Tuesday, August 23


whew, sorry for the late update, but we've been busy so here we go.

we decided a hearty lunch might be the way to begin a jam packed wednesday and where else can you get exactly the food you want than a cafeteria. S & S Cafeteria smells like ointment upon entering, likely due to the steady flow of over 80 customers. there's nothing like a good early bird deal. so we roll up to the line and marvel at the amazing selection of good eats, all of which look sort of the same. just a bunch of low country grub with gravy all over it. while pondering our choices, the store manager comes over and hassles tadd about his camera, thinking he may work with a competing cafeteria. tadd politely responded that he did not work for or plan to work any such establishment. satisfied, the manager left and we continued deciding on what slop to order. we make our selections of beef stew + sides and chop steak + sides and mosey to our fake leather booth. now this place is odd. the main seating area looks like a cheap hotel lobby with giant silk plants, huge unnecessary columns and mid '80s wallpaper and artwork. they also have a funny little "kid corner" where presumably grandparents can send their grandkids while they're visiting with friends and neighbors. damn grandkids. we finish and go to pay where the cashier is barricaded near the exit. it's set up like a bank teller with money slot and talking through plexiglass with a tiny hole in it. weird. they also have a bunch of security cameras; i can't imagine this place getting robbed that often, so i'm thinking some folks go a little crazy over the lunchtime specials and will fight tooth and nail to get the last scoop of mac 'n cheese.

our appetites somewhat fulfilled, we head out to oatland to hang out with nature. this place is little preserve out toward the islands near here with random animals in netted areas for people to hang out with. after we register and pay (thanks tadd!) and put on our official "visitor" tags, we step outside and chill with some owls for a minute and then onto the path and begin with the avian area. owls are so weird looking, i almost think they shouldnt be birds in the same way bats arent birds. they just look so...i dont know, bizarre. anyways, the avian area basically means pelicans and sea gulls. the other birds listed were MIA, maybe they got out or something. the pelicans just stared at us as they ate rotting fish and the sea gulls were boring, probably not sure why they were standing in mud and not on a beach. i was confused at least. and just for the record pelicans are weird looking also, i don't understand them.

we exit and follow the path toward the florida panther. let me remind everyone in case you havent noticed from our bitching each week, but it's HOT in georgia this time of year. which makes us a ton of fun, and more importantly, it made the animals way fun too. the one panther we saw just laid there, panting desperately the whole time. it was too hot and tired to care that we were shouting "HEY PANTHER! YOU! GET OVER HERE!" so not only did the panther not respond but it only served to make us sweatier. onto the bobcats. the trail winds out into this marsh as it makes its way to the rest of the preserve and has this funny little expanded boardwalk area. what better place to break dance our cares away?

the bobcat was just as exciting as the panther. yawn. i dont think we even got a good picture of it. so we just kept going toward the fox pen. tadd affectionately describes foxes as "cat-dogs" and all i can think of was that weird show on nickelodeon with that half cat half dog thing. what was that show called? anyhow, i like foxes. they look so neat i wish they were domesticated. but they also suffered from the extreme heat and were thusly also extreme fun. onward to the predatory birds. here they have hawks and big owls and stuff but the most exciting birds were the bald eagles. we heard them yelling and cawing as we walked up the path but they hushed up when we approached. as you might expect, they continued their chorus after we left. but they were pretty sweet. i had never seen one in real life before. i have also never seen a bigfoot in real life before, but i spotted what looked to be a patch of bigfoot hair snagged on the boardwalk. tadd was not convinced. i've seen "harry and the hendersons" on more than on occassion to know what bigfoot hair looks like.

we pass by the deer quickly 'cause we've all hit one with our cars before...vetoed...and make our way to the bear. i didnt catch what kind of bear it was, but it looked to be young and also suffering in the heat. but at least it moved and made our animal quest a bit more fun. but what tadd had the most fun with were the wolves. they were laying around all sunburned out and tadd starts hollering and running along the pen area and what began with two visible wolves turned to seven or so as they followed tadd along the siding. one whimpered which tadd took as a sign it wanted to play, but i think it was whimpering because tadd was out of mauling range. we continue past the buffalo sort of quickly, tired and not incredibly impressed and end up at the main building.

we decide to just leave but on the way out find the barnyard area and i pull off the road and we run over. just in time actually because it turned out to be feeding time! a pretty nice lady, or at the very least tolerant of us, showed up with a bag of grapes and other random mush for the pigs. we fed the grapes to a donkey and some goats while the sheep and cow just hung out. tadd lost his craving for meat after sharing a moment with the cow but then lost his love when he realized the cow made his hands completely filthy. we ventured around and hassled this funny vietnamese potbellied pig that squealed when you talked to it. it was sleeping when we approached so i think it was just yelling at us to leave with every taunt we hurled at it. it was almost like conversation, "hey pig" "SQUUEEEE" "whoa" "SQUEEEEEE" "chill out pig" "SQUEEEEEEEEEE." but man this pig was huge and wrinkly and ugly. i loved it. the other pig they had was grumpy's complete opposite in that it was the tiniest pig ive ever seen, but was warned by the sign on its little hut that it bites. the feeding lady gave the pig his slop and we got taunted by some turkey's. after seeing the bald eagle, i have no idea why ben franklin thought the turkey was cooler. goddam fool.

finally we leave, sweaty and tired and stop to get some drinks. drinking his evian tadd swears he can taste the difference between evian and every other water. i call bullshit on him because IT'S WATER. no ingredients, nothing, just water. i suppose how it's purified can affect taste but whatever, its negligible. so to test our abilities we purchase five different brands of bottled water and set up a blind taste test at our apartment. we do a quick sampling and i pour five cups of water for the test. tadd begins, sipping and swishing and trying to decide from evian, dasani, saratoga springs, fiji, and springtime. booyah! he doesnt get the evian and i'm satisfied. he did get one correct and each successive attempt he got another water until all five we chosen. my turn. i do my tasting, and take some time in making my choices because i'm less confident in my proficiency to distinguish between a single ingredient beverage. so i get them all wrong. bah! second try, nailed 'em. wasn't easy and i'm going to hand some credit to dumb luck that i got them.

the end.


  • it WAS cat dog. nice job guys. you never fail to disappoint. or wait no you uh yeah good job.

    By Blogger swirlogirl, at 9:59 AM  

  • evian DOES taste different from every other water.

    and it's "naive" spelled backwards, duh.

    By Blogger amanda, at 12:08 PM  

  • the only water i can think of that is significantly different in taste is ocean water. otherwise water is water really, no?

    By Blogger ALEX WEDNESDAY, at 1:37 PM  

  • oh yeah i also forgot to mention the picture of tadd and i at s & s was taken by the nice lunch lady, er, scooper lady who was impressed that tadd had a digital camera.

    By Blogger ALEX WEDNESDAY, at 1:39 PM  

  • You guys are insane!!!!!! I applaud your courage for even stepping foot in that S&S not to mention actually consuming the food found inside.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5:44 PM  

  • the bear was a "black bear" which im suprised you couldnt remember given it corresponds to your sexual preference.

    By Blogger TADD WEDNESDAY, at 3:03 AM  

  • is that a jungle fever thing?

    By Blogger swirlogirl, at 4:45 PM  

  • i agree with tadd evian does taste different. and aquafina is the worst thing since acid rain.

    By Blogger evan, at 7:26 PM  

  • well tadd couldnt tell the difference during the taste test, so obviously tadd is wrong. i think that makes you wrong too, although i dont wanna be a dick about it.

    but youre wrong.

    By Blogger ALEX WEDNESDAY, at 7:43 PM  

  • swirlogirl said: is that a jungle fever thing?

    not everything has to be about you!

    By Blogger TADD WEDNESDAY, at 10:59 PM  

  • and just for the record i got evian right on my second try.

    By Blogger TADD WEDNESDAY, at 11:00 PM  

  • and just for the record you said you would get it right first try.

    By Blogger ALEX WEDNESDAY, at 8:06 AM  


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