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Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007, 02:14 pm
Hiding in Chicago

(Hopefully there will be a less tongue in cheek entry later.) The raccoon collective has sent their storm raccoons after me, and have left me stranded in Chicago O'Hare airport, but I will not be averted from my quest to find America's elusive raccoons. Soon, my travel plans will be back on track and I will be jetting my way to New Jersey and into shy_matsi's supportive paws. I will say this, however: cryoyank (formerly a raccoon before he discovered his dragonhood) was right. America can conjure up a cold that seeps into your very bones and cut right through my warmest clothes. But the cold is no match for the warmth of the reception I've received in this beautiful country, nor for their indomitable spirit when faced by the trials of snow and ice.

My search for wild raccoons began in earnest in Denver, where kit_mcgrath took me 'coon hunting. We found no raccoons, but we did find raccoon tracks. Acting on a tip off, I made my way to Wichita, having learnt that the name Wichita is derived from a local native American word "Kitikitish" which means raccoon eyelids. My search came up empty (except for rumours of raccoon furs, which I understandably didn't follow up), but I know I'm closing in on them by the efforts the storm raccoons are making to stop me.

Those tracking me may feel free to check the latest photos on Flickr.

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)

you're simply on the wrong end of the country my friend...you need to come to florida, plenty of nice plump huggable raccoons here, and it's nice and warm, so none of us are hibernating :)

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)

I hope the delay isn't too bad and you are able to keep yourself warm. *hugs*

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)

Aww, I know of the perfect place and time to find wild raccoons. Me and Asher watched a family of them at a park's forest edge one evening as the sun went down. It was so heart-warming! Too bad you couldn't have stopped our way :)

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)

hey, if you wanna look in Central Park, lemme know... have fun with Shy, and say hi to him for me :)

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)

I'd love that! But wouldn't we have to go at night? Shy has your number, so I'll send you a text message later. Regardless, I'd like to meet you. Shy speaks very highly of you. :)

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)

Ha you should come up to Toronto, as there are raccoons a plenty up here. At many parks there are ones that will take food from your paw and never bite. I used to feed raccoons while I was fishing ^.^/\/
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Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)

The people who live here seem to like it. And I've got to admit, I'm pretty impressed so far. Lots of amenities and wildlife! Of course, I'm in New Jersey. I don't know if that's different from (old) Jersey.
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Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)

Only there until Saturday, eh? You staying there all 3 days, or heading south (towards Washington DC, for example) any of those days?

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

Not on this trip, sorry. Pretty tight itinerary. But I am coming back to America for sure!
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Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)

Aww, no fair =^_^;= You were at our area -nyo.

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)

Have a wonderful time!! And good luck with the raccoon hunt!!

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)

awww looks like your having fun cute pics of some very cute looking furry freinds

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)

Yeah, I've been vindicated! So you finally admit that I'm right about the cold! Guess you just had to feel it for yourself!

And I never was a raccoon, that was just a fursona. I always was a dragon, I just didn't realize it till last year.

Thanks for the shout-out.

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)

I use the species designation as an honorific. At the time, you associated yourself with raccoons. And I wanted to highlight the raccoon connection to build a sense of conspiracy. :)

I thought it was only fair that I set the record straight after mocking the cold in Denver. The coldest state in America, my rat's tail!

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)

was talking to Marko furrypaW Marko yo hoo over here *waves*

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
jbadger: See you in NYC

You know would not mind meeting up with you at Q's place and doing some fursuiting activities in the park or something with you and Q. Although did not pass this by Q yet...

Thu, Feb. 1st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat: Re: See you in NYC

Sure, I'd love to see you! Not so sure about going out in Rattus. I'm still shy about going out in public in him. Anyway, my cell phone number while I'm in America is: 510 207 4233. I'll be in NY from Saturday afternoon through to Wednesday. I believe rapidtrabbit has me reserved for Sunday.
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Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)

awwww if I knew ya was in chicago marko I would of came down to help ya at O'hare. I'm like a half hour from it

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)

Thanks, it's much appreciated, but it really wouldn't have been worth your bother. I was okay there anyway. I got a good deal on internet access and was able to update my LJ. I would rather not go out of the security area again because then I'd have to go through security again. :P But it is good to know people living in Chicago. :)