Warning: World’s Largest Aquarium has a Strict No-Refund Policy

So I think I have a full-on cold now, but I still blame the Allergens of Atlanta. I almost never (knockonwood) have allergic reactions, but after a day in the smoggy and toxic Northern Georgia air, I was plagued with post-nasal dripping and then all manner of cold symptoms. Maybe it’s a cold, then. In September. I didn’t get a cold this bad all last winter, so perhaps we’re making up for something and/or my body’s getting the ol’ immune system ready for this winter. Which I kindof appreciate. Except that I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in several nights now. It’s at that stage now where I wake up feeling like total and utter shit and then gradually feel more human as the day goes on and then I slip into bed thinking that the worst is over . . . only to wake up feeling like shit all over again. This morning around 4:30 a.m., I was convinced I was gonna suffocate myself with stuffiness, or drown in my own phlegm. Like, suddenly, I’d been transformed into a guy with end-stage Cystic Fibrosis who was five years beyond his life expectancy, lungs filling up that much more quickly.

The four-day weekend jaunt to Atlanta was only slightly more adventurous than usual, as we took Mia to the World’s Largest Aquarium. This could’ve been a really neat thing, but when she wasn’t freaking out (for the second time in two weeks) at a 3-D movie, she was dragging us from exhibit to exhibit so quickly, we were done in an hour and a half. Which is about half as long as it’s supposed to take. Sure, lots of the exhibits are of the “oh-look-FISH . . . AGAIN” variety, but I could’ve watched the whale sharks for a while longer. And the sea lions. And the spooky, hovering piranha. But Mia’s all, “I wanna go somewhere else!” Or “I wanna slide down the whale, daddy!” Seriously, I think she had a lot more fun walking around thrift stores or playing at CW’s house during the first half of the Georgia Tech / Notre Dame game.

Posted by Scott-san on 09/05 at 03:43 PM
  1. Oh, that’s absolutely the worst, isn’t it? When they just run through like that. There’s really not much you can do. You can’t force them to appreciate fish.

    You never know when they will focus and when they will just motor.

    Sorry you’re sick, bub!

    Posted by SJ  on  09/05  at  04:53 PM
  2. Oh, I really want to go to that aquarium!!

    And I’m back online for good..whew.

    Posted by teahouseblossom  on  09/06  at  07:36 PM
  3. i am rather fond of playing at CW’s house as well. mia has good taste.

    Posted by  on  09/07  at  11:38 AM
  4. Man, if I ever have kids and they speed me through the aquarium, somebody’s gonna have a baboon-red ass!  I love to just stand there and watch the fluid motion of the critters.  Feel like I’m underwater.

    quit being a pussy about your allergies, dude!  i’ve had a sinus headache for 2 weeks and you don’t hear me cryin’ about it!  wink (JK, obvs i feel your pain.)

    Posted by styro  on  09/07  at  01:52 PM
  5. Hey Scott-san - see this Flickr page!

    Posted by dayment  on  09/07  at  03:06 PM
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