• 31st August
    2011
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  • 31st August
    2011
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Jack is feeling his oats.
Come a little closer, Fall weather.

Jack is feeling his oats.

Come a little closer, Fall weather.

  • 30th August
    2011
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  • 30th August
    2011
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How to drink more water. Like a boss.
Also, I haven’t been posting much since school started AND I had to rebuild from Ground Zero of The Virginia Earthquake and the Hurricane, BUT last night I dreamed I posted something inane on Tumblr every 10 minutes all day long until everyone stopped following me.
Even when I’m not here, you’re in my dreams.

How to drink more water. Like a boss.

Also, I haven’t been posting much since school started AND I had to rebuild from Ground Zero of The Virginia Earthquake and the Hurricane, BUT last night I dreamed I posted something inane on Tumblr every 10 minutes all day long until everyone stopped following me.

Even when I’m not here, you’re in my dreams.

  • 30th August
    2011
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I saw my 70 year old friend while walking in the woods this morning - the one with the pink polka dot rain boots and the five dogs, one named Stevie Nicks.
Whenever I see her our dogs run to greet each other and she begins a conversation about something random and slightly off kilter.  Last week it was how the “collective unconscious” spiked just minutes before 9/11.  Today she told me about scientists communicating with dolphins using iPads. Every time I see her I have to dash home and google something. She inspires me to learn new things. 17 or 70, that’s a good quality in a friend.

I saw my 70 year old friend while walking in the woods this morning - the one with the pink polka dot rain boots and the five dogs, one named Stevie Nicks.

Whenever I see her our dogs run to greet each other and she begins a conversation about something random and slightly off kilter.  Last week it was how the “collective unconscious” spiked just minutes before 9/11.  Today she told me about scientists communicating with dolphins using iPads. Every time I see her I have to dash home and google something. She inspires me to learn new things. 17 or 70, that’s a good quality in a friend.

  • 26th August
    2011
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  • 26th August
    2011
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Summer Jobs
The summer we turned 16, my twin sister Jessica and I got our first jobs working in the concession stand of the boat club where our parents belonged. There was a lot of downtime which we spent designing new soft drink flavors and mixing soft serve ice cream with obscure food items we had at our disposal and trying not to get caught by the boss, John E.  
John E was a serious, career minded 26 year old who no doubt rued the day he found himself in charge of a crew of restless and bored teenagers, who he couldn’t even fire because we were all children of club members.
One especially boring afternoon, John E passed through the concession stand and found my sister Jessica sitting on the counter, swinging her legs, holding a star she had made out of drinking straws. I was on the other side of the room where I could watch Jessica’s face as John E began to rant: 
"Jessica! What are you doing? You wasted like FOUR straws just playing around. Why would you do that? Somebody has to pay for those straws. Do you have any respect for the value of money at all?" 
I could see Jessica trying to focus on what John E was saying, but her eyes kept straying from his face to the ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEM she had fashioned out of straws that morning which was hanging directly over his head and to which she had been hoping to add the STAR. Eventually John E stopped talking and followed her eyes and stared at the ceiling, speechless.
And that’s when the rest of us ran out of the room into the picnic area, doubled over laughing.
John E has since left managing spoiled teens to some other hapless bastard and has become a police detective. He actually discovered his calling at the club the day he cracked the Case of the Boat Club Work Out Room Back Pack Pilfering Punk, but that is another story.

Summer Jobs

The summer we turned 16, my twin sister Jessica and I got our first jobs working in the concession stand of the boat club where our parents belonged. There was a lot of downtime which we spent designing new soft drink flavors and mixing soft serve ice cream with obscure food items we had at our disposal and trying not to get caught by the boss, John E.  

John E was a serious, career minded 26 year old who no doubt rued the day he found himself in charge of a crew of restless and bored teenagers, who he couldn’t even fire because we were all children of club members.

One especially boring afternoon, John E passed through the concession stand and found my sister Jessica sitting on the counter, swinging her legs, holding a star she had made out of drinking straws. I was on the other side of the room where I could watch Jessica’s face as John E began to rant: 

"Jessica! What are you doing? You wasted like FOUR straws just playing around. Why would you do that? Somebody has to pay for those straws. Do you have any respect for the value of money at all?" 

I could see Jessica trying to focus on what John E was saying, but her eyes kept straying from his face to the ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEM she had fashioned out of straws that morning which was hanging directly over his head and to which she had been hoping to add the STAR. Eventually John E stopped talking and followed her eyes and stared at the ceiling, speechless.

And that’s when the rest of us ran out of the room into the picnic area, doubled over laughing.

John E has since left managing spoiled teens to some other hapless bastard and has become a police detective. He actually discovered his calling at the club the day he cracked the Case of the Boat Club Work Out Room Back Pack Pilfering Punk, but that is another story.

  • 26th August
    2011
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  • 24th August
    2011
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Runaway Bride
A bride in her wedding dress runs from the courtroom in lower Manhattan after the earthquake on August 23, 2011.

photo by Timothy A Clary (TIME photos)

Runaway Bride

A bride in her wedding dress runs from the courtroom in lower Manhattan after the earthquake on August 23, 2011.

photo by Timothy A Clary (TIME photos)

  • 24th August
    2011
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wtf pandas?

National Zoo Animals React to the Earthquake

The vibrations from yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake were keenly felt at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park; all animals, staff and visitors were safe and no injuries were reported. Zoo buildings were closed to the public and checked by safety personnel for structural damage. Zoo gates were closed to incoming visitors but exits were open for guests to leave at their leisure. The Zoo reopened this morning on time.

Animal care staff recognized changes in animal behavior.

Great Apes

  • The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.
  • About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
  • About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
  • Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

Small Mammals

  • The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.
  • The howler monkeys sounded an alarm call just after the earthquake.
  • The black-and-rufous giant elephant shrew hid in his habitat and refused to come out for afternoon feeding.

Reptile Discovery Center

  • All the snakes began writhing during the quake (copperheads, cotton mouth, false water cobra, etc.). Normally, they remain inactive during the day.
  • Murphy, the Zoo’s Komodo dragon, sought shelter inside.

Invertebrates

  • One of the volunteers at the Invertebrate Exhibit was feeding the cuttlefish and it was not responsive. The water is normally very calm in the tank, but the earthquake caused the tank to shake and created waves, which distracted the cuttlefish during feeding.

Beavers

  • Keepers were feeding the beavers and hooded mergansers (a species of duck) when the earthquake hit. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool. The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating.

Great Cats

  • The lion pride was outside. They all stood still and faced the building, which rattled during the quake. All settled down within minutes.
  • Damai (a female Sumatran tiger) jumped at the start of the earthquake in a startled fashion. Her behavior returned to normal after the quake.

Bird House

  • The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.

Front Royal

  • During the quake all Eld’s deer and tufted deer immediately ran out of the barns and appeared agitated.
  • The Prezwalski’s horses and scimitar-horned oryx hardly noticed although those that were inside did amble outside eventually.
  • Immediately after the quake the female Eld’s deer herd began alarm calling (a high staccato barking sound) until they were called by their keeper and subsequently all congregated in the corner of the pasture nearest the keeper for a short time.

Giant Pandas

  • According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.

courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

  • 24th August
    2011
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True Story

Oh my god the epicenter of the Virginia quake was 40 miles from my home in Richmond. I raced home from school and had to straighten all the pictures on the walls on the way to my bedroom and ohmygod THERE ARE CLOTHES STREWN ALL OVER THE FLOOR OF MY BEDROOM!  AND MAKEUP AND STUFF ALL OVER THE BATHROOM COUNTER!

Wait… never mind. 

  • 24th August
    2011
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Notice how Red, a DC pup, wakes up and reacts to the “Primary Waves” that humans can’t see or feel…a full ten seconds before the room starts shaking from the Virginia earthquake.

  • 23rd August
    2011
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