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19 May 2019 @ 11:12 pm
Today was a really big K-O the Kangaroo job; I visited Fenway Park in Boston for Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster's birthday! Joining me were Wally's sister Tessie, Cuppy from Dunkies, Boomer of the Boston Cannons, Slugger of the Portland Sea-dogs, Canaligator of the Lowell Spinners, Slyde of the New England Revolutions, Paws and Sox of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and Blades of the Boston Bruins!
The Rox was going to have a handler/escort accompany me, but a change of plans led to me going in on my own. Though my father was able to drop me off at a Red Line subway station in Quincy and I rode in from there (I didn't want to risk it with the commuter rail this time after that railroad crossing incident on Anime Boston weekend!) In fact, when in Quincy, it was the first time I ever crossed a street at one of those H.A.W.K. traffic signal setups! Then among getting off the Green Line trolley at the Fenway stop, I walked the rest of the way to the stadium with the large black canvas bag containing my gear, and among arriving at Fenway Park, I met up with some other fellow mascot performers, and soon we got our passes and got inside! My first mascot gig in a big-league baseball stadium, and it was quite an experience! But I think for now I'll still stick with good ol' Campanelli Stadium.

At the start of the festivities, they had us mascots appear on the "NESN Clubhouse" TV program! You can see my shots in the episode HERE:

I've done a few events as K-O with Slyde, the fox mascot of the New England Revolutions, so we just had to get a photo together! The guy in the Slyde suit also played K-O at one time, too!
At one point I heard someone mistake Slyde for a wolf. I told him "Welcome to my world," since I have so many mistake me for a camel or llama or some other animal as part of their rounds of "Guess the Species" (and of course that happened with me today, especially those unfamiliar with the Rox or K-O.)

Here's all us mascots together with the birthday boy, Wally the Green Monster! It felt totally unreal, and was quite the experience! I haven't partaken in anything like this since the New England Revolution mascot night of 2014, five years ago!
So anyways, for this part at close to noon, we went to a space on the kids' concourse known as "Wally's Clubhouse," a family-oriented area, where we greeted fans and posed for pictures, especially as a group here.

The two mascot nights I did for the New England Revolutions in 2013 and 2014 also included Canaligator of the Lowell Spinners, so I figured we should pose for a photo together again! Canaligator got a new head since then with smaller eye pupils and visible eyelids, but he still does look kind of like Wally Gator! We noted how we can both wag our tails, too!

After that, we were supposed to go out on the field for a pre-game thing where we give Wally "presents" (i.e. large empty boxes all wrapped up). But it started sprinkling, and so a rain delay happened, and we couldn't do that. So some of us sat around in our break area (except Wally and Tessie at times), and some went to see some of the game until it was almost the third inning, when we returned to Wally's Clubhouse to give Wally said "presents" and pose for more photos together. After that, we took a quick cool-down break in a large refrigeration area (for beer and other drinks), and then crammed into an elevator to the concourse, where we got to greet fans! We did a long walk around the stadium's concourses, and at times it was like we were aimlessly wandering around in a line of mascots...

At this point, we stopped by Fenway Farms, where they actually grow crops, and so I figured I'd pose for a photo at such a Boston landmark!
After that, we went to another club area, where we sang the Happy Birthday song for Wally once again and served cupcakes!

While waiting for the elevator, I thought I'd get another photo with Paws of the PawSox, just like at the Canton Little League opening three weeks ago. Matter of fact, Paws and Sox had the same performers as that event! Don't you just love this small world?

And of course, K-O couldn't leave Fenway without giving the birthday mascot Wally the Green Monster a BIG birthday hug! He sure is cool!

We were going to have all the mascots go on the field for the seventh inning stretch, but the rain delay messed that up (I guess the field was still kind of wet, and could be hazardous for us mascots!) But I still had fun anyway. Quite a few people from Brockton came to the game and recognized me, and I enjoyed that, and other kids were happy to see me, though there were still a couple scared little kids (and their ignorant parents) and some "Guess the Species" kids (as I said.) But I'm surprised none of the kids I saw tried to pull my tail, like they often do! One guy that was greeting us mascots also asked me (K-O) if I had seen any bad wolves around lately. Hmm...

So I feel rather proud about how well this turned out. My family and friends enjoyed seeing me and my mascot friends on TV, and it was great to network with the other performers. I shared a few stories on how kids often ask me to do the Fortnite dances (surprisingly, none did here, but I still dabbed a few times to impress the little ones), and the whole "Guess the Species" thing. It sure was interesting! And the Brockton Rox baseball season starts in less than two weeks now...
18 May 2019 @ 11:18 pm
Yeah, I haven't been active on LiveJournal lately, largely due to schoolwork, and partly due to the K-O the Kangaroo out-of-stadium appearances I've been doing to promote the upcoming season!

Near the end of April, I did a couple more appearances at two more primary schools in Easton (primary because they house kindergarten to second grade). For the first one, I appeared during an assembly held in the cafegymatorium for all the students, and that was a pretty easy gig. The second one was visiting the cafeteria during lunch periods (yes, this school actually had a separate cafeteria, maybe because the building was originally built for the neighboring college before being repurposed into a public school in the early 80s). That was also fun, too. But sometimes it was a long wait between lunch periods...

Between the first two lunches, I was going to wait in the nurse's office, but that wouldn't work out, because two small boys got violent at each other during their grade's recess and were tended to in there, so I waited in the lobby outside the cafeteria. Luckily they provided some books to read, and I figured a sight like this may seem appropriate in a primary school. After a while, the two boys that fought had to also sit out in this lobby and be quiet, not going anywhere. The secretary told them not to talk to each other or anything, or bother me. And I didn't bother them as well. Usually as K-O I can't resist greeting kids and such, but since both these boys were in trouble (boy, do I remember school fights; luckily I never was part of any!) I just ignored them.

After that, I did a couple of Little League openings during the weekend; the first one here was in Canton behind an elementary school (and it wasn't that far from my therapist's office or where my dad used to work, either!) These Little League events are usually pretty fun, as there's often lots of kids and a few other things for K-O to do, like this Speed Pitch booth set up. The fastest pitch I could throw was 21 MPH (some kids threw up to the 40s!) but that's not too bad for a kangaroo!

I was also pleasantly surprised when Paws and Sox of the Pawtucket Red Sox (a.k.a. the PawSox) came to the event as well! Like I say, the more mascots the merrier! And I've worked with Paws in a few other gigs, too. (And I'll be doing one tomorrow as well; stay tuned on that!)
Unfortunately that weekend, it was hayfever season for me, so I was pretty sniffly and such all day due to my allergies. At least I didn't sneeze in the suit at all that weekend! But during these gigs, the vision part of inside the head (on the neck) would brush against my nose and get all snotty. Yuck! So afterward when I'd spray my fursuit disinfectant on the inside of the suit and head before airing it out, I'd spray a little extra and wipe down the snotty area in the head, and that would help. But it didn't help much that Saturday night to Sunday morning, my allergies kept me up for most of the night, so for the Whitman Softball League opening on Sunday I was a little out of it due to the lack of sleep, and it didn't help that there weren't as many kids at this event at times (the skies looked a little threatening throughout), but at least I gave a decent performance; the staff there did understand when I briefly explained about my allergies and the insomnia it caused. And I managed to wrap up before the worst of the rain came in that day! (We got a LOT of rain this April.)

Later that week, I gave the suit a good cleaning before the next gigs I'd do. Since I live close to the stadium, I would run the body, inner support and gloves in the stadium's large washing machine, and as it's going I brought the head to my place and I washed it in our bathtub with room-temperature water and a bit of detergent. Then after that I'd dry it off a bit, then return it to the stadium, take the rest of the costume parts out of the washing machine, and set them up in the mascot room in the main office area to be air-dryed with an electric fan or two. Kind of a tedious process, but it was worth it, as some people were noticing K-O was beginning to smell funny, and the fur felt a little rough on the head as well. And at the gigs that followed, kids were noticing how I was softer than ever too, thanks to the bath!

So my next appearance after that was at the intermediate school in Easton (housing grades 3 to 5.) It's a very modern building; well it was actually built in 1997 but it still feels like new, and was a big difference compared to the older schools in Easton I visited. (It reminded me a lot of the modern school buildings here in Brockton, built in the same style.) This school also had a large cafetorium, like both my elementary schools did, but this one was more modern than those. Again, I would go around the cafetorium during each lunch period and greet the kids. They were all so excited to meet me, it was a little hard to keep things in order; the faculty kept insisting the kids stay at their seats and that I'd go over to all the tables. But since this was a fairly large cafetorium, I was hoping I could visit all of them during each lunch period, and I was able to do so! When the principal would introduce me and the promotion with the Easton grade schools coming to a Rox game next month (on their last day of school, no less!) I'd come up onto the stage to make it easier.
At all these schools, some kids got a little rambunctions. They still like to pull my tail or bop my nose, but at least the faculty can often tell them not to do so. And a lot of these kids ask me to do certain Fortnite dances. Like I said, I don't play Fortnite, but I've been learning the dances. Dabbing is the easiest (and the kids love to see me do it), and I'm getting better with the Floss and "Taking the L", and improving with the Orange Justice. I do enjoy their reactions though; even if the dance isn't great I find it amusing when they'd try to show me how. As I said, as K-O I feel like I'm on the childrens' level, but not physically. (That seems to be one reason why my Asperger's Syndrome has greatly contributed to my success as K-O.)

And today, I appearance for a Little League Family Fun Day in Stoughton, and had quite a bit of fun partaking in some of the little games they had set up for kids as well.

One of them was a Plunger Challenge, where you race someone while you both hold a plunger with a kickball on it, and make sure the ball doesn't fall off during the race. At least the ball didn't fall off when I did this challenge, but I'd still let the kid I'm racing win anyways (just like the Base Races we do at the Rox games.)
As K-O, I like to join the kids in such games and fun activities; makes me a lot more of an interactive and involved mascot! The kids enjoy my involvement as well.
Again, lots of kids were happy to see me here. But there were still a few scared ones, and a few tail-pullers and rough-housers. Some kids were even throwing beanbags at me at one point, but I try to make it look like it hurts (and sometimes if it's close to the vision area, it can hurt a little, but I don't let it stop me.)

There were also quite a few that thought I was a camel or llama or some other animals, so I'd show my pouch like this to show them that I'm a kangaroo. They usually get it then.
As I said, a similar thing kept happening in that indie movie "Characterz" from a few years ago, when people visiting the amusement park did not know what animal Hoppy the Kangaroo is supposed to be (to the point where his performer Tucker said to himself, "Another round of 'Guess the Species.'")

But now I need to rest up for a VERY special gig I'm doing tomorrow!
29 April 2019 @ 11:18 pm
Two months ago I signed up to join the Disney Movie Club. The first four Blu-Ray titles I bought for my introductory purchase ("101 Dalmatians," "The Fox and the Hound," "Toy Story" and "Christopher Robin") were fun for me to own on Blu-Ray (it's amazing seeing "Toy Story" in high-definition; that first Pixar movie still holds a sentimental value to me because I loved it so much when it came out I saw it in the theaters TWICE!). But there was an even bigger reason I joined the Disney Movie Club, for a purchase I made last week when it came out, and it arrived in the post TODAY...

Yep, "A Goofy Movie" has FINALLY been released on Blu-Ray! It's a Disney Movie Club exclusive so far, and the reason it's an "anniversary edition" is because next year the movie turns 25 years old. The downside with this release is it's pretty barebones; no special features, no menus; pop the disc in the player or drive, and the movie starts up right away! (I can play Blu-Ray discs on my Mac Mini thanks to my LG slim external USB Blu-Ray burner and the Leawo Blu-Ray Player freeware application.) But the film's transfer itself makes up for that! It's presented in the original widescreen aspect ratio, which was previously only released in North America on the Laserdisc of the movie! It doesn't appear much of an extensive restoration was done; at first glance it appeared to be the same widescreen transfer used on international DVD releases (but not sped-up in PAL speed, of course) but the image is noticeably crisper, and I could even notice some details that I didn't on previous releases.
Prior to this, "A Goofy Movie" did get released on DVD in 2000 under the "Gold Classic Collection", but it used the same pan-and-scan transfer the VHS releases used. In a way, this DVD release felt very much like the original 1995 VHS ported to disc. It even opened with the same "gold" Walt Disney Home Video logo as the VHS!

Not bad, but it can't beat the "Sorcerer Mickey" opening logo!
Plus, when my family bought our first Blu-Ray player in 2014 (to replace the failing DVD player in our old living room; my dad figured we should wait until we have to replace the existing player to go Blu-Ray), the 2000 "A Goofy Movie" DVD would have a bit of trouble playing on said player and would mess up the settings a bit, because the DVD was so old by this time! For my brother and I's annual viewing together (as we grew up with this movie) with or without friends, we'd have to use our smaller mid-2000s DVD player hooked up to the den (now our new basement) TV, which is slightly smaller. But now that the movie finally got a new Blu-Ray release, we can watch it on the very large HDTV in the living room again!

Watching this Blu-Ray, besides providing me with the usual trip down memory lane, I also noticed some things that I didn't see on prior VHS and DVD releases...

Check it out; the music store seen in the "After Today" number is selling a copy of the soundtrack to "Aladdin!"
As I said, the print did look more crisp and clean. The movie used digital coloring and compositing in its' animation production, but generally it wasn't as obvious due to being transferred to film. Many of the 90s Disney Animated Classics released on DVD and Blu-Ray were remastered using the original digital animation files, making them look much newer than they really are. For this they obviously used a film print, but the quality is still amazing, and at times I could kind of tell the movie was digitally colored, something a little hard to do on film!

So apparently Max's high school has a "gymatorium." I thought that was a little unusual; virtually all high schools I've known were big enough to have a separate auditorium, including mine, and Max's high school campus looked pretty large. "Gymatoriums" are more of a thing for elementary and middle schools; though all my public schools had separate gyms, both my elementary schools had "cafetoriums," and at two schools I did K-O the Kangaroo appearances at this month they actually had "cafegymatoriums" they were that small!

Get a load of the dogface version of Ariel! She wasn't visible on the DVD and VHS releases due to the pan-and-scan cropping.

There's that prisoner wolf I showed you before on this blog; this time in this shot you can see Max as well! When Goofy imagines Max as a prisoner after the wolf's line in the "On the Open Road" song, I even noticed a few chin whiskers on Max in that shot! Either my eyeglasses made them more visible, or the movie's high-definition transfer, or maybe both.

There are those nuns that kept stalking Goofy and Max throughout the film!

Goofy and Max arrive at Lester's Possum Park, which as I mentioned basically combines Disney's "Country Bear Jamboree" with "Chuck E. Cheese's!" I was able to see that "Lester's Possum Park" sign more clearly on Blu-Ray; makes more sense with the sign visible like that when they arrive.

The animatronic show. I like how we can see Goofy nodding his head to the song in full view now!

The costumed version of Lester that harasses Max. Love that surly expression on Max's face, especially when Max angrily says "Don't TOUCH me" and the man in the Lester suit thinks Max is "sad" and needs a big hug.

After Max slaps Lester's mask backwards, some little kids pounce on Lester and start beating on him, to Max's amusement. I'm glad kids haven't been THAT rough to me as K-O so far.

I'm so happy that "A Goofy Movie" FINALLY got a home video upgrade after roughly 19 years! And now for all you furries out there...

Enjoy seeing Pete in a Speedo in high-definition!
Current Music: "I-2-I" by Tevin Campbell
20 April 2019 @ 11:51 pm

Well, this weekend is Anime Boston 2019, something I've been looking forward to after Anthro New England.
When I went in on Friday, it was a little slow despite the large crowd and not as many things for me to do at first. Today (Saturday) was much busier and fun! Of course, I went in my Big Bad Wolf fursuit, with the footpaws I made last summer. An advantage of the Big Bad Wolf fursuit is that it's rather flexible; I can wear it to Anthro New England, Anime Boston AND Fan Expo Boston Comic Con, and it isn't very out of place.

Here's me in a Japanese-themed photo stage setup at the convention center, trying to fit with the Japanese mood...

"Hey, you're not Mickey!"

There weren't as many furries at Anime Boston on Friday, but here's me with Afoofoo, whom also attended Anthro New England and recognized me.

Since there wasn't much else for me to do at Anime Boston today, later in the afternoon I headed to the In Your Ear! record store in fursuit once again and had some fun with the owners.
Then I headed to South Station, had Pizza Regina for dinner, and got on a train for home.
But this morning was more eventful. I got into Anime Boston 2019 quite later than I expected...

The train I would normally get on was delayed because some dumb motorist the next town over drove around lowered railroad crossing gates in a pickup truck and got hit by said train! Sheesh! Luckily the driver and passengers of that truck weren't killed, but they were injured (non life-threatening). But it was quite a hassle; I was waiting at that platform for close to an hour, and the MBTA's online train schedule mentioned a service delay due to the crossing accident. And since I was going to be waiting, I even put on my Big Bad Wolf fursuit while on the platform! (Nobody else was there at first.) It wasn't until around 9:15 when an MBTA crosstown bus (for shuttle purposes) and a commuter rail official came to the station, and then a few minutes later the scheduled outbound commuter train pulled into the station, and the bus shuttled said passengers to the stops further down, and then picked up passengers at said stops to get on this parked train, by which I already boarded, to take us to Boston. You see, when a railroad crossing accident like this happens, commuter train service is disrupted and they have to get shuttle buses while the NTSB files an accident report and they clean up the mess.
But then the train crew had us get off at the Braintree stop, where we all had to do a bit more waiting to get on a Red Line subway to continue the rest of our commute. It was after 11:30 AM when I finally got to the Hynes Convention Center.
Geez, if only people would be more careful at railroad crossings, stuff like this wouldn't happen!

As always, there were a LOT of Pokemon cosplayers at Anime Boston. I especially liked this Snorlax cosplayer! Some people go all out with their costumes and cosplays at this convention, and I am glad that I also stand out somewhat.

My good friend Nexus/Gale was also at Anime Boston, in the guise of DewShep. As always, it was great to see her again!

Here I am with another Boston-area fur, Clint Fox. He's attended Anthro New England as well, and has seen me there before in my Big Bad Wolf fursuit. There were quite a few furries at Anime Boston today, including some that didn't go to ANE!

"Hey, how come I'm not in this book?!"
While at the Prudential Center Mall as part of the convention, I bought a book at Barnes & Noble I never saw before: "Disney Who's Who: An A to Z of Disney Characters." It has entries of many characters from almost all the Disney animated features (except the 1940s "package" films and "Dinosaur") and the Pixar movies up to 2017, along with the continuity of Mickey Mouse and his friends. And there are still quite a few omissions; nothing Silly Symphonies-related is in the book, so that means the Big Bad Wolf isn't in it. It also leaves out characters from Disney's animated TV shows, and anything "Three Caballeros" -related or to the classic comics. But I still bought it anyways due to its' extensive information, even including characters from underrated Disney animated films like "The Rescuers," "The Great Mouse Detective," "Oliver & Company," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," "Treasure Planet," and even (this is how deep it goes) "The Black Cauldron."

"Lemme at the sheep, Bo!"
As I've said, there are numerous Disney cosplayers at Anime Boston each year besides me, especially anything "Kingdom Hearts"-related. One girl was dressed as Bo Peep from the "Toy Story" franchise, and I couldn't resist wolfing out and trying to get her sheep for a photo!

At one point this afternoon they began doing group photoshoots for "Kingdom Hearts" cosplayers. When they announced the group of classic Disney characters to go up, I accompanied them, gesturing how I haven't appeared in any of the "Kingdom Hearts" games... at least not yet!

Of course, my good friend Rick Fox was at Anime Boston again. He even had some panels, but found time later today to go around in his cosplay of Gregg from "Night in the Woods!" It's always fun when us furries get together!

I also met with a few people that knew me from YouTube or DeviantART or whatever. It's fun when we get to meet in person like that!
Since I got in late, I stayed kind of late, until around 7 PM, after which I headed back to South Station (I had dinner at the convention), changed out of my fursuit, watched a bit of the railroading action and finally got on the train for home, running on schedule this time! (No railroad crossing incidents. Whew!)

Well, I'm pretty pleased with how my time at this year's Anime Boston went overall. I'm not going in tomorrow as it's Easter Sunday and we have my relatives from Rhode Island coming to visit! Plus, it'll probably be really slow at the convention on Easter Sunday anyways. But during next week I'll still need to clean my Big Bad Wolf fursuit and make a couple minor repairs to the head and footpaws, for whatever comes next. (Fan Expo Boston Comic Con's not until August, after all.)

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: G.I.ジョー (Japanese "G.I. Joe") theme song
13 April 2019 @ 11:14 pm
I got in quite a bit of K-O the Kangaroo work this week, what with the baseball season firing up. Then the Brockton Rox starts at the end of May!
First off was K-O visiting the G.R.O.W. Associates facility in Randolph as part of their celebration of the Boston Red Sox's first home game of the season!

They had a cornhole/bean bag toss setup, and K-O showed how he was fairly good at this! A lot of the people at G.R.O.W. were really happy to see me! There was one girl during the dances that seemed TOO attached to me, like last year, but rather than resist it most of the time, I just went along with it after a while even if others wanted to see me, until a counselor told the girl to cut it out.
As soon as I arrived at their dance part of the event, they were playing Pharell Williams's "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," a song they used as one of K-O's signature songs in 2014, so I was already familiar with it.

When I saw a globe in one of the "classrooms," I couldn't resist showing the others how kangaroos come from Australia.

My brother's girlfriend also came to G.R.O.W. today just in time for the dance, so I just had to pose for a photo with her for my brother. She also figured it was me in the suit, along with a couple others that already know I do this as a job. And as I mentioned, my brother's girlfriend's parents used to work as ushers for the Brockton Rox, so it's good to have such connections!

Then yesterday, I did another K-O the Kangaroo appearance, at an elementary school in a neighboring town that the Brockton Rox was doing a promotion with its' school system. Me and the Rox representative arrived and I suited up a little early, as the second-graders were still out at recess (this school only housed kindergarten to second grade; it was a fairly small building built in the 1950s) and we weren't supposed to greet them until they came in for their lunch period.

Good thing I brought my sports mascot book, mates!

Here's K-O ready to greet kids as they come in from recess for their lunch period. We had me stand by the door that goes from the playground to the cafegymatorium (this school is so small, it combines the cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium all into one room!) so I can high-five the kids as they enter. We did this first with the second-graders, then the kindergarteners, followed by the first-graders. Most of them were all happy to see me, though it was a little tricky to keep them in order with a large kangaroo hanging out during lunch! (My being unable to resist greeting them also made it a little trickier as well, but hey, that's one reason I'm such a good mascot performer!) Some wanted to hug me as they entered, and at first I let them until the teachers said we should only high-five as they enter, and then if they want hugs do so after they've gotten their lunches ready and I go around the cafegymatorium. It was a lot of fun, and there were several kids that did ask me to do those Fortnite dances; I still need to perfect my Orange Justice, and my Floss is still pretty awkward to do in the costume. But I had a great time anyways, and I enjoy entertaining children as K-O.

And then today an event at the Easton Shovel Town Brewery today that the Brockton Rox partook in. It was a lot of fun, as usual, and it was such a beautiful day for a change!

Here, K-O the Kangaroo is showing how it's a little difficult for him to do the Floss dance with the way he's shaped, as so many kids ask him to Floss these days. The kids still think it's a riot to see him try to do so anyways!
The kids enjoyed seeing me for the most part, though there were a few scared little kids and a couple of tail-pullers, and then some that were a little indifferent. One person also brought a boxer dog that really liked me to the point where he jumped up and licked me!
Live musicians also performed, and when one of them sang "Free Fallin'," near the end of the number I intentionally free-fell in front of his "stage." The audience loved it! (I just hope I don't have any free-falling dreams in my sleep tonight, like I sometimes do when I hear the song.)

At the Easton Brewery event today, a group of kids were playing a game of "Bucket Ball", where they toss volleyballs into a setup of empty plastic trash barrels. They invited K-O the Kangaroo to join, and it was actually pretty fun! I love getting involved in childrens' activities as K-O.

Because today was National Record Store Day 2019, after that I did some record shopping in Randolph and Braintree (no Boston this year, due to the timing of the event). One of the 45s I bought was of "Centerfield" by John Fogerty, a song they often play at the Brockton Rox games due to its' baseball theme.

So since I still have K-O the Kangaroo with me for the weekend, I figured he should pose with the single!

On a slight unrelated note, while at Newbury Comics I was pleasantly surprised to see that one of the new releases for Record Store Day 2019 was a vinyl reissue of the multi-Platinum-selling 1979 Disney album, "Mickey Mouse Disco," for its' 40th anniversary this year! I thought it was pretty cool, and decided to buy a copy, as my current copy is getting a little worn (I bought it back in early 2013 when I really began to get into old Disney records!) It sounds great, and I love how they even reproduced the "rainbow" Disneyland Records label style used from 1976 to 1988.

I thought I could also have the Big Bad Wolf pose with it as well, since he did appear on one of the pages of the lyric book that came with the cassette release of the album.

So I had a good week, and this was a great way to top it off, blokes!
Current Music: "Watch Out For Goofy" from Mickey Mouse Disco
20 March 2019 @ 11:13 pm
Well, it's finally official. The Walt Disney Company has bought 21st Century Fox for the insane price of $71.3 billion! So Disney has the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy and prequels, and the film rights for the Fantastic Four and the X-Men (including Deadpool). But Disney also now owns the Simpsons, Family Guy, the "Avatar" movie, the Blue Sky films ("Ice Age" and "Rio", for example), and even "Anastasia," the 1997 animated feature by Don Bluth that's the most mistaken for a Disney movie!
Disney's done quite a few corporate buyouts in this and the last decade. They've bought the Muppets (the "Muppet Show" franchise characters, that is) in 2004, Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, Marvel Comics in 2009, and Lucasfilm in 2012. But this would definitely have to be their biggest buyout to date! It was first set into motion in December 2017, and I talked about it in a Big Bad Wolf vlog of course, the last one before moving to my current home...

Around this time last year, someone on YouTube did this amusing animation about the buyout...

His Homer Simpson voice is so spot-on! I can do a pretty decent Homer voice too.

But then Comcast got into a bidding war with the Simpsons, and they were both bickering over it like a couple of little kids! But Disney came out the victor, and I brought that up in another Big Bad Wolf vlog...

And last week, I shot another vlog as the Big Bad Wolf and brought up the buyout in it again, since it was getting close to the day the deal was to close (which was today, March 20th 2019.)

My dad is pretty happy about this buyout, due to the Marvel Comics thing. I for one am pleased about the Star Wars thing, but I'm still not too keen on Disney attempting a big corporate takeover of the media assets of the world. It gets to be a thing in my "A New Kind of Big Bad Wolf" fanfic I've been working off and on...
07 March 2019 @ 11:32 pm
Crikey! Are we only finishing up the first full week of March, blokes? And the Brockton Rox is swinging into action already!

Yeah, the Rox is already promoting the 2019 baseball schedule that starts at the end of May. And now they're getting quite a few K-O the Kangaroo gigs for me to do! This evening we were at a catering-related expo event at the VFW center in a neighboring town. I was already familiar with the location, as the special-needs basketball league my brother is involved with (starting out as a player at age 8, now at age 28 he's one of the coaches!) used to have their annual Christmas party and end-of-year banquet there! Doing a K-O appearance at a place I'm already familiar with is always an added plus for me.

Here's me posing with a souvenir baseball and novelty bat to get into the season, mates!
Quite a few kids came to this event with their parents! There were a couple of scared children and one guess-the-species person, but a lot of these kids enjoyed seeing me, and I enjoyed high-fiving and hugging them, and posing for pictures too. The Rox staff was talking as they watched me do my job on how I am so good with children; as I said, that's my biggest strength with my mascot work.

There were a lot of tasty morsels being sampled by the different catering companies, restaurants and such in the area! And they even let K-O have a few free samples!

I'm impressed that I'm already getting K-O work, and just a couple weeks after Anthro New England no less ,mates!
06 March 2019 @ 11:57 pm
Later last week, I saw I had quite a bit of money in my bank account with my recent payment, even with attending and spending the night at Anthro New England almost two weeks ago. Then I saw how 960 GB solid state drives that come in a 2.5" form factor to replace traditional 2.5" SATA hard drives were getting less expensive, so I decided the time was right to finally replace the spinning 1 TB hard drive in my 2012 quad-core Mac Mini with a solid state drive. Especially since it was getting really sluggish with booting up the system and any applications. Plus, when you do video editing, 5400 RPM hard drives are generally NOT ideal. (This is the original stock drive; I know there are 7200 RPM drives available in the 2.5" form factor but Apple would rarely use those.)
The 960 GB solid state drive came in the mail yesterday afternoon (it would've arrived Monday if it wasn't for that snowstorm delaying everything)...

Look at how sterile and plain it appears, but so what? That's the beauty of solid state flash storage!

Of course with this particular Mac Mini, it does require a bit of disassembly to get to the hard drive, but thanks to iFixit.com, a steady hand and some close lighting, it wasn't that hard for me at all! (Keep in mind I want to work in I.T.) The physical install only took around a half-hour...

But the system install and migration took longer than expected. MUCH longer. Trying to outright clone the old drive (plugged into my USB 3.0 SATA hard drive dock and hub on the left) didn't work, so I had to create a Mac OS bootable installer on one of my spare USB thumb drives, install the Mac OS on the solid state drive that way, and then I was able to use the Migration Assistant to copy my files, applications and settings off the old system hard drive onto the new solid state drive. This practice took several hours, so I let it do so overnight while I slept.
When I awoke the next morning, I checked the progress, and it was all set! So far, it boots up MUCH quicker now, and the apps open very quickly too. The fact this Mac Mini already has a 2.3 GHz Intel i7 quad-core processor and 16 GB of system RAM helps a lot, too. I've had this machine for three years now, and it still works great. Though eventually once I have a good-paying job and I HAVE to replace it (like if something in it fails or Apple considers it obsolete), I know what its' replacement will be...

Last autumn, Apple FINALLY updated the Mac Mini after four years of not doing so, and this time they REALLY beefed it up. Quad-core processing has returned, on the base model no less, and it's also available with 6-core processing! It comes with 8 GB of RAM as standard, AND it's user-replacable again (the 2014 Mac Minis had RAM soldered to the logic board; if you wanted more RAM than standard you had to custom-order it online). They can now support up to 64 GB of RAM! They also now use solid state drives as standard, but they are not user-servicable, and come with small capacities by default (the base model has 128 GB as its' default configuration.) They do cost more now, which is why I mentioned that won't be until I have a job with better income. If I select the 6-core i5 model configured with a 1 TB SSD, that's going to be around $1700, WITHOUT education pricing (remember, I'm currently a college student). (I like the idea of a headless desktop; otherwise I'd get a Retina-display iMac.) But I'll order it with the default 8 GB of RAM, and then upgrade it myself to 16, or maybe even 32 GB! It will be substantially cheaper than configuring it that way from Apple.

I may also want to get a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C hub of some kind, along with a few adapters. I've seen some nice third-party ones that would do the trick nicely. You can even configure it online to have 10-Gigabit Ethernet!
Apple really designed this new Mac Mini with pro users in mind, even if it still uses integrated graphics that share system memory (and even then, it's Intel's more upscale UHD graphics chip line.) But if you have a lot of system RAM, to me it's not that big of a loss, as you only give up a gigabyte or two of it to the graphics. Besides, I also use a Dell Optiplex 9010 for Windows-related purposes that has a better graphics card installed.

I must say, I was REALLY impressed by this move Apple made. And they released them for sale on my 30th birthday, no less! I kind of like to adapt to these new computer technologies at a slow but even pace, as my solid state drive purchase proves.
26 February 2019 @ 09:48 pm
So today, Walt Disney Home Entertainment released "The Little Mermaid" on Blu-Ray, DVD and 4K HD Blu-Ray in their Signature Collection...

But the thing is, the movie had already been released on home video this decade, in 2013 as part of the Diamond Collection! I still have my copy (the first Disney Blu-Ray I bought, along with "Robin Hood!") Then it went back on moratorium in spring 2015, only to be brought back out for an even shorter period of time in fall 2016 as part of a promotion Disney held to tie in with the release of "Beauty and the Beast" in the Signature Collection where you could buy ALL the Disney Princess Classics in the same time period! And now it's February 2019 and the film has been made available again, though this was obviously to commemorate the movie turning 30 years old this year (geez, that made me feel a little old thinking about it!) Normally, Disney had a seven-to-ten year cycle for their animated classics and the moratorium schedule. But from what I've seen, this may soon be a thing of the past, with Disney kicking off their Signature Collection in early 2016 with the release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Now it's 2019 and the film is STILL available for purchase, with no vault date announced yet. I also recall how in 2015, a Diamond Collection release of "Pinocchio" was planned for 2016, but was cancelled in favor of the Signature Collection starting, and the film was instead released in 2017 under that banner (and yes, I have that Blu-Ray as well!) As of now, there have been eight titles released in the Signature Collection: "Snow White," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pinocchio," "Bambi," "The Lion King," "Lady and the Tramp," "Peter Pan" and now "The Little Mermaid," and they are all still available for purchase! During the days of the Platinum and Diamond Collections, and the earlier Classics and Masterpiece Collections, that wasn't the case. You had to wait for years for a certain title to be made available again, and if you wanted it now sometimes you had to take risky measures...
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And yes, I do also have the original 1990 VHS release of "The Little Mermaid," in the Classics Collection...

I already posted about that, er, thing in the middle of the castle, and how it wasn't intentional.
But we all know how "The Little Mermaid" was a smash hit with its' theatrical release in November 1989 and got the Disney Renaissance started, and it led to that and all new Disney animated features to be released on home video, as prior to that, Walt Disney Home Video was only focused on releasing pre-80s animated features on video, typically the ones made when Walt was still alive and were hailed as true classics.

The Walt Disney Classics Collection really helped make Walt Disney Home Video what it is today during the 80s and early 90s, even if Disney may be phasing out their moratorium practices soon...
Current Music: "Fathoms Below" from "The Little Mermaid"
24 February 2019 @ 11:55 pm
Whew, what a busy and fun weekend! It was Anthro New England 2019, something I've been looking forward to since the year began! For this year's ANE, it marked the first night I actually spent the night at the hotel the convention was held at! It was just for one night, from Saturday night to Sunday morning, just to dip my feet in the water and to save some money, even if I stayed in a nice little economy room that I reserved back in September. A fairly simple room, but hey, as long as it had a bed, electrical outlets, a chair and little writing desk and a bathroom with shower, I was satisfied. But more on that later. My parents agreed that it was worth a shot, if I ever want to go to out of state cons, plus it was good for if the weather was lousy and could interfere with the MBTA subways and commuter trains, like it was this morning with all that rain. My parents were very proud with how well I did, since they can worry at times, but I called them last night and again this morning to let them know how things were going. Doing this made me feel a bit more adult, besides turning 30 years old three months ago.
So for Friday morning, I got up at 7 AM and had breakfast, and then my dad dropped me off at the nearby train station where I rode into South Station; there I changed into my Big Bad Wolf fursuit, now with actual footpaws, and hopped on the subways to get to the Boston Park Plaza hotel; a very quick and easy commute compared to the Hyatt Regency hotel in Cambridge the con was held at in 2015-2017. So when I got there in my fursuit, I was all ready to mingle, once I got my con-badge (I pre-registered in December, so that made things easy) and then attended the opening ceremonies.

So one of my first friends I run into at the con is Rick Fox cosplaying as Gregg Lee from "Night in the Woods," complete with cups on his ears! And of course I am showing my footpaws for my Big Bad Wolf fursuit, making their Anthro New England debut this year!

Here's a photo of me in the Big Bad Wolf fursuit hanging out in the video game room on Friday morning, playing the original Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64! Then Saturday night I played "Pokémon Stadium" before going to bed.

For lunch Friday, I walked down the street from the Boston Park Plaza hotel (like a 15-minute walk) in my fursuit to the South Shore Diner, where Anthro New England con attendees get a slight discount when showing their con badge! It's done in a retro style (except for the very modern music playlist currently playing on their electronic TouchTunes system.) I just ordered my lunch to go so I could eat at the con and be ready for the ANE's Got Talent rehearsal on time; no pork this time either, I just got a classic-style burger and fries, because hey, it's a retro-style diner!

It's always exciting each year when a fursuiter at Anthro New England gets a new suit, or at least a new head (like at ANE 2017 when I brought my then-new Big Bad Wolf fursuit head there.) My good friend Elbi was showing her new fursuit at the con, and it looks pretty good!

Here's me with the rat Remley Bishop. I've seen him at Anthro New England in the past, but this is the first time I embarked in conversation with him!

That afternoon I also attended a panel about being a furry YouTuber, since I am one myself! And then of course came the Fursuit Games!

As I said, this year Anthro New England's theme was horror-related, "Attack of the Were Con!" So the were-version of the Big Bad Wolf took part in them! We also had a couple very different participants this year: a knight in armor, and one of those inflatable T-rex dinosaurs! Here we're all dancing around after we played a scooter relay race and charades, where we acted out spooky/horror/Halloween-themed words. I did "bat" and people got it pretty quickly, as it was a fairly easy charade to perform! And at one point, a fursuiter proposed to another suiter and she accepted! How sweet!

As part of our sudden dance number at the ANE 2019 Fursuit Games, we all partook in a conga line! No, Gloria Estefan's "Conga" wasn't playing (LOVE that song!), but it was still fun!

Then after that, we did a mummy-wrap game, very much like the ones from past Halloween parties I've attended in the past. But things took a turn for the worse at the end when wrapped up Nexus/Gale Frostbane in toilet paper!

After that fiasco, we went into the big coupe de grace for the annual Fursuit Games: "Musical Chairs!" Of course due to the horror theme, they kicked it off with Michael Jackson's "Thriller," followed by such tunes as the theme songs to "The Munsters" and "The Addams Family," Bobby Picket's "Monster Mash," the "Ghostbusters" song, "Try Everything" from "Zootopia," and then segueing into cartoon theme songs including "CatDog," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Animaniacs,""Darkwing Duck," "Pinky and the Brain," "Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers," "DuckTales," and then finishing it off with "Gummi Bears!" I always enjoy a little extra touch of Disney at these things...

Just the Big Bad Wolf doing his mandatory "Curses!" exclamation and gesture after ending up out in the eighth round of Musical Chairs. I'm surprised I got that far; typically I am out in the fourth round!

This year I was on the Red Team again in the Anthro New England fursuit games, and we ended up winning! Just like at the first Anthro New England in 2015, when I was in the Red Team and we won!

Here's me and Scurrow at Anthro New England's rave that evening! The first DJ, Kassette, was playing 80s beats, and you know I love some good 80s tunes (must be because I was born in 1988) and I couldn't resist sticking around and having some fun! The DJ even played "You Spin Me Round" by Dead or Alive, which I own on 45-RPM and have used it in quite a few YouTube Poops!

I also met Talcott Otter at this year's Anthro New England. I enjoyed the cartoony style of his fursuit partial! You know I do love a good 'toony fursuit, like mine (and the future fursuit of my new fursona Zak Wolf!)

Then at 9:45 PM I took off the Big Bad Wolf suit, left the hotel at 10:00 PM. and got the 10:30 PM train home from South Station (remember, it's a much quicker commute between South Station and the Boston Park Plaza.)
Saturday morning, I brought an extra bit of luggage with me; besides my usual backpack and duffel bag, I also had a wheeled overnight traveling case for additional stuff like clothes, my toothbrush and deoderant, etc. This time though, I changed into my Big Bad Wolf fursuit on board the train to Boston. Then among arriving at the hotel, I pre-checked in with my debit card; my room wasn't ready until that evening but that didn't matter much to me...

For Anthro New England's "Attack of the Were-Con" theme, my friend Tokala put together a werewolf version of his Nick Wilde fursuit, complete with giant moon prop, and we just had to get a photo together, with me as the werewolf version of Disney's Big Bad Wolf. We even posted for some photos together and separately in the Anthro New England photo room. Stay tuned to see them!
This morning he helped co-host a panel about Disney's "Zootopia," and of course I couldn't resist attending. I even got to contribute some of my Photoshop jobs of retro-style Zootopia merchandise.

Then that afternoon was the big fursuit group photo! I got to stand with a couple of my friends, off to one side but still near the front half. There were roughly 600 fursuiters here!

After that, around 300 of us fursuiters went on a walk through the Boston Common park not too far from the hotel! It was quite an experience, and quite a walk! But it sure was fun with how the public reacted!

After the fursuit walk through the Boston Common, I headed to the In Your Ear! record store in my fursuit, as always.

After settling into my hotel room, I shot this little check-in vlog from the Big Bad Wolf...

A couple times yesterday and again today, I did my famous record player bit, going around the con with my new Numark PT01 Scratch turntable spinning some vinyl! I am getting better at holding it steady when it's playing 7-inch records while walking, but the 12-inch LP albums still sound kind of wavy. Still a pretty rugged and durable record player, though! For this instance (after I dropped off most of my stuff in my hotel room), I played 45s of "Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest (sounds pretty werewolf-like to me!), along with "Hungry Like the Wolf" as usual (but this time I played the longer five-minute version!), "Li'l Red Riding Hood" and its' more obscure follow-up "The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin," which is what I am playing in this photo.

I slept fairly well in my hotel room that night; I didn't get to bed until a little after midnight, but at least I was able to sleep until nearly 9 AM, compared to when I'd usually commute! I was in the "quiet" room block, but even so, there were still the sounds of traffic outside, so I used my white noise machine set to a decent volume to help lull me to sleep.
So this morning, after getting dressed in normal clothes, I walked in the rain to the nearest Dunkies for iced coffee and a donut (they changed Dunkin' Donuts so it's now called Dunkin', but I usually just call them Dunkies anyways.) Then after my breakfast, I went back to my hotel room, changed into my Big Bad Wolf fursuit, packed up the rest of my belongings, tidied up the room a bit, and left it. Checking out was quite easy, too. Of course this wasn't cheap; the hotel also placed a hold on my credit card that they would remove once I check out and it would go into effect a few days later, but even with that, I still have enough money left in my bank account to get me through the week before my next payment. But I still hope I can finally get a computer job this year and get even more income!

One of the Anthro New England con attendees was cosplaying as Jessica Rabbit, a lady the Big Bad Wolf loves to lust over! So she let me get this photo taken of us!

Another fellow fur was capering around in one of those inflatable Reptar costumes, and I couldn't resist posing with him!

Well, this year I didn't make it into Anthro New England's masquerade/talent show this year: "ANE's Got Talent." They now judge the acts during rehearsal, and my little Scooby-Doo number was deemed not being performance-ready, and they also judge the acts during the actual show as well.
But I still got to partake in the Fursuit Recess that afternoon! Before that began, the A/V guys were playing songs from animated movies; I recognized a song from "Hercules," "Let it Go" from "Frozen," "Welcome to the Space Jam," and even "I2I" from "A Goofy Movie!" Here's the Big Bad Wolf attempting to do the Perfect Cast...

Here I am posing with the foam noodle I was to use for the final game, involving such noodles and giant balls.

As you may know, my good friend Gale Fostbane helps out a lot with the con. She had gotten a new fursuit a while back, and since we hadn't posed for a photo together with her new suit, we just had to do so!

After that and my record player bit, things were beginning to really slow down for me with the con winding down, until I heard of the Kaju battles going on in the secondary ballroom, a part of the hotel I had never been to before until today, and had fun watching fursuits battle each other in a mock breakaway city setup!

I also got to meet Ante Coyote, whom had also made the suit for Talcott Otter, so we just had to post for a photo, especially noting our big noses!

"THIS is for not including me in Kingdom Hearts 3, Disney!"
Yeah, one of the con attendees had a replica of the Kingdom Key from the "Kingdom Hearts" games, and I couldn't resist doing such a photo!

Then came saying goodbye to fellow furries, followed by the closing ceremonies. That always brightens up the con ending for me! This year, we had 2,251 attendees! We keep getting bigger and better every year. Amazing how with the first con in 2015, there were 757 attendees, and we've REALLY grown since then.

Here's me in the Big Bad Wolf fursuit about to leave the hotel after Anthro New England 2019 wrapped up! Yep, this year I actually stayed at the hotel overnight, but just one night to save money and to dip my feet in the water at the experience. It went pretty well, and was a big step in my furry con experiences!
This week, I'm going to clean my fursuit body and paws; the footpaws need some minor repairs too, especially with all I went through during the fursuit games! That way the suit will look nice and neat for Anime Boston 2019 in less than two months!
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "I-2-I" by Tevin Campbell