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Gophers Before Christmas 2004
Saturday 11 December 2004

Our third annual gopher gathering held at the Lights Before Christmas exhibit at the Toledo Zoo! It wasn't too cold, and everyone had a good time. The only problem was a full parking lot causing quite a few of us some difficulty actually getting into the zoo. Dinner afterwards was had at Big Boy.

Attendees: Ian Malcolm, Cristine Larsen, Josh Gulch, Marie Jarden, Tahirih Kuhns, Phil Dake, Paul Arquette, Sean Nestor, Jon Smith, plus guests Josh Smith and Angie Cucanto. Jeff Osthimer and Erin Byrne (at dinner).


In the cold Marie, Phil, Josh and Tah in the Value City parking lot waiting for the bus to take them to the zoo, since the zoo's parking lot was fun. In a bit of freak timing, Marie, Josh and Tah arrived at Value City at the same time Phil did.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Josh in the zoo It took a while but everyone finally made it to the zoo. Even Josh.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Group shot Here's everyone who attended this year.

BACK: Sean Nestor, Jon Smith, Phil Dake, Ian Malcolm.
MIDDLE: Marie Jarden, Paul Arquette, Tahirih Kuhns, Josh Gulch, Cristine Larsen, Angie Cucanto.
FRONT: Josh Smith.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Don't do it man! Phil tries to console our old friend, the suicidal penguin. But it's too late.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
They're probably discussing computers, I'll bet. Paul in conversation with the Smiths.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
A tree fit for a Tah Tah hates nature, but takes a moment to pose with her favorite article from it: a pink tree.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Snotty Marie says that Ian looks like an English teacher in this picture. That may be true, but that doesn't do anything about the fact that Josh is blowing his nose.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
She knows it Marie is knowing as Josh tries to make up to Tah for something. He probably insulted her.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Doin' it again. "How did this happen again?"

Josh is trying to make it a Christmas tradition where he is photographed carrying Tah at the Lights Before Christmas. See also last year's photo.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Phil has weak leg muscles. Josh and Ian are trying to help Phil perform the prisiadka. Phil could not do it well.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
It's a BIG kitty! Everyone knows Marie's fondness for cats. Here she is being cute with one of the biggest kitties around.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
The Penguin Admirer's Society Paul, Jon, Phil, Ian, Tah, Josh, Sean, and Josh gather around the penguin pit (which is adjacent the large bronze tigers in the background and in the pictures above and below).

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Tah pulled back -- and out of view. And the informal pose a moment later.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Phill fall down go boom. As Sean rides the big tiger, Phil falls off the little one.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Yeah he is. Sean is just creepy.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Yes, another group shot. Tah looks fairly giddy in this, another group shot. This is right before we left the zoo to get dinner.

We hung around on these tigers for a while, unwittingly preventing a group of kids from playing on them. We're horrible people.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Phil is just always there! Josh, Jeff, Phil and Erin at Big Boys after the Gathering. Jeff and Erin didn't attend the zoo portion of the gathering, but showed up for dinner.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Bloo'y Ian. Yet another group shot? Yes, at Big Boys this time. Ian's big head is blocking Josh's, which is a waste since Josh was actually looking at the camera.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
She didn't share her ice cream, either. After dinner the gathering shifted to Jeff & Erin's for the remainder of the evening. Despite just eating dinner, Tah required that Ian stop so she could get ice cream. And we all thought they'd been pulled over.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Kinda kinky At Erin's birthday party in October Ian and I held Phil down while Jeff poured hot wax on his chest. Phil hollered and was criticized for acting like a baby. Ian insisted he could take it like a man. Phil was given the honors of administering his revenge.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Ian is a man amongst men. Much to Ian's credit he did in fact take the hot wax like a real man. Josh rushes to Ian's aid while Jeff tries to network his computer to his TV so we could watch episodes of Drawn Together.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
Tah likes to sleep Tah fell asleep and wouldn't wake up. Jeff, Josh and Marie bridged over Tah for a photo, and she still didn't get up. She slept for a while longer.

Photo Credit Marie Jarden
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