Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 727 - Zoo Day

Yesterday, Lisa had the day off because it was Yom Kippur. I wish the Japanese had a national holiday, but all we're known for here in America is December 7th -- Pearl Harbor Day. This day is also known to me as Today I Am Chinese Day.

Since we all had a free day, Lisa and I decided to take the kids to the Los Angeles Zoo. We've never taken them to the zoo yet because we felt it was important that the kids had a sophisticated understanding about the reason why wild animals were kept captive in...umm. Oh hell, we were just too cheap and lazy.

We only spent a few hours at the zoo, but that was more than enough time. Despite Emma's freak out at the flamingos, the kids had a pretty good time. There were just a few things that could've made the visit better. First, the zoo is not stroller friendly. I forgot how many hills and dips there were at the Los Angeles Zoo. I felt so sorry for Lisa because she had to push the kids around the entire day (Hey! I couldn't do it because I was taking pictures! Leave me alone...).

Also, it was very difficult to see the animal exhibits from a stroller because the fences and the shrubs interfered with the kids' sight line. For instance, it would've been so much more enjoyable for the kids if we were able to push the stroller up to a lion instead of being 50 feet back behind a moat and trees. Silly zoo designers.

I'm sure you're saying to yourself, "Boy. Lisa is so lucky to have such a wonderfully sexy husband like Scott." That is true. You may also be thinking to yourself, "Why didn't they just take the kids out of the stroller?" That is true, too. But if you want to chase after two year old twins who think they have mastered the art of running, be our guest. I actually saw a young toddler fall hard on a concrete curb at the zoo. I bent down next to Emma and said, "See. That's why you need to be in your stroller sometimes. Do you understand?" And with her knowledgable eyes, Emma replied, "I want cookie."

Finally, two year olds will only be entertained by zoo animals for a certain amount of time. And that amount of time is usually not worth the price of admission. Sure it was great to expose them to something different, but do you want to know what they were most entertained by at the zoo? Waterfalls. That's right. Ignore the majestic gorillas, the regal lions, and the fat assed hippos. But take a gander at the way that water falls to the ground. The only thing that might've been better than water would've been an empty cardboard box exhibit.

Overall, the weather was nice, the zoo wasn't crowded, and none of us were eaten by wild animals or zombies. Here's a short video of our day at the zoo!

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