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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009, 09:37 am
Raccoon gift giving II

In an earlier post I had confessed that higgs_raccoon gave ristin rabies and myself the black death. I am now ready to share the photos of these diseases, and even more importantly the painting he did for us.

(Click on any of the photos to see larger versions.)
I was so touched when Ristin unwrapped this gift. The sentiment behind it... (I'm choking back tears as I type this so I'll say no more.)

The back of the painting
The back of the painting. Does anyone know what these are for?

Black Death
Higgs gave me the bacteria that causes the plague and the flea it rode in on, being capably modelled by the rat puppet that Mr Bear gave me.

The gift of rabies that Higgs so thoughtfully gave Ristin, along with the raccoon Mr Bear gave Ristin.

(As an aside, you will know I have been thinking much of late about the United States of America. Also, I have been listening often to the song listed below as it has an important lesson for me right now. I was quite struck by the coincidence when I realised today that it was sung by the band America.)

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)

Now that makes sense :)
I love the giant microbe series ^^

I have BSE (prion disease) myself, it's a very fitting disease as I'll actually be doing research on the very same subject for my grad project.

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)

That's a wonderful furry portrait Higgs painted!  And those are some cute pictures too... : )

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)

Awwwww... the painting! Cute!!

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)

That is indeed a very touching gift.

Though, it looks somewhat like the Raccoon is doing, untoward things, to the rabies bacteria. Especially with the way rabies has bloodshot eyes.

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)


Love the painting, love the microbes.

No clue as to what those plastic things are for. (And I'm usually good at figuring such things out.)

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)

The plastic things on the back are tightening keys (also called wedges). There are two slots in each corner on the back of the frame where you can insert the keys and gently tap them into place to stretch the canvas and make it square again if it sags over time.

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)

Aww, that's really sweet about the painting, I can see why you were so touched. Such a special gift!

The plague and rabies plushes are too cute, and you've done an excellent job pairing them with their plush hosts :)

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)

Wow what a beautiful gift

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)

wow, that is a very nice painting! i like ^.^
lol at the cute little toys ^.^

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)

It should be noted that the painting is something of a cheat, as the initial image was 90% traced from this photograph.

Tue, Jan. 27th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)

Cheating or not it's an incredibly thoughtful gesture; you don't need to downplay your work :)