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May 20, 2014

The makings of a great night (standards may have changed a bit).

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April 24, 2014

So, back to India for a minute…

The first week we went on a safari in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, a national park that was once the Maharaja of Mysore’s private hunting grounds. We didn’t see a tiger — not surprising, let’s be honest, they’re not motherfucking tigers for nothin — but we did see female tiger “pug marks” (paw prints) as well peacocks (mayur in Sanskrit — M.’s namesake), their feathers so much more vibrant than their captive brothers, deer of all varieties, monkeys of all varieties, birds of all varieties, sunrises and sunsets of all varieties, and … wait for it … a trio of elephants. The mom and auntie were in chains, though, which was rather depressing. They’re domesticated, our guide explained, relieved of their duties clearing forest but still property of someone and not allowed to migrate south. The little one, however, was unchained and so sweet. She came right up to our jeep and gave my mom the once-over. Then I put out my hand and she wrapped her little trunk around it, warm and rough and surprisingly strong, and it’s safe to say I can die happy now.

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April 12, 2014

wildeles:

Baby elephant drinking. When they are this young, they don’t yet know how to use their trunks to drink water.

Oh noes.

wildeles:

Baby elephant drinking. When they are this young, they don’t yet know how to use their trunks to drink water.

Oh noes.

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April 2, 2014

Do Elephants Have Souls?


My friend Bill sent this to me just in time for the India trip. I thought I knew elephants (I know I love them) — but there were so many anecdotes in this essay that I had to stop and reread and then read to M. Second to humans, they’re easily the most fascinating mammals on earth (they have inner lives. they’ve been known to create art out of boredom — and I’m not referring to the elephants who have been trained to paint flowers. they recognize ivory jewelry as a fallen comrade. they hold grudges. they herald the arrival of a baby elephant with a great stomp and a trumpet salute. they will fuck with you if you fuck with them, but they will save you, too, with the tenderest care.). Ms. Nicol captures them beautifully. Thanks, Bill.


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March 5, 2014

dogblessusa:

When Bella the dog passed away, her friend Tarra the elephant carried her back home to bury her. As Tarra was grieving, other elephants gathered around and brought food to comfort her. Watch the full story. 

Incontrovertible proof that the Asian elephant is the greatest mammal to ever grace the earth with her sensitive and soulful presence.
…and a reminder that if you can’t own an elephant, a dog is the second best thing.

dogblessusa:

When Bella the dog passed away, her friend Tarra the elephant carried her back home to bury her. As Tarra was grieving, other elephants gathered around and brought food to comfort her. Watch the full story. 

Incontrovertible proof that the Asian elephant is the greatest mammal to ever grace the earth with her sensitive and soulful presence.

…and a reminder that if you can’t own an elephant, a dog is the second best thing.

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February 28, 2014

smokeandacoke:

Ultimately, everything that’s not-so-great about the Olympics, is due entirely to the lack of elephants.

MORE ELEPHANTS PLZ.

smokeandacoke:

Ultimately, everything that’s not-so-great about the Olympics, is due entirely to the lack of elephants.

MORE ELEPHANTS PLZ.

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January 29, 2014

Oh ok.

Oh ok.

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January 29, 2014

A 63-year-old elephant enjoys a dip in the Indian Ocean. (via guardian)
Bertha’s still got it!

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January 9, 2014

M.’s friends have always wanted him to get married in India — who doesn’t want an excuse to go? — but I just couldn’t go that far (Boothbay Harbor is far enough). So the compromise I dreamed up? A big party for his 40th birthday in Bangalore, where his parents are from.

Kinda genius, I must say myself.

But it never would have really happened without our adventurous Colombian friends egging us on — they signed up ages ago, in October 2012, and made the crazy idea seem, well, not quite so crazy.

Now the countdown is on — we depart March 14th — and we’ve got a proper party on our hands.

20 people or more, including my parents and sister and friends we hardly ever get to see (as well as friends we see just about every week). How awesome is that??

The itinerary will take us on a two-day safari in a tiger reserve in Bandipur, to temples and markets in the super-fast-growing Bangalore (I’m planning to buy my wedding dress fabric there, squeeee), and finally, on a big group holiday in the southern region of Kerala, where these pictures are from.

Looking at them, I can hardly contain my gratitude and excitement.

I mean, there are ELEPHANTS.

Elephants you can ride, elephants you can pet, and even WILD ELEPHANTS CROSSING THE ROAD.

Also: paradise and beaches and bayous and food and tea plantations and boats but mostly

WILD ELEPHANTS CROSSING THE ROAD.

I really don’t know how this little elephant-loving heart of mine is gonna handle it.

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December 20, 2013

Tattoo You (via nevver)
Frickin hipsters.

Tattoo You (via nevver)

Frickin hipsters.

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