• MT VOID, 09/16/22 -- Vol. 41, No. 12, Whole Number 2241

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    09/16/22 -- Vol. 41, No. 12, Whole Number 2241

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    Hungry Man Meals (comments by Mark R. Leeper)
    Excerpt from "Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil Travelog"
    (Part 3) (travelogue by Mark Leeper)
    This Week's Reading (Friends of the Library book sales)
    (book comments by Evelyn C. Leeper)


    TOPIC: Hungry Man Meals (comments by Mark R. Leeper)

    I had a "Hungry Man" meal the other day. The portion was quite
    sufficient--if the hungry man was Scott Carey. [-mrl]


    TOPIC: Excerpt from "Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil Travelog"
    (Part 3) (travelogue by Mark Leeper)

    [continued from last week]

    We left by the same double doors we came in by. Next on the
    tour was a microsoftus. Or is it two microsofti?
    (microsoftuses?) I was anxious to see this since it was one of
    the rarer and lessor known dinosaurs in Maple White Plateau. It
    was in a caged area with grass and they had walls around him. I
    guess he couldn't come out. This was one of the reasons we were
    supposed to watch the jungle. This little fellow wasn't known
    until maybe six years ago. Nobody had ever found fossils of
    them. I don't even know if they had found theropods this small.
    (A theropod walks on two legs like a tyrannosaurus.) He is a
    greenish color so he blended in with the jungle leaves and he
    was somewhat shy of people. They eat mostly insects and rodents
    our guide told us. He has like six boney fins coming out of his
    face. There are two rows of three going from the eyebrows to
    the snout. The nature programs show them very active, but these
    two animals sort of stood around dazed. These dinosaurs are all
    warm-blooded animals, so they should be active. We have tapes
    of them in the wild showing they are active. But these
    microsofti in the zoo mostly just stand around.

    The pen with the apatosaurus was equally discouraging. At least
    here I could see and understand why. Hadn't noticed on the
    dinosaurs previously but this one actually was hobbled. There
    were manacles chaining the front legs together. The disposition
    seems to be mild enough, but they are taking no chances that
    this thing is going to walk out on them. I think they do more
    than that. I think they drug them. Certainly the dinosaurs
    seemed to take very little interest in the people coming by.
    The films I had seen did not show them being so sedentary. It
    probably has something to do with their captivity.

    The last we saw was the tyrannosaurus. I think this is their
    big attraction and they have only the one. Here too it did not
    move as I was expecting. It just sort of stood around. Thank
    goodness. Those teeth were as long as water glasses. He (she?)
    I could see had a manacle around his foot and a chain that acted
    like a tether. There was dried blood on the metal band. He
    looked kind of glassy-eyed. Each of the animals had a different
    smell and each smelled disgusting it its own way. The pen
    needed a cleaning. The skin looks almost like army camouflage.
    It is green and brown. I guess it serves about the same
    purpose. If you looked at the head there was like a cloud of
    some small flying insect. The dinosaur didn't seem to notice.
    If it didn't blink its eyes every minute or so and breathe you
    would not have known it wasn't mechanical. He just seemed to be
    waiting or bored.

    I wish they had some way for us to go into the jungle and see
    the dinosaurs that are not captive. That is probably too
    dangerous. They probably stay away from this end of the plateau
    anyway. They are a little shy of anything people do. This zoo
    is kind of a pitiful way of seeing these dinosaurs in captivity.
    These things were the Lords of the Earth. As big and as
    powerful as they look, they sort of evoke pity. Somehow this
    was not the emotion I was expecting from this part of the trip.

    It was now about 3:50 and we had to start heading back. I think
    we were all kind of hungry, but caramel corn, which was all they
    had for sale, was not what we were in the mood for. The cable
    cars took the same 25 minutes to get down. Evelyn and I were in
    the lead car and Jim and Ellen and the two Toms were in the
    other. OK, so we had seen dinosaurs now with our own eyes.
    Somehow I felt a little ashamed.

    Gil had packed some sandwiches in the jeeps. The same meat that
    we had for lunch yesterday. The grease had soaked into the
    bread. There were some bottles of warm Coke. The Coke was more
    welcome after standing around in the heat with only our
    canteens. The bottles were not easy to drink from as we went
    over those rocky, bumpy roads. The trip back might have been a
    little faster. We were going downhill more of the way. I think
    traveling a path you have already traveled just make it seem
    shorter. We got back to Roxton Camp about 6:30. We got washed
    up and the Indians laid a table for us. Roast chicken for
    dinner. Gil didn't even join us for dinner. I think he has his
    own food packed and frequently opts for that. Back at the tent
    we packed most of our stuff so we could get an early start in
    the morning. Evelyn read and I worked on my log. I still feel
    kind of down.

    [In case you couldn't tell, this log is not a real travelogue,
    but fiction based on THE LOST WORLD.]



    TOPIC: This Week's Reading (book comments by Evelyn C. Leeper)

    I went to the library a few weeks ago to pick up a book that had
    arrived for me, and moseyed over to the sale section. They were
    still having their $5-a-bag sale--I suspect it may be at least
    semi-permanent. I saw a book that looked like something Mark would
    like: JAMES BOND--THE LEGACY, a giant coffee-table book covering
    all the Bonds through 2002. But this meant I had to fill the rest
    of the bag. :-)

    Since I had already bought five bags in the last few months, the
    supply was somewhat depleted. But there were some new additions
    from recent donations, which helped.

    So what did we get? Well, we got all four seasons of JEEVES &
    WOOSTER, the 1943 "Batman" serial, the AMC mini-series THE PRISONER
    (a remake of the classic 1960's show of the same name), the boxed
    set HBO mini-series MILDRED PIERCE (with both DVD and Bluray), NO
    COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (both DVD and Bluray, but separate packaging),
    Blurays of LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and SOURCE CODE, two Disney films
    BOURNE, and half a dozen other films.

    I also got several DVDs to sell or give away: "42" for my
    sportswriter brother, a twenty-film Alfred Hitchcock collection for
    my niece taking a Hitchcock course, an eight-film British cinema
    Collection, a four-film Martin Scorsese collection, the theatrical
    versions of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and a few others. (I
    wasn't sure if I had already gotten "42" in a previous batch, but
    it turns out that was "61*".)

    What I did not get--but have in the past--were cases missing their
    discs, cases with the wrong discs, discs that were Region 2 discs,
    or bootleg discs. (I got one once that I claimed gave you the true
    theater experience, including seeing the seat backs in front of
    you, and having the "EXIT" sign visible in your upper left!

    But I did get one of those increasingly rare paper bags that the
    grocery used to give out for free. :-) [-ecl]


    Mark Leeper

    No self-respecting fish would be wrapped in a Murdoch
    --Mike Royko

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