November 26, 2004

Just lost a huge post -- click here for replacement post

I just lost a huge post that took me over 45 minutes to write. I am way too frustrated to recommence.

So, something different.

The Bronx Zoo was great fun. It was seriously empty. We were among the only ones in the parking lot when we arrived. We saw the bird house, the monkey house, the Congo exhibit, Tiger Mountain (damn, that was exceptionally cool), and the sea lions. The Boy Child had, I think, a very good time. Although he kept trying to ditch his mittens when he thought I wasn't looking. And he needed them, since it did not get above 44 degrees in the sun while we were there. The tigers were really the coolest. We were able to get right up to the glass in the stroller and this 8 foot tiger, he was enormous, came right up to the glass to examine my son. They just stared at each other for awhile until the tiger decided, I guess, that he would not be able to eat the boy. The boy seemed to be rendered speechless by this enormous tiger head a scant couple of inches away from his own. I don't blame him. I was a bit speechless myself.

Coming back from the zoo, we stopped off in Scarsdale to visit Zachy's, a well known wine store in the region. With the wife away, I decided to treat myself to a bottle of 18 year old Scotch whisky on the grounds that either I will get the job in Miami and will want to celebrate or I won't and I deserve some consolation. Poor reasoning, really, but what the hell. I am almost out and that is not acceptable. We do not live in Scarsdale and I'm glad. Why? How often do you see an Aston Martin parked outside the supermarket? Not very, I bet. Scarsdale sees them all the time. I turned from examining that to see the Mercedes G55, you know, the really ugly super expensive truck. It was being driven, and I use that word loosely, by a woman who held a cell phone to her ear with one hand (illegal in NY, by the way) and a half eaten apple in the other hand. I thought, wow, it is true. The rich really are different. They can drive with no hands.

May I speak about the boy child for a moment? Oh. My. God. What a beautiful little creature he is. He is like pure sunshine. Nary a cry or a whine the whole day. Laughter more often than any other noise. He pulls my head to his chest to cuddle me and makes these happy little cooing sounds. I can't wait for him to get up from his nap to go play, again. We are going out to dinner tonight with my parents and I am a little sorry it won't be just the two of us, but how can I keep such joy to myself? He needs to be shared a little bit, I think.

After he goes to bed tonight, it will be more Whisky (one glass) and a Bruce Lee film I have not seen in many years.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, I think we are going to head off to NY City and go visit the Museum of Natural History. I think he'll like the train in. There is a live butterfly exhibit and I hope he will find that compelling. If not, the City is a big place and we will find plenty to do, I bet.

Maybe, tomorrow morning, before he wakes, I will try to recreate my post on Pensions, Demographics and Immigration. A serious topic and I am plenty steamed that it just went POOF.

Posted by Random Penseur at November 26, 2004 04:29 PM

Notepad, RP. It is your friend. It only took me a half dozen or so lost posts before I figured out it was much safer to type in Notepad and just copy and paste when I was ready to post.

Why is it that the posts that die are always the long ones? If you do a two sentence throwaway post it will always work without a problem.

Posted by: Jim at November 26, 2004 05:26 PM

Oooh. I am SO SORRY for the loss of your beautiful post.

I do hope you recreate. I'm always interested in what you have to say.

Posted by: Margi at November 26, 2004 06:15 PM

I'm sure we've lost wonders with your phantom post. But rest assured that the post you've written in its stead has spoken volumes. Lovely words, Random. Quite lovely!

Posted by: Mick at November 27, 2004 12:13 AM

Oh, that sounds like a blissful day. I'm glad you're enjoying the boychild, and that he's behaving so well for you.

Posted by: Emily at November 27, 2004 09:46 PM

I'll just echo Jim and say "notepad". I'd lost several long posts for various reasons and will never compose anything longer than two paragraphs at the login page again.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 28, 2004 03:29 PM

From now on, I think I will take your advice and compose in notepad or WordPerfect. I heart WordPerfect.

Posted by: RP at December 2, 2004 10:09 AM
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