This little guy--or gal--can always make me smile. Today following being stood up a second time, after waiting three hours each time for a technician from Ultimate Appliance Repair to check out my non-functioning oven, I was so angry that I grabbed my coat and camera and went walking through the zoo. It's always interesting to see which animals are outside and active on very cold days. It is not always the ones I would guess. The polar bears and Arctic wolves were all lying still. The Grevy's zebras--whose home habitat is the plains of Africa--were out of their barn and moving around. The African wild dogs were tearing around and around in circles, jumping over logs and pouncing off the roof of a small dog house in their running area. The red pandas, usually very shy, were both out near the viewing wall and posing for photos. Only recently did DNA samples shed some light on the question of whether the Giant Panda and the Red Panda were related and whether either or both was a member of the raccoon family. The results of the tests indicated that the Panda is indeed a member of the bear family and the red panda is not a panda at all but a member of the raccoon family.
After two hours of zoo-viewing and errands I returned home and made an appointment with the Sears Appliance Repair Department. I should have called them first as I've used them before and had satisfactory results--but the other guys had a coupon for a free service call and a senior's discount. That little voice in my head--probably my mother's--is saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is!"
Now I feel much better and I credit the smile of the red panda.