Have you ever wondered about the proper technique for feeding a giraffe? Would you know what to do should you ever happen to find yourself up close and personal with one of these leggy creatures?
Step 1: Stand perfectly still like a tree.
Step 2: Hold ONE leave in you hand and stick out your arm to your side like a tree limb.
Step 3: Hide the other leaves behind your back with your other hand. Slip more leaves into your “tree limb” arm quickly. However, don’t be surprised if he/she tries to grab all of them at once. It’s just the way giraffes are. No judgement.
Step 4: Be prepared to be slimed. Giraffes tend to take great gusto in their leaves and are not much for chewing with their mouths shut. Also, their tongues are scratchy, long, and accustomed to reaching around thorns to eat upwards of 75 pounds of leaves per day. They are not shy about their food. We have that in common, the giraffes and I.
and last and most important…
Step 5: Be prepared with plenty of Zoo Goo (a.k.a. hand sanitizer) and have it at the ready. Again, giraffes are very lovely, but have terrible table manners! Tsk, tsk.
So how, you are probably wondering, did I end up on the back of a jeep on a Tuesday and in San Diego of all places, seeing eye-to-eye with the world’s tallest animals on land?
Well, it all began several weeks ago when I was invited by Sony to be a part of their Sony Moms (#SonyMoms) program.
I freelance as a tech writer and have had the pleasure of interacting with the Sony brand on a number of occasions. I also happen to be a huge consumer of their products, dating far back into my childhood.
My parents’ first “big screen” was a 1980-something 42″ Triniton that eventually made its way into my first home 0ver 20 years later. It was still in perfect working condition, I might add. My first camcorder was a Sony HandyCam. My first Walkman was…surprise, the one and only Sony Walkman!
Last week, Sony invited the group to San Diego for an official kick-off for the program and to give us the chance both to interact with their product line and to meet the product managers tasked with marketing them to consumers.
Not only is it an honor to partner with a great company, but I also get to work with an amazing group of innovative, dynamic, and inspiring women bloggers!
While in San Diego, we were given the new Sony Cyber-Shot TX20 to test and try out. The inspiring Me Ra Koh, speaker, mom, award-winning photographer, and “Sony Artisan of Imagery”, provided tips on how to capture photos in a way that tells a story.
(Aside. If you ever have an opportunity to hear Me Ra Koh speak in person or attend one of her workshops. DO IT.)
Then, it was off to the Safari Park with our new equipment and skills in hand. Our adventure was followed by a wine tasting and a delicious dinner at Orfila Vineyards & Winery.
Over the coming months, I will be reviewing various Sony products on my blog. Stay tuned! I look forward to sharing with you everything it has to offer!
Disclaimer: Sony provided travel, accommodation, and meals during my trip. I was given a Sony Cyber-Shot TX20 for the purpose of reviewing this product. I was also given a case, a new Sony Walkman, and cupcakes as gifts for be a part of the Sony Moms program! Yay! Cupcakes and gifts! I was not otherwise compensated. The thoughts and options shared above are my own and do not reflect those of any of the parties mentioned or photographed in this post.