a blog about a family hoping to live up to its street name...with everything constantly new and busy...we hope to be a family of simplicity, not of mind, but in life. A home full of love, life, and the Lord. Adding to a family means change, alot of change and this blog will be our journey - with pictures, stories, videos - this is our family, the ott family. dan, abby, benjamin, myers...

Monday, September 26, 2011

What Up Frisbee Golf

Par 2 win

We have some difficulty with the distance - This was a par 3 for 18 month olds....

And We are sitting at + 4 now on this sunny afternoon. Did you notice the focus before his put, the steadied breathing, the wind up, the follow through - competitive frisbee world beware.  But wait a minute upon further review as we checked the replay we noticed 3 kicks and an extra step - its pretty obvious that he picked that trick up somewhere yet per his cuteness and stealth - apart from replay - this minor infraction went unnoticed ... now call me a traditionalist folks but when it comes to frisbee golf - if in real time the call is not made it doesn't hold up in replay.... + 4 is not too shabby.  Holes 3-18 coming in the near future.

Our Local ZOO

Waccatee Zoo.
Waccatee Zoo was once described to me as a place or business whose origin has to be traced back to group of rednecks who got together one day and decided that they wanted to own exotic animals, and before they knew it they had enough of them to call it a zoo. A place full of your typical animals expected to be found at a zoo, but overrun with peacocks and chain linked fences. Welcome to Waccatee Zoo Day.

Now before you get to this next picture ... imagine ..... just imagine the excitement that would be present upon my entering the zoo and hearing about hybrid animals....

A ZONKEY - a mixture of zebra and donkey. Its color and markings could almost be likened to an over zealous Texas fan poorly coloring a zebra in his first coloring book. This spotchy burnt orange and white striped Zonkey brought with it such an excitement ... was I about to find my favorite animal ever - the elusive, the improbable, the uncanny (not really sure what that word means but I know its in front of Xmen so it would definitely work here) ----- LIGER. The cross between a Lion and Tiger. Thanks to the wisdom and insight of one Napoleon D. who swayed me from my childhood position of thinking that a horse with eagle wings was the bestest cross ever- it should also be known that I would originally name and patent this cross as a Pegasus. Back to it, I was in search for a LIGER ... would it, could it, because it definitely should be here if anywhere.

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Did you see it, Who would have thought it would be so magnificent, truly an awesome creature. 7 feet tall and 13 long. It was everything I have dreamed about, gold, orange, and black striped, with the mane of the lion. My dreams have come true...and my boy was not scared of it, grabbing the chain link and shaking, reminding the animal of mans command for dominion, he said my earth, mine, impressed yet?

Honestly after this video, which if I might say so is quite a bit more convincing than most bigfoot sightings, has raised the bar to such heights that the remainder of the visit might go by as dull - yet we have provided it below just in case your curiosity remains.

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Feeding was actually encouraged. Truly. Be it the greenery around the pins, or the 24 Oz souvenir cups filled with feed that you would expect to find at a petting zoo....momma is still quite quick on her feet protecting the fingers of one young boy whose little nubs resemble small pellets of food
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And finally, the chasing of the peacock in the rain....
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Great Times at Waccatee Zoo.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A top the throne

I was thinking about one of the great scenes in movie history, from the academy award winning best-picture-made-in-front-of-a-green-screen-and-never-on-site movie ( a category many weren't aware of - but that didn't sneak by me )..... 300. This scene takes place half way through the movie, where the 300 Spartans were standing in front of King Xerxes as he was sitting on top of his throne - standing in between the pass, before Sparta. Now this scene has great instruction to us here in the u.s. ( & yes that was on purpose ) who don't know of a kings throne, his entrance, his company, the majesty of it all, and the extravagance that makes giant pandas and miniature giraffes (YouTube the commercials) look like an afterthought for a lesser king still. It in part shows the significance of a king and his throne, the respect and presence at his feet, and how the masses make way for their king.

Xerxes is atop of a throne, a story high, golden stairs, golden throne, golden laced and adorn landscape 20 meters high, wide, and deep. This throne though is mobile, mind you no less exhaustive and extravagant, a throne that if placed on modern wheels would be pulled by 3 elephants though not the kind pictured from dumbo but more like the ones from lord of the rings that are strong enough to mount small cities on their backs. Yet to incite terror and utter subjugation, this King has his peasants, slaves, and servants carrying this monstrosity on their backs. A truly magnificent scene and a grand entrance.

.... Scene recreated.... Enters Benjamin on top of his naturally brazen wooden throne with landscape adorn with blue, red, and white balloons draped like a canvas above .... The crowds look on in awe, - applause limited due the reverence and elation. Smiles wide, and hearts full as they create a path, a parting of the sea if you will, a path that would take us to our destination - to the place that we were not allowed to pass until the price was paid in full.

And yes that price was duly paid....