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Oh deer!

I woke up around 1:40 AM and heard rustling of leaves and snapping of branches in the backyard last night, so I got up and looked out the window, and there, 20 feet away, was a rather large deer in my backyard. It didn’t see me and I remained still and watched it eating grass for a few minutes. It was very cool. It then walked along the side of the house toward the front yard so I went to the front of the house to see where it went. Turns out, it joined an entire gang of deer assembled in my next door neighbor’s front yard. I counted 5 of them. Once they were all together, they moved on down the street and disappeared from view.

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen deer in my backyard, let alone in my neighborhood.

And I want, and I need, and I love, animal

Friday morning I woke up early feeling a bit dizzy and that’s because I drank quite a bit Thursday night. I lay in bed for about an hour and finally got up, showered and started to get ready for the day. I decided to skip the gym. Lisa and I met Andy and Mandy for breakfast and then caught the bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We had perfect weather all day long: clear skies with temperatures reaching up into the 80s. It felt great. Lisa had a plan for what she wanted to see at the Animal Kingdom, and we more or less followed her plan. There were all sorts of cool things to take pictures of, and I couldn’t take pictures of any of them because my battery had died and all attempts at finding a charger or replacement battery had failed.

We took a train to the vet hospital to see how they take care of the animals. We visited the petting zoo in order to pet the sheep and goats, all of whom seemed strangely attracted to Andy. We got a Fast-Pass for the Safari, which was what all of us were really looking forward to. Andy and Lisa got some amazing pictures of the tigers, but you’ll have to wait for them to post their pictures.

Mandy couldn’t ride the safari because it wasn’t recommended for pregnant women. So it was just Lisa, Andy and I. We were in luck because all of the animals were out in force, even the cheetah and then lions. There were elephants. A giraffe walked right along side us, until it saw Lisa and then it took off the other way for some reason. We even managed to catch some poachers.

Given that we spent only about half a day at Animal Kingdom, I think we did pretty well, and Lisa and Andy have the pictures to prove it.

Santa Monica Squirrel

On my way into work this morning, I was walking along 4th toward Pico and spotted a squirrel sitting next to the base of a palm tree, eating. I slowed my pace so as not to scare the thing away, however, as I passed him, he didn’t budge. He just kept on with his breakfast as though he had not a care in the world.

This is very different behavior from Riverdale squirrels, which make a mad dash up a tree everytime someone sneezes.