February 16, 1968: Elvis Presley’s album How Great Thou Art is certified gold!
How Great Thou Art is my mom’s favorite gospel song and she wants it sung at her funeral. She has Casey sing it at everybody else’s funeral. Casey does sing it beautifully but then again he sings everything beautifully.
Thankfully today there was no funeral and I sang it just for fun and joy.
Speaking of fun, Claudia and I went to the Bronx Zoo today. We’re members. It’s such an amazing deal. $104 a year for all the zoos – Bronx, Central Park, Brooklyn + the Aquarium and Queens and parking is included. Today would’ve cost $60, so you do the math. Plus we got 10% off in the Crane Cafe. So, with two granola bars and coffee…we saved 63 cents more!!
I wanted to see big animals, so we checked out the Bison – they smelled funky even at a distance but looked majestic. We saw the giraffes. They were indoors and looked a little jammed up but pretty impressive. The tigers were magnificent. 3 of them walking back and forth looked like they were thinking of something, maybe like how to get the hell out of their grassland and come eat some stupid human behind the glass taking pictures. The aardvark was cool – huge and in the dark, and the rhino’s horn was fierce.
How Great Thou Art. God’s creatures. I love me some critters!