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探してあてて下さった方に $1000差し上げます。

1月24日午前11時、僕らの大切なクマたちはEmeryville にある映画館、Bay st 16 movie theatreで迷子になってしまった。彼らはジップロックバックに入ったまま、映画館のロビーのどこかに落っこちてしまった。僕らはこの千ドルという大金の懸賞金を、迷子のクマの噂が広がる手掛かりとして提示している。この懸賞金が人々の関心を引き、やがてクマを拾ってくれた人の耳に入り、僕らの大切なクマたちを家に連れて来てくれると心から願っている。
皆さん、お待たせ致しました!過去のポストは全て日本語で読む事が出来ます。

The Birthday Surprise

Hello good people! This is a story about how The Bears helped create a Birthday surprise to remember!

Morning

I woke to the familiar sound of Bears chattering away. The grunts and squeaks trickled into my ear from the corner of my room that they have made their home.. Their “home” consists mostly of cushions and pillows they have gathered from around my apartment and stacked up to create one giant Bear bed. The whispers and grunts emanating from the corner of my room were interrupted by the occasional discernible word-”present”; “pink”; “Achan” ..

Hmmm..

Next thing I knew I had 4 Bears perched on my chest, staring me in the face. Though small and cute, their completely silent approach was a little startling; not to mention the warm wave of Bear morning breath that hit me as they all started talking at once.. After a bit of Bear language de-coding, I began to understand what all their excitement was about. My girlfriends birthday was coming up, and they wanted to make her a special birthday present! They were planning to take a nice photo of all the Bears having a birthday party for her! What a great idea! We began brainstorming.. They wanted to take the picture in a special setting, similar to Bear #1 and Bear #2′s Christmas and Thanksgiving photos. We decided it would be best if we built a nice “Bear room” for them to have their “birthday party” in. Time to do some building!

Next stop- the crafts store!

The Bears and I all headed down to the arts and crafts store. Once inside, the Bears scattered in all directions. I started looking for the essentials: glue, some cardboard, tape and all other things one might need for such a project. As I walked down the aisles, Bears appeared here and there . Each had a shopping basket bursting with pink fluffy things which they dutifully pushed through the endless maze of stuff. I think they managed to find every pink item that was in that store! Once we had collected all the supplies we might need, we headed home to make the special “scene” for our portrait.

Late night Building party..

The crew of workers

Working hard!

ANY CHARACTER HERE

We carved, cut glued and sewed.. I drank wine- the Bears drank ginger-ale.. We went crazy decorating the Bear house for the photo shoot the next day. We worked like professionals. It was nearly morning by the time we were done! CowBear was the first to pass out. At some point in the night’s activities, he headed over to “Bear corner” and started snoring away on a giant pillow. The Monsieur was next. I knew he would not last much longer when he began singing a delirious version “La Vie en Rose”. Sure enough, before he finished the last verse he was snoring away.. Bear #4 hit the sack soon thereafter.. Bear #3 on the other hand kept on working till the very end. She straightened, dusted and prepared the Bears awesome room for the photo we would take the next day.. Once we were ready for the shoot, Bear #3 passed out in the little room we had spent all night creating.

The early stages...

The next day

We all woke up tired. The Bears were worried about getting their picture taken because they all had puffy faces from lack of sleep. They spent all morning making themselves look good for our photo shoot.. We took some test photos before we brought out the cake!

Notice our special lighting design..

How did it go? Look for yourself! This is the picture we decided on using.

Once we had finished our picture, we had it printed and framed in an awesome blue (had to balance out all the pink) frame. We dressed ourselves nicely for the birthday party, and proudly headed over with our finished present.

Cheese!

The birthday party was amazing. Old friends gathered and celebrated our dear and beloved Achan’s birthday. The Bears looked really cool in the birthday hats we had made the night before. They ate so much cake, I thought they might burst! They didn’t, but they did fall asleep pretty early. Everyone loved the Bears’ special birthday picture, and we all agreed it was a true Bear Masterpiece.

Fit to hang in any museum!

A note to our readers:
Although our posting has decreased dramatically, we still believe our Bears will find their way home some day. Our lives are filled with the special Bears who live with us now thanks to you good people. Thank you for your continued support, and thank you for loving Bears! We will continue to post our Bear stories as often as we can. :)

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