I am not going to talk about the snow we got last week.
Nope. Not one word. Not a single, solitary word.
Never mind the fact that the heavy white blanket melted away the following day. It’s not worth mentioning at all.
Anybody else watching April the Giraffe on Facebook or YouTube?
April, for those of you who don’t know, is a very pregnant giraffe in an animal park in the U.S. Due to the inclement weather, she’s mostly been penned up in her stall in a barn, her significant other, Oliver, in the next stall. There’s a video camera mounted on the wall next to her feeding station that provides live coverage of the impending blessed event.
Unlike the thousands of other viewers of the web cam, I don’t really care to see the actual birth. I just want to see the baby giraffe. According to the web site, this will be April’s fourth calf and Oliver’s first.
I started watching in mid-March, excited by the promise that delivery was coming any second now. It’s still going to be any second now. I’m starting to wonder just how long a giraffe can be in labour.
So while I wait, I get a kick out of the running commentary by other viewers. Some are encouraging, some are convinced it’s all just a hoax, and a surprising number seem to have put their lives on hold so they don’t miss anything.
Seriously? Have you people nothing better to do?
Of course who am I to talk? I used to spend a lot of time watching the Volcano-cam that was trained on Mount Saint Helens, and the Afric-cam that focused on a watering hole on a game preserve in Africa where you had to have a lot of patience to actually see anything interesting.
If you’re into that kind of thing, you can find a cam for just about anything - puppies, kittens, eagles, leprechauns, ghosts.... Just be careful, they can be addictive. :-)