Monday, June 20, 2005

Who you callin’ fat!?

I had lots of comments (some nice, others not-so-nice) about my profile picture. So I’ve changed it.

For the last week or two I used a shot of a hippo just ankle-deep in water. (Do hippos have ankles? Well, you know what I mean!)

It is one of my favorite hippo pictures, and we took a lot of them! I particularly like that one because the hippo seems to be looking at the camera with a bit of an evil, menacing expression.

You don’t remember that? Click HERE. See what I mean?

So, the profile picture I’ve selected for the next couple of weeks is a bit more regal. Considering that next week I’m having my permanent gold crown installed, I thought it appropriate to use the king of beasts for a time.

I keep putting those pictures up one at a time as a teaser. I’m trying to entice you to browse through the “Africa Journal” on my web site. If you want to know what I look like (and Carol too, for that matter), there are pictures of us in the journal. Plus there are pictures of just about all the birds and animals we saw.

That 4-week trip was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to travel nearly half way around the planet and see creatures I’d only seen before in films or perhaps in a zoo.

I called it our “African Adventures,” but it wasn’t very adventuresome in terms of danger. Oh, there were a couple of tense moments. It was a little unsettling to be traveling to Uganda just a few days after a group of tourists had been robbed and killed.

The closest we came to any real danger was on the roads—but you can read about that if you’re interested. And if you browse through the pictures you’ll see that we didn’t exactly rough it either. Our accommodations were all VERY pleasant, including the “rustic” tent camp in the Serengeti.

Anyway, for all of you who told me I needed to go on a diet or made some snide comment about my big nose (based on the hippo picture), you may now refer to me as “your majesty,” as I look past you in royal disinterest.

At least until I put up a picture of a baboon. Then you can go back to your snide remarks.

I’m sure you will. (And I ain’t lion.)


Karyn Lyndon said...

We don't want to see your African Adventure pics...we want to see the DEER!!!

Michelle said...

Africa is a truly amazing continent, forgotten but great nonetheless. The aerial photographs of Vic Falls were fabulous and you were most fortunate to get the chance to fly over them. And John, I would have spotted that South African even if you had not said he was from South Africa - now can you understand why I am still single? You got to Zimbabwe but could not make it down here? Now you just have to come here sometime in the future for a different African experience.