The Naming took place an hour ago. It was the opening to the party. The Poetry Slam will take place late this afternoon.

The baby rhino, wrapped in a rainbow colored scarf and matching mittens, knitted by Holly, is awaiting his name.

Star is reading the list of names that were suggested, and after singing, GETTING TO KNOW YOU, from the Sound of Music, she introduced:

Roxy Runway Ruby

Roxy was from:  Rosy and Resa
Runway came from:  Runway and Holly
Ruby came from:  Roland and Beth

Everyone peeped, chirped and flapped their wings after the introduction.  Some of the chicklets are calling him Triple R.  The baby rhino is very happy, and special cookies were passed around in honor of his new name

Resa, Holly and Beth have made special treats for everyone and Beth is going to read to the baby chicklets and perhaps she’ll stop by the Hospital wing and read to the wounded.

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47 Responses to The Naming took place an hour ago. It was the opening to the party. The Poetry Slam will take place late this afternoon.

  1. m.caimbeul says:

    Perfect. You present a joyful world Gigi, a much needed reprieve for many readers.

    • You are so very kind. Thank you. Holly wanted to knit the scarf and mittens. I wasn’t actually sure about the mitten part on a rhino, so they look more like boots. Hahahah No thumbs, so it is what it is. 🙂 Hahaha Thank you for your very kind words. ❤

  2. beth says:

    Here’s to r3! What a happy day.

  3. equinoxio21 says:

    Have you ever thought of drawing/writing a book for children? The chicklets would be perfect.

    • I have thought about it. But just don’t get around to doing it. LOLOL Thank you though. I can’t seem to get interested in what I’d have to do to make it happen.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        I understand. The publishing industry is a mess. Heaps of arrogance in a dying industry… I tried Literary agents in New York and a publisher in France. Waste of time.

      • That’s so true. It’s very difficult to break through. It’s good to have an agent, at least that’s what I read somewhere. It’s just too much and I’d rather just draw pictures. 🙂

      • equinoxio21 says:

        You’re so right. Enjoy drawing.

      • I remember Jimi Hendrix and what someone said about him. People took advantage of him because all he wanted to do was make music and he left the rest of the things to people who were thieves. That made me realize that I just wanted to do parts of what I wanted to do too and I didn’t care about the rest, not matter what the subject matter. Some people are just like that. Others are focused on getting an entire project done. I would like to do more, but have zero interest. Sigh. Humans are weird, no doubt about it.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Didn’t know that about Hendrix. But it certainly makes sense. Those guys probably bought his drugs for him too. And for Joplin as well.
        Best to go as far as you like. 🙂
        I know I’ll never make a penny with my blog, but it allows me to write, be read, I developed unexpected (to me) ways of telling stories with photos… That’s as far as my interest goes.

      • I’m with you. I blog because it’s fun and, like you, it’s helped me become a better writer in so many ways. You learned more about telling stories with photographs and that’s great. I love your posts. So, we’re doing it for the right reasons, as far as I’m concerned. 🙂 Jimi and Janis kind of fell apart, but both were taken advantage of by others they thought they could trust. Trust is in short supply these days.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Very short supply I’m afraid.
        And yes, we’re doing it for the right reasons. Just prepared a post this morning. Soothed my mind. (I’m doing them in advance, so I have a small inventory).
        Take care Gigi.

      • That’s a great idea. I try and set mine up the night before, so I can just put them on in the morning. It’s a great way to do it. I always look forward to your posts. I love the pictures and your great stories of a life lived so incredibly different from my own. 🙂

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Thank you Gigi. I still wonder how “abnormal” that life of mine has been. 🙂 There are many travellers around the world who’ve led even stranger lives, but I’m happy to share. I have a “colours” post in preparation for all of you guys immersed in winter… I’m trying to prepare several posts as we will all be away for Xmas and New Year. Be good.

      • I think every life is normal to the person living it. Sometime, especially when we’re kids, we can’t even imagine anything other than what we’re living through. 🙂 Normal is relative. Your life sounds amazing. Looking forward to your future posts.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Very true. “Normal” is what one experiences from day one. What Hannah Arendt called “reinventing the world”. 🙂
        Just posted another pot-pourri. Another collection of “normal” stuff. 😉

      • Saw it. It was wonderful. And yes, we all live individual lives and yet we try to understand each other when each of our own experiences were incredibly different than everyone else’s. When looked at that way, we could do worse than we are. Then again, maybe not.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Very true. Hadn’t thought of that. When I arrived in France “for good”, not just summer vacations, to go to College, I just couldn’t understand how “different” and narrow-minded some of my compatriots were. They just did not understand what I was talking about. Way out of their mind frame. And they were “my people”, same education, same language, same “culture”, but no. People tend to ignore what’s outside their immediate experience…

      • We’re all so one-of-a-kind. I think we have conversations with people and both parties think they know what the other one is saying…but they don’t. Hahahaha Later, someone will sa, “Oh, THAT’S what you meant?” Same language and culture should mean something but it doesn’t. Keeps it interesting, I guess. 🙂 Then you meet someone with a completely different background, from a completely different place and it’s a match. 🙂 We will never figure it out. 🙂

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Never… I remember a series of meetings with an American from Long Island a few years ago. He had a very complicated yet interesting system a colleague wanted to introduce to Mexico. He would say something, and I would repeat what I had understood. Then he said “are you putting words in my mouth?” (New Yorkers!) 😉 So I told him “No, I’m just telling you what I think I understood you said. Comunication 101. Then you tell me, in your words, if I understood correctly!”. That was fun. After a while he got it.

      • Hahahaha…that’s a good way to do it. I bet there were moments when there was actually a disconnect. We should do that more often.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        LOL. Well you know New Yorkers. 🙂 (I actually lived there a few months so I know the rules a bit) After a while the relationship was good.

      • I have never been to NY but I love their accent. Hahahaha. It’s great. We all have them but it’s always the other person. I always want to go but something always gets in the way. I can’t go anywhere with Emily in the yard, or I would have been gone a few times already. She’s worth staying home for. I adore her. She’s the sweetest cat and she’s so beautiful. She comes out at night and wants pets, while she eats. Otherwise she sleeps in all day, on her electric beds and eats under all of her tarps. I wait on her hand and paw. LOL She has me well trained. I think you should write a book, including photographs, of you life, and all the places you’ve been. I loved the Durell’s in Corfu and your life is wonderful in the same way, with so many places added to it. I’ll buy a copy right away.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        You ain’t ne’er gone to Nu Yawk? Really? I love their accent. As I love Southern accent. (Well it’s another language really…) It’s not that far. You would love it. Think Met, MOMA to begin with… Can you have someone take care of Emily for a few days?
        I have all Durrell’s books. Jerry, not Larry. (Boring). When I read it, I must have been 15 or so, still living in Africa. It reinforced me in the idea my life was “normal”. Haha! Corfu was the beginning for Gerald Durrell (though he had been born in India). But he soon added many destinations as he travelled the world to capture rare animals for European zoos and his own, later in Jersey…
        About a book (thank you for buying it in advance) I think I have found the way to write it. In bits and pieces…

      • No, can’t get anyone to watch her because she has irregular hours and I can’t put food out or possums, raccoons, skunks and even coyotes will be attracted to it. So, I’m home. When I was in Paris the first time, I walked out of my hotel room and saw a guy in the hall. We looked at each other, he said, “New york,” I said, “Chicago,” we smiled and just nodded at each other. We recognized it immediately. LOLOLOL Everyone I’ve met, or know, who is from NY is fabulous. 🙂 I would love to go to MOMA and a million other places but I have a cat to take care of and she always comes first.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Even coyotes? Wow. I understand you can’t live her, but then maybe a friend or neighbour? When our cat Miao DzeDong was still around, our neighbour across the street would come and feed her during our holidays. And I would do the same when our neighbour traveled. She also had a cat.
        Yes, New York is unmistakable. I’m not too sure I can pick a Chicago accent, though one of my best teachers in Grad school was from Chicago… (He sounded Canadian to me!) 😉
        Hopefully you can arrange a short “escapade” to the big Apple some day.

      • I think we sound closer to NY. People have thought that’s where I was from. My granddaughter too. But other people have knows it was a Chicago accent. I, of course, have no idea how we sound. Hahahaha and if you’re here, there are so many people speaking foreign languages, you have to wonder how many Chicagoans The people next to me have lived there for over twenty years…I don’t know their name. Actually, I finally realized they had moved out. LOL I don’t live in a neighborhood like that. So…no. LOLOL
        And coyotes have moved in all over the place. They are wonderful, but people can’t leave their small animals out alone.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Yeah, I guess you guys have a Northern accent, as opposed to Southern.
        Sometimes it’s best not to know the neighbours… (We’re having major issues with some of our neighbours here…)
        Looks like coyotes are all over the place, right? I thought they would be more related to the wilderness. California, midwest, New Mexico, Montana…
        B good.

      • No, coyotes are all over the city and suburbs and we definitely DO NOT HAVE A SOUTHER ACCENT. Supposedly, we have a midwestern accent, but I’m not sure what that actually is. We can’t even understand people who speak with a real southern accent. Closer to NY, as I said. Yes, it’s a known fact that a lot of neighbors hate each other. Like to the literal death. Hahaha. Better to mind your own business. When you live in buildings that are close together, you don’t look and you don’t care. Gangways aren’t very large, although the neighborhood I grew up in was a mixture of two-flats and single family homes with a couple of four-flats on some of the corners. We didn’t have big apartment buildings anywhere. I don’t think the adults got along that well, but as kids we had a great time. A lot of different nationalities lived there but again, as kids, we didn’t notice. Kids don’t pay attention to that stuff and my parents didn’t either, but there were Irish, Swedish, German, I think there was a polish family and we were the only Italians until another family moved in. So mixed up for sure. A little bit of everything. And I’m not good at recognize any of that so I’m not sure who was there. LOLOL

      • equinoxio21 says:

        LOL. True kids don’t notice many things. So good.
        Naw Ah know you floks don’t speak Sudern, no ma’am… Bless mah soul! 😉
        First 3 weeks in “Alabamer”, I thought “I speak English. Why don’t I ‘undershtand’ a word?”. Then after a while, I got the rhythm and “ac-cint”. 😉
        (looks like your neigbourhood was pretty diversified, right?)

      • Yes, very diversified. But yes, no one can understand southerners, if you’re not used to it. The first time I encountered it, I just sat there and smiled. Couldn’t understand anything. Then thee were grits on my plate and I didn’t even know what they were. LOLOLOL Whole different world. And kids just want to have fun they don’t care what anyone is. I don’t think anyone from my neighborhood would still care. If you’re brought up like that, everyone is just who they are. I don’t know how many are alive or where they are. I know my best friend, while growing up, died playing tennis a few years ago. Almost every in my neighborhood was catholic, but me, so they all went to catholic schools and we kind of lost touch after that. Everyone in my family was catholic but my mom and I were Lutheran. I was actually nothing, but she didn’t know that right away. I used to wait for my friends to lie to the priests during confession. I’d sit in a pew and play while I waited for them. They all lied and laughed about it. The nuns were as creepy as the priests and I couldn’t understand how they could stand to go to those schools. So weird to brainwash little kids like that.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        LOL. Actually, there are various Sudern dialects. I can tell North Alabama from South Alabama. Carolinas fron Geawgia. Texans? Nobody undershtands them… 😉
        I can imagine the neighbourhood being catholic… Is Lisa Scottoline from Chicago? She is, right?
        You must have been a mischievous little girl waiting on the pew for your friends to come out all sanctified… 🙂
        (Nuns and priests are creepy. With a few, very few exceptions!) Brainwashing is on the rise… sadly.
        Yes, one loses touch with childhood friends… And now you have a house, right? (With coyotes and raccoons…)

      • I have found that people who are from Europe speak many languages and understand accents better than we do. A woman from Sweden said she learned to speak everything because the countries are small and they go on “holiday” to other countries all the time. LOLOL She made fun of American’s, so I told her she didn’t have to stay here and that would be fine with the entire country. She didn’t do it in a nice way.

        I live in a suburb right outside the city. But my old neighborhood, at that time, was nice and peaceful, with hard working people and the most fantastic park. Chicago is full of parks. There are books about all the parks. 🙂 Yes, lots of catholics, but the Swedish people were Lutheran. Everyone took good care of their homes and yards. A lot of people didn’t like Italians, but I didn’t know that. A lot of people don’t like a lot of things. The funny thing is, if you don’t know that, it’s meaningless and if you do know it and don’t care, it’s still meaningless. My mom was Swedish. So, big Italian food from my dad’s side and delicate things from my mom’s. You must have eaten so many different things, from everywhere. I can’t even imagine. When I was in Italy and Paris, I couldn’t believe how delicious the food was. So fresh and beautiful. Amazing. Took me a long time to even like eating when I got home. Everything seems like cardboard.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Haha. Carboard… One can get that feeling coming home after a trip… Swede and italian. An interesting combination. North and South. Have you ever gone to Sweden? They have this strange delicacy, warm Camembert topped with strawberry jam.
        Sorry about the Swedish woman… Some people can’t help putting thier foot in their mouth… Now she was right, scandinavians and Dutch generally speak very good English, because their countries are so small, nobody else speaks their language.
        And finally about accents, it’s also the case in Latin american. Though everybody speaks Spanish (‘cept Brazilians) the variety of accents is incredible. You can tell which country after just a few words…
        Au revoir.

      • No, I have never been to Sweden. I don’t know much about where her side of the family came from. Actually, I don’t know anything. I don’t know anything about my father’s side either. His parents came here from Italy and that’s as far as it goes. And, there’s no one to ask.

        Having lived in so many places and traveled so much, you must know a lot about languages and accents. It’s wonderful to hear them. And it’s funny to think that you sound like where you came from. You have to be TAUGHT to get rid of an accent. 🙂 Au revoir

      • equinoxio21 says:

        If you have your grandparents’ names and date of birth, you might do a computer search now. For instance, I can do a computer search of all my grandfathers brothers and cousins who died in combat in WWI. There’s a site for that. Do you at least know the region of your grandparents? Sicily, right?
        Languages and accents? Yes. I love that. Tells a lot about people. 🙂 My personal accent? Sort of combined Posh British with American. Depends who I’m talking to. (I have a chameleon ear). Be good Gigi. (Gigi is short for Gigliola?) 😉

      • They’re from Palermo. I have an address on an ancient envelope. I was named after my father, George (Salvatore). But everyone called me Gigi. My mom called me Trina, now and then, or Brat. 🙂 Mostly Brat. Some people called me Gig (Geeg). Now it depends on the person/people I’m with. Old friends still call me Gigi and everyone else calls me Georgiann. It’s not as confusing it sounds, since I answer to almost anything. LOLOLOL Thank you for the information. I’ll check it out. 🙂 Posh British…I’d like to hear that one. 🙂

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Palermo… I remember your mentioning that old envelope. That’s a treasure… (Did you ever post it?)
        “Brat”? LOL. I will stick to Gigi.
        Now Posh? Rather. 🙂 Ay du not have ze french accent. 😉 (In fact when I got back to France, most my teachers of English were pissed at me for 2 reasons: a) I had a better accent than any of them. b) I was “bratly” not studying anything in the class… The attitude one has as a kid, right?

      • Kids actually have the right attitude, if you ask me. We aren’t jaded and are still free and they all hate that. LOL The envelope was addressed to my grandfather, so really the important part is the return address, but I don’t know where it is. I have it, but it’s on a walk about somewhere. Brats and cat lovers. Perfect. Hahahaha

  4. Resa says:

    OMG! 3R is like a Hippo Hop Artist’s name!!
    This Rhino is in for Stardom!
    (is it male or female?)

  5. I’ll pass it along. 🙂 I’m sure he’s creative in some way and royalties are A GOOD THING.

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