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You know... for the kids.

Today I joined other members of Hi-4 Entertainment (hi_4 ) at the 2010 Kidz Expo at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.  The Kidz Expo is a children's fair with booths from vendors and organizations in the Albany area devoted to the enrichment of children's education and family life.  Hi-4 had a booth promoting its volunteer costumed performers, who wandered the convention center entertaining the kids and their parents.  I was in my Coyoty costume, but while the kids were mostly smart enough to know I was a coyote, I was often called a wolf, fox, kitty, etc. by parents, even when I pointed to my shirt, name badges, and dog tag identifying me.  I carried one of the toy light sabers that vendors were selling, and had several battles with the kids, as well as occasionally balancing it on my finger.  One of the sponsors had a pirate character, and I made it my schtick to growl "Arrrrr!" at him whenever I passed, and he'd "Arrrrr!" back.  Another vendor was selling invisible fences for dogs, and I pretended to not be able to cross the fence.  One little girl kept trying to help me cross the fence, but she was an irresistible force trying to overcome an immovable object, until the vendor explained what an invisible fence was and she got it.

My photos of the event are here, but pictures of me will have to wait until other Hi-4 staff post them. 

After the event, we went to the Metro 20 Diner in Albany for dinner.  On the way home to Hartford, I found myself struggling to stay awake, so I stopped at a highway plaza to get a candy bar and some gas, and found panzier  there with his carpoolers, even though I had left the diner before him.  He probably thinks I was stalking him.


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Mar. 7th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Heh, so how does that happen? you should have been 15 minutes ahead :)
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
You and your worm holes :)
Mar. 8th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Well, your truck does look like it could have warp drive on it. But you probably left the parking lot before me while I was checking Google Maps for the way home, or you could have got on the highway somewhere else.
Mar. 7th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
How fun! You know, in my mind this is where fursuiters get the biggest bang for their buck.

Some beautiful costumes there - the Tusken Raider and that Golden Wolf really stand out.

I look forward to seeing the next set.

Edited at 2010-03-07 02:32 pm (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Neat use of a costume! Good to see that the kids can tell a coyote from a cat, even if the parents can't. Love the invisible fence gag ;)
Mar. 7th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's great! Pity I'm not in the NY area, as I really want to do another charity/entertainment gig again. Glad to hear you had a lot of fun! :)
Mar. 8th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Had a great time and it was nice to have met you.
Oct. 29th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Invisible Dog Fences have evolved over the past 25 years. The expensive and somewhat ugly chain link dog fences have fallen by the wayside in favor of the new electronic dog fences, which use invisible radio waves. Dogs have a habit of jumping over or digging under chain link dog fences or other solid barrier dog fences. An Invisible Dog Fence is a good idea if you want to keep your dog safe. A wireless dog fence is great because you never have to worry about fixing broken wires. A Wireless Fence is a good option for pet containment.
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