For seven hours, I was entertained and, I hope, moderately entertaining, as a parade of moms with strollers, grandparents with charges, art students from Santa Ana College, biology students from Fullerton College, friends, regular readers and media types wandered up.
If they had no idea a human being was on loan from the Register, the look on their faces said, "What the ..." If they did know, they wanted to know, "Why the ..."
"Three days, and you're getting paid?" one woman asked, as I regaled onlookers with a variety of tricks that included blowing smoke rings and figuring out how to extract tiny bits of papaya from a hollow ball my keeper tossed at me.
"Well, uh, yeah, I guess I am getting paid," I replied indignantly.
"Paid just to sit in a cage three days a week," she said, shaking her head.
"Oh, no!" I said, finally realizing where she was going. "I'm not here three days every week!"
The zoo has a live webcam trained on their "human exhibit." Link
(Image credit: Paul Bersebach, OC Register)