Location: New Jersey
Dates: October 23-28 2009
George bear writes: I arrived
safely at Donna's house on Friday, Oct. 23
in Mt. Laurel New Jersey. When she got
home from work, she introduced
me to her kitty, Marbles. Saturday morning, I went to the barber with Donna
husband, Ken. I thought about going for the John Locke look, but
wouldn't be a good look for a polar bear.
Being in NJ, we had to stop by the local Wawa, which is probably South Jersey's
most popular convenience store! Then we went to the nearby Camden Waterfront
where I saw Campbell's Field where the Camden Riversharks play.
We saw the NJ Adventure Aquarium, the Battleship New Jersey, and the Ben
went to visit the "Boardwalk Cats".
For as long as anyone can remember,
the spaces underneath the boardwalk
has become home to a whole population
of feral cats. Local programs like the Humane Society and Allie Cat Allies
have worked with the community and the cats to keep them safe.
The cats are friendly and we got to meet some
we stopped at the Showboat casino. The
Showboat usually has a show
going on inspired by Mardi Gras, but unfortunately we didn't get to see it that day.
Monday, back in Mt. Laurel, I went to work with Donna. She works at a
I tried out her job but
decided it wasn't for me. The head gear didn't quite fit right.
I met some of
her friends and co-workers who were all very nice.
After work, I got to visit with family members like Grandmom Meta and mom-in-law
Barbara. We also paid a visit to Donnas friend Greg, he was in the hospital. I was more
than happy to give him a much needed HUG. We drove around Pennsauken where
up, and I had my picture taken with the sign for the street named after
Donna's Uncle Johnny. And of course I posed with Donna and Ken.
I helped Ken cheer the Phillies on to the World Series!
All in all, I had a great time visiting NJ with Donna, Ken & family
and would love to visit again someday!
Location: Connecticut & Massachusetts
Hosts: Lostphilia/Donna & Sally
Dates: Oct. 30- Nov. 9 2009
George arrives in Windsor Connecticut the day before
George is a guest of Donna.
She is part of a group known as Lostphilia.
They are a Google group of
relatives, friends, and co-workers who
and discuss each episode by e-mail in excruciating detail.
The group is
spread around the Northeast, living in Connecticut,
Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Since its Halloween,
it's only right for George
up for the
festivities. George is
of being so cuddly
all the time, he wants to
dress up as something
scary. Really scary.
You know, like
Evil clown scary!
After all the Halloween
fun, it's time to start his
road trips in the Northeast
begin at Dunkin' Donuts,
George had a
pumpkin muffin and
a cup of coffee.
The next stop was at Hamilton Sundstrand, where many of
the Lostphilia group work in the Energy, Space, and Defense
Hamilton is perhaps best known as the provider
of space suits for NASA. George
had his picture taken with
couple of space suits. Here is George with
Caroline, Donna, and Lisa.
All that sea air made
George hungry, so
Donna and George
stopped at another
Fribble milk shake.
Then George and Donna headed for Foxwoods, the largest
casino in the world. George had his picture taken in front of the
new MGM and in the casino in front of a waterfall and some
Because George is too young, they weren't able to
go in and gamble, probably a
good thing. Then George had his
picture taken in front of the huge statue of a
brave shooting an arrow into the sky.
George spent some time with other Lostphilia members such
Mark and Adam, but it was Sally who took George on the next
part of his
tour. George, Sally, and an extra friend
bright and early to play in the beautiful autumn leaves. After
that they hit the road and headed for
The first stop in Boston was at the Old State House.
came the Granary Burial Ground where John Hancock,
Samuel Adams, and Paul
Revere are buried.
George and Sally made a quick stop at the site of the
It was a tragic day in March
1770, in which five people were gunned
down by British soldiers for protesting
new British laws. Ultimately
the massacre helped spark the Revolutionary War.
After that everyone was hungry [and thirsty] so they went
to the famous
"Cheers" bar and restaurant where Norm called out "George!" While
waiting for their lunch, George looked at a map and tried to decide what
he wanted to do next. George and Sally had a Sam Adams
after all, they had just visited his grave). And this being Boston,
George got some good
old New England clam chowder
(pronounced chowdah in Boston).
George decided he wanted to see Fenway Park next, home of
the Boston Red Sox.
So the group agreed
to do a Fenway Park tour. While waiting for the tour to start,
they made their
way around the outside of the park, stopping to see the statue of
Williams. He was one of greatest
baseball players who ever lived. During
tour George met the team mascot, Wally the Green Monster. He made friends
with another bear and got his own
Red Sox cap. George thoroughly enjoyed
tour in and around the ball park.
Then George got a big surprise! One of Sally's friends
them tickets to the Boston Celtics basket ball game against the
Arizona Phoenix Suns that night! At that stadium George met
another bear friend
and kissed the Celtics logo. George felt he
needed "the luck of the Irish" to
help him make it overseas to
his next stop in Ireland to visit with his next host Carl.
George had two more destinations in Springfield, MA.
Before leaving on his big trip overseas.
The first stop was at the Basketball Hall of
Next, George went
to the Dr Seuss Memorial.
He had his picture taken
with statues of
Dr Seuss plus the Cat in
Hat, and the perfect book;
"Oh, the Places You'll Go".
Back in Windsor, George finished packing all of his
and he made sure he had his new passport, which Lostphilia
Lauren made for him. Now, George is off to Ireland.
We'll miss him, he was fun to have around.