Today is the 19th anniversary of Jim and me meeting. I was working in Detroit as a consultant in the wireless telecommunications industry. My client flew me home to San Diego every other week, and Memorial Day weekend in 1994 was my second trip home that May. I took two days of PTO (paid time off) so I could come home Wednesday night and go to the Men’s Coming Out Support Group at the Gay & Lesbian Center of San Diego, which is where Jim and I met. Imagine what might not have happened if I had not used those two days of PTO!
Jim and I are going to Pasadena today, mainly to visit the Norton Simon Museum but I’m sure we’ll also get to the Rose Bowl, Pasadena City Hall, and the Pasadena Railroad Station. I was last at the Rose Bowl in 1978. That’s when I found out that it had 77 rows of seats, a great number since I was Class of ’77 at Texas A&M University (Aggies will understand that).
My neighbors across the street are going to keep an eye on our place while we’re gone, as well as come in a couple of times to check on Zoey the Cool Cat. Sure, Zoey the Cool Cat will miss us, but she’ll get over it as soon as I get back and give her food and tummy rubs, and let her sleep on me.
I won’t be able to make it to the San Diego Zoo today, so I’ll let y’all go for me. Have fun!
Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus)
The largest of all the kangaroos
and the largest mammal native to Australia.
Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi)
The tallest land mammal
Sleeping mama Jaguar (Panthera onca)
The largest feline in the Western hemisphere.
This one has two cubs that are each a year old.
Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
How come all these animals are sleeping?
Must be nice to sleep all day.
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
The largest North American land bird.
Dromedary Camel (Camelus dromedarius)
Camel poop makes great fertilizer and fuel!
(Again with the sleeping animals!)
Mexican Fireleg Tarantula (Brachypelma boehmei)
Gets to six inches in size and
flicks barbed bristles (called urticating hairs) when irritated.
Sleeping(!) Guanaco (Lama guanicoe)
Guanaco spit when threatened.
Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
Mama and two little ones.
The largest rodent in the world.
This is one of the cubs from mommy above.
Female African Lion (Panthera leo)
Second-largest living cat; tigers are bigger.
Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)
Nickname is “skunk wolf” because its mane has a distinctive odor.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
Sleeping, of course.
The polar bear was the mascot of the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada.
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