Bag of Randomness


  • We ended up going to the Dallas Zoo and don’t have any regrets.  It was our first visit, and it’s nothing like I’ve heard about what it was like in the past.  Nothing seemed run down and all the habitats look comfy and natural, there were certainly no concrete or steel jungle type stuff.  It did seem like some of the habitats made it hard for viewing, and I kind of felt for the kangaroos and emus as their habitat was close to the freeway and you could hear a lot of road noise.
  • Random kangaroo and emu fact – neither can walk backwards.
  • Crowds were pretty small, which helped make for a good experience, and the staff was much friendlier than I expected.  Oh, and the zoo was easy to find and get to, parking was super close.
  • Parking was $8, and of course food was expensive, but you can bring your own lunch.
  • DaughterGeeding was a brave little soul riding a pony and a camel, and then she was scared of feeding the giraffe until it licked her.
  • Before heading out I told DaughterGeeding that the monkeys might throw their poo, and the she turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the monkeys might through their poo-poo, we should take some bathroom spray.”
  • There was a group of students from a Bush Elementary.  Their mascot happened to be the Patriots, which made me think I was in the middle of a ‘King of the Hill’ or some kind of Seth MacFarlane skit.
  • It would have been cool if we saw something like this while at the zoo.
  • Pictures of our day at the zoo are at the bottom of this post.  The first pic should be of GirlGeeding in front of the Dallas Zoo sign.  I thought it was odd for the zoo to allow the trees in front of the sign to grow so tall to cover up the actual sign.
  • I heard that when a guy greets a girl by using her name, as opposed to just saying hi or hello, that he likes her.  There may be some truth to that.
  • Déjà vu hit me twice yesterday.
  • I’ve noticed that the Supreme Court building is going through some kind of exterior renovation, and to cover up the work there’s basically a huge sheet with a real size picture of what the building should look like on the outside.  I’m not sure the reason for the sheet, but it seems like an expense that’s not needed.  Maybe they just want the symbolism of the building to remain in tact, it’s a safety precaution of some sort, or special chambers and passages are being built and it’s one way to cover the work.
  • I saw the mayor of Irving on the local news yesterday, and I think my Wise county blogging lawyer friend would say she’s a hey now, especially for mayor standards.  But she does fit a certain Texas stereotype.
  • Gov Good Hair likes to tout the line of a limited government and that government should stay out of our personal lives, but recruiting companies to come to Texas over the California airwaves seems counter intuitive to that message.
  • Nevada May Legalize Gambling on Federal Elections
  • I can’t remember if I mentioned the HBO ‘Real Sports’ interview of Mike Tyson and his new theater show in which he basically talks about his life.  The interviewer asked him what it’s like being a thespian and then joked with Tyson that that term had nothing to do with two women loving each other, and then Tyson replies saying the term ‘thespian’  is derived from Thespis, the world’s first credited actor.
  • There’s hope for our future with high schoolers like this – prom inside an ICU for sick girl
  • Arkansas man stages fake knife attack to impress on first date
  • The Weird 1969 New Wave Sci-Fi Novel that Correctly Predicted the Current Day
  • Idaho teacher investigated for saying ‘vagina’ during biology lesson
  • Creationist offers $10,000 to anyone willing to challenge literal interpretation of Genesis in court
  • Simulating Mars on Earth – The Big Picture
  • Google Glass will reportedly be manufactured in the US
  • Here’s a direct link to the zoo pictures for those of you using an iPad, otherwise you should see a slideshow below.

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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Melissa says:

    someone looks like they had a good time, perhaps a bit wary, at the zoo!

    Keith…there is no way you could ever deny either one of those kids…they both look like you.

  2. Ben says:

    Great pictures from the zoo – glad y'all enjoyed it! We took our family there last year, and we were really impressed by how nice it was. We had a great time, but went on one of their discount days during the summer. By 3:00 or so, it was packed, but we were mostly done by then so we were able to escape from the crowds. If you're not there early on those days, I would imagine it gets pretty miserable.

  3. b_caesar says:

    If what they're doing at the SCOTUS is exterior work, then they must have a protective screen attached to the scaffolding to prevent any stuff from falling too far away from the building and potentially causing injury to visitors or people walking nearby. Since it's required, they might as well make it look pretty. Probably not too much more costly, and yes, it does preserve the look of the building, too. On my last trip to Berlin, they had something similar covering the Brandenburg Gate while they were rehabilitating it. I was there during the holiday season (Nov/Dec), and they made the columns look like Advent candles and "lit" one each week. So the screen served a dual purpose – practical protection along with a little holiday cheer to boot.

  4. Ben says:

    Disney does the same thing when they're doing construction. Instead of just a plain brown scrim, they paint it. Thus, no one's vacation pictures are "ruined" by construction, the scaffolding is covered, and people walking by are protected from debris. I'm glad other places (especially tourist attractions) are doing it, too. It's nice for people who may be making a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

    Here's an example from Disney:

  5. Pastor T says:

    love the pic to start the blog… keep the peace and tolerance going — it's the Way of Jesus!

  6. RPM says:

    The cuteness factor is off the scale with your kids. Looks like they really enjoyed the zoo.

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