid rock!

Tradition says that the barrel cactus is a source of water for people lost in the desert, and there are records of Native Americans using it for that purpose. However, the water within the plant contains oxalic acid, which can cause diarrhea on an empty stomach. Great! If I’m lost in the desert without water, it’s highly likely that I probably don’t have any food, either!

Barrel cactus (Echinocactus sp. and Ferocactus sp.) are sometimes called “compass cactus” because they are great exhibitors of phototropism–growing towards the light–as shown by this golden barrel cactus:

Golden Barrel Cactus in Balboa Park, San Diego

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Look at the shadow from the rock and you can see that it is, indeed, facing the sun. Here in the United States, most of the sun comes from the south, so the barrel cactus commonly faces south. Ergo, “compass cactus.”

Phototropism is exhibited in houseplants, too, as they usually grow towards the light—smile if that makes you think of Poltergeist, “Come towards the light Carol Anne.” Unfortunately, phototropism can cause house plants to look rather ungainly, which is why my wise old grandmother always rotated her houseplants, to give both sides the opportunity to get some of the light.

As with most cactus, the barrel cactus needles are quite dangerous. In my home state of Texas, we called them “horse cripplers” because a horse accidentally stepping on one, even a rather small one, could cripple it.

Additionally, a barrel cactus puncture wound is considered a dirty wound. If the puncture is deep enough to draw blood, lots of antibiotics may be needed, as well as several months for the wound to heal properly.

Barrel cactus can get quite large and tall. The golden barrel cactus in the picture above is one of the largest I had ever seen. That one, and several others, are located in the Desert Garden in Balboa Park here in San Diego.

However, my trip to the boondocks in East San Diego County provided me the opportunity to see some fishhook barrel cactus that were as tall as me (6’3″), like this one:

Fishhook barrel cactus

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My favorite one, though, was this four-feet-tall gal with her three little ones clinging to her side:

Fishhook barrel cactus

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Even plant babies know that the best place to get love and food is right there by mama’s side!

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Mylar—Not in this century or the next

My wise old grandmother

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My wise old grandmother was a nature lover before tree huggers hit the scene. She was also a conservationist before it was fashionable to be a conservationist. I remember her constant nagging about being kind to wildlife, enjoying the outdoors, conserving our natural resources….. On and on and on.

I didn’t pay much attention when I was living under her roof, but when I set out on my own, it was amazing just how much her teachings influenced what I did and even with whom I hung.

That’s why I’m a big fan of places like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. Have they made mistakes in the past? Sure. We all have. But without Zoos and Aquariums, 99% of the people would never get to see, and appreciate, a giraffe, an elephant, a whale, a dolphin, a tiger or lion…. There would also be many species that now would be extinct without the breeding services that zoos and aquariums offer. The California Condor comes immediately to mind, as does the Northern White Rhinoceros.

Whenever I’m out and about, I always try to visit Zoos and Aquariums to show my support, and I have an annual pass to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Along with their breeding and release programs, zoos and aquariums provide rescue services. The number of seals and sea lions rescued each year by SeaWorld is amazing. One could argue that if the mom is going to abandon her pup, there must be a good reason. Maybe there is, but I’ll go with SeaWorld on that one—rescue, rehabilitate, and release.

Without the programs of the Zoo and SeaWorld, I never would have had the privilege of seeing a Bald Eagle, a Golden Eagle, a Milky Eagle Owl, or an Orca Whale.

Bald eagle at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Golden eagle Ambassador at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Milky Eagle Owl

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Dining with Shamu at SeaWorld

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In all my travels, I have never seen those four species outside of a Zoo or Aquarium. Of course, I know they exist in the wild, and I had an appreciation for them without seeing them because of how my wise old grandmother raised me. I don’t have to see something to know it, to understand it, to understand why it’s disappearing. Many people do, though. Every time I go to the Zoo or SeaWorld, I hear at least one person, often many many more, say in awe, “I had no idea they were so beautiful” or “I had no idea they were endangered because of us.” Those people, I hope, go home with a greater understanding of this world we live on and how we need to share it with the plants and animals around us.

As an example, recently I was up in Orange County traipsing around when I found the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, California

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The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is responsible for animals (mostly pinnipeds) stranded on beaches along the Orange County coast, extending north to Seal Beach and south to San Onofre. The majority of the pinnipeds rescued are severely malnourished, suffer from dehydration, and may have respiratory infections. They also treat animals that are affected by drift net entanglement, fishing lines and hooks, human inflicted injuries, shark bites, parasites, and various diseases.

The most common pinnipeds to Southern California are Northern Elephant Seals, Pacific Harbor Seals, and California Sea Lions. Occasionally, they treat Northern Fur Seals, and they are the only temporary holding facility for small whales and dolphins between Santa Barbara and San Diego.

California sea lion

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California sea lion

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Invariably when I visit the Zoo, SeaWorld, or, in this case, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, I learn something new. For example, here is what I learned during my short visit to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center:

Mylar Bouquet Wall of Shame

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Mylar Bouquet Wall of Shame

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I have always loved Mylar balloons, but no more.

They are off my LIKE  list and onto my NOT-IN-THIS-CENTURY-OR-THE-NEXT list.

I hope you will join me in my quest to celebrate special occasions with something other than Mylar balloons. A good meal, flowers, and toys come to mind. Maybe even just some quality time spent with those you love and are celebrating with.

Sunflower and clouds

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Kidvasion

October…. Kidvasion is here!

Out & About

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari ParkFor 25 years October has been a special time in San Diego for parents because restaurants and attractions throughout the County have children specials.

Restrictions apply, such as children generally being defined as 12 and under.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa ParkMost attractions also require a paid adult ticket for every free child ticket. That makes October an ideal month for taking the family out to Legoland, the Zoo, Balboa Park museums (take the kids to see the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, one of the largest in the world), and many others, including many restaurants letting children eat free.

Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo May 2013It’s also a great opportunity for families to visit attractions that they otherwise wouldn’t visit due to the expense of tickets.

Perhaps the best part of all of this is that there are very few tourists in town during October, leaving San Diego to, uh, San Diegans!

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in Del Mar, CaliforniaBased on experience, some places join the Kidvasion late, usually due to public pressure. Visit Kids Free in San Diego all October for more information, coupons, and deals. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant or attraction listed, call them and tell them to join the Kidvasion!

Following are just some of the attractions and restaurants with Kidvasion deals that caught my attention.

  1. Kids ride free on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner.
  2. Free admission to Coronado Museum of History and Art
  3. Free admission to Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  4. Free rides on Hornblower Harbor Cruises
  5. Eat free at John’s Incredible Pizza Company
  6. Free admission to Living Coast Discovery Center
  7. Free admission to Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  8. San Diego Air & Space Museum Annex, El Cajon, CaliforniaFree admission to San Diego Air & Space Museum
  9. Free admission to San Diego Automotive Museum
  10. Free admission to San Diego Zoo
  11. Free admission to Safari Park
  12. Free admission to Seal Tours
  13. Kits eat free at Hotel del Coronado
  14. Free admission to Legoland
  15. Free admission to Museum of Making Music
  16. Free ride on Old Town Trolley Tours
  17. Tijuana Estuary National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach, CaliforniaFree admission to Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
  18. Free ride with San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
  19. Free ride on the Bahia Belle
  20. Free admission to the USS Midway Museum
  21. Free admission to the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
  22. Play and ride free at Belmont Park
  23. Free admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  24. Free ride with Flagship Cruises & Events
  25. Free admission to the San Diego Botanic Garden
  26. Free admission to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  27. Dining with Shamu at SeaWorldFree admission to SeaWorld San Diego.  Also, children eat free at “Dine With Shamu.”  If you have not dined with Shamu, I can highly recommend it.  Up close and personal with several Shamus while you eat.  The buffet food is tasty, the entertainment fantastic, and for the price, there is nothing like it in the world!

Kidvasion

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Walrus at SeaWorld San Diego

Reward for spitting?

Out & About

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If you are heading to SeaWorld San Diego, you can buy tickets online.

If you have a smartypants phone, you can show them your ticket on your smartypants phone.

However, a recent trip to SeaWorld San Diego (a few hours ago) revealed that paper tickets and smartypants phone tickets are not created equal.

There are dozens of lines to get into SeaWorld, but the paper ticket lines are much shorter than the smartypants phone ticket lines.

So…………………..

If you want to get into SeaWorld quickly, print your ticket on paper.

If you enjoy standing around in long, long, long, long lines, just keep it on your smartypants phone.

Finally!

I knew eventually someone in the world would give preference to those of us without smartypants phones!

That’s a big walrus at SeaWorld San Diego. Walruses can get up to 3,700 pounds, which is, I believe, a tad more than that lady rewarding this one for spitting.

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

Out & About

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As much as I love going to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld, there’s still nothing like seeing wildlife in the wild. Except I’m pretty sure that I would not want to see a mountain lion mommy and her little one while I was out hiking by myself. Nonetheless……….

I remember when I stumbled upon my first Canada Goose here in San Diego in 1996. I thought the poor thing had a serious deficiency in its map-reading skills (GPS wasn’t on the scene yet). Thirteen years later and I know that the Canada Goose is resident in all the lower 48 States as well as Canada.

In the 38 years I lived in Texas, I never saw a Canada Goose in the wild, yet the whole state is covered with “I live here in the Winter” blue in my National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. San Diego is covered in the same winter blue, but I can tell you that there are many Canada Geese that live here year round, such as the two in the following flash video. They have been here for several years, rain or shine, hot or cold, winter or summer:

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I suspect the same is true up in the Los Angeles area. It definitely is not winter in L.A. yet when I was at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia a few days ago for my 19th anniversary, the only bird more prevalent than the peacock was the Canada Goose.

Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Following are three flash videos of the Canada Geese at the L.A. Arboretum, including two little babies with mommy and daddy.

Remember that birds don’t have nationalities, so the plural of Canada Goose is Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese.

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