Saturday, June 24, 2006

Academy Performance

Marilyn and I attended the first Academy Drum and Bugle Corp competition of the season. Ann has been a member of the color guard for two years. They competed against five corps from around the country.

Awards Ceremony (Ann in red dress)

All bands gave excellent performances. The Academy took away first place in their division. Ann is one of two members that receive the awards from the judges.

Ann Salutes the judges

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Discount Zoo Night

During the summer, the Phoenix Zoo drops admission to $3 after 6 P.M. on Friday nights. Marilyn and I decided to take advantage of this bargain last night. The sun was setting as we entered the main gate. The temperature had dropped to the low 100's.

We wanted to see the monkeys first. Monkeys are like people that don't have to pay taxes or wear clothes and get to live trees and throw poop at each other without social repercussions. Who wouldn't want to make that their first stop. Arriving at the orangutan habitat, there has a sign saying "orangutan bedtime 7:00PM" It was after seven so he was already snuggled up in his little monkey bed. We thought we heard snoring but it was only my stomach. Arriving at "Monkey Village" there were three small monkeys wondering around in trees. The rest of the village was probably inside sipping ice teas and replying to one another occassionally, "but it's a dry heat".

It was dark by the time we got to the zebras. A zoo employee threw hay out and flashes fired. It probably reminded the zebras of home on the African plains when lightning would strike them.

The "Arizona Trail" yielded few wildlife sightings. We saw javelina standing around and a caught a brief glimpse of a kuwadi as it went from hiding behind a stump to hiding in its cave. Most native Arizona animals are nocturnal so they're out at night. But here's the thing, it's dark at night and you can't see them.

Walking back to the car, Marilyn and I debated the value of our discount sojourn into the wild kingdom. All in all, it was worth the $3 admission.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bee Gone

I finally devised a plan to rid myself of nature's little workers. (See previous post Killer Bees of Summer) I wanted as many to live as possible but in my neighbor's yard, not mine. It took several days of encouragement, but I was successful in convincing them that my sprinkler box was not the habitat for them. I was finally able to remove the lid and see "Bee Town". They had built quite a little fort in that box. Thinking I was in the clear I looked up and several feet from my head they had grouped on the wall. There were a LOT of them. They were a little closer to my neighbor's yard but still in mine.

I hope they're not upset with me

I decided to let them be (no pun intended) and see what would happen. Within two days they had completely dispersed. Today I knew I had been successful when I saw the exterminator's truck pull up in front of my neighbor's house.

I'm such a daredevil

Friday, June 02, 2006

Somebody Card Me, Please

Ann passed the the last big milepost to adulthood this week when she turned 21. She now has the legal right to gamble, buy liquor, and sit at the adult table when Thanksgiving rolls around. First attempts to exercise these rights proved lackluster as she purchased a lottery ticket with no request for ID and during dinner at Garcias where not one, but two strawberry daiquiris were delivered without question.

Don't worry Ann, You can sit next to me this Thanksgiving, after showing proper ID, of course.