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Social networking at the Como Zoo’s spring flower show

Robbie and I took in the sight and smells of the spring flower show at Como Zoo and Conservatory’s Sunken Garden yesterday.

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I was immediately drawn to the spectacle of a dozen little kids leaning over the edge of the pool.  The hovering mother behind them: Northfielder Barb Wager, who I normally see in the business office when I visit Jerry Appledorn’s and his house of pain, AKA Professional Drive Dental.

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The photo of my sweetie on the right is a keeper. Her new smile courtesy of our genius Salt Lake City dentist, she is so happy and you know the saying: happy wife, happy life.

Alex Huff Kristin Hortenbach
And then while taking photos of the flowers, I met someone I’d only communicated with via email and phone (about social media, natch), Alex Huff, CEO of LoudClick. (He heard Robbie use my name and wondered per chance if “Griff” might be that Northfield “Griff.”)  Snapping photos like me, only with a way better camera, was Alex’s wife and LoudCloud president, Kristin Hortenbach. Alas, I neglected to get a photo of them so here are a couple of thumbnails, taken from their Picasaweb albums.

Another idea for whimsical sculpture for the Riverwalk Arts Quarter

Malecon sculpture Back in the fall of 2008, I blogged some photos of the whimsical bronze sculptures on the Malecón, the oceanside boardwalk in the center of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

I was amazed at the scupltures’ ability to engage people for play and photos.

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While at the Como Zoo and Conservatory yesterday, Robbie and I noticed the how the bronze sculpture of Toby the Tortoise on the Zoo Donor Plaza did the same. It was more entertaining watching people interact with the sculpture than it was watching the animals at the zoo which were mostly still inside and mostly napping.

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Ray Jacobson’s Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square brings out the playfulness in people, especially kids.  ‘Twould be cool to have more sculptures along Riverwalk that did this.