Saturday, October 01, 2005

Today you are missed more than usual




I am trying to get past a bad cold and wishing that I had NyQuil.
I was thinking all through this past week about when I was about 20 or 21 years old and used to hang out at The San Francisco Zoo. I had visited almost by accident when friends of mine going to Santa Rosa Junior College had to spend a few hours observing the Colobus Monkey exhibit for their Anthropology courses. The entire place was built during FDR's alphabet soup era of public works program, this one fell under the WPA.
But by the time I was hanging out there it was no longer an example of New Deal triumphs it was simply a dilapidated and unhealthy zoo. Animals died frequently from from easily treatable illnesses and occasionally vandals harmed and even killed animals out of their own mental sickness.
I had a particular fondness for the wild and big cats.
Pretty soon I was obsessed with working there and protecting these animals.
An elderly but spry woman was there almost daily and knew all the lions by name. As i became a regular in my matching Guess mini skirt ensembles, she told me all about the new director and the low down on all the zoo keepers.

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Blogger Gary said...

So, you ride a scooter? What kind is it?

4:06 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Oh, I meant only in my WHO dreams. But I DO ride one...

7:52 PM  
Blogger The Boy Who Heard Music said...

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7:06 PM  
Blogger The Boy Who Heard Music said...

I can answer this. I think today Margate would do it. It's a strange place. It has a lot of 'soft' mental hospitals and a large refugee population. But the best bit is DREAMLAND an amusement arcade. I lived in Westage near Margte as a child for two years.

Southend is a great resort. So is Brighton (though quite posh now). Blackpool is great, but like Atlantic City, it is a place of memories. Pete

7:07 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Thanks! Google images had some great pictures. I know where I'll be a retiring to now. It's amazing, any shot of the UK on a sunny day makes your coastlines look like Malibu. I look at those photos and feel like I've been there before...most likely I was -in of those 'halfway houses' for blog nuts ;)

11:45 PM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Amanda you crack me up! Thanks for the shout out on Rachel's blog and for signing the Rachel/Mikey MAP! You are so sweet!

You did not go un-noticed! Just getting around to the blogs tonight since I have been gone being "Busy Molly".

In My dreams my scooter can fly! And it is Pink and dispenses Diet Coke with Lime!

Dream on Girl! -M.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Bri said...

Amanda! Just as I was reading this set of responses to your blog, the book I'm proofreading took a turn, and the hero is now walking along the coast, at Margate! (Pete just mentioned it in his response to you.)

Synchronicity!

Brina

P.S. Yes, I admit it. I multitask.

7:52 PM  

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