Toad in the Hole

December 27, 2005

Cultural Secrets

Little-known fact about the Oakland Museum, with current relevance for you-know-who-you-are: If you wear sandals or clogs, no socks, and you lean casually against the railing around the koi pond and slip one foot out of its shoe and dabble your big toe in the water, one of the koi will probably come up and suck on it, and it's a seriously blissful feeling.

Posted at December 27, 2005 06:35 AM


um.... isn't it too cold to go without socks today??

Posted by: Pica at December 27, 2005 07:06 PM

None but the brave
None but the brave
None but the brave
Deserve to have their toes sucked by enormous public koi.

Posted by: Ron at December 27, 2005 07:38 PM

i have this sudden urge to go to the museum! maybe i actually will, once the rain slows down a little. a koi encounter has got to be serously soothing -- at least by contrast to certain other parts of life.

Posted by: kathy a at December 31, 2005 04:57 AM

Definitely soothing, but with a certain frisson.

Posted by: Ron at December 31, 2005 05:16 PM