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Raoul’s Two Cents: April 14, 2023

I’m Back!

Hello stranger.

How long has it been? A month? Many subscribers got withdrawal symptoms from not having their Friday emails. I apologize. I did send out my TGIF emails but only a few people received it. I was so busy that I couldn’t spend enough time developing my own personal email program. To view the past issues you can always go to Travelingboy.com.

Isn’t it funny how our friendship has developed just through my TGIF emails? So what have I been up to? Allow me to be silly. Besides work, I’ve been thinking of writing a comic book about our corgis.

My wife has been away visiting her Mom for a week now so I’ve been taking care of Tonka and Tinker. Every night they wait patiently beside the front door for my wife’s return. After all, she is their real master. I’m just the babysitter. If only I could explain that their Mama won’t be coming home for a while.

I’ve gotten to know them a little more now. They love to play but they don’t know how. They want me to chase them but when I do they turn around and confront me and bark like they want to eat me up. They don’t know how to fetch. They just don’t get it (literally). They do know how to catch food, so that’s fun. Sometimes I’d be watching TV and when the most important dialogue comes up, they decide to bark so loud my tinnitus starts acting up. Tonka is the older of the two and he acts like it too. He’s the cool one … the introspective one and he chooses his battles. Tinker is the spunky one — always ready for the next adventure. Tinker never runs out of energy.

Our two corgis in their secret identities.

Their favorite part of the day is when I take them out to poop and pee. That’s when their super hero personalities come out. When they hit the pavement they’re like John Travolta pacing down the streets of New York with his disco shoes. They’re like the Jets in West Side Story. “Play it cool boy! Where’s the action? Who’s making all that racket? Move over buste! Batdog and Twitter are here!”

Yes. I’d like to write a comic book about them — Batdog and Twitter! — and their amazing adventures walking around the neighborhood.

Our superheroes,

I’m sure you have your own stories to tell about your pet. Tell me about it. Share your pictures with the rest of us.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Come on, say it — Thank God it’s Friday! TGIF people!

Raoul
P.S.
In case you haven’t seen it, I made a video of Tonka and Tinker. CLICK HERE.

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Wyne of Manila, Philippines

Art by Raoul Pascual


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Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA

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10 Comments

  1. Tom

    April 17, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Good to have you back. Wondered what you were doing? Thanks. Tom

    Reply

  2. Heather

    April 17, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Dog is God spelled backwards. All they do is love you unconditionally and they’re always ON DUTY. I’m glad you’ve had this time alone with your dogs so that you can Bond in a way that maybe you never did before. See you Monday. Heather

    Reply

  3. Oscar

    April 17, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Good morning Raoul, Finally got the TGIF emails , Tonka and Thinker remind of the Princess’s dogs , they would wait all day at the window for her . Lol I miss those pups

    Reply

  4. Hilda

    April 17, 2023 at 10:10 am

    With names like Tonka and Tinker, I expects to see a pair of Yorkies. 🤣🤣🤣

    Reply

  5. Noel

    April 17, 2023 at 10:10 am

    thank you Raoul…

    Reply

  6. Chuck

    April 17, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Thank you Raoul. Yep Gods creation is gorgeous! There was a reason the Spaniards named Florida – Flowered! Did you ever get to the Shell Shop in San Pedro, CA? It was a program on Huell Howsers, California Gold. It might not be opened any longer – not sure. The Alpine Village in Torrance was also closed recently. Linda Belle and I enjoyed going for a good German meal occasionally. The Shell Shop family story is interesting and archived. Worth the look. We went there years ago with one of my Dad’s step sisters from Mexico, because she wanted to buy seashells. Good memories.

    Blessings,

    Chuck

    Reply

  7. Hannah

    April 17, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for the Trekkie jokes.
    Love,
    Hannah

    Reply

  8. Peggie

    April 17, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Thanks Raul, missed you! I am glad you got your email running again.

    Blessings,
    Peg

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  9. Rick

    April 17, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Hi bro,
    Glad to see you are spreading quality time with Tonka and Tinker. Enjoy your bonding time!
    Take care and my best to you and family.
    Rick

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  10. wife

    April 17, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Enjoyed your TGIF!

    Reply

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