Category Archives: Pinky for President

Buh buh buh buh BYEEEEEEEE!

How many of you remember the old SNL routine, with the flight attendants saying goodbye to the departing passengers?  As the people filed off the plane, the flight crew got ruder and ruder, and the “buh bye now!” got more sarcastic with each passenger. I think of this often, because an acquaintance of mine, who works in a local shop, and I have had an ongoing “buh bye” routine going for years.

We try to sneak up on each other so that each of us can be the first to say it. I’m afraid I’ll never top her “drive-by buh bye” that she delivered out her car window, as she saw me walking down the street. I hope that which ever one of us survives longer, at the memorial service for our departed friend, has the presence of mind to whisper “buh bye!” Who says people who live in small towns don’t know how to have fun?

It seems only natural that Pinky would deliver this line to the departing Cublanta twins!

Buh BYEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Of course the Meihems just ignore her!

Real Life Panda Alert!

Xing Er, lately of Copenhagen Zoo, decided that his enclosure was just way too boring, and he went walkabout in the zoo. He climbed a metal pole to make his escape (I spit on your tree guards!!!!). While there have been numerous red pandas that have managed at least a temporary scamper to freedom, this is the first time that I have heard of a giant panda making an escape. (Other than Pinky, but she had a secret tunnel!) You go, Xing Er!!!

We are all getting tired of staying at home!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

Pinky Unleashed!

What with all the pandemic news, did you forget that Pinky was running for PRESYDENT? While the pandas are locked down in the Panda House, they are keeping busy and enjoying hot cocoa with those little marshymallows…well, SOME pandas are…

If Pinky was any more unleashed, we would be in big trouble!

Is FEMA stealing marshymallows too?

Meanwhile, if you missed Sunday’s post and the video link sent by a friend of Panda Satire, check out how this tap dancing group, The Lady Hoofers in Philadelphia is keeping their taps tapping despite the stay at home orders! Pinky makes a surprise appearance at the 1:31 and 1:42 time stamp!

Pinky socks make dancing better!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Mommee Mei has a Good Idea

Seriously, I consider myself extremely fortunate that I’m not trying to do my work AND trying to home school three bickering panda cubbies.What’s a panda to do? My sleeping habits are in tatters, there always seem to be piles of dishes in the sink, and I don’t know if democracy is actually over or if I can ever go back to the grocery store and not feel like everyone has a reverse magnetic force field around them. If I had to listen to Pinky and Bubba fight all day…well…

When will I wake up from this nightmare and discover that President Hilary has made Panda Satire a national treasure?

You can’t get more socially distant than sending everyone to their room!

Wands up, everyone!
Bob T Panda

Pinky Can NOT be Silenced!!!

You can’t keep a good Pinky down! 

We wisely decided to skip any April Fools Day Tomfoolery, since there is not a whole lot out in the world that is particularly funny. My days continue to be several hours too short. I don’t know where the time goes, while at the same time, time seems endless. The loss of my regular routine leaves me not knowing what day it is. At least I have the great outdoors, where I can indulge in my hobby of moving rocks from one part of the property to another.  (I bet you think I’m joking about that!)

I’m trying to keep all the balls in the air: painting, panda satire, felty panda production. It is all good work, and I have to keep reminding myself is is important that we keep our spirits as high as we can. The tweets and FB mentions of people who are sick, people who have died, people who have lost their jobs, are overwhelming and the only way to keep from being crushed by the volume of misery, is to step to the side and…think about pandas.

So that’s what I’m doing. Taking a step back for an hour or two, so I can keep carrying on.

Keep calm and Panda On!

Stay out of my airspace!

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

Pinky’s Coronavirus Chronicles

What with the zoo being closed and no one able to come and hear Pinky’s cubpaign speeches, Pinky is going to have to come up with some other ways to get her message out. I can’t lie: (unlike some others who MUST NOT BE NAMED) This whole virus thing is damn scary.

I keep reading about well known people getting the virus and being very sick from it. I read about the doctors and nurses and first responders of all kinds facing this thing down, with less than adequate supplies and equipment. I can’t give up hope that we will come out the other side of this, but at the same time, it is very frightening.

It’s a good thing we have Pinky on our side!

It’s nothing that a little cocoa can’t fix!

Wands up, everyone!

Bob T Panda

BTW: I have ordered the Washi tape, and hope to have it in about 3-4 weeks. I’m going to get organdized and then will start taking orders for it. Stay tuned everyone!

Bubba Saves a Burrito While Pinky Saves America

What does everyone do when they are stuck at home for social distancing?

Children’s book authors and illustrators prepare and provide online content, so that all those kids who are out of school have some extra stuff to keep them engaged. While this is a wonderful contribution, keep in mind that these same people have lost what for many is a major income stream, giving school presentations. The generosity of the kid lit community is awe inspiring. If you are able to, buying their books would be a great way to thank them.

If you have kids at home who are looking for some fun content, check out the SCBWI Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources. It is awesome! They plan to update it weekly.

Everyone else is starting a podcast!

In case you were wondering, that is a burrito sitting on the desk in front of Bubba

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Pinky Still Has a Plan for Dat

I am sad to hear that Elizabeth Warren is thinking of dropping out, but it seems there is no path to victory for her. I can’t get in to all my thoughts about it here. Suffice to say, that if people didn’t second guess themselves into not voting their hearts, she would be doing much better.

Who will win the nomination? Still too early to tell, but who ever it is, I’ll vote for them. I already cast my vote for Warren for next Tuesday’s WA primary, and while some may say I threw my vote away, especially if she has already dropped out by then, I don’t think I did. It made me happy to vote for a smart, dedicated public servant who I think would have made an excellent president. Now, if we take back the Senate, I could wish for her as Senate Majority leader. Then some things would get done.

But meanwhile, Pinky is still in the race!

Cocoa with liddle marshymallows?

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

BTW! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend!

Bob explains daylight savings time to the panda kindergarten

spring back, fall forward?

What the Heck is a Caucus, Anyway?

Despite my 40 years in Washington (the one on the upper lefthand corner), I think I went to one Presidential Caucus my entire time living here. Don’t yell at me. The first 10 or so years I was here, I was usually working during those times (caucuses are not very accommodating of people who have to work evenings). The rest of the time, well, the idea that I would choose my candidate by having to actually talk to other people and couldn’t just make up my mind in private, that really doesn’t appeal to me.

I went to one in 2008, and had planned to go to the 2016 one, but the flu took care of that. But this year, WA finally got the message and now we have a “normal” primary, where we can vote whenever the heck we want (once we have our ballots and before the March 10 deadline). I love our all vote by mail state system. And my record for voting (other than caucuses) is darn near perfect!

But what were Pinky and Bubba doing at the Iowa caucuses?

Pinky is always getting Bubba in trouble! It’s more important than ever that EVERYONE votes!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Pinky Saves America…yet again!

Well, we really dodged a terrible disaster! Yesterday, Friday the 13th came on a MONDAY!!!!! Um…I never actually admitted that my sense of humor has ever risen beyond that of a 7th grader, so, ya know…whatebber!

Meanwhile, my tiny panda Kickstarter has been chugging right along! I started making needle felted pandas because I needed a hobby that was kind of stress reducing. So what did I do? I turned it into a major production. I guess that’s just the kind of bear I am! Fortunately, I love repetitive tasks, and if needle felting is anything, it has a lot of repetition. Also fortunately, I can imagine I am stabbing certain people who must not be named right through the heart! Fun for the whole family!

Meanwhile, Pinky has firmly embraced the whole podcast thing! Stay tuned for the next episode of…

Pinky Saves America (Pinky: do I has to do EBBRYFING?????)

Mommee Mei, in her wisdom, thought Pinky needed a co-host!

Panda on ebbryone!
Bob T Panda

Everybody who’s anybody has a podcast!

Well, except for me, unless that means I’m not anybody! One of my favorite podcasts is Pod Save America, which bills itself as “a political podcast for people who aren’t ready to give up or go insane”. Another is The Daily Beans, (News with Swearing)  by the women who brought us Mueller She Wrote. Between these podcasts, and listening to the podcast version of Rachel Maddow, I am able to stay informed and outraged, even without a television!

Of course, Pinky decided she should have her OWN podcast!

BTW, it is a mere two days before I unleash my felty panda Kickstarter on the world! You can get a preview here, and sign up for launch time notification! Huzzah!

Panda on everyone
Bob T panda