Happy Monday! Bumpy morning here, we have a friend coming up for the day (social distancing, only sitting on the porch, wearing masks, etc.) and my Dad went to senior hours at the grocery store to get supplies, only to discover the power was out at the store! Also, the president is coming tomorrow (not to our house, just the county), which is of course depressing. And on Wednesday I have to go back into the city for a foot appointment, Thursday I stay in the city through the work day and miss another friend who is coming up, and then Sunday we have my two young friends coming for the day who we will hopefully sucker into helping us take the boats out for the winter. PHEW! Big week!
Here is where you get to ask me anything you want, from “did you have instant or store bought coffee this morning?” to “what’s the name of that one movie? you know the one? with the thing?” All week as you think of questions, just keep swinging back here!
Now, question for you! It’s Onam! The big Malayalam festival thing with the elephants! So, two questions: What is your favorite Malayalam movie?
I think it’s always going to be City of God. Ohm Shaanti Oshaana is fun, Bangalore Days and Koode are beautiful, but City of God just gets at me.
Second question, have you ever ridden/touched/had an experience with an elephant?
When I was a little kid, my maternal grandparents lived outside St. Louis and the St. Louis zoo had the first elephant born conceived and born in a zoo. The whole city went a little mad, and we did too. We visited him at least once on every visit, sometimes pulling over on the way home (since we drove by the zoo) for one last look. There was a nice lady we got talking to once sitting on a bench who explained that she came every single day and just watched him. Baby elephants are ADORABLE. It’s like the Dumbo cartoon, but way way more so. And they take forever to grow up, you know how puppies are cute but only for like 6 months? Baby elephants are cute little mini-elephants for years and years and years! And elephant families are so cute too! Baby Raja had his Mom and like 4 aunts all fussing over him and giving him whacks when he was bad and just generally being aunt-like. No make role models of course, because no one wants a male elephant in their zoo. Anyway, Baby Raja, sold me on baby elephants for the rest of my life.