One of life’s many dilemmas

11 09 2009

Dilemma: I want to write a blog post.

Problem: We spent the day at another animal-themed entertainment venue. I do not want this to become a zoo blog.

Plus side: It was an aquarium this time, and not a zoo.

Down side: Why is my life so animal centric right now?

Solution: Mention the problem, and write a blog post anyway because guess what, intended audience, if you do not have as much interest in zoos as I do, then you do not have enough interest in me to read this anyway.

I will save the in depth analysis for a later time, but highlights:

1. INTERACTIVE ZOOTIVITIES – the ability to touch (with 2 fingers only, it was very important that it was 2 fingers only) all of these things: prawn, starfish, sea cucumber, sea anemone, shark, jellyfish, stingray.

2. SHARK TUNNEL – “Wow, I’m walking through a tunnel and OH MAN THERE ARE 27 SHARKS SWIMMING ABOVE ME WHOA.”

3. HIPPO BEDTIME – the aquarium closed at 5 pm. At 4:45 pm, you could go to the hippo enclosure and witness “hippo bedtime”, which did not involve any night caps, unfortch. It did include the secret door opening up that the hippos walked into, and then the secret door closing. The hippos were so well-trained that they got out of the water around 4:40 and went to stand at the door. One of the hippos even put his head on the door like he was yelling to be let in. When it got to be 4:47, the hippos must have decided that they read their hippo watches wrong and got back into their water. But at 4:50, they decided no fucking way, their watches were right, they just wound them this morning, it’s the goddamn zookeepers who’s watches are wrong and how long does a hippo have to wait to go to their m-effing bedtime OH, there’s the door. Okay, good night. In a word – ADORABLE.

Maybe I will have more to say about the Camden Aquarium soon. Maybe I’m tired of talking about zoos and zoo-like places. Maybe I will make up for my quaint existence of the last week by doing un-zoo-like activities at the annual “Drink Us Dry” night here – the last night that most bars are open for the season on the island. Since I guess alcohol goes bad (or they think it does which I don’t mind them thinking) they challenge you to drink it all up for super cheap so they can close for the year. Drink us dry? Yes, sir.

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What is the slogan for the Camden Aquarium?

Answer: “A Significantly Lower Risk of Gunshot Injury than Camden in General.”

Alternatives: “Get Shot! Like, cool shots with your camera.” “Our Sharks are Crips.” “Put Your Fingers on Some Wildlife, Bitch.”

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