Friday, 23 September 2016

Not quite ready yet

Well, things are changing a bit from our original plan.
The original plan was that me and daddy would do everything by ourselves on Sunday, then take Uber home. We'll,  it's changed a little, we'll still be doing most of the day on our own. But we won't be taking Uber home, nope, instead grandma and grandpa and my two human cousins are going to come for the last 90 minutes to an hour, then they'll drive us home. We're not sure if my older cousin Robbie (the one we took to Fan Expo earlier this month) is coming, if he does come we're going to put him to work. Daddy is thinking that he'll give Robbie a camera and ask him to go take pictures of stuff, so we might have a special little section in my story with some of Robbie's pictures. Awesome, right?
Bunfest is only 2 days away, and I'm even more excited then ever. Even though daddy is going to have me tortured there, he says I need a good brushing and my nails trimmed. I guess it's okay, though, because daddy says that if I'm good he'll get me toys and treats too, so I'll endure the torture if it means I'll get stuff to play with and eat.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Getting closer

As of this post Bunfest is just 4 days 7 hours away.

Daddy has been busy making plans for all the things we need to do, he's got check lists for his check lists. All of the camera gear is charged and packed up ready to go.

You're going to see a few changes to the way the report is posted, first off there will still be plenty of pictures and video. But new this year we are going to have websites/links to the vendors with some pictures of the stuff they do or sell, this way you guys can buy some of the stuff that is for sale at Bunfest. Oh, and me and daddy are going to be doing this by ourselves for the first time in a few years.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Fan Expo 2016

On Saturday me, daddy, grandma, my human cousin Robbie and daddy's cousin Andrew, and his partner Scotty all went to Fan Expo. Me and daddy met up with Andrew and Scotty at the TTC station and led them over to the convention centre, mostly because those two would get lost getting out of a wet paper bag.
Almost all of us were running a little late, me and daddy missed the bus we needed to take to get to the train station, so we Uber'd it over (we could have taken the subway, but it was shut down most of the way we needed to go). And wouldn't you know it, just because we were running late and just made it to the train station, the train was running late.

Once we got inside we headed for the food court so the humans could have lunch, I already had my lunch, snacks, dinner etc. After lunch we split into two groups, Andrew and Scotty went off to do their thing, we'd meet back up with them later in the day.
Daddy and Robbie were getting a little overwhelmed by the loud noises (for some reason someone thought it was a good idea to have a DJ playing noise in the hallways), so daddy led grandma and Robbie to the family room, which was slightly quieter. Robbie had a nap for a bit, and me and daddy went to look around the retail area. Unlike last year, when we used cell phones to keep in contact (which didn't work so well), this year daddy had walkie talkies, we got one, grandma and Robbie got one, and Andrew and Scotty got the last one. They worked, as long as we were in the same building (the convention center is divided into two, a North and South building, everyone started in the South building), so me and daddy were able to be in contact with grandma and Robbie.
Daddy had some small episodes (meltdowns, panic/anxiety attacks) but was able to control and manage them better this year. Daddy thinks it was because of two factors 1) being given a little responsibility for Robbie at different times during the day, and 2) the big photo op later in the day.

Now, you know we wouldn't come back without any pictures, so I'll start out with some fun Star Wars pictures with Daddy and Robbie in them.
This is the Blast-A-Trooper, daddy's shots are nicely grouped on the Stormtroopers helmet.
Daddy and Robbie borrowing stealing a speeder bike from under the Empires noses

I think the Bikerscout is on to you guys, you'd better make a run for it.
Speederbikes are fun to ride (as long as there aren't any trees around).
 You'll get that joke about the Speederbikes if you've watched Star Wars Episode 6 Return of the Jedi.

Robbie wanted to play a LARP (Live Action Roll Playing) game where you shoot at zombies, so daddy took him to a room so he could do that.
See the little white things on the table, those are the "ammo" for shooting the zombies
Here comes the zombies, time to start "shooting' them.

Almost all dead
Zombies lining up to attack again

uh oh here they come again

What are you waiting for Robbie, start firing.

Two left, get em

Oh, daddy also found something else, here I pause for a special message.

SPOILER ALERT (not really)
Daddy found out what happened to Han Solo after he was stabbed in the stomach, by Kylo Ren (Ben Solo) on Starkiller Base. He didn't actually die, someone found him.
And froze him in Carbonite...... Again....
Now, for the BIG photo op that I refered to earlier. Last Monday we were very excited because daddy's friend Tim was getting his picture taken with a celebrity and said that we could piggyback on his. By Thursday Tim had contacted daddy with a very big surprise, he'd gotten daddy his own photo op with the same celebrity. Who was this big celebrity you may ask? Well, he's done the voice for a Batman villain on a cartoon, he's also played the part of a villain on The Flash, and he's played a Jedi in four of the seven Star Wars movies. Give up?
It's MARK HAMILL of course.
He's done the voice of The Joker in the Batman cartoon, The Trickster on The Flash TV show and of course Luke Skywalker in four of the seven Star Wars movies. So, in that picture above from left to right is, grandma, Robbie, Mark Hamill, Daddy and me (I was a little shy meeting such a big star, so I hid.)

Now for some silly pictures daddy took of Robbie.
Robbie trying on Daddy's helmet, he looks really silly in it.

Robbie trying out the ghost trap from Ghostbusters

Oh, and just before me and daddy left, we recreated a famous picture from two years ago.
This is the original picture, Sunki sitting on the Emperors throne.
And here is the new picture, me, sitting on the Emperor's throne.
You'll probably notice that I'm a little grumpy looking, it's because of that stormtrooper hamming it up, he's supposed to be protecting his Emperor, NOT goofing off for the camera. Guess I'll have to Force choke this trooper to set him right.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!

Daddy just got a message from his friend, and this is HUGE, GIANT, MEGA BIG news. I've said that we are going to Fan Expo next Saturday, well this news is part of that. We're going to be getting a picture taken with a legendary actor, any guesses as to who? Here's a hint, he was a good guy in Star Wars, but voiced a laughing villain in a Batman cartoon. Give up?

It's MARK HAMILL!!!!!!!!!!! That's right, we're getting a picture with Luke Skywalker/The Joker. I'm so excited that I'm vibrating.

So, next Sunday we'll post the picture, and all the other ones too.

I gotta borrow the DeLorean time machine so I can jump forward to next Saturday, because waiting a whole week is gonna kill me. BTW the DeLorean is one of three iconic Sci-fi cars that are going to be there, the 1966 Batmobile and the original Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters are the other two.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

So many exciting things to do

In just under a week me and daddy will be going to a big fair, daddy tells me that him and Sunki used to go to it every year before they discovered Fan Expo.

Well, on Monday we are going, but not alone. We'll have my granty Flo, daddy's cousin and his partner with us. We are going to rent a wheelchair for her, she has trouble walking long distances, so that should help her get around. We were going to rent a Boy Scout to push her around, but with one other person with us daddy and Scotty (Daddy's cousins partner) can take turns pushing her.
An interesting side note to the wheelchair/Boy Scout rental, when daddy was younger he was the first one in his district to volunteer to do the wheelchair rental (it's run by the Boy Scouts). The district gave daddy an award for volunteering, the next year a whole group of Scouts from his district volunteered there. Daddy always tells people that "his job was to push disabled people around"...... when they give him a horrified look he finishes by saying " wheelchairs".

Then next Saturday we are going to Fan Expo, there we are going to be with my grandma and cousin. Daddy's cousin and Scotty and one of daddy's friends. There are lots of things we want to do there, top on the list is getting an autograph/picture with Mark Hamill. A few weeks ago daddy wasn't sure if we'd be able to get that, you see his price is $195, but daddy's friend is getting his picture taken with him, so we're going to piggyback with him to get a picture.

A couple of days after Fan Expo is an air show, daddy says that depending on how much we spend at Fan Expo will determine where we watch the air show from. So it's either going to back at the fair, or on a beach.

I'm not sure what adventure I'm more excited for, I guess all of them.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Another week, another hospital visit for daddy

Last week it was because of a panic attack, this week (yesterday) it was because he overheated. To be fair it was REALLY, REALLY hot outside yesterday. Daddy says it was as hot as the surface of the sun, we'd like it to be around the temperature of molten lava.
We almost made it home, we were mere feet from the front door of our building when daddy collapsed. He was able to call 911 and get help, but it took nearly 9 hours for daddy to get well enough to go home. Of course I was with him the whole time, and made sure the doctors and nurses took really good care of him.
There's one nurse I want to give a special shoutout to, her name was Kim, she took really good care of both me and daddy while we were there. Before we left I made sure daddy gave her one of our cards.
guard bunny

nobun better poke or prod my daddy

Ya know what, I'm thirsty

Nurse Kim brought in a bowl and filled it with water

washing up for the pretty nurses

I got to tour around the hospital on the bed with daddy

We went to a place where they take special pictures

I hope they got my good side when they took the pictures
I'm addicted to daddy nose rubs, nobun is allowed to pet my nose except daddy.
Daddy made a special ribbon, it's the blue one on my stroller. It's special because it shows that we support police officers world wide that keep us safe. A little interesting thing, the pin at the far right of this picture, it's from the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). The RCMP are Canada's federal police force, their like the U.S. Marshals only more polite (Canadian joke).
This blue ribbon is very special

Monday, 18 July 2016

Saturday, a day best forgotten

This past Saturday me and daddy went to a cosplay picnic, unlike the last we went to, this one took a few extra steps to get to. The one we went to earlier this year was held in a city park (and was canceled before it even got going). The one on Saturday was still held in a city park (and wasn't canceled) but took one mode of transportation that I hadn't been on.... yet. I got to ride a ferry boat!!!!

This is the boat we took
 The reason we had to take a boat to get to a city park? Well, the park is an island out in the harbor.
The black line is how long the lineup to buy tickets to board the ferry
You see the black line on the picture above, that line shows how long the line was just to buy tickets to board the ferry. When we got there the wait was upwards of 90 minutes, that is, if we had needed to buy our ticket there. Daddy had bought our ticket online a few days before, so we skipped that line, and it only took about 5 minutes to get on the ferry.
This is my excited face
Waiting to board the ferry I got to thinking about grass. I was wondering if the grass on an island tastes different then grass on the mainland.
This is me pondering that question
It took the ferry 15 minutes to go from the city to the island dock, yep that quick.
We then had to walk for another 15 minutes to get to where the picnic was taking place.
this is the path we took
Daddy is finally happy with the outer portion of his costume, he just has a few minor adjustments to make it fit better.
Daddy in his costume
In World War 2 pilots would often put marks on their planes to show how many enemy planes they'd shot down, daddy wanted to do the same sort of thing for his costume. He was trying to figure out what he could use that would show up, then it dawned on him, the spikes. So here is what he came up with, there are three colors of small spikes, black, silver and gold (over 300 of them). The black spikes represent creatures he's killed, the silver are creatures he's captured alive for bounties and the gold are creatures he's killed for the bounties. The larger spikes represent ships, silver for ships he's captured or damaged and gold for ships he's destroyed (around 40 of them).

Now, for the part that is best forgotten. The picnic was rather large, so their were lots of people, but daddy didn't know anyone. So of course daddy was sitting off to the edge of the gathering, he started to get anxious, which is a warning sign that he is heading into a panic attack. Daddy took his medication, and listened to the MP3s that coach him how to keep calm. It didn't help much, so we went to see if we could find help. It wasn't easy, daddy couldn't find any first aid stations. After a little while I saw a fire truck go by.
This is the fire truck I saw
It was to late to flag this one down, but a fire department van came by a short time later, daddy was able to catch up to it and they helped him.
This is the fire van we flagged down
It seemed to take forever for the ambulance to get to where we were.
Fire department
That red line shows where the fire department is, far right of the picture, the far left of the picture is where we were. It took over 30 minutes for the ambulance to get from the fire station to us. Once we were in the ambulance they took us to the next leg of our journey, which was a boat back to the mainland.
This is the ambulance that took us to the dock
This is the police boat that took us from the island to the mainland.
We got taken to the hospital, in a proper ambulance.
This is a mainland ambulance
Once we got to the hospital we got put into a room, and I stayed on the bed with daddy until one of the nurses brought my stroller to the room.
Part guarding daddy, part wondering where my stroller is

Hey, paper, time to practice shredding it
Taking a break from shredding and guard duty to check on daddy.
Once we were released from the hospital we took a taxi up to granty Flo's place, we were going to stay there overnight and come home Sunday morning. But daddy had a thought, he decided to see how much it would cost to get a taxi back to our place, WAY to much for a regular taxi. So daddy tried to see how much it would cost to take an Uber car back, it was a LOT cheaper. After a discussion with granty Flo about the cost, it was decided that me and daddy would order an Uber car to take us home. We got home just after 1230 am (we left home before 1000am Saturday morning, over 14 hours away from home). When daddy put me back into my pen I had a drink, used my litter box, then flopped and slept right through until late morning. I was so fast asleep that I missed getting bedtime treats.

Oh, and one more little thing. Everybun knows that I can charm the ladies (I get it from Sunki), well, I had the nurses and doctors at the hospital down right smitten with me. One nurse brought daddy some food (an orange juice and sandwich), but she brought me something too, without even knowing it, she brought me a NANER!!!!!!!! (banana) It even had a face drawn on it.
That very same nurse stayed with us until the taxi picked us up and took us to granty Flo's place.