not bad for a monday

posted by catherine / February 07, 2005 /

turns out d.c. is a rather lovely city to live in, especially when you've more or less got the day off of work and the weather outside is spring-in-february. tommy and i took the opportunity to ride the metro up to the national zoo, mostly because i was just about dying to see the four new baby cheetahs. the tiny little furballs were out, but since they were just in their faraway cage, i couldn't really get any good photos of them. doesn't matter. just check out this set of thumbnails and prepare to die at their cuteness.

we went on to check out the elephant house (which strangely also houses giraffes, hippos, and the nasty, nasty capybara, which is apparently the largest rodent in the world; some weirdo has archived a whole set of photos of the capybaras' original arrival at the d.c. zoo).

tommy had to leave soon thereafter, but i spent a while more, just roaming around the zoo and taking bad photos (you can see my flickr set here), and marvelling at the pure weirdness of animals. i mean, i haven't been to the zoo in over a decade so i'm not used to checking out wildlife close up, but really, does anyone sometimes look at a giraffe or hippo or seal, and think, "holy fuck, that is one crazy-looking thing?" it's like when you say a word several times over and it loses all meaning; staring into the eyes of a hippo has the same effect. and it can TURN YOUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN.

anyway, after my mind-trip at the zoo, i walked back home (yes, i walked from up on connecticut down to shaw; i couldn't help it. it was gorgeous outside, and it's only about 2.5 miles, and i really needed to do something to get rid of my gut from eating two pizzas and 376 wings the night before while watching the superbowl). i cleaned up around the house a little bit, tommy headed off to meet charles and matt to watch a wizards game, so i have the house to myself, am listening to "the tyranny of distance" and "i'm wide awake, it's morning," and drinking several glasses of chianti. a very nice monday, overall. and after spending almost the entire day at the zoo, where i hadn't been since middle school, i'm inspired to go check out other classic d.c. establishments where i never take the chance to go. so tomorrow, perhaps the air and space museum? the botanical gardens? um, shopping in georgetown? that's totally classic.

also noted: this advertisement in the metro.

UPDATE: if you go RIGHT NOW to the cheetah cam, you can see them sleeping, wrapped up into four little fuzzballs in a row, and IT IS SO AWESOME. i've been watching it for ten minutes now. i suppose i should also let you know that i'm the kind of person who watched 45 minutes of the puppy bowl last night.


"Under the Hedge" is supposedly about Ted Leo getting in a fight with Robert Pollard. Unconfirmed, but I like the rumor.

Posted by: the ghost on February 8, 2005 12:20 AM

verrry interesting. Can't say I see it in the lyrics myself (except in the vaguest sense) but it seems to be confirmed here.

Posted by: tom on February 8, 2005 09:15 AM

highly recommend the botanical gardens. martin and i just went there this weekend. and it would give you an excuse to take even more flower pictures.

Posted by: jenkuo on February 8, 2005 09:29 AM

You're totally making me miss DC. I love the zoo. I really need to come visit there soon. I need my DC fix.

Posted by: mihow on February 8, 2005 11:05 AM

I thought that all the animals in the zoo were dead or dying.

Posted by: Kriston on February 8, 2005 12:39 PM

Those capybaras are cute!

Posted by: Michael on February 8, 2005 12:45 PM

Those capybaras are cute

I agree! And from clicking around Catherine's links I see that they're "surprisingly friendly"... and edible! So the only thing holding back the capybara from claiming "ultimate pet" status seems to be the fact that most people don't have capybara-ready pools, and the water-loving animals are "unwilling to mate or defecate on land". But frankly that seems like another positive to me.

Posted by: tom on February 8, 2005 02:32 PM

Wreck could take those capybaras. He could also eat those cheetah cubs.

Vicarious visceral living through your pet? I'm not above it.

Posted by: Kriston on February 8, 2005 03:22 PM

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