May 2, 2013 |  Category:   life outings






I think I’ve decided that I kind of dislike zoos. The kids like going to zoos, so we go, though not often. I think the last time we were at the Bronx Zoo was about 5 years ago when Claudine was a baby, though Mia’s been much more recently through camp. All those animals in cages. I guess it was a reflection of my own mental state when we went over the weekend that made it a bit of a downer. That and getting that Smashing Pumpkins “despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage” song stuck in my head over and over again. Sheesh.


I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries lately, some on second and third viewings, finding comfort in watching the creative process of others: The September Issue, Beauty is Embarrassing, Bill Cunningham New York, and Last Days Here (interesting even if you don’t like that genre of music). I always admire people who have lifelong passions and I think about this guy I knew back in art school days who had volumes of sketchbooks with nothing but Grover drawings in them. Can you imagine? But you sort of have to be in awe of something like that, no matter how crazy it is.
You know something? I never try and take myself too seriously. I look at the future and see a big question mark, but for now, I just take it one day at a time and sometimes, all it takes is a long talk with a friend to see things a little more clearly. What would we do without our friends?

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  • Ann May 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I absolutely LOVED “Beauty is Embarrassing”! What a wonderful creative family. I loved his first grade teacher too.
    I will have to check out the other films you listed. Thanks.

  • Jen May 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Huge question mark in my future too, but I try not to let worrying about it dampen my days. Loved Bill Cunningham New York and September Issue was entertaining. I watched so many documentaries over the winter. If you haven’t seen these, I’d recommend Escape Fire (about how messed up our medical system is, which I can go on and on about), Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Detropia, Inside Job, End of the Century: The Ramones, and an odd one – Nursery University (hope that’s not really how it is in New York).
    Looking forward to Sound City and Brooklyn Castle when they release.

    • Jenna May 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks for the other recs. Will have to check them out. I’ve had Jiro Dreams of Sushi on my queue forever – will have to see it soon.

  • Naomi May 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I’m also a little down on zoos, circuses and animals in cages. Lovely photos and a very thought provoking post. Thanks Jenna.

  • Uncle Beefy May 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    You know I’m feeling your flow, picking up what you’re throwing down. I keep forgetting to watch “September Issue”!? And now I have Smashing Pumpkins on repeat. Hugs.

    • Jenna May 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Hugs. Please tell me you’re doing that jig to the Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Christine May 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

    All those animals make me cagey, too. But my eldest child is a mere 2 now, so I’ll be making the zoo trek for years to come. Thanks to you, I’ll be humming Smashing Pumpkins the whole time….