Category Archives: Birthday Season

Sunday Thoughts and the Beginning of Mr. Wu’s Birthday Week!

As you might imagine, the January 6th Committee Hearings are giving me many, many thoughts. Having the events put into a running timeline, from what was happening behind the scenes even before the election, right up until the minute by minute events at TFG’s rally to the coordinated effort (pre planned as we are learning) to storm the Capitol, is really helpful to understand the enormity of this event.

We really did come very close to losing our democratic form of government.

I appreciate all the people (primarily republicans who worked for TFG) who have come forward to testify. I really do. It doesn’t make them heroes, but they did need to find a reservoir of courage to speak up. There are some of course, who despite the fact they admit that TFG went three stops past too far, say they would still have voted for him and that they are “proud of their accomplishments.”

Really?

Maybe they want to stay in good standing with the GOP, such as it is, or maybe they have the very real fear that angry mobs will show up on their doorsteps or attack them online. This is happening and these acts are terrible. The violence that has been directed at some of the people who have testified is not the equivalent of peaceful protest at the recent SCOTUS decisions or attacks by the states on reproductive health freedom.

I am also grateful the representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger have stepped up to be such integral members of the J6 Committee. Despite what TFG and his minions say, it really IS bipartisan with them on board.

I would just have this one little thought for them to consider as they move forward with their life in politics or out of it:

I know that we are never going to agree with many of our core philosophies of what constitutes good government. But I ask if you can see that the GOP stance on voting, on telling lies about your opponents, are the very things that brought us to the point that a corrupt president would think it was his god given right to abuse his office, mismanage a global pandemic, and end with an attempt to overthrow the government.

Going forward I would wish not that we agree on everything, but that we can accept that we each have sincerely held beliefs. That we can debate these differences without telling lies and attacking each other. That voting is a right and the more people that are engaged in voting, the better it is for our country. That an educated population is more productive than an ignorant one. That healthcare and housing and adequate food for all makes a better, safer country for everyone. That clean air and water and open space and pandas are part of having a strong country. (did you notice I snuck pandas in there?)

People should be able to be who they are, love and marry who they wish, or not marry at all if that is their preference. Why is this such a hard thing?

But now, it’s time to start celebrating the Wu Self’s Birthday Season because he turns 10 this year!!!!

“Howdy do! I’m Mr. Wu! Who are you?”
“Wu calls his dance, ‘Ode to a Weaf’ “
Yo ho ho and a bottle of BooBeer!
An explorer’s work is never done.
It is so hard for a small panda to prevail….
Whatever could be in the box the panda kindergarten is delivering to Mr. Wu?

We will continue this adventure next Sunday, in part 2 of Mr. Wu’s birthday celebration!

Till then, keep being the bears, remember to check your registration and VOTE! Current polls are showing that Democrats have a much stronger possibility of holding on to both the House and the Senate. This is only possible if we get informed as to who wants to do what and then get out there and VOTE!

Bob T *I voted the primary* Panda

If anyone in western Washington state wants a good voting guide, I have several that were recommended by a local organization that I trust:

Progressive Voters’ Guide:
https://go.soswhidbey.org/e/860033/6OHhEYndIbXqbEcxJ0rfWjkbvU69nQ/3rmrqg/305432107?h=5tISxPZnjsl9uhCPR6Zm8LRCzpar50ddY8zMa8SFE5k

LD 10 Democrats:
https://go.soswhidbey.org/e/860033/endorsed-candidates-2022/3rmrqk/305432107?h=5tISxPZnjsl9uhCPR6Zm8LRCzpar50ddY8zMa8SFE5k 

Marianne Edain’s Politiblog: 
https://go.soswhidbey.org/e/860033/2022-07-22/3rmrqn/305432107?h=5tISxPZnjsl9uhCPR6Zm8LRCzpar50ddY8zMa8SFE5k

It’s Panda Birthday Season!

It’s panda birthday season for all pandas, but especially for the US born pandas!

And to start out the season, Happy 9th Birthday to the Meihems!!!

Born on July 15th of 2013, more than a month before Pinky, and don’t think they ever let her forget it! Here are some of my favorite ‘toons featuring Bert and Ernie (and probably Pinky, just because!) Can you believe the Meihems and Pinky are about to turn 9?!?!?!?!

Atlanta twin panda cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan and older prother Po
This was before we knew that the Meihems and Po were girls!

And then this happened…

Bao bao changes panda cub gender
Pinky is VERY powerful. Be afraid, be very afraid, Mr Wu.
school uniforms for pandas
Ready for panda kindergarten!
I love a good art forgery, don’t you?
There must be cake!

Happy Birthday, Meihems! And a reminder, the book about the real life Meihems written by Beth Bacon and illustrated by yours truly is available for pre-order through Amazon and maybe even your local book store! (Not sure about distribution yet). Order your copy of The Panda Cub Swap today!

Slated for a September release date!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

It’s Six and Sebben’s 5th Birthday This Week!

Where does the time go?

Six: all da pressies are for mee!
Sebben: dat’s not troo!
Six: an only i get a cake
Sebben: nuh uh! mommee said wee each get one.
Six; yoo already ate yoors
Sebben: i did not!!!!
Six: well, yoors is gone
Sebben: YOO ATE MY CAKE!
Six: prove it
Sebben: i’m telling mommee
LL: sigh

And now, the conclusion of Being Endangered is Such a Curse!

She who must be obeyed…
endangered
The hero of our tale emerges…
hit the fan
Won’t someone save these innocent little pandas???
Oh Bubba! Be careful!!!!
magical wand
Did Pinky just poof her little brother? Stay tuned!
power
But all the power in the world is nothing compared to the power of Mommee!
Bubba: wait! why am i in trubble?
mad
I think I see a slight resemblance to a Pinky tantrum…just saying.
girls
Everyone knows the party isn’t over till you can sit down and re-hash it!
PINKY AND THE MEIHEMS
All’s well that ends well, right? RIGHT????

I hope you enjoyed our Encore presentation of Being Endangered is Such a Curse! Have a Liddle cake to celebrate! (Not to mention all the propeller spinning on Bubba’s cap!)

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

It’s Sunday Funday!

I think we are coming up on Six and Sebben’s birthday, so…

so begins our tale

Wem call our liddle tale, “Being Endangered is Such a Curse!”
our story continues
Ruh Roh…
Pinky
Commence propeller spin…now!
Fish
Don’t pout, Pinky!
endangered
Pinky: Why do I always have to do all the hard stuff?
You know where this is going, don’t you?
don't look now
We’re not looking….
…baby pandas! You’re getting baby pandas!!!!
just when you thought it was safe
Ruh Roh…

Well, I guess we will have to wait till next Sunday for the conclusion of this story! Look at the time!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

And Now, The Moment You All Have Been Waiting For….

Drum roll please….

The Unveiling of Bebe Maurice’s masterpiece….

um…wait a minute….

How did she get into the picture? Artists can see things other people can’t?

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Who’s that knocking at my door….

Just a reminder, that in Pandyland, this is all taking place on the same day.

Were you waiting for something?

Knock knock…Who’s there?

How about that! Bikkie got his wish!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

Did everyone remember to celebrate Pinky’s Birthday on Monday? Did you have cake? Get her presents?

And there is yet more excitement yet to come on Thursday, when Bebe Maurice unveils his masterpiece!

Part Two of our Encore Presentation of Beary Poppins!

Now where were we…oh yes…

Gosh I really hate to leave you on this cliffhanger for the weekend, but…
Bikkie has a name!!!!
Once upon a time…
Bike loves Beary Poppins! Also Rory the Dinosaur by Liz Climo
I think Biscuit and Beary Poppins are forming a real bond!
It wasn’t me!
A promise is a promise, even among grizzly bears!
Let’s go fly a kite…
uh oh.
I was afraid there would be yelling…so much yelling!
Silly old bears!
Ebbryone needs a Beary Poppins!

Yes, Bikkie was the best thing about 2020 (and as it turns out 2021 so far). We are grateful for our little Miracle Bear, and hope this Beary Poppins Encore Presentation distracted you from the fact I left you hanging about who is knocking at the door, will bear Poppins arrive in time for Bikkie’s birthday party and just where is PPJ? Heh!

‘Toon on tomorrow to find out if Bikkie got his birthday wish!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Saturday Was Bikkie’s Bearday!!!!

As a special treat, we thought we would share the story of Beary Poppins in it’s entirety, while Bikkie recovers from his CAKE extravaganza!

Here we go!

Oh boy! Oh boy! A NEW story!!!!
I can hardly stand the suspense! Who will play Beary Poppins???
A spoonful of frosting makes the medicine go down, the medicine go down, medicine go down!
The ad is mailed, but Mittens is up to some dirty tricks….But wait! Look who found the mail box!!!
Bears are VERY curious!
This hat doesn’t make me look…um…too fluffy does it?
Frank is off on a new adventure!
Beary Poppins has arrived! Is there any cake? It’s been a long flight!
I wonder why no one else applied for the job!
I just love Mei’s little chats with her sister Lun Lun.
Why DIDN’T I eat all the cookies?
Don’t you just LOVE six and Sebben?

Well, this is getting a bit long, so I will set up the rest of beary Poppins to post on MONDAY (which is Pinky’s birthday

Happy Birthday To Bikkie, Bubba, and Pinky!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

The Tension Builds! Will Mister Poppee Arrive in Time

What have I done!?!?

More than one person has desperately implored me to make sure Mister Poppee arrives in time for Bikkie’s birthday party!

But wait! Who could that be, knocking softly at the door?

I wish…I wish…I wish…don’t tell!

Geez, I can’t believe she’s gonna make us wait until Tuesday to find out who is knocking at the door! I mean, it could be the UPS driver or mebbee the Zoo Director…or…

#BobIsABigMeanie

Be the bear
Bob T Panda

Note: there will be highlights from Bikkie’s first year in the Sunday chronicles to tide you over until Tuesday’s ‘toon! Hey! Stop throwing stuff!

It is Bikkie’s Birthday week!

Do you think Frank and Mikey will make it back in time?

Just whose car did they “borrow”

Why aren’t there any donuts?

Excitement builds as we wait for Bikkie’s first birthday party! Will he flunk cake?

Stay tuned!

Be the bear
Bob T Panda