Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fuzzy Friday: Fantastically Flightless Fugitives

It was only 3 months ago when we featured an infamous flightless fugitive for Fuzzy Friday, a Japanese Humboldt penguin, otherwise known as Penguin 337, who managed to escape its home at the Tokyo Sea Life Park.  The crafty penguin spent a good 82 days enjoying his freedom alluding would be captors while feasting on the fish of the Tokyo Bay only to be finally caught on May 24th, 2012.  Well after finally returning the fugitive back to his enclosure at the Tokyo Sea Life Park the good people of Japan sighed with relief, knowing that their peculiar penguin days were done and all was back to normal, or so they thought.

You never can really tell what inspires a penguin to attempt to pull off such a precarious feat as the one so well executed by Penguin 337.  Perhaps it was word of 337’s days of living the high life in the Tokyo Bay , probably passed from penguin to penguin, until the story of his great adventures reached the perky and oh so impressionable ears of two 3 month old penguin chicks at the Suzaka Zoo in Japan, that impassioned them to make headlines of their own. According to, the pair of penguin chicks first made waves by using a water slide in their pen to propel themselves to freedom but were discovered later and promptly returned to their enclosure at the zoo.  Not to be deterred by the planks installed to prevent them from pulling off the same slide shenanigans, just a few days later one of the chicks decided to find a different route to freedom, managing to push his penguin body through a small space under the fence and out of his pen once again.  As you can imagine, the Zookeepers became a little perturbed over the pesky penguins push for freedom but felt confident they would not be dealing with anymore successful escapes from the cheeky chicks after sealing off the second escape route under the fence.   However it seems as though the more persistent penguin chick had not given up his plight for freedom and only a few days later surprised Zookeepers when they discovered the tiny chick enjoying some personal penguin time out of his pen once again and in a pond nearby having hopped over the wall of his enclosure earlier that day.  At long last the Zookeepers were forced to confine the patiently persistent penguins to an indoor cage until they can figure out a way to contain the hopeful flightless fugitives.

Congratulations you peculiar peppy penguin chicks!! With your perplexing penguin ploys and passionate plight for freedom you have definitely made it clear that with a little patience and persistence there really is no limit to what a penguin can pull off!! It is clear you playful penguins are the perfect pick for this week’s Fuzzy Friday Feature!!

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The Carpenter’s House

The Carpenter’s House

Author Unknown

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

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