Monday, October 19, 2015

One Year, One Unicorn, Many Places - Part 2

As I mentioned before, over the past year I've been to many places and seen many cool things in this world.  In part 1 we finished up at FurTheMore, one of those furry conventions in Tysons Corner, VA.  Shortly after that I accompanied Agmane to San Diego.

2015-06-04 - San Diego, CA
While in San Diego, Agmane broke the news to me that he wanted to go to Califur, a con in Irvine, California.  I reluctantly agreed when he told met that there would be other unicorns there.

2015-06-06 - Irvine, CA -  Califur
While at Califur, we shared our room with a most delightful donkey.  I insisted he join us when I wanted to go to the beach.

2015-06-05 - Newport Beach, CA

Walking around in my true form was no big deal in the City of Angels.  The ignorant hewmans all thought I was a play actor from one of their "moving pictures."

2015-06-07 - Los Angeles, CA - Union Station
I was told this was Dan Aykroyd's private car.  Unfortunately he has no time for unicorns.  *grumbles*

2015-06-08 - El Paso, TX
 After a hard night of serving dinner to my fellow passengers, I felt the dining car staff could use some rainbows in their lives.

2015-06-08 - TX
Unicorn Says: Always Maintain 3 points of contact when moving about the train!

2015-06-08 - Somewhere in TX

Our next stop was New Orleans.  I found this vacant plinth near Jackson Square.  I think a unicorn would look quite good here.

2015-06-10 - New Orleans, LA - Jackson Square
I'm always willing to imbibe upon the different concoctions you hewmans come up with to intoxicate yourselves.  I was told that this place specialized in a signature drink called the hurricane.  I quite enjoyed it.

2015-06-10 - New Orleans, LA - Pat O'Briens, Home of the Hurricane
After our long road trip, I took some time off before heading to another one of those furry conventions with Agmane.  This time we headed to the world's largest convention: Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, PA.

2015-07-12 - Anthrocon - Pittsburgh, PA
Some say unicorns are as tall as we are so that we are able to reach the top shelf.  This is clearly incorrect as a proper unicorn never has to reach for anything!  The fine staff at The Brewers Art certainly met this standard of service.

2015-07-17 - Artscape - Brewers Art - Baltimore, MD - Taken By SeikoLiz
The City of Baltimore was kind enough to clear the streets for my visit.

2015-07-17 - Artscape - Baltimore, MD - Taken By SeikoLiz
This "street art" is such a refreshing change from the money driven gallery scene.  Ephemeral works painted by the people, for the people.  I was so impressed I immediately purchased these walls and am having them transported to my estate.

2015-07-17 - Graffiti Alley - Baltimore, MD - Taken by SeikoLiz
Owning a professional sports team seems like mighty good fun.  Of course they will have to have a proper equine theme unlike this burd related team in Baltimore.

2015-08-08 - Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
These "pony" enthusiasts (Agmane calls them "Bronies") make a mockery of all equine traditions!  Of course their heart is in the right place so I reluctantly entertained their requests for photographs.  Oddly enough the fake pony hewman on the right reminds me of an eclectic fellow I met several centuries ago.

2015-08-08 - Bronycon - Baltimore, MD - With Derpy and Doctor Whooves
I was invited to the United Kingdom by a very special zebra furry person who I very much enjoyed spending time with.  He and a deer friend of his were nice enough to accompany me on a walk through London.  I quite love London (and the UK), they properly respect Unicorns there.  As they should, of course, since we're one of the two creatures on their national seal.

2015-08-29 - London, UK
Finally, some hewman accommodations worthy of a Unicorn lord.  

2015-08-29 - London, UK

One of my hewman guides helped me recreate the scene from the Queen Elizabeth gate. Raaar he says. *smirks*

2015-08-29 - London, UK

A week after returning to North America, Agmane and I traveled to Philadelphia to attend a "tailgate" party (a confusing name since none of the participants had tails) supporting the local sports club known as the Eagles.  Apparently a hewman spiritual leader called the pope was also in town to support the same team and he and I were able to exchange pleasantries

2015-09-20 - Philadelphia, PA - Sports Complex
Agmane has failed to explain to me why there is a hewman atop Philadelphia's city hall instead of a unicorn.  After all, equines originated in the new world!

2015-09-20 - Philadelphia, PA
Agmane invited me along to the beach with some of his friends.  Of course, there was an potential hurricane headed our way.  I talked to my people and got that fixed. ;-) , although there was nothing they could do about the wind.   Still, a good time was had by all, except for when some dog and his emo companion showed up to interrupt my wind-walk. 

2015-10-03 - Stone Harbor, NJ
Finally, one year to the day I arrived in this world, I returned to the Maryland Renaissance Festival.  Not all hewman children are sticky little gremlins.  :-)

In the past year I've traversed the US and made an appearance in the lovely city of London, where they love unicorns!  I've had such a good time meeting you hewmans, especially the furry ones.  They are quite entertaining, even if I think pretending to be a fake-animal-person is a bit daft.  ;-)

To close it out, nearly geographical bookends (if you don't count the UK!)  Newport Beach, CA to the West, Stone Harbor, NJ to the East.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

One year, One Unicorn, Many Places - Part 1

Over the past year I've had a chance to travel widely across your hewman world, seeing great sites and meeting many people.  After thousands of miles and long hours on all manner of your primitive methods of transport, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my travels!

To summon a unicorn, a sacrifice was required.  May he rest in piece(s).  

2014-10-18 - Phoenix, AZ - A Sacrifice

The young lady that summoned me to this world brought me to this fantastic natural wonder shortly after I arrived.  I was quite impressed with it, though apparently other humans were quite impressed with the unicorn!

2014-10-17 - Equus at the Grand Canyon
I traveled home with my hewman friend, Agmane on one of primitive flying devices.  Here is one of the servants that attended to me on my flight.

A day later we visited a Renaissance Festival.  Apparently these hewmans are nostalgic for a time of dragons and kings....and Unicorns.  ;-)  I also met some hewmans that enjoy dressing up as animals, strange as that may sound.  They called themselves....furries.  

2014-10-19 - Maryland Renaissance Festival

As Agmane has discussed earlier in his posts about his life with horses, he is quite fond of horse rescues and the fantastic work that they do.  After the Renaissance Festival, he took me to visit Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, where he used to volunteer and also where he adopted his horse from.  I insisted in meeting some of my equine brethren here.  They were not entirely fond of me at first, but warmed up eventually.  

2014-10-19 - Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
I apparently arrived around the hewman holiday of Halloween.  Apparently it is socially acceptable to dress up on this day and go around asking for candy.  Agmane insisted on taking me to a party.  He said there was a "costume contest" so I figured I could crush that.  Unfortuntely, I was disqualified on the grounds that I was in fact a "real unicorn".  The girl dressed in what I'm told is "Nightmare Before Christmas" makeup won.  She put a lot of work into that, so I'll say she deserved the win!

2015-10-25 - Halloween Party

Agmane insisted that halloween also meant a "free pass" to go out in public without causing much of a stir.  He wanted to see a unicorn shooting hewman weapons. He gave me what he said were an M1 Garand and an M1903A3.  While there are plenty of more efficient and effective weaponry where I am from, I quite enjoyed shooting these primitive hewman weapons.

2015-10-26 - Shooting an M1 Garand at the Range.

I was lured to another furry "meet", this time at some manner of indoor bowling lawn.  I was told that clothing was customary in the hewman world...apparently leather straps are not sufficient.

2015-11-08 - Wilmington, DE - FurBowl

Intrigued by meeting furries at the Renaissance festival, I opted to further explore this strange hewman subculture.  Apparently they gather at hotels every so often to wear their costumes and meet each other.  I'll say one thing, they sure know how to party!

2014-12-03 - Chicago, IL - Midwest Fur Fest
While in Chicago I learned of a brewery that was quite enamored with unicorns, using them on their labels and including unicorns in the names of their beers.  I'm quite fond of this delicious libation, and was keen to pay them a visit.  Needless to say they were quite surprised.  It's not every day a unicorn walks up the street and into your brewery.  They were kind enough to give us an entire case of their beer to imbibe.

2014-12-05 - Chicago, IL - Pipeworks Brewing Co.   

Some of Pipeworks' Brewing Company's Unicorn Beers!

I enjoyed my time at Midwest Fur Fest so much that I told Agmane to find me another con.  He obliged, accompanying me to Anthro New England in Boston, MA.

2015-03-01 - Boston, MA - Anthro New England
While in Boston we visited a famous bakery (a hewman place that sells many delicious confections) called Mike's Pastry.  I may have stuffed my muzzle full of an unhealthy number of their incredible canoli.  But I'm a unicorn, I'll do as I want!  They were happy to take a picture with a visiting unicorn.

2015-02-28 - Boston, MA - Mike's Pastry
Agmane's enthusiasm volunteering for Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue and his love for his adopted rescue horse inspired me to lend a hand to promote their cause at at the Pennsylvania Horse Expo.

2015-03-07 - Harrisburg, PA - PA Horse Expo
At FurTheMore in Tyson's Corner, VA I met some hewman foals.  They were not as sticky as I had been led to believe.

2015-05-30 - Tysons Corner, VA
Alas the dawn draws nigh and I must get my 4 hours of sleep before making my appearance at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in the morning.  I invite you all to visit my webspace again in a days time to view the continuation of my year amongst you.