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Chicago, 2015.

 
 

Chicago is a world epicenter of art.

It seems like a museum or art installation is around every corner.  I kept unexpectedly finding things that I thought were simply amazing.

On several occasions, tourists asked us for directions around the city.  I suppose we appeared well oriented to people for some reason.

 

Millenium Park, Chicago, 2015. Photo by Graywolf.

 

San Francisco loves the unexpected.

There is enormous potential energy everywhere.  People seem poised and ready to participate in your absurdity.

We randomly walked in to a Wagashi shop called Minamoto Kitchoan in San Francisco's financial district and were ushered behind the counter like we owned the place.  A red panda could probably run the store, but putting a fox in charge was a really bad idea.

 

San Francisco, 2013. Photo by Steeleheart.

 

New York carries a weighty, fast paced feeling.

There is a heaviness of important things happening all around.  We were tolerantly observed, discreetly photographed in passing, and felt barely remarkable in such a busy city.

There are tons of costumed performers, who unlike us are collecting money, and unlike us are commercial characters.  I felt a vague tension of being on someone's "turf," and saw Elmo staring me down from across the street.  We moved on.

 
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Manhattan, New York City, 2013. Photos by Jim Wolf.  

 

Austin is a creative city.

Austin is home, and there exists no better place to come home to.  Anything is possible in Austin.  It's a safe, beautiful, tolerant, weird place.

In bigger cities, I often have to remind myself to be careful: not every place is as easy and accepting as Austin.

 
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Honk! TX, Austin, 2013.

 

Houston is hot.

There are some fine folks in that town, and It's just really hot and humid there.

At 9:00 PM it was still 100F.  Woof.

 

Houston, 2013.

 

London is both old sophistication and unbridled youthful exuberance.

We emerged in the bustling epicenter of Oxford Circus, framed by the historic Marble Arch, and chased pigeons around the edges of Hyde Park.

Heading back in the taxi, I stuck my head out the window and barked at passersby.  I was told that my American accent was noticeable.

 
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London England, 2014.  Photo by Mikepaws.

 

Dublin is a hopeful, optimistic city.

Dubliners are marvelously kind, hard working, and cheerful towards the future.  I performed alone on Grafton street-- a world famous location for busking-- and had a wonderful time.

A construction worker stepped out for a smoke and watched me while I changed in an ally.  As I struggled with a zipper, he offered, "C'n I giv'ya ah hand 'are?"  I was glad for the help, too, because paws and zippers don't mix very well.

 
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Dublin, 2014.

 

Regensburg is an old world city.

The streets are narrow, winding, and paved with stone.  Around a corner, we found ourselves at Regensberg Cathedral.  The architecture is magnificent and stunning.  

We wandered up to a street cart meat vendor, pretending to be sniffing the air.  The woman running the cart laughed hysterically and gave us each a free sausage.

 
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Regensberg Germany, 2014.

 

Tokyo is the future.

The city is unbelievably clean, orderly, polite, and busy.  This is truly a glimpse of the future for our world. We wore costumes for a 45 minute Yamanote train ride to the famous Harajuku Bridge, known as a costuming and fashion showcase.  

We began to wander over towards Yoyogi park, but were politely ushered by police back to the bridge.  The bridge is where the big dog people belong in this city.

 
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Harajuku Tokyo, 2014.