After attending the Apple Grand Opening in Dayton, we drove to Columbus for Columbus Zoo. It was my first time to go to a zoo for many years. Voted as one of the best zoos in the nation, Columbus zoo is huge and it also has an aquarium. When I was a kid, I thought it was so exciting to see those animals and those animals should be excited too. But compared to their wild habitats, the zoo is pretty much like a prison to those animals. I cannot read their minds, but I guess some of them are not very happy to be restrained so much. The part that I liked most was that Arica section where zebras, ostriches and giraffes are running free on a vast grass land. It was so big that I could not see the other side of the fence. On another side of the fence, though, was lions and cheetahs. They were well fed, and they didn’t bother to do anything but napping. Kids love the zoo, and it’s the same everywhere in the world. It is very informative and educational to let the kids know that the world is not just about human beings. I think Columbus Zoo did a great job doing that.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Thanks to the polar vortex, the average temperature this year in July is lower than previous years. It’s a good thing in summer since nobody likes that humid and hot July weather here. It was actually quite chilly this morning when I took Faye to the bus stop station. The long weekend passed very fast, and once again, we went to see the capital building because it’s beautiful and symbolic. The only thing that I could not forget for a long time is that my car got hit by a careless driver. She was probably on the phone when she was backing her car from the parking spot without even looking behind. It was so fast that I couldn’t do anything to avoid it. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but it was no fun to have an accident. Now I have to drive my poor damaged car for some time before the insurance company contacts me for the damage. I was quite upset when it happened especially since I never had an accident before, but I guess I have to admit that these things are really inevitable sometimes, and it was just pure bad luck. Other than that, everything was great: local pizza at Red River Gorge, nice movies, dumplings, shopping at Whole Foods Market, etc.
Monday, July 7, 2014
It was another July 4th here. Compared to previous years, it’s not quite hot this year, and it’s awesome. I know it will get humid and hot in no time this summer, so enjoying the nice summer with the decent temperature is quite precious. After taking the dogs to Jacobson Park and let them run free for an hour or so, we decided to go to Richmond for Ryan’s Buffet. I am not a big fan of buffets because it’s not healthy to overeat, but I really like Ryan’s, because they have lots of varieties of food, even for lunch. Being a meat eater, my criteria for a good buffet are simple and straightforward. As long as they have freshly made and tasty meat, I am good. Pizza Inn in Frankfort always has chicken wings and I give them an “A”, so I give Giovanni’s a “D” for not having any meat and being expensive. For Ryan’s, since they have steak, chicken wings, chili, stewed pork and so on, I give them an “A+”, with all those sweet deserts and ice cream, I should actually give them an “A++”. When it comes to steaks, Ponderosa is pretty much the same as Ryan’s, maybe slightly better, but it’s more expensive at Ponderosa. So they should have an “A”. The waitress at Ryan’s was trying to talk us into the July 4th parade in Richmond, but we decided not to go eventually. We ended up in the bowling alley next door to burn up the extra calories. It was a great day off and enjoying a few episodes of “Orange is the new black” in the couch at the end of day was nothing but joy.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Bowling is one of those things I love, but I cannot always think of right away. I remember my friends and I used to go bowling a lot, and it was great fun to have a group of friends together. Last time I went bowling here was when Ken invited Shawn and his family together. It was the first time for their kids to bowl, so of course there was a learning curve for them. We didn’t finish one game in the end. So this time, we went again without kids, and we finished 4 games in one hour until we felt we should stop. We saved the tickets for the next time. I didn’t realized bowling could be an exercise too since my left leg and my right arm were sore. I guess when you get older, things are not the same any more.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Kentucky Horse Park is the symbol of this city and it is a place representing the whole state. I was invited to go with Ken this time to help one of his friends there. Honestly, as much as I love horses, I really don’t know that much about horses. After petting one of the horses and seeing the volunteers cleaning the horses, I got to sit down and read the books about horses while Ken was helping out. It is pretty cool that you can actually adopt horses from there. I guess when I have a horse farm, having a horse is not really a dream that’s impossible.