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MIT student blogger Sam M. '07

This is wondrous strange. by Sam M. '07

Why didn't the ostrich cross the road? Because a girl had no pants on.

Jessie ’07 sure has a cool life. But so do I, sometimes.

Yesterday I was a little bored (for the very first time since I got to MIT two years ago, of course) and it was sunny, warm, and breezy, so I decided to bike up Massachusetts Avenue to see just how far it goes into Boston. Turns out that after about 5 miles you end up in Dorchester. Having never been to Dorchester before, not even for bowling, I decided to enjoy the great weather and explore for a couple minutes.

By the way, it’s sunny, warm, and breezy 9 months a year in Boston, just like in Southern California. If you can’t trust a student blog on the MIT admissions portal, then whom can you trust?

Turns out that there’s a zoo in Dorchester. I was not aware of this. So, it’s a little strange when you’ve been biking in a city for about ten miles and then suddenly there’s an ostrich across the street, just sitting there, dark brown in the resplendent sunset.

I was afraid. I didn’t see the fence between us. Well, I didn’t know, it might attack me or something. Most animals don’t like me. An ostrich can run 43 miles per hour, which is much faster than I can pedal my bike, and it can kill a human being with just one kick of its mighty legs.

Ostriches produce the strongest commercially available leather in the world. One ostrich egg is equivalent in mass to about two dozen chicken eggs.

And I saw an ostrich across the street from a Chinese restaurant in the middle of Dorchester one July afternoon.

After gathering up the courage, I’ll have to stop back someday to check out the zoo.

Later that night, I was crossing the Harvard Bridge in search of Krispy Kreme’s new Cookies ‘n’ Cream Donut (sold out, naturally) and there I saw a girl who was wearing no pants.

SUMMATION: Yesterday, while biking around Boston, I saw an ostrich and a girl with no pants.

I think that’s worthy of a blog entry. What did you see yesterday?

One response to “This is wondrous strange.”

  1. Mitra says:

    “I think that’s worthy of a blog entry. What did you see yesterday?”

    I-think-I-thought-I-saw-you-cry. Or “try,” as Michael Stipe would say.