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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007, 09:16 am
The rat's adventures in New Jersey

I did eventually get into New Jersey after a few more delays. There I had the great fortune of having shy_matsi helping me. He took me to a "petting zoo" where I got to see my first ever raccoons in person! Their tails are nowhere near as long and floofy as they had led us to believe. It seems that raccoons have been exaggerating their attributes in the furry fandom. ;) Nevertheless, even though these were sadly overfed specimens, it was a delight to see them and finally come face to face with my partner's totem.

The next day mortonfox took me geocaching! I'd done this before in Australia, but I was very glad for the opportunity to get out into nature during my visit here. Many photos from my adventures with him are available in my Flickr account. See the props from a home-made horror movie and many other oddities.

New Jersey


Best of all was the opportunity to meet tuskyn a fur who has done a lot for the plushie community and also a generous and lovely person. Travelling means I have been deprived of many of my favourite plush for some time and his house and his kindness in sharing his plush with me gave me a much needed recharge.

Raccoon heaven


Now I am safely ensconsed in New York thanks to the generosity of quentincoyote. rapidtrabbit and jbadger have already taken me for a spin of the city and Rapid promises to do more today. It is my amazing good fortune to have met so many kind and generous people (many of whom have also made important contributions to furry fandom) on my trip.

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
maddogairpirate

What's your schedule look like for tonight, fella? I might be heading in, just would like to know when'd be good. =)

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

foxwell will be coming over to Quentin's place at 7:30pm this evening for dinner. Please be there if you can make it. ^_^

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
maddogairpirate

I will be there. =)

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Squee!

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Oh, my cell number is: 510 207 4233. Don't be shy about calling.

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
3catsjackson

Glad you finally got to see a 'qoon. We keep seeing wild ones here and thinking they must have just been mischeviously hiding while you were around.

Wed, Feb. 7th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Yes. All the wild animals (except for squirrels) seem to be hiding from me. No raccoons and no rats, not even in New York, which is meant to be home to millions of them.

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
aldi

Those cute raccoons don't look that fat. Remember they are designed to gain weight and store fat for the cold winter months.

And you're cute under those plushies!

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
bigkidsid

ahh - you got to meet tusky.. was planning to meet him last year when I went to florida...

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
darkentiger

sound like your having fun Marko, sorry we didn't get much time together... or see you in suit... have fun over there ^^

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
savant_da_rat

Hooray for the cute 'qoons :) They're not fat, they're just really foofly! :)

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
ponypig

yeay glad your having fun and glad to hear theres another furry geocacher have to show you a few haunts here next time your over

Wed, Feb. 7th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

You geocache too? Excellent. I'll want to have a few words with you when I get back to Australia. (One could even use this as an incentive to get me to come down for a long weekend. ^_^ )

Wed, Feb. 7th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
tarirat

It was GREAT to see you at FC, Marko!! A furry con is an amazing trip into total furry immersion for a few days, and FC was no exception. After my first furry con (MFM 3) I had to process the whole experience for a couple of weeks. :o) I'm sorry I wasn't able to see you in suit or suit with you, but I'm glad I was able to spend time chatting with you nevertheless. We rats need to stick together! I apologize if Foxwell and I were too loud at the plushie party, as you looked like you were in heaven, buried under all those huge plushies. :o) Rest assured, you've got lots of furiends here in the US, Ratty! I hope to see you again in the future. *hugs*
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Wed, Feb. 14th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Oh no! I didn't say that, love. Just that the raccoon PR machine has been overstating your virtues and maybe we rodents shouldn't feel so inadequate.

And judging by how fat they were, they looked like very popular raccoons.