Ridin’ down the street in my RAV4

Utah 142 – RAV4 Safe?

Ridin’ down the street in my RAV4
Picking up my homies in my RAV4
Kick it with my boo thang in my RAV4
Ridin’ down the street in my Toyota 4-door
— Apologies to Cuco¹

Yesterday, David bought a car, a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Very similar to the one we bought about a year ago, except his is gray and ours is blue. He test drove it, but hasn’t take delivery yet. He is still arranging registration and insurance. There was probably also the matter of the logistics of what to do with his current vehicle, a 2003 Toyota Corolla. He couldn’t just leave it at the dealer’s place. Could he? Well no, it is destined to eventually find a home, as a donation, to a local radio station. Our baby is all grown up, buying his own car and stuff. I even hear that he is getting married. He’s not our lil’ Dave anymore.

In other family news, both of our dads are now fully vaccinated. Both Harry and John received their second shots. Yay! However, here in Misery, no joy. All we get now is regular weekly reminders that we are registered to get vaccinated, some time in the indefinite future. We are registered at both the state and county level and with the three main medical systems in town. So, we are getting lots of notices, but not much else. This week, the county’s assessment was particularly bleak, forewarning us that it could be weeks or months before everyone in our tier gets a shot. I don’t know how much the new J&J vaccine will help with this jam. One would think that our “experts” have already factored its arrival into the equation, but you know what they warn, when you assume such things, one makes an ass out of you and me.

  1. Modified lyrics, originally by Cuco, to his song, My CR-V.

Battling Bears

Sibling Rivalry

Orphaned grizzlies, brother and sister, Huck and Finley, were really going at it with each other. I think that they were just playing, but it was a roughhousing kind of play. They would chase each other back-and-forth and occasionally get up on their hind two legs and commence to wrestle, all the while biting at each other. In the end, having worn themselves out, they calmed down, but it was quite the sight while it lasted. Quite a crowd of people had gathered to watch.

The day before, we had gone to the gardens, which were almost completely empty, but there were more people at the zoo than I expected. Everyone was masked, except for the little kids, who had no concept of social distancing. We stayed outside and tried to social distance, so hopefully things will be alright.

Like with the gardens, it has been a year since we last visited the zoo. Unlike with the gardens not much seems to have changed in that year. All of the statues are still roped off, but all of the buildings were open. They swapped cages between the Snow Leopard and the Mountain Lions, giving the two Mountain Lions more room, while the sole Snow Leopard has to make do with less. That must have been a tricky exchange to pull off. The new lemur exhibit is taking shape and looks way more impressive from the inside the zoo than from outside, but there is still a lot of work yet to be done. All-in-all it was a nice visit.

Garden Outing

Chinese Witch Hazel

We visited the gardens for the first time in a year. We have gone to the gardens’ Shaw Nature Reserve several times in this last year. It is less populated and wider open and felt safer. As it turns out on a weekday in February even the gardens are pretty empty. A lot had changed at the gardens. First off, the Ridgeway visitor’s center has been torn down. Although relatively new, it was deemed obsolete and unable to handle the expected greater visitor flow. So, the first thing to greet us on our visit was the sound of jackhammers. A new, smaller building is now serving as the garden’s temporary visitor’s center. It looks permanent though. So, I’m unsure what its eventual role will be. The new entrance fronts onto the Linnean House, a Henry Shaw era greenhouse that has been emptied out, except for some construction debris. Likewise, with the adjacent fountains, one of them had been boarded over. The Climatron was open, but we had decided to stay out of the buildings, as best we could. Besides with wearing masks our glasses were already fogging up. The home gardening center was closed due to another construction project, as were many of the smaller trails throughout the gardens, probably because of Covid. Even the fish food dispensers for the koi in the Japanese garden were boarded up. Amazingly, there were a few flowers out, Winter Aconite, Snowdrops and Witch Hazel, lots of Witch Hazel. To think that only a week ago the highs were in single digits.