Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day Tripper

A lot of people have been writing and calling, wondering why they can't reach me. There's a number of reasons, but it's mostly because I am on the phone and emailing nine or ten hours a day, and I'm understandably not very motivated to do more of it when I get home. Other reasons include procrastination and just plain ol' not knowing what to say.

As for not updating my blog much, I just kinda figure people aren't interested in hearing my day to day events unless I make it humorous. And sometimes that takes a lot of work.

But to prove I'm not dead, here is a blog entry.

Today I took a quick trip up to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Though grossly overcrowded, its well designed and full of a diversity of creatures. I took over a hundred photos, and here's a few random samples:

Shedd Aquarium and Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan. This is a panorama of three photos I put together in Photoshop. Not quite as good as the guy in Iran who added the extra missile, but you get the idea.

A 14-foot anaconda. I was told by an employee it's very rare to get a picture of her face, so that was nice.

Water. It's cool.

I'd never heard of a Blue Iguana. That's not redeye from the camera - it's really like that.

This bird has really big feet.

I like Bottlenose Dolphins better than Pacific White-sided Dolphins. But this guy is cute.

Beluga whale. Sort of like if an Orca and a Slug mated and had an albino child.

The starfish at Sea World are constantly picked up and show practically no signs of life. The starfish at Shedd are never handled, and are very active. I was impressed.

This is a weird thing that I don't know the name of.

The deadly and huge Komodo Dragon. Ten feet long, runs 12 mph, and kills you with even a minor bite because of its bacteria-laden saliva.

This is a fish. I think it might be related to Ellen DeGeneres.

And that's my girlfriend Lindsey, and my buddy Brian in the background looking gravely concerned about the earth's oceans. Or something.

Okay, so that's all for now. Sorry I don't return calls and emails.