?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Terraluna the Fruit Bat's Journal
 
[Most Recent Entries] [Calendar View] [Friends]

Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in Terraluna the Fruit Bat's LiveJournal:

[ << Previous 20 ]
Monday, August 27th, 2012
12:29 pm
War Horse on Stage.
Hay out there,

It has been a bit of time since I have RARed at my friends, and this feels like a good time to start again.

Last Friday on Aug 24th, I got to see a stage performance that truly blew me away. I got to see the live performance of War Horse. I just herd that War Horse was coming to San Francisco, so on Thursday I jumped onto the internet to buy tickets. The ticket gods were smiling upon me, so I was able to get three seats in the 9th row and center the stage. Could not have gotten better seats.


Warhorse 1


I first herd of the live stage performance of War Horse through a TED Talk with the horse puppet makers. As can be checked out by clicking below:

http://www.ted.com/talks/handpring_puppet_co_the_genius_puppetry_behind_war_horse.html

When I Saw Joe (the main horse, puppet character) doing his thing on the TED Talk Stage, I knew I wanted to see this stage performance. Well I was just plain !!BLOWN AWAY!!


Warhorse 2


The acting was well rehearsed, smooth and believable. The layout of the stage with a long and irregular looking cloud (movie screen) above the stage, where drawings that depicted what was going on in the story along with extension of the stage scene. There were two male singers who would wonder out in the stage and intermingle in the scene with their Celtic singing of the motion and emotion of the performance.


let us not forget Joey the War Horse, with his house brethren, along with his and their puppeteers. The puppeteers, dressed in horse handlers cloths of the 1900s, did the most amazing job of hiding in plain sight. They were apart of the scene just as air around us. I could only hope to perform half as well.


Joey and his buddy


I have grown up around horses. I even owned a horse named Boots, who was a cross between an American work horse and a Clydesdale. You could imagine, he was BIG. I can honestly say, that the puppeteers caught the essence of the horse and brought this jumble of wood, string , and leather to life as a living, breathing, creature.


Little Joey


Of one scene, the little colt Joe was prancing with his farm hands helping him around the stage, from the back of the stage, he turns to run towards the audience, when all of a sudden, this massive large light from behind joey momentarily blinds the audience. Out of the light comes this magnificent beast of full grown Joey, leaping towards the front of the stage. I herd every one in the audience, with me included, gasp in amazement. VERY VERY COOL.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, February 12th, 2012
3:07 am
A Really Bummed Dragon
Last night, San Francisco was alight with gongs, firecrackers,and dragon RARing from the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade (Year of the Dragon). The dragon Feng Shui Long(Me), with the dragon Fu Ming Long( foofers ), and the bunny (representing the previous year) Twilight( yippee ) were personally invited by the actual head person of the parade to RAR and basically bug 100,000 plus people. At the vanguard of the parade no less.

This was Not Going to happen :(

I, along with foofers got a nasty bug which killed all of our plans.

I Really... Really wanted to get into this parade, Especially on the year of the dragon. It would have been an amazing honer to perform in the oldest Chinese Parades in the world, not to mention one of the largest Chinese parades outside of China. Especially being an Asion Dragon.

Over the years, I have helped by being first or second in command in many parades with the Critters by the Bay. I have put a lot of time helping make the parades enjoyable for the performers as, hopefully, also for the handlers,and not forgetting the audience. I guess I was hoping this would be my time to RAR at the crowds. But for not.

I am realizing that when you get sick, you have no choice nor control at when and where. It's just upsetting for me, just the same.

Thanks for listening to my rant.

Never the less: Kung Hei Fat Choi

Current Mood: sad
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
8:09 pm
European Plague for my birthday
Flying back from business in Germany (Last Saturday) I was shoved up right next to this guy who looked the poster boy for a middle age plague victim. He was coiffing, sweating, oozing from his reddened eyes, while once in a while going into slight body convolutions. And I'm nearly sitting in his lap for 12 hours on this plain flight.

Well I Got what ever he had. On Monday and Tuesday(My Birthday) I slid into this +101 Degree Hell flu with the flu shivers and every part of my body in pain. At Times, I was in so much pain, I could barely see to pee.

Next, on Wednesday, my throat was on fire. I can't remember this much pain in my life.
*I wonder if baby dragons run into this kind of pain when they are learning to breath fire and forget to not inhale.*

Today, the body temperature dropped to a low joint aking level, with the throat less painful, but I spent the first part of the day tossing my cookies, then the rest of the day farting fire in the form of diarrhea.

The only thing missing is the black pustule's on the skin, then I would have to say I have the black plague. :P

I have been going to my doctor and he's he gave me some heavy duty drugs to attack this nasty bug. He told me to stay home so I don't get anyone else sick. He also said, SLEEP.


You see, on my birthday last year,I got to be a dragon (Kingsford) at a little Scottish Ren fair. I guess this years birthday, I get to be a Dark Ages Plague Victim. :(


---- NOT FUN----

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
12:29 am
!!RARing!! At the San Francisco Chinese New Years Parade Fest 2011
Hay out there, I know It has been a bit of time I have RARed at you in LJ. I hope to make it up.

I had a real blast this week RARing it up at San Francisco Chinatown New Years Parade, festival --Dragon Style-- :)

This whole week, the clouds of rain has been dumping like mad,threatening our fun. On Sunday, the rain gods smiled upon us and let us play with a beautiful sunny California day. The old dragon Feng Shui Long (me) along with Fu-Ming Long ( foofers ) and the old dragon's handler extraordinare and translator (Ursa Polaris) blasted the people with tones of smiles.

As always Chinatown was insanely packed, lively, and of course, fun. The dragons took turns, going out and RARing at the crouds. You could hardly walk more than one step without people wanting to get pistures with the dragons. As for handling, there wasn't a bit of trouble with the crowds, they just seem to eat it up.

Here are a few pictures. Hope you like them.


The Old Dragon Feng Shui Long:





The Old Dragon Posing for ladies:




His Buddy the younger Fu-Ming Long:



Fu-Ming and his !!RARing!!



The Old Dragon's Fearless Handler and Translator (Ursa Polaris):
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
6:34 pm
I am officially on a Patent
WOW, now I can be considered an actually Design Engineer. I am on my first Patent (US 7671576). I was totally excited when our lawyer brought in the Official (put in in a fire proof cabinet) copy of the patent. Our lawyer was surprised in how fast this patent went through. Fine by me.


Me, the patent, and the Scorpion (AC Detector):





The PDF of the Actual Patent:
Friday, March 19th, 2010
11:34 am
I see Weasels in 3D :o
I was checking out a few of the pictures from the San Jose Christmases Parade this year. I found 2 pictures of iamweasel_2112 taken in quick order, as the photographer walked by. A really neat 3D effect happens when you look at the pictures cross eyed.

To do this, look at the two pictures. Then slowly cross your eyes until you see a 3rd picture appear in the middle. I've done this by putting my finger on the screen between the two original pictures, then slowly pull my finger towards me. Keep pulling the finger towards you until you notice in the background, the 3rd picture in the middle coming together. Stop when iamweasel_2112's nose is in one piece. remove your finger while focusing on the nose for a little bit of time, then slowly start exploring the 3rd middle picture.

The pictures aren't perfect, but the effect is cool. Have fun.

Monday, February 8th, 2010
11:58 am
Finally Terraluna the Bat Flys
In October 2, 2006, I had a major motorcycle accident which almost took my life. I broke both my arms in many locations, my right leg, and many ribs. Because of that horrible accident, I didn't have the strength to perform in Terraluna. I didn't have the strength in my arms to hold up his wings, let alone perform with them.

FC 2010 was the first time since that terrible accident that I finally got to play terraluna in all his glory.

I felt like I could fly. =D




My shoulder is still hurting from the flapping around FC, but I wouldn't have given it up for the world.



I wanted to Thank all of those people who didn't give up on me, and kept prodding me to keep pushing.

THANKS **Big Bat Wing Hug**



An interesting side note, Terraluna will be 10 years old. Not too bad for an old bat. :)

p.s. Thanks U-Gore for the pictures.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
2:08 pm
!!OMG!! I OWN A HOUSE :O
Hay out there,

I can't believe it, I officially can pay property tax to the State of California. :) At 12:30 pm, the state of California told the escrow people, that the I am the owner of a house.
Like 80% of the people I know, I use to be a renter, but now I am an owner with all the rights and privilege, and pipe bursting, and roof leaking, and all the other headaches. I am sooooo excited.


RAR at you later :)

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
12:33 pm
Last Weeks RARing good time
!!!RAR!!!







This week Kingsford was invited to this teeny tiny but big hearted renaissance fair called the Scottish Renaissance's fair in the hills of Santa Cruse. With the help of the fearless dragon sitter extraordinare, Helvetica foofers, who kept the kids form eating the dragon.

Kingsford had a blast in a half, eating peoples hats, whacking knights and man at arms, with his tail when he walked by (by accident of course). He even made ladies go into full giggle mode when the he would steal them away from their partners.

Heck, Kingsford even got a kiss on the nose from Mairy Queen of Scots.

Kingsford did tell me that he helvetica was a poop head when Kingsford wasn't allowed to steal this candy apple chopped up in wiping cream and M&Ms in a bowl, from this little girl. Also how he made Kingsford take naps.

{{Momma dragon thanks you helvetica.}} :)

Current Mood: satisfied
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
11:14 am
Bathroom Stage Fright
Unless you are one of those brave souls who can just pull down your pants in front of God and Country, and pitch one off ( or a bum on Market Street in San Francisco), I would think a person would have a heck of a time using one of these public toilets.

The irony is, of all the wild and crazy places in the world, these public toilets are located in Texas.

You got to love irony. :)






The outside of the Toilet:





The inside of the Toilet:


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
3:45 pm
A Great day to ride the Mustang
Sunday was my burthday and a hot day at that, in the San Francisco Bay Area. So around the middle of the day, I got an urge to just take off to the beach. I'm am a true belever that, like in life, the enjoyment in a trip is not the being there, but the getting there. I don't think I truly reached the beach, but I had a great time in the redwoods.





I jumped into my 1966 Mustang Convertible, that I fully restored in 1980 when I was a grease monkey in high school, and just enjoyed the outside. Man, I've had that car for 29 years, That's a long relationship. :)

Life is good. :)

Current Mood: mellow
Monday, April 20th, 2009
10:59 am
Birthday as "The -Silly- dragon of Vacaville." :)
This weekend was a great Birthday weekend for me. This Saturday, I got to RAR with Kingsford, and we made people laugh and smile. He played games with the children like cabbage bowling where he tried to get away with cheating by knocking down the pins with his tail.

He even made some great young friends. The picture below was drawn and given to Kingsford from a 5 year old little girl, who just though Kingsford was the coolest. She even helped other littler kids get over their fear of Kingsford the dragon, by holding their hand, walk up with them to the big dragon, and tell them, “He’s not a scary dragon, he’s a silly dragon.”


I couldn’t help but grin inside the head. You just can’t beat a birthday like that. :D



Does this picture make him look fat. ;)






Also, on Friday, There just happened to be a scheduled lecture on Dragons, and Quests at the local Vacaville Library. So we thought, what better person to bring to a serious lecture about dragons, than a dragon, Kingsford to be precise. So, before the lecture, Kingsford popped his head into the lecture hall and the main speakers could do nothing but smile. Everybody in the lecture hall loved it.



Thanks for the Pics Ultra_Gor




A special thanks goes to Helvetica for letting me play the -Silly- fat black dragon.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
11:35 am
The Great Staring Contest of fc 2009
They told me it was imposable.



They told me that no mortal has out stared Hazmat.



In my own belligerence and self pomposity, I felt I had a chance.



I guess they were right. ****Dramatic music climax****



These pictures are a testament to my failure. Learn from them to who ever crosses this LJ.






Hour 14 and a few beers under my belt:
The Great Stair down of 2006 -001



Hour 37 and the final defeat:
The end of the stairing





God help us all. ;)

Current Mood: silly
Friday, March 13th, 2009
7:51 am
Against the Emotional rocks
At this moment, I am feeling emotionally smashed up against the rocks.

For the past few days, I have been continually ridiculed at work on my lack of intelligence about multiple project I am working on, and how I should put a little more "thinking" into them. Then, Last evening, I headed over to Thursday Furry Chicken to console with my friends, and with a little pride, show off my new $20,000 dolor new toy. The first thing that anybody says to me, when I mention my new car, is 'how would anyone think of getting something like that.' Then some more time was spent telling me how "stupid" I am for doing what I did.

It hurts a great deal when a friend smacks you down in public, for something you put real time and money into doing.

I guess there has to be something real about my stupidity when people all around me keeps mentioning it.

Current Mood: depressed
Monday, March 9th, 2009
11:21 am
WOW!! I know what cake I would like for my birthday. :D
I was buzzing around the internet at work today, for some mental pressure relief. I fell upon this flicker picture of one of the most impressive birthday cakes I have seen.

Here it is:

Dragon cake


click to see more pictures:


BTW.. Happy Birthday John, You lucky dog dragon. :D

--I wonder if they make bats?

Current Mood: envious
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
2:44 pm
A hardy RAR to all you out there in LJ land.
On Feb 14th, I headed up with foofers to San Francisco, Chinese New Year Parade. At the celebration in China Town, there had to be at least a billion. There were so many people that if you passed out, I swear you wouldn’t hit the ground. It’s very nerving when swimming through a sea of people. Although I got to say, I love the exotic feel and smell of China Town. If you have never been there, and you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, take a tip, spend a day and visit it. You won’t be disappointed.

The parade is truly a San Francisco jewel that should be seen once in your life. The most fun I had, was the staging area of the parade. The staging area filled Market Street (One of the major arteries of the city) for a good 4 to 8 blocks. I had a GREAT time getting up close to these breath taking costumes, Lion Dancers, and [of course] Asian Dragons. :D







I got to hang out with some of my Asian Dragon Bro's and got a few dragon pointer on how to !!RAR!!. :D

It's something RARing down a major metropolitan street, with 100,000+ people cheering you on, expecting your favor. ;) </a>








One of the dragons did tell me that he found it quit annoying when he kept getting distracted with that shiny pearl some guy was holding, while running away from him. He just want to gobble then up. :P









You got to love what comes out of buses on Market Street, in San Francisco. :)

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
11:30 am
Scailies get all the girls






This Weekend was just great, and an ego booster also.




Friday night:

I headed over to the Costume Con keeping *dramatic pause* missunderstandings from happening between Scabrous the dragon and humans at the con. :) I was in my Renaissance fair gear being an agent of dragon affairs for her Majesty, under Torchwood. (Got to have a hook in the cons.) I had a blast and even had some ladies thrown my way from my buddy Scab. :)






Saturday:

I had a blast handling the Critter by the Bay characters at and after the Mountain View parade. It's really something to witness the magic that I see being created between the Critters and the kids and grownups alike.




Sunday was my day to play.

Sunday in the morning:

In the morning, I got to bring out Gamara. {How many people get to play a Japanese Toho Monster *BIG GIGGLY GRIN* }. The con went nuts with picture taking. :)

Heck, Barberilla even ask Gamara out.







Man, what is it with Turtles and their sex appeal ?
I guess I'm just going to have to ask kinkyturtle one of these days ;)

I tell you one thing. That is one HOT and Hard to see out of costume I have ever worn. I also wouldn't have missed it for the world. :)







Sunday in the afternoon:

I finally got to bring out Noodles the dragon. At the end of the performance SIG at Costume Con 26, the costume fursuits had a little parade through the Con. (About 20 costumes in all). We were given an amazingly warm welcome. Of course Noodles was heading up the back of the parade at the speed of 1 Terraluna (not fast at all), while the rest of the parade was zipping along.

Well you know how Noodles believes in 'Equal Opportunity Bugging'. :)




After the wave of amazing costumes went by the con crowds, Noodles had a great time filling in the wake. He was warmly welcomed even if he was a little butthead. I also understand that foofers kept Noodles from eating a girl dressed up as a fairy.

Well, ask any dragon. They'll all tell you that fairies are very tasty ;)

It really helped boost up my ego realizing I haven't lost that spark of magic, to make people smile and laugh, and to create that suspension of disbelieve everyone can enjoy.







I have been told by a few people in the furry fandom that Noodles as a costume is not all that good, but I sure have fun with him, and I think people around me do also.


Thanks Mr. Dinosaur (Dennis Lancaster) for letting me borrow Gamara, and Thank you the reader for coming and visiting.

Current Mood: satisfied
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
5:20 pm
I finally got to !!!!!!!RAR!!!!!!! and on my birthday to boot.
This last Saturday (April 19, 2008) I went over to a little Scottish Fest able with my friends aaron_raccoon{Photographer, Dragon and Dog handler}, foofers {friend of Scabrous}, diadexxus {friend of Ace McFluff the border collie}, griffinwolf {Handler Extraordinaire), and jumell {handler and Defender of the faith (<-- Always wanted to say that :) )}.
At the beginning of the day, as always, I was having a blast being the strait man (a.k.a. B.S. Artist) for Scab. Basically B.Sing for him, snapping pictures for visitors with Scab, and keeping ravenous virgins from eating him. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it. :)

The Second part of the day of the day, everyone, especially foofers and diadexxus, Gave me a very special birthday gift. They let me RAR with Kingsford. I RARed to my hearts content.



just plain !!!RAR!!!


Like always, Kingsford was just tenacious. He got a mess of hugs, and whacked a teenage girl who wouldn't hug him with his tail. By accident of course *giggle*. He then had a golfing lesson with a bunch of little kids who were baffled at how to teach a dragon as silly as Kingsford, how to play. They would giggle and give him all these suggestions when he would place the golf club head in the front of the golf ball before he swung. He even tried to eat the golf ball, but as he told me later, aaron_raccoon was a poop head and wouldn't let him eat it. Oh well. Momma-dragon thanks you Aaron. :)

--> Dragons just can't play golf. Of course no one is crazy enough to tell a dragon that. :) <--

After that, he tried to do Caber Tossing (pool noodles) with lots of help from his little friends. Luckily diadexxus was there to keep any body including one tenacious dragon form getting killed from falling pool noodles.


Then after the gig We all went out for a great B-day dinner with a massive chunk of chocolate cake.


It's been a long time since I was allowed to perform since my motorcycle accident, for that, I couldn't have asked for a better day. :)

Thank you guys

** BIG DRAGON SIZE HUG**

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
10:39 pm
Don't you wander what dragons think.
I was just sitting on the john browsing through a few picture, pondering on the great questions of the world. As I'm sure, many of the great questions have been pondered by our great thinkers on the john. Anyway, all of a sudden, one of the great questions in the world seem to get answered.


((( NOT MUCH ))) :)





Current Mood: silly
Friday, February 8th, 2008
12:06 am
Down off of an FC !!RARing!! high
I am finally coming down off of my RAR high from FC. I had a Fantastic time hobnobbing with everyone. I wasn't allowed to costume out in the public because of my still healing left arm, so that was a little bit of a bummer. Because of that, I was worried that I might get a little board, but after being a back stage ninja at the masquerade, actually performing in the FNL and basically B.S.ing up a storm with everybody, Tuesday morning showed up in lightning speed time with no voice coming out of my mouth. You would think I talked for 5 days strait. :)

The best part, I finally Got to RAR with Noodles. MAN, It has been over a year since I was well enough to RAR or even SQUEEK. I have to thank my local costuming pusher diasexxus for letting Noodles play in her FNL skit. I can't believe how much {{FUN}} I had getting out there in front of everyone and acting like a complete goof ball. So I guess Noodles didn't loose his RAR.

It was GREAT. Thanks for all of my friends welcoming me back with open arms, after a year + of coming back to the fandom.

THANKS :)

**BIG GOOBERY DRAGON SMOOCH on the head** from Noodles





Oh yeah............................... !!RAR!!

Current Mood: ecstatic
[ << Previous 20 ]
About LiveJournal.com