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13 August 2009 @ 05:18 pm
If you think this is weird, you should see my Meta fic.  
Except that you can't see my Meta fic yet, because I haven't posted it, because... I utterly suck at getting shit done this week. x_x

I'm kind of in Oh No School Is About to Start *Flail* Mode, and I am all kinds of fail. D:

Oh, well.

Yesterday eltea and I hung out and ate stuff that wasn't good for us and shopped for Halloween costumes. And by "shopped," I mean "combed thrift stores because we're cheapskates and it literally pays off."

Though we weren't actually too successful just yet.

Which is why we're starting in August. XD

Ummm... yeah. It was fun anyway. And I can still tie a mean half-Windsor. XD

Also, I WISH this was my new bag. Look at those BEDROOM EYES.

Today, my mom, my little brother, and my sister and I went to the San Francisco zoo. But first I'll show you the pictures from the Oakland zoo that I took the other day.

I told you I was all kinds of fail. XD



The bird that I renamed the Oreo Crow!

The elephants! (This shot also shows you how very much in-the-city all of it is.)

The flying foxes!

So yeah. Ummm... the next ones are the San Francisco Zoo, which is bigger and famouser and... surprisingly, less hilly. O_o

We didn't realize it was right across from the beach, because we used to come in the other way.

jenwryn was wondering the other day how much space our zoos tend to have, and although SF is on the big side for zoos, they are generally very good about that. Witness the first enclosure, which is full of antelope and giraffes and a zebra and ostriches and whatever else. XD

Nom nom nom nom.

Part of the gorilla enclosure. If you look close, you can see the little baby one. Its mother actually didn't want it, but a gorilla who had had three babies before adopted it and is raising it now. :3

I didn't get a picture of the huge, gray-backed gorilla dude sitting closer to the observation decks, but it was crazy how intelligent his eyes were. It's kind of crazy that you can tell that sort of thing. O_o

Mandrills are strange-looking.

PENGUINS. They were really noisy, actually; it was very strange. XD

The little black ones would swim around with their heads above the water; it was adorable. XD

Purely coincidentally, it looks like they're holding hands. XD

Also, this is SO San Francisco -- two penguins went gay to raise a baby penguin named Chuck Norris.


Lions, raaaaaar.

Free-roaming peacock. XD

The Australian Walkabout! 8D lol Americans are so lame

They're not dead; they're just bored out of their minds. XD

Kookabura! :D

Aaaannnddd... they had this thing just out in the middle with a bunch of birds of prey that couldn't fly anymore, either because they'd been in accidents (like the golden eagle, which was hit by a car and lost one of its wings) or because they were raised by people or whatever. I didn't get a picture of the eagle owl, which was seriously as big as a medium-sized dog. O_o

And... yeah. Remember how I said San Francisco doesn't have any prohibitions about paint colors?


Also, this is just... the city.

Which was good to stare at a bit, since I need to write a huge, climactic, fantastic chapter of Chocolate by... tonight. @_@

ajklfjdsljflksklfds. jfkd. :D

Feeling: draineddrained
Marmmarmaladefever on August 14th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
I don't take nearly enough advantage of California zoos. :(

Laugh, kookaburra laugh, kookaburra....
Vitamin C: Neartierfal on August 14th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I think these are the only ones I've been to. Except the San Diego zoo; I saw that one, too, years ago. And a tiny local one. They're everywhere, oh my. XD

Emma Daiouemmadaiou28 on August 14th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Poor one-winged eagle. :( But I immediately think of "One-Winged Angel" and am consoled by the awesomeness.

And, is the grey bird in that same pic a falcon? It looks like one... but then it's almost as big as the eagles, unless that's just the camera angle? o_0
Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on August 14th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Well, at least it got adopted, so now it gets fed and is taken care of and stuff! :)

Yuuuup, it's a peregrine falcon. ^^ And it was smaller; it's the angle. XD
Emma Daiouemmadaiou28 on August 15th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Yes yes! ^^

So I'm not crazy! XD I thought it was a peregrine, but it just looked waaaay too big for one.
I MUST: Emily the Strangesabriel75 on August 14th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
*chants* Meta-fic, Meta-fic, Meta-fic... oh who's crying now?! I am in desperate need of more time. Since my comings and going are more like hit-and-runs on here and twitter.

Do thinks penguins are a noisy lot every time I have seen them at our zoo and had heard of the gay penguins. In fact, a couple or more years ago, there was a children's picture book written about them that was the top banned book of the year in libraries... I think? Funny the things that go on.

So yeah... school. Soon. Yesterday was our first day back and let me say it was frightening. My son's first day at Kindergarten and my daughter's first day at high school. I am flailing... *hightails it upstairs to make breakfast and lunches*

Vitamin C: L - Bewilderedtierfal on August 14th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
It's mostly finished... a few words here and there are bracketed so that I'll remember to fill them in. Watch me procrastinate enough that I'm racing to do it the last night anyway. XD

There was a book! I'd heard all about that, yeah, but I didn't realize it was at this zoo -- and I definitely didn't realize that there was a penguin named Chuck Norris involved! XD Crazy. XD

Oh, my!! That sounds like good cause for flailing indeed! D:
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Vitamin C: L and Misatierfal on August 14th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hee, how much you wanna bet the zoos on the East Coast are smaller, just like the states are, because the land got all built up first and faster? XD

lol. We're perfectly fine with letting gay penguins raise Chuck Norris, but when it comes to passing gay marriage laws, NOOOOO, we can't have that. XD

[SoCal is always burning down... There's actually one that's pretty close, just a county/a few counties away?, but we're not even having problems with smoke here. Yet. Last year was worse. ^^;]

Haha, yeah, I've seen REALLY active kangaroos at zoos (lol rhymes, /brilliant) before, but these were like, "...yeah, whatever, mate." XD

They're cute! XD And awwww, my Jennikins. ;__; When eltea and I were at our fifties-themed(...-ish) burger place downtown the other day, we were recalling the Land Down Under when "California Dreamin'" came on and she was like, "If I listen to this while I'm in England, I'll die." XD
goddess of this and that: geniehappy_mystic on August 14th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
I love shopping for Halloween stuff. My favorite holiday, BTW. This year I'm thinking of being Alice Cooper.

I love zoos too! <3
Vitamin C: L - Bluetierfal on August 14th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
That's because it's the best holiday! 8D When else do you get candy in recompense for playing dress-up? XD

Also, I think that'll be awesome. :D

Zoos are fun. ^^
Miz J: pinkmissusjackson on August 14th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)

Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on August 14th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
My second-favorite part might be that the word has "flaming" at the front.

My favorite part is that they're bright pink birds. Like. How the hell does that work for camouflage? XD
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Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on August 15th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Lame! D:

Whoo!! :D omg though, a Lady Gaga costume would be epic. XD Not that a panda or a Mad Hatter wouldn't, but Lady Gaga's particular brand of dubious style amuses me immensely. 8D

We had free-roaming peacocks a few streets down for many years until they all got housing-development'd out, yeah. I don't think they free-roam as much in San Francisco, though, especially given the hills, so maybe people are excited about that. XD
give me time. and a crayon.: gigglethe_gabih on August 16th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
Gay penguins yay!

I so want to go to San Francisco one day. Maybe when I'm all grown up. ^^
Vitamin C: The TARDIStierfal on August 16th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Wooooot! XD

It's a crazy-awesome place. :D Though if I had a dime for every time I thought, "I want to go to London" -- maybe we should just trade bodies for a while and explore? XD
give me time. and a crayon.: dalekthe_gabih on August 17th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
We really should- twould be epicness itself. xD