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Over the course of these 10 years of daily blogging, I’ve gotten to know quite a few of you, mostly here on this blog but, some of you, in person.  There’s Gary (aka gforce) who has dropped by Vancouver on his innumerable nature hikes, Jeff W. who has kindly helped transport my dogs on their annual cross-country flight, and Jeff’s wife Barb who took Akemi for a memorable trip to the aquarium the last time she was in town.  This weekend, all three were in Toronto to help mark this blog’s 10th anniversary!

They – in concert with other blog regulars – presented me with a commemorative plaque, a bottle of super smooth Nikka Coffey whisky, and THIS spectacular model of The Raza that lights up a half dozen ways (built by Jeff) –

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Sub-light!

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Firing engines!

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Shields!

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And they didn’t leave out Akemi or Bubba and Lulu.  Check out the Christmas-themed toys and outfits!

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A great lunch and interesting dessert (still not sold on that rosemary ice cream) with great people.

Thanks to Jeff, Barb, Gary – and all the rest of this extended blog family!

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baterista9
baterista9

Wow! Who made the model?

KathyC

So glad you enjoyed lunch and your presents Joe!

Your anniversary tribute post was partially handled by you today, so thank you! Thanks for sharing pictures with everyone of lunch and JeffW’s amazing Raza.

Here is @GForce’s Periscope of the present opening:

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1RDGlodDYwlKL

KathyC

@baterista9 the Raza was lovingly designed and created by our very own blog regular @JeffW. Amazing, right!?!

airelle
airelle

KathyC, thanks for sharing the periscope link. What a lovely gift JeffW. such talent all around.

PBMom

You have no idea how much I wanted to be there, too. One of these days. smile @JeffW I only wish I had one-hundredth of your skill and expertise. I can’t even put a 3-D puzzle together. That’s great about the Christmas presents for Akemi, Lulu and Bubba.

PBMom

@Gforce Thank you, thank you for doing the Periscope. I wanted to be able to see it happening since I couldn’t be there.

2cats

WOW! What wonderful gifts! Love that Raza model.

I don’t know of any other blog or blog family that would do this you know. That means you are special to us Joe & Akemi, Lulu and Bubba and never forgetting Jelly & Maximus.

Thank you and congratulations!

canderson
canderson

@JeffW that Raza is amazing!! You are so talented! And the other presents for Akemi, Lulu and Bubba are so cute!

Maggie L80
Maggie L80

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the periscope session of the delivery of “the gifts”. OMG Jeff W! The Raza is amazing!! Just a heads up, we all will want one now! Who knew bubble wrap could be so troublesome? It’s a “side” gift in itself. Seriously, I can’t leave a bubble unpopped. It’s addictive.

Looks like Akemi has something to dress up Bubba and Lulu in.

All in all, I’d say it was a success! Well done! Thanks to everyone involved for all the hard work. Nice being able to put a name to a face.

Thogar

You guys did a really wonderful thing!

Bailey
Bailey

Aww, congrats on the 10year blog celebration! I’ve been reading since you started and admire you for keeping up with it for so long through thick and thin and everything else. smile

Debra

Awww, that is really fantastic! Wow. WTG Jeff W!

And thank you for 10 yrs of blogging.

bambamfans

That was beautiful. The joy and excitement on yours and Akemi’s faces made my day. Awesome job with the Raza Jeff. The Periscope was awesome to wake up to… great job Gary. It’s great to see all of you.

Cheers, Chev

RichS
RichS

That is very cool smile

gforce

It was a wonderful day and very much an honour to be here to help celebrate this anniversary with you, Joe and with Akemi. I alway enjoy meeting up with you guys so much. And so great to meet JeffW and his lovely wife, Barbara. Top notch folks!

Line Noise
Line Noise

Congratulations Joe! 10 years of daily blogging is an amazing achievement!

That model looks great!

Line Noise
Line Noise

Oh, and Jeff, put me down for one of those Razas! How much do you sell them for? smile

JeffW
JeffW

@Joe:

We had a great time with you all yesterday. Smiles and good times! And yes, that Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky is smooth! Now I’ll need to see if I can find another bottle for myself back in Chicagoland! grin

And a big thanks to the “Blog Anniversary Committee” for putting this all together. There was a lot of behind the scenes work to coordinate this (thanks Drea!) and the result shows. This was very much a team effort and all done to show our love for Joe, Akemi, the dogs, and of course his blog!

@gforce:

It was a joy meeting you yesterday as well! Technology is great at connecting people, but it will always fall short of the bonds made when meeting in person.

Safe travels today, and I hope we meet up again soon!

JeffW
JeffW

Line Noise:

Oh, and Jeff, put me down for one of those Razas! How much do you sell them for?

There might be some copyright issues heading into mass production, but maybe Joe can help smooth that out? wink

ceresis64

Blog Anniversary Committee 👍

@JeffW The Raza is just amazing!
And @gforce, thanks for the Periscope, it was great being a part of the presents being opened.

Margaret Clayton

Marvelous! That little Raza is an incredible work of art!

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

All because you are worth it, Joe 😊
Thank you for sharing your life/time with a brilliant blog!

Thanks Drea and blog team! Great result!

DALLAS MARSHALL (@MrsTigercat)

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! Thank you, thank you, thank you. grin

Eileen Cahill
Eileen Cahill

Happy Blog Anniversary, Joe!

Ponytail
Ponytail

@JeffW – That is awesome! You are soooooo talented. But I must confess, I want to lick it. I see JeffW’s name…, I think dessert…, and white chocolate. It looks like white chocolate… is it? Are you sure? Joe, lick it for me and let me know how it taste. Okay? Okay.

Sometimes I can see Periscopes, sometimes I can’t. This one I can’t. Happy Anniversary Joe!