December 22nd, 2017


December 22--There's alway something happening at the zoo...

I got up about the time Malida was leaving for work, and straightened up the house in anticipation of the arrival of our housekeeper. It's not so much cleaning for her as it is getting stuff out of the way so she can clean. I got out of the house just before she arrived for the same reason.

I went over to a place that replaces phone batteries. My old iPhone isn't holding a charge like it used to, so I decided to have a new battery put in. They said it would take about 30 minutes, so I dropped it off and went around the corner to have some breakfast. I had some pancakes, which I haven't had in a long time. They were delicious.

When I walked in to the battery place, the guy who had taken my phone asked, "are you here for your phone?" Uh, yeah. It was done, and I was on my way.

I took the car to be washed in anticipation of our drive to Yosemite on Monday. There were very few people there, and they had it done in less than a half hour. I sat outside waiting for it, and thought about going inside, because it was about 50 degrees and my hands were turning numb, but I stuck it out.

I got home and the housekeeper was still there, about halfway done. I retreated to my office, where she never ventures, and did some financial stuff. I am trying to get our financial situation into some sort of shape that makes sense to Malida. At the moment, it's mostly in my head, but I am working on some sort of ledger that shows what comes in and where it goes.

After the housekeeper left I headed down to the zoo. It's just across the park from the college, but I rarely go there. I was thinking about taking some pictures, which I did.

baby guenon

A baby guenon. He is still young enough to believe in Santa Claus.


The flamingos were fascinating, and were what I had in mind when I decided to go to the zoo. I took about a million pictures, but they move around a lot, and I need a sunny day to get good shots.


The giraffes were fascinating as well. I spent about a half-hour just watching them move around and eat. They are like something out of this world.

One of my friends posted in Facebook that her daughter came up to her and told her that it would really be weird if, "a parent had been lying to their kid about Santa for their whole life. I mean, that would ruin your childhood."

I picture her mom having that giraffe's face as she heard that.

After the zoo, I picked up a few things for Malida for Christmas. We don't really exchange gifts, but I do like to get her something. She will be taking a beginning photo class this spring, so I got her a nice bag for her camera, which I have been using for the past couple of years. I am looking forward to her learning to use the camera. She has a good eye for photography, and I look forward to seeing what she does when she knows how to use the tools.
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