I finished Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams on the train Friday, and while it was quite obviously popular science, I still enjoyed it quite a lot. I particularly enjoyed all the metaphors he used, and all the time he spent dissecting his personification of the endangered animals he saw. And of course, it also really made me sad that Douglas Adams is gone.
It was definitely a little shallow in the actual science department, but it did serve its purpose of piquing my interest in animals, and obviously endangered species in particular. Once we get DSL (which of course we still don't have), I'm want to go do some research and see how all the endangered species he saw are doing today. And once we get cable (Or Direct TiVo sounds kind of appealing, actually, especially since I'm still mad at Comcast), I think I'm going to start recording some Discovery shows.
And on top of all that, it really made me want to travel. I admit I haven't gone very far: I've never been east of the Mississippi, have only been in Mexico by accident, and have spent about two weeks in Canada total. In back of my head, I've long had a list of places I want to go someday, and now that I have a job, I'll more realistically be able to afford to take some trips some day, so actually writing them down seems more realistic.
- Within the U.S.:
- New Orleans (I should really go there before my sister and brother-in-law move away).
- New York.
- Washington DC.
- New Zealand.
- Hell, most of Europe, really.
I'm sure there's more, but that's a plenty long list considering it'll probably be at least a year before I get things sorted out enough to go anywhere. And that's not even counting all the places I'd like to go snowboarding some day.