May 31, 2006

Lions, Tigers, Bears...Oh My!

Last night wasn't overly successful but it was certainly better than the previous evening. Sure, there was screaming but a hell of a lot less of it. If nothing else, it was entertaining. I had some weird-ass dreams.

I was trapped in the Houston airport because of a traffic accident on the runway. Seriously. An airplane rear-ended a moving van on takeoff. Somehow we (for I was joined by rogue employee from the airport's Mrs. Field's franchise) broke out and ended up climbing to the ancient Mexican fortress deep in the heart of old-town Houston - the Enconida. Those of you who live in Houston, as I once did, or have visited Houston are probably scratching your heads wondering what the hell I'm talking about. I am too. As far as I know, such a thing doesn't exist. I don't even know what enconida means, so, sorry if its dirty or offensive. We climbed, met people, had a nice little party then returned to the airport and flew to Fiji where we led an armed insurrection, took over the island and made it our kingdom. Sun, fruity drinks and cookies for everyone!

Today - having achieved success at the pool, we're trying the zoo. I, for one, hope to see a liger. It's pretty much my favorite animal. Wish us luck...and have a fantastic hump day!

Posted by Chris at May 31, 2006 07:29 AM

I'm up for an island take over (sounds cheaper then our plan of buying one), where do I pick up my pitchfork for the revolution?

Posted by: Nic at May 31, 2006 07:57 AM

Hey--you and my youngest shared the same night! He was up with weird/strange/scary dreams most of the night. Once he was on an airplane. Hmmmmm.

We're going to the zoo next week! The boys loved it last year. I'm sure Mia will love it, too.

Posted by: Alissa at May 31, 2006 08:02 AM

Have a great time at the zoo. That sounds like a lot of fun!

Posted by: Jessie at May 31, 2006 08:19 AM

Love the zoo but always seem to pick too hot of a day and then Allison wants to go home. I hope you have a great day!

Posted by: Jenn at May 31, 2006 08:24 AM

I am more of a giraffe person myself.
Have fun.

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at May 31, 2006 08:34 AM

Chris, I could be wrong, but I don't think Enconida is an actual word in any language. I love how your brain just makes shit up when you're asleep. Or awake, actually.

Posted by: Fraulein N at May 31, 2006 08:36 AM

Have a great time at the zoo! Say hi to my family (third ape rock, right between the swings and the banana pile)!

Posted by: Sweety at May 31, 2006 08:37 AM

Why is no one else laughing at the Napoleon Dynamite reference? GOD!

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at May 31, 2006 08:42 AM

Sweet! Nothing makes my day like a Napoleon Dynamite quote first thing in the morning!

Have a great time at the zoo with Mia and Beth. I bet you two are a riot there!

Posted by: Ms. Q at May 31, 2006 08:44 AM

The zoo is so much fun. I haven't been there since elementary school, but I did get a season pass the the Adventure Aquarium in NJ. It was a lot cheaper than buying tickets everytime (even though I've only used it once!). I hope you get to see your Liger. I hear they're pretty sweet with their magical powers and all. Make sure to take pictures!! Happy Hump Day :)

Posted by: Michelle at May 31, 2006 09:22 AM

Did you say cookies?? I'm so there.
And my fave scene from Napoleon Dynamite is when his uncle throws the steak and knocks Napoleon off his bike. It was one of those things that made me crack up just because it was so unexpected.

Posted by: Traci at May 31, 2006 09:27 AM

Oh, and just wanted to let you know I Googled "the Encondia" and the closest thing I got was this:
"Ensenada, the third largest city in Baja California"

California is somewhat close to Texas...I hear they have a lot of Mexicans as well...

Posted by: Michelle at May 31, 2006 09:28 AM

We have a tiny zoo consisting mostly of rescued animals and a few farm critters.

The girls will be there this week on a field trip. They love it - know all the animals by name and made personal friends of the goats.

I've taken them to both the San Francisco and Fresno zoos and they enjoyed them but they like our dinky little zoo better. More personal, probably.

Have a great time.

Posted by: ann adams at May 31, 2006 09:30 AM

I love the zoo! Say hi to the otters! Oh, and the baby panda, and the baby leopards, and the... well... maybe I'll just take my kids one day.

Have fun.

Oh, and am I the only one that hasn't seen that movie? What reference? Huh?!

Posted by: Karen at May 31, 2006 09:34 AM

Sweet! And while you are looking for the liger maybe you can eat some flippin' tots.

True story: You know how Napoleon was in FFA and was tasting the milk for a contest? I did that too - I was on the Dairy Products team my junior year of high school and was high individual in my region. I'm so lame.

Posted by: Beth in StL at May 31, 2006 09:40 AM

OMG what a dream! By the way what did you eat before you went to bed? :?)

Posted by: MrsJoseGoldbloom at May 31, 2006 09:47 AM

That wasn't Fiji. It was Galveston. After many, many cocktails.

Posted by: Pammer at May 31, 2006 10:09 AM

I have'nt commented in a while and just want to say "Hey".

Posted by: Bill at May 31, 2006 10:22 AM

Hmm... I guess I'll have to go watch Napoleon Dynamite and come re-read this.

Good luck stalking your liger!

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at May 31, 2006 10:33 AM

oooo, the zoo!! which zoo?? i loved to B-more zoo. i didn't know your state even had a zoo!!

Posted by: master b. at May 31, 2006 11:45 AM

I'm beginning to think you might be pregnant. That's when the truly weird dreams come. Just a thought. ;)

Posted by: Amy at May 31, 2006 01:19 PM

That's quite the subconscious you have there, Mr. Cactus.

Posted by: Heather at May 31, 2006 01:32 PM

Gads, I was ready to head out and look for Enconida. Glad you added in there that there is no such place.

Good luck in your Liger hunt.

Posted by: Debbie at May 31, 2006 01:49 PM

Ah, the zoo. You know I love it because of all the photo ops. Hope you take a ton. I'm sure Mia will love it. I so envy your vacation days right now. My kids are still in school and I am still in Oz. Can't wait for tomorrow's zoo recap!

Posted by: Kate at May 31, 2006 04:47 PM

Liger, haha, liger!! Mia is getting soooo big.

Posted by: Bethany at May 31, 2006 05:47 PM

I'm hoping if you see that liger that you take some great pictures!

Posted by: cas at May 31, 2006 06:19 PM

I think I had the Enconida platter at Pappasito's the other night. It was as big as an ancient fort, anyway, and gave me weird dreams too. Next time you are in the Enconida neighborhood, stop by and say hey on your way to conquer Galveston/Fiji Island.

Posted by: KathyK at May 31, 2006 09:47 PM

A liger? If you mean a lion tiger crossbreed then I'm blown away - I didn't even know they existed!

Posted by: Kestrel at June 1, 2006 12:31 AM

ZOOO! I went earlier this year and the hippo gave me the best look. It's here:

Brusha brusha brusha!

Posted by: Nicole at June 1, 2006 07:34 AM

OH! And the lemurs! When I die, bury me at Lemur Island at the National Zoo. I love me some basking ringtails.

Posted by: Nicole at June 1, 2006 07:35 AM

Enconida means nothing, but EnconidO means irritated or angered or inflamed. What were you annoyed about when you went to bed?

Posted by: HR Mommy at June 2, 2006 02:58 PM