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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Meet my friend from out-of-town!

Are you ready?











...ready?







...are you sure?









Here goes ....











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(groan)











OK








drum roll...







^ This (above) is my out-of-town visiting buddy.


Right about you know, you're probably wondering if I completely lost it.

I wonder the same thing myself from time to time ;) but in this case, there is an explanation!

This (above) is a my traveling panda buddy from an online forum I belong to. We mail him from one forum member to the next, show him a good time for a couple of weeks, take pictures of him while he's visiting, and post them up in the forum for the enjoyment of all members.

Of course, each person has their own idea of what the panda wants to do and see, and so the pictures are highly personalized and can reflect a variety of things.

Myself, I did what I always do whenever someone from out of town shows up: I showed him around town, walked everywhere with him, even took him to the restaurant one night, and for a drive out to Marin County.

To be honest, that panda has seen in a couple of weeks more of the sights of San Francisco than I have in the last 20 years! I literally took him *everywhere* a tourist wants to go including to places I had never taken the time to visit before, even though I live here!!

Yes, he got the VIP treatment and then some, but it made me happy to play the game, and believe it or not, when it was time to mail him to the next guy, my stomach kind of sunk when I put him in his box and walked to the post office...

But now I have close to 500 pics of that panda posing in front of various San Francisco landmarks in my hard drive ... I really hope you like pics of traveling pandas because I might just show you a few ;)

Here is one to start with.


Here, Panda looks at the Golden Gate Bridge from [Horseshoe Bay?] in Marin County.

I know what he's thinking. He's thinking "Wouldn't it be fun to climb up on that suspended bridge and look at the City skyline from up there?"

More to come.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Patty said...

How adorable, cute and clever. Sounds and looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. One thing nice about this type of guest, you don't have to feed them, lay out clean sheets and towels and constantly be talking to it, unless you want to LOL. I may not be around much for the next 7 to 10 days. Son is flying in from Fl with his new girlfriend. So I'm sure all four of his sisters will be here a lot, which means extra cooking. LOL He's flying in Sat. the 27th around 3pm, then leaving early on the 29th. So we'll get to see him sat. eve, Sunday and Monday. But like they say, after 3 days both fish and house guest begin to stink. LOL Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous from cali said...

He is so handsome! Is he single? :D

I thought your guest was one of those flat Stanley thingies. This is much cuter. Do you know how many countries he has visited? Such a neat idea.

4:11 PM  
Blogger tonton_flaneur said...

Oh Tomate...you really crack me up!! I had a feeling it might be something like this!! Joyeux Noel!!!

8:15 PM  
Blogger geneline said...

Il fautlui faire envoyer des cartes postales au nain de jardin d'<Amélie Poulain!
Joyeux Noël!

11:11 PM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

That is so cute... You really had me going... I'm sure he enjoyed his stay... Must be rough sending him off to someone else, and for him -- he's probably got a long dusty ride in parcel-post ahead of him... (((did you teach him any French words while he was here?)))(((bet you did)))

11:13 PM  
Blogger claude said...

J'en ai un à la maison, l'ours en peluche de mon fils Benjamin qui ne l'a pas vraiment adopté, je ne sais pas pourquoi.
Mais moi, je l'aime bien.
JOYEUX NOEL, Tomate Farcie !

11:33 PM  

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