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It’s the start of a new year. Snow is everywhere in Chelsea, and particularly in front of Whale’s house. Hot Dog has been neglecting her snow shoveling duties because it is the holidays. It’s a Sunday but people are busy at their porches, or going to church or to grab a little bit of holiday sale action yet again at their nearest supermarket. Looking at the chaotic first day of a new year from the window is making Whale feel hopeful and a little bit at peace.
Whale (thinks to himself): I can’ t believe 2017 is here already. I am getting a year older soon it seems. Us Capricorns are so determined to climb the career ladder, it’s not funny. Wonder how Bart rang in her NYE! Mine was filled with drunken behaviour, loud music and a pretty late night. Good thing I could come back home to tuck Hot Dog in her bed at night. The little baby…I can’t wait to tell Hot Dog about all the unrealistic stories my friends have been knitting for the new year. They had so much to drink all they could talk about was their lousy jobs, how hard it is to ask for a raise from their bosses, and caricaturing scary stories when there aren’t any problems or anything at all that should be making us feel queasy or nervous or fret about because there is no way any of us cannot solve them – maybe it was the homemade punch or something. How hilarious! It couldn’t be a better start to the new year…
Hot Dog: Happy New Year!
Whale (startled): Oh! Where you came from? Had a good sleep?
Hot Dog: I did, yes! I am excited that it’s 2017 already!
Whale: Me too! Happy 2017 and a Happy New Year!…I kind of feel like going back to bed again.
Hot Dog: Why? There are like a million happy things you can do today…
Whale: I feel sleepy and everyone is so busy, it’s making me feel even more lazy!
Fat Pig: Happy New Year folks!
Hot Dog: What happened? Did Pig startle you?
Whale: Yes, he did! Sorry, Fat Pig! I wasn’t expecting you infront of my window so early on a New Year’s Day!
Fat Pig: Oh! That’s alright, Whale!
Hot Dog and Whale (together): Happy New Year, to you too!!!
Fat Pig: Have I got a riddle for you…there is word on the street…”it is just there”.
Whale: Wot is?
Fat Pig: I think that is followed by “Things. It’s one of the many different kinds of things. It’s just going to happen. Hmmm. What else? I think it is just there. It IS there.”
Hot Dog: Something amazing?
Fat Pig: I don’t know my amigo but that’s on replay and it’s driving me crazy.
Whale: Me too! Just listening to it gave me a headache.
Whale is sunbathing at Hyde Park today. The summer has gotten unusually hot, so he is sipping on some cold beer and lounging around the park with his childhood friend, Jack Sr.
Whale: It’s so hot. I am glad I have this mug of frosties with me to make me feel really cool!
Jack Sr: I know! I don’t know what I was thinking when I said “Yes” to dropping off Jack with the kids, and Mr. Brown, at the circus this weekend! In my mind, just picturing the long walk to pick them up later on is making me sweat…
Whale: Yeah? Why did Brown’s car break down all of a sudden?
Jack Sr: I think it had something to do with the tyres, and he just couldn’t find any time over the week, to fix it for the weekend!
Whale: Was that all? Wish I had been at the circus with Hot Dog…her friend Fat Pig kept screaming all the way about cotton candy at the circus, and maybe we could have seen all the fun sitting underneath a tree, and in the shade if we had gone with them!…ahhh the frosties!
Hot Dog, Jack and Fat Pig are at the circus for the weekend. They want to enjoy a trapeze show, but so far they are stuck at the enormously long queue to buy tickets to it. It has been fifteen minutes and the four of them are thoroughly bored.
Hot Dog (exasperated): Ohhhhh! How much longer Mr. Brown?
Mr. Brown: Not very long, honey!
Fat Pig:…Dog…I saw Moja Bleu yesterday!
Hot Dog: Where?
Fat Pig: At the supermarket! I was there to get some peanuts for our kitchen cupboard!
Jack: You like peanuts?
Fat Pig: Yeah, they are pretty good snacks!
Hot Dog: Yeah? Was Moja Bleu shopping as well?
Fat Pig: No! He was there to return Moti Pasteur’s munsell-yellow jumper he had bought the week before, with a pair of lemon chiffon socks for himself – the jumper unexpectedly shrank in the wash!
Hot Dog is busy making her bed at camp and listening to the classic “Blue Night” by MLTR. At that moment, Fat Pig comes with a tiny box of LEGO on her bed and works on his model.
Hot Dog: What are you making?
Fat Pig: A model homage to Blues Brothers!
Hot Dog: You mean those awesome dudes from Fanta?
Fat Pig: They are like Monty Python!
Hot Dog: You mean like The Jetsons?
Fat Pig: No!!! They are like really awesome things, like Star Wars!
Hot Dog: Are you like on about those slum-rock Horses’ Band again?
Hot Dog, Jack and Fat Pig are unpacking their bags at the lodge, where Park Ranger John Smith is helping out!
Park Ranger John Smith: So, Hot Dog this is your area of the lodge! I’ll help you out with all of the necessary documents a little later…
Hot Dog: Alright! Cheers!
Fat Pig & Jack: Thank you!!!
Park Ranger John Smith: That’s alright! Hot Dog I’ll need your biology report in the evening today!
Hot Dog: Yeah, I know!!! I’ll revise & give it to you!
Park Ranger John Smith: Alright! Peace Red Bear!!!
Fat Pig:………look at all these kids! How many do you think are in this floor of the wooden hut?
Jack: I think about 22!
Fat Pig: Look how fat that dog is…he’s eating 6 muffins all at once!
Jack: How is that teaching him anything at camp?
Hot Dog:……..have you seen Fang? My pet was on my bed!
Fat Pig:…….yeah, here she is………….biting that fat dog’s butt!
Hot Dog, Jack and Fat Pig are still on the gray boulder, trying to grapple with the idea of what to do about lodges.
Hot Dog: I tried to become Baby Park Ranger but I cannot until next year because all the junior kids have already filled up the positions as Baby Park Rangers.
Jack: Really? How awful!
Fat Pig: I know! She has been wanting to become a Baby Park Ranger for some time now. Why didn’t you get on that programme before?
Hot Dog: I could not! I only found out about that properly this term in school! So, when I asked to become one after finding out, one of the juniors who is a Baby Park Ranger or Park Ranger Star I cannot remember, told me that it’s not possible until next year because kids are already on those positions for this year!
Jack: You know, we could like assist around the lodges and live there too if we could have become one!
Fat Pig: Yeah, but our juniors are doing all of those jobs now!
Hot Dog: Who cares? I just need to think about the assignments we have for the camping trip now – I still do not know what to do about that nature report. If all things go great, I think I will get an A+ in it and then for our regular camping trips, I can become a Baby Biologist for Yellowstone Park!