I went to the zoo.

Z03.JPGI recently achieved a temporary balance between my Dry Socket pain & the nauseating effects of Vicodin to meet my girlfriend Krissy at the Honolulu Zoo for an hour or so. I was lucky enough to visit the zoo twice in the last year & it’s still fun. I also haven’t lost as much weight as I thought wisdom tooth extraction would cause me to, so a little walking couldn’t hurt. Not any more than the entire right side of my face, anyway.

Z01.JPGZoo parking is still 25 cents for an hour. I think that’s amazing, & I’m grateful, & I’m not going to question whether or not it’s due to kindness or oversight. Zoo admission was $6.00. I seem to recall that many moons ago admission was free, & that one day they began charging a dollar to get in. It’s not quite like the Joni Mitchell song, & frankly next to rent, movie, & gas prices it seems like a bargain to me.

Z05.JPGZ04.JPGZ02.JPGThe flamingos are always the first thing you see when you get into the zoo. They’re still exciting to me (it means I’m at the zoo!). I always pay a visit to the Nene Geese as well, & I’m always kind of disappointed by how small they are, but hell, they’re our state bird. As Krissy & I gazed around at the Nenes, a couple of tourist women walked past, & I heard one comment to the other, “They’re just geese.” And I kind of wanted to kick her ass.

Z10.JPGZ06.JPGZ07.JPGI recall the zoo having peacocks & chickens running all over the place. Once when I was 8 I lost the front part of my toe trying to step on a pigeon. Yeah, it served me right. Anyway, today there were just a lot of quite tame peacocks. They were tamer than I remember them. I could definitely have gotten a tailfeather today. The peacocks were harrassing picnickers & getting in the way at the tiger exhibit. They’re so pretty, but sometimes you still feel like kicking them.

Believe it or not, I’m not really a bird person.

Z19.JPGZ08.JPGThe tiger was great. She definitely looked like she would seriously injure someone. I think Kris & I hit the zoo when it was lunchtime for most of the animals, & the tigress seemed kind of preoccupied on the other side of the fence. What lucky employee was she getting today? The lion was disappointing. Definitely not a Disney version. He gave us this look like, “Screw you, I’m the king of the forest, ok?” And then settled back down on the couch with his remote.

Z09.JPGWhile we’re on the topic of disappointments, a word to the wise about the Honolulu Zoo concession: bring your own food. We didn’t stop by there today, but I have vivid memories from the past year. While I may be a F&B snob I don’t think it’s too much to expect the employees to know what kind of sandwiches they have in stock. And the churro… it was rancid. Rancid. I spat it out & the pigeons ate it. Dumb birds.

Z12.JPGZ11.JPGZ13.JPGOne of the fascinating things about animals is how easy it is to humanize them. Like they have similar motives to their behaviour. Half the time I’m not looking at something because it’s so different; I’m tripping out because it’s so similar. While we were staring at the chimps, one of them came up to me & smashed his face against the glass. I was too slow with the camera. And afterward I thought, “Was that punk getting fresh??”

Z14.JPGZ22.JPGZ23.JPGThis was the first time I ever loved the elephants. Usually I’m just grossed out with the smell, but I was mesmerized by an elephant’s swaying. She just stood there & one stepped. I wanted to step with her. Why do elephants’ eyes always look so sad? I only ever saw Dumbo once. Do elephants’ eyes change when they’re happy?

Z16.JPGZ17.JPGZ15.JPGThe crocodile ambushed us. We were so busy scanning the rest of the area for him, we didn’t see him… right there. Ngah.

Scared the crap out of us.

Z21.JPGZ20.JPGAnd finally, the monkeys. I always enjoy the monkeys. That’s why I date so many of them. They were tired today though. It was actually a pretty muggy day, & they were probably having kanak attacks. There will soon be a new orangutang habitat; I didn’t take a picture but it’s big, & it’s pretty. Kris says the zoo is bringing an orangutang female to keep Rusty, the current orangutang, company. Only… Rusty’s impotent. Bummer.

Z24.JPGI’ve always loved the zoo. Animals? They’re cool. One of my friends is in Japan right now & he sent back pictures of himself feeding tigers, lions, & bears with chopsticks at some zoo over there. That must be the coolest thing, passing some grub to a wild animal you would normally never be able to even see up close.

Now I want to go to Japan.

5 Comments so far

  1. kris (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 7:01 pm

    i had alot of fun…thanks for a great day at the zoo!!!

  2. Keith H (unregistered) on October 21st, 2005 @ 1:17 am

    Wow, havent been to the zoo, in forever. I cant even remember the last time I went there. Went to Sea life park about 7 years ago. Thats about it……

  3. Leo (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 9:47 am

    Haha good stuff. Been so long since I’ve been to the zoo … Still dont think Ill go though

  4. cara (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 6:23 pm

    last time i had to go to the zoo was for some lab project at UH…i made matt go with me so it would be fun. i remember this nene goose was trying to attack our feet through the fence when we walked by…good times

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