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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Richard Parker

Since you already met one of my pets, I figured I'd introduce the other (better) one...

My hamster Richard Parker!


In case you're wondering, Richard Parker is named after a character in the amazing novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi. In the book, there is a mix-up at the zoo that results in a tiger being named Richard Parker. I loved the book, loved the human name on an animal, and used it for my hamster. I find it unacceptable when people refer to him as "Richard" or "Rich" or "Mr. Parker" or anything that is not his full name.

But Richard Parker is way more interesting than just a story about his sweet name...

One day, I noticed Richard Parker looked quite busy in his little house.


I had to go to work so I ignored it. But when I got home, I realized that my little pet was actually quite extraordinary.... while I was gone, he designed his first garment!


Once I found out that Richard Parker had an eye for fashion and loved designing clothes, I decided to audition him for the first season of this new show called Project Runway.

Unfortunately, the show didn't allow hamsters to audition (racist!) so I decided to cheat-I would actually appear on the show but Richard Parker would design and make the clothes!

Unfortunately, the camera's caught us cheating. Here is a picture I managed to find in the original pilot for the show.


Aww. Richard Parker was so cute licking himself on national television.

Since they caught us before the season really began, they were able to find a new contestant to compete that season


Even though Austin was AMAZING on the first season of Project Runway, Richard Parker had no appreciation-he was depressed and started making bad life decisions.


But don't worry-I am a good pet owner and I worked through Richard Parker's depression.
Now he is a healthy hamster who exercises daily...


... and only drinks water!


E> There's no better pet/pet owner design team than me and Richard Parker!

8 comments:

Craig said...

I love Richard Parker! Adorable! Richard Parker is almost as cute as my pet Nicky.

Dave S. said...

Nicky, these are great photos. Especially the one of Richard Parker in his house -- great color and nice framing. The final one is excellent too -- perfect balance of light and dark and beautiful composition.

But, please, you expect us to believe this story? I mean, c'mon -- Absolut?! Please. No self-respecting hamster would be caught dead turning to anything other than Grey Goose.

hoteltuesday said...

Thanks for the comment Dave S., but the photos were all taken by my roommate Ross. He's an aspiring photographer so I'll pass the message along to him.

And Richard Parker hates Fergie (though I love her!) so he doesn't like Grey Goose since Fergie sang "Grey Goose got your girl feeling loose" in her amazing song "London Bridge."

Polt said...

Awww, Richard Parker is almost as cute as you are dude. :)

HUGS...

hoteltuesday said...

Thanks Polt!
Craig said basically the same thing, but I value your comment more since I don't know if Craig is serious or not...

Polt said...

Nicky, dear, what makes you think I'm serious? :)

HUGS....

gabi said...

I love this story lindsay things it is the best but not compared to you getting cracked on the head with the door

Leighanna said...

Good words.