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I have a lot of ambivalence about animals in cages or pens. It’s born of childhood visits to Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota, and seeing the pacing cats behind bars in small cages. Fortunately, those cages are long gone now, and zoological parks have generally been upgraded and are more “humane” (ahem). Someone once declared they would keep no creature with them that did not stay of its own free choice (Joseph Wood Krutch? Konrad Lorenz?) and amen to that.

On the other hand, when one considers the effects of poaching — and whatever else one can say about the gorilla in this picture, he has all of his parts still attached, as his creator intended:

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If you remember when the Wonderful World of Disney was on ABC on Sunday nights, then you also remember their wonderful world of “color! color! color!” and this first picture is for you:

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Okay, so we were at Disney, and Disney isn’t really known for hair-raising rides. So the competition wasn’t too stiff. (more…)

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No pictures today. (more…)

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Disney seems to be an irony free zone. There is an immediacy to the experience here, a lack of reflection, doubtless derived from the novelty of childhood, the newness of sensations.

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Having had my ticket to see the Twins play the Pirates stolen before we left town made things interesting, as far as getting into McKechnie Field (“Southern Home of the Pirates”) goes. StubHub, who supposedly guarantee the tickets we bought in December of 2008, and which were stolen 6 days before we left town, was worthless as far as getting me a re-printed ticket.

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A couple posts back I mentioned the invaders who’ve moved in, and want to live here rent-free. Recently, we’ve had others rats in our lives, too.

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