Dec 01 2008

Climate change forces a polar bear to drift south and eventually land in my pool in Palm Desert

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Have I ever told you how my parents love to talk about polar bears? Oh, yeah, I have. Almost every time I talk to them on the phone, they are bringing up some story about polar bears swimming 60 miles to find food, or polar bears cannibalizing each other, or whatever.

Anyways, when I arrived home on Thursday morning, I was greeted with this:



As I stared in disbelief at my polar bear Christmas decoration, now floating in our pool on several pieces of styrofoam, my mom remarked, “Gee, Lindsay, I hope the poor polar bear doesn’t start to eat himself.”
(Despite all this, they claim to be very proud that I work for “Big Oil.” Really, I think they are just glad I managed to find a job despite spending five years studying a country that no longer exists.)

But the real question is, what to do with a hungry polar bear that is roaming around your backyard? Well, shoot it, of course, and have it promptly turned into a rug to be placed in front of your fireplace.


(This photo was actually taken several years ago, and there is a story behind it that I’ve just been too lazy to write about. I will eventually, I guess.)

Kidding, of course. The polar bear is safely ensconced in front of our house, opposite the penguin decoration. Yes, our front yard resembles a real life Coca-Cola ad.

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4 Responses to Climate change forces a polar bear to drift south and eventually land in my pool in Palm Desert

  1. From Ann:

    That’s BRILLIANT! I love it!

    Posted on December 2, 2008 at 10:22 am #
  2. From jamie:

    i want even more to be adopted into your family. mama & daddy ruskie = made of awesome.

    Posted on December 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm #
  3. From Csaba:

    Haha, i love the last photo :D

    Posted on December 5, 2008 at 11:20 am #
  4. From Amy Jussel:

    You are hilarious! Your writing style and your travel log alone are bankable…If you ever want to guest-post about your adventures or observations abroad re: the youth sphere (media/marketing’s impact on same)ping me. Here’s the post I just wrote on Shaping Youth about polar bears/social media/virtual worlds and cause-marketing…um, in case your parents want the links list ;-)
    Hey, did I mention my dad speaks Russian and was an anti-terrorist specialist in Soviet affairs? (yah, and I lived in D.C. a lot too)

    Posted on March 2, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

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