Today marks this blog’s fourth month anniversary, and I’m still going strong. Well, truth be told, some days I sit down at my computer and feel as if I couldn’t string two words together to save my life. What keeps me going? My loyal readers of course.
The coolest part of blogging is getting to read people’s responses to what you write. So I’m going to send out a bit of appreciation to everyone who takes the time to put in their two cents. Here are my all-time favorite comment so far.
From Simone, a loyal reader and friend (a.k.a you know who), wrote in response to my first Photo Friday post about the hippos at the San Diego Zoo: “ok, this is a very different kind of comment, but try to go to youtube and search hippo & impala. i saw this video and it was astounding, especially given the fact that in the wild, hippos are one of the largest causes of human fatalities in africa! can you believe it? i couldn’t. still can’t. i don’t know much of it but want to guess that humans are to blame, bc this one of a hippo coming to the defense of a baby impala is just too amazing. love the hippo photo. and the name: hippopotamus. hippo. c’mon. i’m in a better mood already.” So of course I went to you tube and checked out this video, and it was pretty darn unbelievable.
Globalgal responded to another of my Photo Friday posts about my son feeding the Lorikeets: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are from the zoo and wild animal park in San Diego. Mostly memories of animals, but also when my brother vomited over the side of a double decker bus and it landed on everyone’s arms and cameras. The joys of traveling with kids! We tease him about it to this day.” I don’t think I’ll ever, ever stand next to one of those double-decker buses at the San Diego Zoo again.
When I wrote some tips about how to handle (or not handle) Disneyland during Spring Break, Meg added some of her own experiences with Disney World during Spring Break: “Before kids, I ended up in Orlando during spring break. What did I learn – find the polar opposite of Disney/kids activities and you may find Nirvana. My find was the Giorgio Armani outlet which was having such an incredible sale I bought four pairs of shoes for $125. Four pairs of classic, leather Giorgio Armani (and Armani exchange) shoes at an average of $32 a pair (retail for most was in the hundreds). Just saying, spring break in the land of Disney can have some advantages (and 6 years later I still have all four pairs).” Thanks Meg. I would’ve never, ever thought of Disney World as a haven for designer shoe shoppers.
I shared my miserable Spring Break sickation experience and ya’ll felt bad for me. Thanks for commiserating with me. Tiffany wrote: “So far, the worst experience we’ve had with sickation was a canceled trip to Disneyland, which we rectified the following week to much success. But, there are some trips that you can’t really reschedule. For example, my daughter had an ear infection, and I asked the doctor, “Can she still fly in a plane?” The doctor assured me that she could, but that I probably wanted to have as many ear popping comforts available at-the-ready just in case. The flight went without incident, but the following morning, she threw up. I don’t know if it was related to the ear infection. She was fine after 24 hours. However, I will always have the guilt that if my poor daughter had brought a horrible virus to her cousins (who were on spring break), I don’t think I could have lived with myself. As it turned out, the rest of the week was amazing. I don’t think I learned my lesson on this one.” Tiffany I remember reading about your canceled trip to Disneyland, and I laughed even though I was feeling for you at the same time.
It’s also good to know I’m not the only one with funny, but unfortunate traveling experiences. Minnemom wrote in response to my sad post about getting lost on a long drive home: “We had this trouble in Washington, D.C. years ago. Every time we got on the beltline to go downtown, we’d see “Welcome to Maryland.” Or notice, “Hey, the Washington Monument is supposed to be on the OTHER side of the car…” We did this at least three times. Slow learners or poor navigators, I guess.”
Thanks, merci, gracias for all the comments.