Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bat Night

The Mayor and City Council have declared the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat to be our official city animal, and celebrated it on Sunday with a kickoff event featuring Adam West, a special screening of his Batman movie at the Paramount (for $$), and another (free) appearance of Mr. West *and* the Batmobile -- plus -- a concert by our beloved Band of Heathens. Here's Adam West's quickie appearance and below is a once-over of the Batmobile.


Some people showed up in costumes, and I admire those people for wearing *any* extra clothing because it was a very, very, sweaty, hot day/night. Humidity put the heat index into the low hundreds. I guess sweating is healthy, right? Whew. Bats like it hot though, and it's all about them.

Here's what all the fuss is about, our largest urban bat colony in the world (not my video). They figure there are between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats flying out from under this bridge every night in summer. It's really pretty awesome, and gets rid of the mosquitoes. I hate mosquitoes.

3 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hey, the Bat Girl and Penguin costumes are great! And I want one of those tye-dyed Batman logo t-shirts!!!

Blueberry said...

Love that tie-dye shirt too! That's our Mayor Pro-Tem (like "Mayor-in-waiting" or something) wearing that. I've got to get a bat shirt.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

kids and i used to go watch them at dusk all the time..pretty cool.