Tea Time for Pandas

In our never ending quest to bring culture to the panda kindergarten, Bob decides to introduce them to the quintessential English High Tea, complete with little cucumber sandwiches and…um…cuppycakes.  It is tea time for pandas!

The long, dark tea time of the soul....

The long, dark tea time of the soul….

I think it is time for a little something! I feel rather 11 o’clock-ish.

Just a reminder to stay tuned to this station on your internet dial, as next week we bring you more from the Giant Panda Zoo Awards! Interviews with award winning pandas, as they walk on the red carpet and pass through the velvet ropes, keeping the riff-raff away (and of course, by riff-raff, we mean anyone who isn’t Pinky)

Get ready for a star studded evening as all the nominated pandas strut their stuff for their fans.

Till then, Be the Bear!
Bob T. Panda

20 thoughts on “Tea Time for Pandas

  1. Maddie

    Referencing Douglas Adams? I commend your excellent taste in literature Bob T. Panda, you are, indeed, the bear! Hmmm, imagining Dirk Gently’s nihilistic approach to taming instilling cultural values in the Pandy Kindergarten.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      There are few situations that can not be explained, improved, or understood by using references from the late, truly great, Douglass Adams. One of my all time favorites is this quote: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go racing by.”
      To the words of wisdom bequeathed to us by Mr. Adams, I would add, Jasper Fforde’s books (all of them, but particularly The Fourth Bear), Winnie the Pooh, The Wizard of Oz, The Big Lebowski, and Casablanca. Here’s looking at you, kid.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Could be, could be. Babette has taken on the role of “fashion advisor” to the fairer members of the panda kindergarten.

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  2. Teresa

    I love the elegance of Bob T. setting the table for tea … not only cuppycakes, also lil’ cucumber sandwiches!!! oh, looks so glamorous …

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Despite Bob’s humble origions (born in impoverished mountain village in China: see “Black and White Like Me” in Book 1 of the Panda Chronicles) Bob has educated himself on the finer things in life. “It’s not all bears in the woods, you know” he is fond of saying.

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      1. Teresa

        I just ordered from Amazon page the first books that I lack … I hope to learn ALL about the origins of this clique. Also I’m using The Panda Chronicles to improve my english .. don’t know if it’s a good idea ;-)))

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          Thank you.
          Hmmmmm…. I’m not sure that my English usage is a really great role model, but it sure is more fun than your standard language textbook.
          And then you can use these books to help the Spanish pandas to learn to read! Huzzah!

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  3. Vicky V

    Those little cucumber sandwiches look mouthwatering!
    Love Bob’s hat – he looks wonderful in it.
    I want Mehitabel to come here and be “mother” 🙂

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I (and my 27 and counting) pandas agree whole heartedly. Nothing makes a home a home like a couple of pandas.

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  4. cordeliasmom2012

    There are no pandas at our house, and I’m pretty sure Mehitabel could handle Puppy Cody. Puppy Cody might enjoy high tea, so long as their are doggie biscuits in addition to the cuppycakes (she does have a sweet tooth!).

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Mehitabel is on her way over. I’m QUITE sure Cody will give her no trouble, as she seems like a sensible puppy. I’m sure she packed a few doggie cookies as well.

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  5. Poppy

    Oh, poor Bob T, those little rascally little pandas refuse to become cultured no matter how you try to teach them about the finer things in life. Will they never learn?

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I think the problem lies in that what Bob thinks is cultured and refined has no bearing (ha ha!) on what the panda kindergarten’s idea of a good time is. What is a panda to do? Nevertheless, Bob remains wildly optimistic of the reformation of the pandy kindy. 🙂

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  6. Ann Feldman

    Poor Bob! Hope springs eternal…but as Aunt Violet (Maggie Smith) said on Downton Abbey last Sunday..”Hope is a tease that keeps us from seeing reality” I am paraphrasing but that’s the gist. Was the first book of the Panda Chronicles “Black and White Like Me”? I thought it was “Your Brain on Pandas”

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      You are right that the first book was Your Brain on Pandas, but one of the cartoons (I’m pretty sure it was in that book) was about Bob writing his autobiography, “Black and White Like Me.”
      Sometimes I think that because he reformed (somewhat) from his more “adverturous” days as a young panda (also see the cartoon: National Panda Radio part 1) that the panda kindergarten will reform. These kids today! Panda discipline is not what it used to be.

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