Pictured is San Diego Zoo Safari (Wild Animal Park) where a giraffe seems entertained watching animals in a caged vehicle.
People are crazy everywhere but when I first arrived in California, the man who trained me for a job that required driving all over Southern California summed it up–there are lots of animals in California and most of them aren’t in the zoo!
That’s an assuring thought to carry with you as you proceed through life, encountering a variety of “animals” in California. There are “up” sides and “down” sides to living in a cage with millions of other animals. The entertainment value can be amazing but when things go wrong, history provides memories of violence and riots. Staying in your own personal cage where you seldom venture out doesn’t guarantee safety and protection from other animals, though it does allow the fearful to stay out of the way of unpredictable and out-of-control animals operating cars, buses, freight trains and other machinery some shouldn’t be given the keys to. But living in a cage or box is so boring!
Millions come to California because they’ve heard about the crazies. They want to see those outrageous, over-the-top celebrities, experience the culture, buy cool California clothes, walk on its beaches, and examine the animals they’ve heard about NOT in zoos. It’s a tough reputation to live up to and many of us disappoint visitors seeking to be amazed and entertained. However, if you spend a normal day driving on a freeway, going in a store and getting in line, heading for a restaurant to eat, and maybe checking out a movie or listening to a musical act in a club at night, there’s a 99% chance that you’re going to remember that California is a zoo where people are crazy animals–primates, to be exact!
Defense mechanisms to help protect you:
Traveling Safety: Driving
Tips to Remember