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Gophers Before Christmas 2003
Friday 12 December 2003

On 12 December 2003, the second annual Gophers Before Christmas was held at The Toledo Zoo. Event Coordinator Cristine Larsen reported, "We had 8 members and 2 guests show, and dinner was had at Big Boy's afterwards. It was cold, but lots of fun was had. Expressions such as 'Vagina is the only way to go!' and 'That pancake looks like it's hitting on Erin' were heard at least once. Thanks to all who attended!"

Attendees: Jeff Osthimer, Erin Byrne, Ian Malcolm, Cristine Larsen, Josh Gulch, Marie Jarden, Tahirih Kuhns, Sean Nestor and guests Dan Melzak and Maloree Zalecki.


A group shot of everyone who attended.

From left to right: Sean Nestor (hidden), Maloree Zalecki, Ian Malcolm, Cristine Larsen, Erin Byrne, Josh Gulch, Jeff Osthimer, Dan Melzak, and Tahirih Kuhns.

Not pictured: Marie Jarden.

Josh is doing his best Russian Tsar pose.

Picture Credit: Erin Byrne
Alternate view of the same.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
Sean suckles the teat of a stone gorilla. Jeff, meanwhile, sneaks up to attack this intruder seducing his mate.

Note that Erin is not to be seen.

Picture Credit: Erin Byrne
Alternate view of the same, at the same time!

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
Cris hitches a ride atop her gorilla friend, and I don't mean Ian.

Picture Credit: Erin Byrne
Josh get stuck carrying a tired (not to mention lazy and spoiled) Tah around the Zoo.

Picture Credit: Erin Byrne
Farmer Marie and her purple-hatted bovine friend. By the looks of things, there's business to be done.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
While Erin seems quite content with the impending farm work, Josh isn't terribly keen to all-natural fertilizers.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
Josh tries out his new house. It's nice, but lacks internal plumbing.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
After touring the Zoo, everyone takes a couple moments to warm up in the North Star Trading Post gift shop.

Jeff gasps for air, given that he hasn't breathed since we left this shop the first time.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
Everyone mingles around aimlessly, not quite sure what to do next. This was the uncomfortable part.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
Ian decided to buy a souvenier because he's a die-hard sentimentalist.

Picture Credit: Marie Jarden
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