Friday, April 18, 2008

There's a bat living in my house!

I've named my bat Tab.

Technically he's not *in* my house.

He's living in the gap between my house and the neighbor's house. But this area is all enclosed like a porch. So if I left the door open from the porch to the house, Tab could fly in.

What fun! How cute! Maybe he's a vampire bat.

A few days ago I heard some scuffling and saw something furry moving around. I thought it was a rat.

But last night I heard it chirping and could see it's shadow darting about in the dark.

It's a bummer that my landlord won't let me have a dog, but a bat is so much more cool.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Elephant Seal Weaners at Ano Nuevo State Natural Reserve

Ano Nuevo Natural Reserve is an hour's ride south of San Francisco where elephant seals hang out, mate, and have baby elephant seals. The baby elephant seals are called weaners when they are done nursing, and can weigh up to 600 pounds. Big babies.

I organized a fun trip there with some friends on the last day you could get a docent-led tour. What fun! Or so I thought.

We were in for more than we bargained for.

This photo pretty much sums it up. There's an elephant seal in the foreground, and a rotting elephant seal carcass in the background.

Now, let me first say that I happily support all national parks, docents, and elephant seals. If you want to see some elephant seals, definitely go to Ano Nuevo and you'll see plenty.

What we weren't expecting was our tour to be so focused on the carcasses. Our docent went quite out of her way to gleefully show us elephant seal carcasses dried up in the sun, or rotting within feet of our tour, with birds pecking at them. We saw not one but two dried up leopard shark corpses. There was some sort of Elephant Seal Blair Witch shrine set up of elephant seal skulls. All of these death reminders were scattered about the beach, but our cheery and smiling guide made sure we saw all of them.

Yes, the stench was most foul. And as Tom pointed out, the screaming baby that got stuck on our tour was voicing how we all felt.

Two and a half hours later, the tour ended. We all learned a lot about elephant seals, living and dead.

Monday, April 7, 2008

More orchids blooming

The San Francisco Orchid Society put on an Orchid Expo every year. I love orchids, so I went in February to check it out.

It was quite an expensive affair. Once I paid for my entrance ticket, the only thing left to do was to buy more orchids. So I bought four more, to add to the two I already have. I definitely saw lots of different orchids I had never seen before, some teeny-tiny, some huge, and lots with unique colors and flowers.

Right now three of my newbies are blooming. Check 'em out.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

introvert vs. extrovert

Click here for an interesting article on introverts, extroverts, and IM'ing. Like the author of the article, I'm an introvert who doesn't like to IM. How 'bout you?

Not sure if you're an introvert or extrovert? Take this quickie quiz to find out!

And if you thought that was fun, go to one of my first posts for a fun personality test.