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Butterfly Wonderland

Subtitle: How to Creep Out Your Sister

black with blue on white flower

After viewing Taliesin West it’s a bit of a challenge to find something to do that is as stupendous. So we switched gears entirely. We moved from architecture and bringing the outside geology and flora in, to getting up close and personal with the fauna. We went to Butterfly Wonderland (we also made a stop at DSW for shoes, but I’m guessing you won’t be much interested in THAT stop – the shoes were for my son. Oy, shoe shopping with guys is just NOT shoe shopping. *rolls eyes*).

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I’m not sure why Butterfly Wonderland is described as a “tourist attraction”. It seems to me that it is an attraction whether you are a tourist or you are a resident. Nearly everyone loves butterflies and enjoys seeing them up close and personal (we’ll discuss the exceptions in just a moment). Butterfly Wonderland not only has butterflies but, as we discovered to our great surprise, it has fish and reptiles as well. It also has a honeybee hive but that is not, in my opinion, an especially exciting attraction.

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So who doesn’t like butterflies? Well, butterflies are a lot like moths. In our family, the word “moth” is a very, very bad word. You see, long long ago, when I was a mere child, there was an incident. Oh, not MY incident. *I* slept (happily) through the entire event. No, it happened to my sister. She was doing that teenage thing and was out at a party. An outdoor party. I don’t know how this happened and as she is traumatized to this day it’s difficult to get a coherent description, but apparently a moth flew in her ear. I understand that in fact this is NOT that uncommon. Apparently our ears are warm and smelly and there is warm smelly air from our ears that attracts flying insects, including moths. It does leave unanswered how they can actually fit. Anyway, at the time when my sister was the main attraction we were not so well informed.

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Looks like a moth, don’t you think? 🙂

My father had to get my sister from the party and take her to the emergency room. This is where the truly horrific part of the story happens – the part that to this day elicits a bitter cry from my sister, who is unable even now to forgive. My father said to the ER doctor: “She SAYS a moth flew in her ear.” Oh the pain!!!! The betrayal!!!! He DOUBTED the existence of a moth in her ear. Now understand that we both loved and adored my father immensely, and he adored us, so to have him DOUBT us???? Salt in the wound.

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Anyway, as it became evident, there WAS a moth in her ear. The doctor extracted the moth, cleaned her ear, and she was all better physically. The emotional scars have lasted til this very day.

Is it gone yet???

IS IT GONE YET?????

This event proved soooooo traumatic to our family (okay, not to ME *grin* I laugh. Remind me to tell you the story about how Mary and I ran across the floor at the Y, and my sister walked and SHE fell and broke her ankle. *laughing* ), so traumatic to our family that MY SON now has a slight phobia about moths and butterflies. He’s a lot like my sister. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised he inherited this. Whenever we visit a butterfly world, my son cringes as the butterflies swerve near him. Should they land on him, rather than enjoy the experience he begs me to get it off of him. *grin* Okay, maybe not BEG, but trust me – until it’s OFF he is NOT happy. He recites the sister/moth story and empathizes. The shoulder that serves as a resting spot for a butterfly in these photos is his unhappy shoulder. 🙂

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When we entered Butterfly Wonderland we were just in time for a movie about the life cycle of monarch butterflies. The movie was okay, but it didn’t answer my question – WHY do monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico? Apparently all monarch butterflies do NOT migrate, and of the families that do, not every generation migrates. My understanding from the film is that the 3rd generation migrates back to Mexico. The film never explained what triggers the migration.

a very very large butterfly

A very, VERY LARGE butterfly ?

After the film we went into a room where there were cocoons and emerging butterflies. It is fascinating to see how difficult it is for the butterflies to get out of the cocoon. They have a matter of seconds to get free and clear before their wings are hardened in a crimped position. We cheered the ones that made it out safely and felt very sad for the ones that just couldn’t do it, even in such a protected environment. They told us that these butterflies that had just emerged would be released into the exhibit in about 30 minutes.

orange with black on white flowers

We headed into the big butterfly enclosure and wandered about. There were some stunning electric blue butterflies but they moved so quickly and so high that I could not get a picture of their open wings. I have many shots with their wings closed but the outside (underside?) of their wings is brownish/black, not that electric blue. We did stay and enjoy (well *I* enjoyed) the exhibit for quite a bit, waiting to see the newly hatched insects released. After that we headed out and discovered the fish and reptiles. Pictures for a different day. This post is butterflies. (and moths)

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Just to Prove I’m Still Here

I’m scripting like crazy. 🙂 I love it. But I’m not doing much of anything else. My latest script is an intruder alert. It senses when people are within 20 meters. It IM’s the owner to say how many intruders and list their names. The sensor repeats. If someone is still there, the alert does not repeat their name but keeps them in the total count of intruders. If someone has left since the last time the owner was notified, the owner is told who left. If that person comes back, the alert knows to tell the owner that name again. The sensor knows that the owner is not an intruder. The owner can create a notecard of authorized visitors. 🙂 It works!!! And I’ve given it away to friends. Wheeeeeee!!! Next up: sliding and swinging doors and a dance floor. 🙂

In the meantime……

You absolutely positively MUST read Prad Prithivi’s blog today!!! Even if you are NOT a scripter, it is hilarious. (Okay, if you are not a scripter….. there are 2 ways to complile your script: LSL and Mono. Mono is newer and runs much faster. I think that the only downside may be that there are either some bugs or some things that are not recognized. But trust me – Prad will make it ALL clear!!) .

And of course – it’s the day for the Shengri La Ode butterfly hunt. Since I’ve only just gotten around to writing, I’m a bit late to let you know about the one starting in 5 minutes. 🙂 Sorry. But there is another one later tonight. This really is a wonderful event. It’s like eating potato chips – you think you can resist chasing those darned little butterflies, but then one flies by and you just HAVE to touch it. Wham. You are hooked. 🙂 It’s fun. Bring the newbies – it is wonderful practice for moving and touching and using inventory and all the rest. Not to mention all the cool jewelry. This really is a wonderful event. It’s like eating potato chips – you think you can resist chasing those darned little butterflies, but then one flies by and you just HAVE to touch it. Wham. You are hooked. 🙂 It’s fun. Bring the newbies – it is wonderful practice for moving and touching and using inventory and all the rest. Not to mention all the cool jewelry. I will see you there and then!

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Public Service Announcements

I’ve been neglecting my self-appointed task as gossip columnist and Upcoming Events Announcer. 🙂

Tonight – PARTY!!!!! yep, Shengri La is hosting another rave! This one is the Aquarian Rave. *I* will be there. 6pm-9pm SLT, Saturday, Nov. 15.
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And the 17th of the month is approaching. That means another Ode butterfly hunt in Shengri La. These are a lot of fun. But you should also tell all the newbies that you know to attend. Besides the fun of getting pretty jewelry and accessories for nothing, these hunts are excellent practice for moving about in SL. You are flying and touching and zooming and turning. All at the same time. It’s a beautiful location and it shows new folks many positive wonderful things about SL. So spread the word. Take a moment and bring a “new” friend over and help them hunt. And drop by the Vintage Marketplace as well. There are some fantastic designers there with wonderful clothes and jewelry. (Check out the gorgeous necklace in my pic below.)

If you like reading, this is National Novel Writing Month. Michelle Hyacinth has her story, Iconoclast Rising, up on her blog. Check it out and transport yourself into another world. But I warn you – this is a double-edged sword. I love reading the story!!! But it’s not done! So part of me wants to race to the end and find out all the answers and I can’t. But part of me loves having the enjoyment spread over the entire month, logging on each day to see if the next treat has been posted. Anyone else out there who is writing and wants their blog mentioned – let me know.

More news for the fashion conscious…. Shenlei has launched her Debutante line of clothes, elegant upscale clothes for dancing. Yes, Chestnut – I stole that from you. 🙂 Actually for a great description of the clothes and for the slurl, read Ches’ blog: Delicious Gowns at Debutante. I confess – I already have several. I LOVE them. I feel wonderfully romantic and beautiful and special when I wear them. As you move the skirts float and swirl about you. And I always receive compliments on them as well. So check it out and treat yourself. You deserve it.
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Here’s my own cliff-hanger…. my next post – Sex in SL. Yep, I’m finally going to bow to pressure and write about sex. 🙂 I’m even going to risk all the porn searches and use the word ‘sex’ in the title. LOL. So watch this spot!!!

Mini Updates

I LOVE rocks!!! LOL. Added them to my landscaping tool kit. Although I am so weary tonight, I feel that if I never plant another flower that will be just fine. From the wall to the river is my work. 🙂

It’s time for a BUTTERFLY HUNT!!!!! YAY!!! Shengri La is having its monthly Ode jewelry butterfly hunt tomorrow (Friday, Oct 17). For all the details click here.


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