September 2nd, 2008

Butterfly

Weekend's over?

I spent the weekend lounging around my sister's house with her dog while they are off up north having fun. They're not coming home until tomorrow, but Rick is there tonight since he has tomorrow off work and I have to be to school by 8:00am.

Today, I went to the zoo! I always try to go on Labor Day because it's usually not crowded. It was a little more crowded than in past Labor Days, but still not as crowded as on regular summer weekends.

Today was the last day the butterfly house was open to the public, so I had to go take a ton of photos. :)
This was the first time I'd made it to see the butterflies this year. I was really happy to see that they have updated their identification sheets to include some species that they just didn't even have on the old sheet! It's downloadable as a PDF HERE

On my way out of the Butterfly House I spent some time talking to Cale, the staff member on duty. Very nice guy and very knowledgeable about the butterflies. There was one species that they hadn't been able to get from their regular sources and all the ones they had in the exhibit were actually ones he'd brought in from his home caterpillar farming.

We talked about the crowds in there (4 times the attendance of previous years. The fact that there was no additional fee this year combined with the overall attendance increase at the zoo). We talked about the ID sheet. I'd told him it was a huge improvement over the one from the last few years. He had some ideas for changes to it next year too that he asked me my opinion on. I also offered my opinion that if there are going to be design changes, that it would be nice if there were pictures of both sexes in the species that have sexual dimorphism.

As I was about to leave it came up somehow that his specialty was actually spiders. I just happened to have a picture of the really cool huge spider that has a web on the side of our house. I knew it would be pretty easy to id, I just hadn't yet. Before I could even zoom in on the pic he had it id'd as a Golden Orb Weaver. Then our talk of spiders led to talk about the spider exhibit hellbob & I had seen at the Seattle Zoo. He was bummed that he hadn't known about it since he was in Portland at that time and would have driven up to see it.
While in the butterfly house I was also talking photo-geek with a couple other people in there with their nice Canon cameras & nice lenses.
I didn't take my Moo cards with me since I was going alone. Figures that there were people it would have made sense for me to give them to!

For going to the zoo by myself it turned out to be quite the social day. Besides talking to all those people I didn't know, I also ran into some I did.
davidkingsley & kditzy were there. I talked to them for a little while about what they've been up to. I also saw camel0t's friend Leif. And, of course, kafilipi was there, with KafilipiDad.

I got a pile of pictures to go through, but I'll leave you with one of one of the Amur Leopards. I love these guys!

Jon Stewart

I want to be a stalker this week!

Jon Stewart is in town!
Unfortunately we weren't on the ball enough to get tickets to any of the Daily Show tapings. :(
Hey, if any of you know of anyone who was arrested and has tickets that they won't be using, can you send them my way? LOL

After landing at the MSP airport today, Jon did a little sightseeing...
Jon Stewart's Airport Sightseeing

Anyone who has any connections and figures out a way for me to meet Jon will have my undying love forever and ever and ever!
Disapproval

W. T. F. ? ! ? !

apocalypsos linked earlier to the journal of a girl who's brother was arrested on Monday.
Her 17 year old brother who was just walking back to his car in broad daylight.

Her two journal entries about it are HERE and HERE.

She posted this last night just after they finally found out where he was, after two hours of fearing the worst because he'd missed his curfew.
He is 17 and he is being charged with a gross misdemeanor. He was arrested at 5:30 and he didn't have access to his phone call to let us know. We found out because we panicked when he wasn't home by 9 - his curfew on a school night since tomorrow is the first day of school. After frantically calling his cell over and over to no response we were left to wrack our brains to find some other way to track him down in a large city as we imagined him dead or disappeared forever. Finally, at 11 - fully 5 and a half hours after my *minor* brother had been arrested, a policeman answered the cell they had confiscated from him.


And this quote from her next post tells some of what he went through.
My brother was released at 3:30am yesterday. He was home by 4am and in a haze of exhaustion I hugged him like he had returned from the dead. He woke up again at 7am to go to the first day of his senior year, because he didn't want to miss it.

He still had not been given a phone call. 8 other minors had been arrested with him and of them only one other was released because his father also made numerous calls. The police who answered that boy's phone then proceeded to impersonate him until the father demanded that they give the name of the boy's grandmother, and the police hung up. The rest of those minors have no way of contacting their parents or guardians. There are 7 families who may still think their child is dead or missing.

My brother was held in handcuffs in 88 degree heat for 3 hours without water. He asked for water several times and was refused.

He was patted down numerous times.

He asked to answer his cell, explained that his parents expected him home, and asked for his phone call over and over, and was refused.

They took his mug shots, fingerprints, and intake information twice because they "lost" the first set.

His paperwork says he was arrested at 5:30, but my brother says that it was actually 4:30 and they falsified the paperwork.


It sounds like he may have been in the same roundup as this blogger.

Christ. How tough is it to tell people walking along the river apart from people in black clothes with masks on their faces destroying property? Epic fail, Twin Cities law enforcement. Epic fail. The few things you've gotten right these last few days has rapidly been far outnumbered by the wrong.
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