31 October 2008

Happy Hamster Halloween!

Time for the annual Grand Masque here at the palace. Fun, fun, fun!

(Note to self: Find person who recommended "Jurassic Park" theme and have him shot. I feel silly in this thing.)

30 October 2008

There she is!

You have to look real hard, but if you do, you might see Meritt sipping a macchiato in the window. (And yes, this is the very first, genuine, original Starbucks. In case you're wondering, this is before I set out the incense and candles in front of it.)

27 October 2008

The Emerald City

Now that We have completed coverage of the imperial progress, it's time to indulge in what a friend of mine calls"mindless photo blogging." Seattle is such a lovely city! So let's spend some time havin' a look-see. First, some cityscapes:

--from the top of the Space Needle
--and from street level
--and from the harbor

20 October 2008

Back to Seattle

After the state visit to British Columbia, the barge headed back to Seattle at full speed.
You can imagine how hard the little guys on the treadmills below decks had to work to turn up a wake like that!

Upon our return, We were of course, met by local officials and nobles.
Who were thoughtful enough to provide a nice new throne for Our use.
Hamster just LOVES pretty new thrones!

Then it was off to meet with our highest officials and most trusted councillors. Starting with an informal working lunch.
Note the port-a-flock once again provided security. Also, Butterball came along for the ride, eager to meet the most famous Woodchuck!

Many persons of the loftiest importance were in attendance.
Including the youngest members of the high nobility.
We then went off on a tour of the area and local artistic sites, including glass sculptures in Tacoma.
Members of the court were rapt in attention.
In the 17th century, a picture such as this would have been titled "The Beauties of the Court."
Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder...
We have always believed that a wholesome and devoted family life amongst the younger nobility, such as the Squirrels, sets a fine example for the lower orders of society.
The day concluded with a state dinner at a Rogue Pub, the preferred beer-joint of the Imperial Court.
All in all, a perfectly tyrannical time was had by all. We must do this again some time soon!!!
Later that evening, the Imperial Air Marshall pulled up in "Despot 1" and We were flying off back to Lexington with so many happy memories!!!
WHEREAS, We were provided with a right-regal reception and delightfully despotic diversion on Our visit to Seattle, it's titles and promotions all around!

Woodchuck is hereby created Governor-General of Our Pacific Realms and Lord of the Woodlands.

Kel is hereby created Supreme Over-Mistress of checking opening hours and Queen of the Arts.

Squirrel is hereby created Imperial ArchForester, Master of Imperial Chain Saws, and Commissar of the Mold Detection Directorate.

Mrs. Squirrel is hereby created Rodentine Chief Justice for the Western District, with the power to hang at whim.

The Right-Noble Demoiselles Maraya, Elleah, and Baby Squirrel are created Princesses of the Rodentine Blood.

-- By Decree of The Hamster

19 October 2008

Secrets of the stars revealed!

So that's where his hair style came from!
(between the hair and the nose, there's a very strong family resemblance)

17 October 2008

15 October 2008

Greetings from the Sovereign Pontiff

Howdy! Just wanted to pop in and let y'all know I'm still here. Everything's fine. It's just that lately Hamster's life has been so much more exciting than mine, I haven't seen the need to make an appearance. Take care everybody!

Benedictus P.P. XVI, Pont. Max.

11 October 2008

State Visit

Next on the Imperial Progress was a state visit to the charming little town of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
The local inhabitants thronged the port area to catch the arrival of the Imperial Barge.
Here you can see the Royal Mountie Honor Guard which greeted Us upon Our arrival.
The local marine rescue unit put on a demonstration for Us.
And We were made an honorary fire chief for the day. How quaint!
Then it was off to Government House where the personal representative of the Queen was waiting to receive Us. She's keen to put all that unpleasantness over Scotland behind us.

08 October 2008

Patrolling the Frontier

From Skagway we took a train up the mountains of the Klondike gold route to the Canadian border. We are pleased to report the Canadians aren't causing any trouble, so We had lots of time to enjoy the scenery, through the clouds to the mountain top, and an entirely different ecosystem up there. You may now enjoy too through Our boundless beneficence!