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elephants 2008-07-20 09:26 UTC

Elephants are awesome. I'm on an elephant ride right now, making this post - GSM is awesome.
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more monkeys! 2008-07-16 02:46 UTC
don't want to overdo it, but

here's some more monkeys!!
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monkey 2008-07-13 07:13 UTC

finally! a decent picture of a wild monkey (I'm not the one feeding the little guy, btw). This is on the side of the road, about halfway between mumbai and pune, which is where I am now. Cell service (with data) is fine here. Maybe the monkey already has a cell phone, and that's why he's not interested in mine.

Too bad I don't have a 'real' camera with me.
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zoo 2008-05-31 17:46 UTC
at the zoo
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zoo animals 2008-03-03 23:21 UTC

the new soph - elated and relieved
A couple of weeks ago, we took Sophie to the zoo for the first time (she's 15 months old - says a few words, but doesn't really talk yet). For the first part of the visit, she was very uncharacteristically nervous and quiet. I wasn't sure what was wrong, but later I've come to believe that she was afraid for her life - and why wouldn't she be? That residuum of instinct that remains in us humans was telling her nonverbally (and accurately, I suppose) that those leopards and lions and wild dogs wanted to eat her for lunch!

The turning point was her ride on a carousel - on a fiberglass tiger with a pleasant smile. She had a good time, and from there went straight to the petting zoo, which was pure bliss. Was this zoo visit transformative for her? A living symbol of human triumph over the rest of the animals, along with an invitation to trust her intellect over her instinct?
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