Oh, boy…

My cousin and her husband are moving to California in a few months… and they are bringing my new little cousin!

a 1 a 1Say hello to Clark… whose middle name is Fawkes… how cool is that… They are moving from back East to central California, so I am going to get to spend some time with my newest cousin. I am so excited.

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Willie goes on safari… part 3…

We saw a lion…

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Unfortunately, he was resting on top of our car…

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But then the boss came and kicked him off his perch…

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And he had to take a nap on the cold, hard ground.

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So much for that whole ‘king of the beasts’ thing.

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Then we made Willie do a lot more walking, but that kid is a trooper.

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One cool thing about the San Diego Safari Park is that not all the animals are in cages. The park gets a lot of visitors from outside, because of all the lakes and ponds. These ducks were just napping right under the table when we stopped to get some food.

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And that guy was perched on the top of the umbrella at the same table.

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I don’t think that is a local bird, but he can obviously fly.

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Willie loved the big stone ball that spun around in its slippery base. It had the map of the world carved on it like a big, wet, black globe.

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And there is Big Johnny, Willie’s dad. I love the look on his face. Compare the two pictures. In the first one, he looks slightly worried. He is thinking of all the ways his kid might get hurt… pinched fingers or whatever… but in the second photo, having decided it was safe enough, he is just experiencing the pure joy of watching his child explore his world. That is why I miss having little kids around all the time. They let you see the magic in the everyday things around you.

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Willie goes on safari… part 2…

Willie loved the tram ride, and he loved seeing the animals. We got to see a baby giraffe that was only one-day-old!

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We watched the baby giraffe stand up on his long, wobbly legs as we passed by.

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That was really awesome. Willie kept looking back for as long as he could see the little giraffe.

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We saw lots of other animals that day…

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It really did feel like a safari.

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So I was telling you about Willie in the earlier post. Most of you already know this stuff, but if you are new, all you need to know is that Willie and his parents live up in the Bay Area in San Francisco. We try to see them every time we go up to see my mom. If you want to see more pictures of Willie… especially funny Photoshop pictures… try searching ‘Willie’ in the search bar, or you can go to my sidebar and scroll down to the word cloud. Willie has a whole section in the cloud dedicated to him. Because, if you have been here for a while, you have watched Willie grow up from a tiny baby to a getting-close-to-2-year-old. And we have had some great adventures with my little buddy.

a 1 a 6And you know I like to share this stuff with you.

a 1 a 7Because look at that face… the intense fascination with life… that is the magic that children share with us if we are wise enough to join in.

a 1 a 8I love that picture right up there. In the first place, the giraffe in the back looks like it is trying to hide behind a tree and failing miserably. And I love the mommy and her baby, sharing a snack from the top of that hollowed-out stump. But mostly I love it because it leads to this next picture…

a1 a 9It is like the little giraffe turned around just to stick his tongue out at me. Hey, I hate it when people take my picture when I am eating too.

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After the tram ride, we made Willie walk some more… so we could have more adventures… that I will share with you later…

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Willie goes on safari… part 1…

We took Willie to the San Diego Safari Park… which used to be called the Wild Animal Park…

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Willie is not one of my kids. My daughters are 15 and 24. Willie isn’t even 2 yet. If you are new around here, I will fill you in on the details as we go.

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That is Eva, Willie’s mom. She is married to Johnny, who has been friends with my wife since they were in high school together. They all came down for the big high school reunion… which I will get to sooner or later… but I am sort of doing this whole thing in reverse order… because I am weird like that.

a 1 a 3You can tell that Willie had his eyes open, staying alert to see all the animals. Yes, I know I told you we were taking him to the ‘world famous San Diego zoo’… (you have to say ‘world famous’ before you say ‘San Diego zoo’, it is a law in San Diego)… but we changed our mind for various reasons. The safari park is a part of the zoo even though they are miles apart, and is famous for its breeding programs with endangered species.

a 1 a 4After much walking, we rode the little tram, and Willie thought that was pretty cool.

a 1 a 5We saw rhinos…

a 1 a 6And everybody know that rhinos are so awesome that even the gazelles stop to look at them.  See, you can see one looking at them over there on the right. I don’t make this stuff up.

a 1 a 7Willie thought the rhinos were funny.

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We saw a cheetah.

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Willie didn’t think a cheetah could catch him.

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And then we saw the cow with the crazy horns.

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And Willie just couldn’t understand how that cow could walk around with those things on top of his head all day.

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My evil… and funny… plan to mess with people at my wife’s high school reunion went really well, thanks for asking.

They tried to give me a name tag, but I turned the card over, and signed it like this…

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HA! That is so generic it could be any name at all. Then, I just waited for people to ask me who I was, and then said, “I can’t believe you don’t remember me… I sat beside you in math class.” Oh man, it was fun. Especially after way too many free mai tais…

All the people I did my joke on were ready to swear that they did indeed remember me. Don’t worry, I didn’t leave them hanging for long. As soon as they said they were pretty sure they did remember me, I would let them off the hook and tell them I was just messing with them.

I have pictures of the reunion… and our adventures with Willie and his parent’s at the Safari Park today… but I am a little hung over, I got 4 hours of sleep, and then walked around in the sun all day looking at animals. So you will just have to wait for the rest.

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Okay, I might be part dog…

This is why kids love me… Our dog, Shiloh, does a lot of tricks. One of them is ‘recycling’. She picks up a plastic water bottle… or, in this case, a toy… and puts it in the plastic bucket. Willie loved watching Shiloh do it over and over again. And Shiloh loved it because she got a treat each time.

But I thought it would be funny to have Willie tell me to recycle. And it was. He loved it. And every time I put the dog toy in the bucket, I would wag my tail and he would pet my head. Unfortunately, since my wife wants me to stop putting pictures of Mollie on the blog, and Mollie was sitting on the couch, I had to edit the end of the video out… the part where Willie breaks into peals of laughter. I did that trick until my knees were raw.

And can I just say, that dog toy tasted nasty…

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We had a dinner guest last night…

Willie…

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I know, he is getting so big. I did something pretty funny with him, and my wife took a video, and if I can figure it out, I might try to post that later… or tomorrow… but we are going to the world-famous San Diego zoo on Saturday with him, so… yeah… more pictures coming…

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And that is rice stuck all over him… because he eats just like I used to when I was young… like last year…

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