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A Tale of Two Weekends

September 8, 2008

Weekend Adventure #1

On a sweltering August morning, Dave and I woke up and, feeling brave, decided to head out into the city in spite of the heat.  Our destination?  The Hong Kong Botanical and Zoological Gardens.  Advantage #1: it’s free.  Advantage #2: there’s a very nice kids’ playground.  Advantage #3: it’s free.

The “zoo” part of the gardens really just consists of an aviary and a monkey exhibit, and since it was so hot, the primates were, for the most part, sleeping.  But Simon loves birds, so that part was a success.

Checking out the parrots

Checking out the parrots

A notable exception to the monkey siesta was one particular enclosure, where the animals were swinging, leaping and flying through the air like the graceful acrobats they are.  Simon eventually got bored, but I think Dave and I could have sat there for hours.  However, the tyrannous stomach of Simon forced us to move along.

We walked down to the lovely plaza area and sat in the shade, enjoyed some hotdogs and potato chips, and watched the people go by.  All in all, a very nice outing.

Get me out of here!

Get me out of here!

(OK, so this photo isn’t exactly recent, but I had to include it—this was the last time we came to the zoo, and Simon is expressing his feeling about sitting in the grass.)

Weekend Adventure #2

Giving it a shot

Giving it a shot

If you’ve ever spent time on a lake with me in the summer, you’ll know that the prospect of water sports brings out a very curious paradox…I’m pretty competitive, you could say, and I like to think of myself as reasonably athletic, so from that perspective, I should definitely embrace waterskiing.  But on the other hand, I just don’t like it.  It’s scary.  The boat goes too fast.  I know I look ridiculous.  When I fall—and I always do, spectacularly—I’m likely to lose a contact lens.  Being on one ski makes me feel like a very awkward flamingo.  It’s just not natural.

Add in the fact that Dave, love of my life, makes it look graceful, exhilarating, and so

Dave getting some air

Dave getting some air

darn easy!  To sum up, I hate waterskiing.  However, I really enjoy watching people who know what they’re doing, so when friends invited us to come wakeboarding last month, I figured I’d tag along.  Of course you can’t just go for the ride, so eventually I grudgingly got in the water…listened dutifully to the instructions of our guide…repeated his “simple” instructions: “lean back, toes down”…braced myself for certain humiliation…and LOVED it.  It’s absolutely my new favorite thing.  Who knew that something so similar to waterskiing can be fun?  Even getting up on Saturday morning at 6 am was worth it.

She's up!

She's up!

Dave is already attempting 360s and riding “fakey,” while I’m still working on the basics—like changing direction.  But I think I can safely say that I didn’t embarrass myself.  (The experience was also not impacted negatively by the fact that we kept turning to each other to say, “Can you believe we’re wakeboarding in the South China Sea?  Right out in front of our apartment?”)

We’re going again.  Soon.

Mr. Cool and Confident

Mr. Cool and Confident

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