On my first full day back in California, I went to the San Francisco Zoo with my family. It was awesome...my mom, dad, and brother are all just as excited about looking at animals as I am (that is, very, very excited), so we were happy campers. Also, the San Francisco Zoo is the least depressing, most hospitable zoo I've ever been to...the inhabitants seem genuinely content, and most of them (excepting the polar bear, of course) come from climates that are extremely similar to that of the Bay Area, so they feel right at home.
My little brother (who's just recently surpassed me in height!) and a giraffe (who remains taller than both of us).
Me retreating slumped in defeat because all the sheep in the petting zoo refused to be petted, and would rather hide under signs.