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I Unexpectedly Got a Week off Work, And it Was Everything I Never Knew I Needed

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My work gave me three paid bereavement days following my grandpa’s death, which happened to land next to Thanksgiving and the day after (when our office is closed). I therefore got a full week off work.

We slept at Doug’s parents’ house in Indiana the whole week, which is an hour from where my relatives were gathered at my grandparents’ house in Ohio. We spent the first couple days (including the funeral) with my relatives. We spent the third day celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Doug’s parents. We ventured into Cincinnati the fourth day for a date at the museum. We split the last two days between relaxing at the house and visiting my family.

The entire week felt surreal for three reasons besides the obvious death/funeral factor.

1. It was unusual to see my parents/relatives and Doug’s parents multiple times in the same week.

This never happens to me—family…

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The Elusive Cougar

I seldom stop by the Cougar exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. They have two locally grown specimens on display but their environment is not friendly to photographers. You’ve got only two choices to capture a picture, through the vertical heavy wire bars or one small plexiglas window. The glare through the window makes capturing a decent photo almost impossible and the large wire protected front viewing area requires that you shoot “between” those wires with the cat in just the right spot. Add to that the problem of an ever moving target and I just don’t want to make the effort to get a snapshot. The same can be said of a number of exhibits. The zoo is more concerned over safety than providing an environment friendly to photographers. I understand it is a business and you can’t have the animals mauling the visitors.

Cougar 1

Cougar 02

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