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I think this sums up how I feel:

In other news, work's been very busy, and I've been in physical therapy for the last 4 weeks, and I have an update that I've been meaning to post here at some point, when my schedule permits.
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So as folks may have read, I did in fact fursuit for the first time at FurFright.

Saturday night while [ profile] pkitty1, myself, and some other folks were having a few drinks, the topic of myself and fursuiting came up. I somehow was persuaded by Captain Morgan other folks in the room to put on the head and paws of Manik's cheetah fursuit and then walked around con space for about half an hour. The partial actually went pretty well with the black overcoat I wore with it, and it gave me the opportunity to "flash" my conbadges to folks that I knew. (and in many cases surprise them, as was the case with [ profile] protocollie!)

Here's the proof:

Sweating inside the partial wasn't too bad, but I definitely couldn't wear the suit for an excessive amount of time. I unfortunately had issues with the paws, since they were basically giant slippers, I couldn't easily put my orthotic shoe inserts in them, and that did a number on my feet. (maybe I should shuffle more next time?)

Visibility was also very poor inside the fursuit head. Specifically, I was told that visibility in that head was particularly bad compared to other suits. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with other fursuits to compare that against. :-P

I'll have to see if it's feasible for a fursuit maker to "build" a set of paws around a spare pair of shoes when I commission should I decide to commission a leopard cheetah cheopard fursuit at some point.

If anyone can recommend any good fursuit builders, BTW, feel free to do so in the comments.
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I took last Friday off for high school classmate Derek's bachelor party last Thursday night. While I emerged from it relatively unscathed and not at all hungover, I cannot say the same for other participants. In other words, a successful bachelor party!

Case in point, here are some photos:

Cammie watches Beavis and Butthead Derek plays Cornholio Cammie

Yes, the dog was watching Beavis and Butthead with us.

Onward to Saturday and the wedding itself. It was the first wedding I was in in some years, and everything went off perfectly. No mistakes, and no drama.

Some pics from the wedding:

Katie's cheetah necklace (not a leopard)

The necklace above was worn by Katie, the wife of one of my fellow groomsmen, apparently for my benefit. And the best part? It was apparently labelled as a "leopard" by the shop selling it. I had to argue with her that no, it was really a cheetah. This whole leopard/cheetah confusion just never ends!

Also, I became Mayor of a church in FourSquare:

I became Mayor of a CHURCH in FourSquare!

Raise your paw if you didn't see THAT coming!

So, between high school classmate Derek, high school classmate Chris, and myself, I'm the only single person left. Chris got married in 2003 with Derek and I in the wedding party, and this time it was Derek's turn to get married with Chris and myself in the wedding party. Naturally, the question is when will it be my turn to get married (legally or otherwise)? I have no idea. It did prompt me to get around to updating my profile to something a little more current. We'll see what comes of it.
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I picked up my orthotic shoe inserts today. This is what they look like:

My orthotic shoe inserts My orthotic shoe inserts

For those of you who have used Spenco Polysorb insoles, that's exactly what the top of them are. They're quite padded. The underside is a carbon mesh, with a rather high arch.

Wearing them feels interesting. To quote my doctor, "it's like there is a hand pushing up on the bottom of each arch".

Getting my muscles adjusted to these will also be interesting. And I don't mean the muscles in my feet, but rather in my legs! Since these orthotics rotate my feet on the Z-axis, this means that one half of the muscles on my leg will pull more than usual, while the other half will push more than usual. I was told to wear them for an hour the first day, then increase the wearing time by an hour each day. He explained to me that if I fail to do this, the pain will send me to the Emergency Room, because wearing them for a full day before my muscles are ready would be like going to the gym for a full day.

The next step is to see my pawdiatrist again in 6 weeks. He said that there's a 98% chance that I will, and I quote, "feel like kissing him on the lips". Yes, he really said that. In the remaining 2%, some imperfection may show up in the orthotics, which means they get sent back to the manufacturer for adjustment.

The manufacturer also offers a "protection plan". For $75, I can be enrolled for 3 years, which will protect my orthotics against damage or theft (LOLWHUT?). I'll probably go for that, just for the damage angle.

What this will do to my knees remains to be seen, but there's a pretty good chance I'll see some improvement there, since my feet will now be aligned properly. If I see substantial improvement, I intend to do some traveling. Possible destinations include New York City, driving west as far as Chicago, visiting Cheetah Pizza (you guys think I'm joking? Click the link!), or flying to Las Vegas.

More news as I get it.
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I don't use Bing, but someone on Twitter pointed out to me that yesterday's front page on Bing featured badly drawn leopards:

Feel free to draw your own conclusions about cheetahs, leopards, and modern search engine technology.
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If you do take a cheetah to the bar, it usually ends poorly, as this video demonstrates:

This video is totally heterosexual, I swear!
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This is a Powerpoint-style presentation that explains in very simple and straightforward terms how the Subprime Mortgage crisis happened:

It's worth checking out, really. It's so simple, even a cheetah could understand it!
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They keep playing games with their food instead of actually eating it:

And I'm not sure what's up with this particular cheetah. His eyes are all... googly, there are no stripes on his tail, no emo tearmarks on his face, his spots look worse than usual, and he appears to be missing teeth!
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Think cheetahs are well mannered and cuddly cats? Ha! Think again. Here's the proof!

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Also, two cheetah cubs kiss and make up:

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Toy leopard causes traffic jam

Xiamen - A toy black leopard left lying in a footpath sparked panic in a Chinese city.

The 91cm stuffed toy scared pedestrians and caused a traffic jam in Xiamen city.

A witness told Xiamen Daily: "Dogs were scared and passers-by were running for their lives. Some of them ran into traffic, causing a back-up."

Eventually, police officers arrived with an armed anaesthetist[sic] from the local Haicang Zoo.

"After observing for a while, we saw the leopard was stationary, so one of the officers gingerly went ahead and touched it. Then we realised it's a toy," said a police spokesperson.

Additional coverage

P.S. Cheetahs are inbred!
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A cheetah went into a garage and asked for a seven-hundred-ten. We all looked at each other and another customer asked, "What is a seven-hundred-ten?" He replied, "You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine, I have lost it and need a new one..." He said he didn't know exactly what it was, but this piece had always been there. The mechanic gave him a piece of paper and a pen and asked him to draw what the piece looked like. He drew a circle and in the middle of it wrote 710. He then took him over to another car which had its hood up and asked, "is there a 710 on this car?" The cheetah pointed and said, "Of course, it's right there."

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Yes, that cheetah is standing on its hind legs.

That's pretty impressive, since it is a proven scientific fact that most cheetahs cannot even count to 5!
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I wonder how much tickets cost to ride this train?


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Douglas Muth

April 2012



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