Meeting Jemma

You may not know this, but the whole reason I started this blog was to share my adventures with Jemma. She’s my very special friend.

Well, I so excited to say that I finally met Jemma this weekend. I’m only here for 3 days, which makes it really hard (since I’m going so soon after arriving).

But I’ve cherished the time I’ve been able to spend with her. Here’s me and Jemma. She is so beautiful and kind-hearted.

Jemma and Schnubbs

I’m really going to miss her. But I’ll keep telling her all about my adventures. And there’s a chance I might see her next year. Here’s hoping.

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Partying with the FoxPro MVPs

Last night I went out to dinner with some of my new FoxPro friends. Make sure you check out all my photos on Flickr.

After dinner we went to an Irish pub. This was my first time in a pub. I was carded by the security guard on the door, but he recognised me from some of films and ushered me in.

Everyone was drinking Guinness, which is apparently a drink the Irish make. Not wanting to be anti-social, and always keen for new adventures I went up to the bar and ordered one for myself.

Schnubbs orders a Guinness

It was pretty tasty.

Schnubbs starts drinking a Guinness

And it went down quite smoothly. However, by half way through I knew I’d had had enough – I’ve only got a small body. So, being the responsible tiger I am I left it there.

Schnubbs feeling a little light headed

When I got back to the hotel I had a big drink of water from my MVP bottle and hit the hay.

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Schnubbs is going to the MVP Summit

Howdy Geeks.

I’ve getting very excited about my trip over to Seattle this Saturday. That’s right, as I alluded to earlier this week, I’m heading over to attend the Microsoft MVP Summit.

As part of the fun, my MVT (Most Valuable Tiger) lead has given us all some goodies. The aim is that all the MVPs and MVTs from Down Under can recognise each other via our cool beanies and glow sticks.

I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends – if you spot me please come over, chat about .NET and get a photo taken with me.

Here’s me modelling the MVP beanie.

Schnubbs - Down Under .NET Tiger

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8 things about Schnubbs

I was tagged by my new friend Catherine the other day. This means that I have to tell you 8 things about me and then tag 8 other people. It’s a kind of chain mail meme that goes around every so often.

Here’s my 8:

I’m 6 years old

Yeah, I know, it sounds young – but in tiger years, that’s actually pretty old. I’m what other tigers refer to as wise and mature.

I was born in Sydney

This will be news to many people, because most people know me as ‘that stunt tiger working in LA’. But, although I spend much of my time in LA, my home – and heart – is here in Sydney.

I ran the City to Surf in under an hour

Yeah, I beat everyone, but was not acknowledged. That’s fair enough, because we tigers are generally very fast, and it just ain’t fair to people to compare us on speed. And the silly thing is I could have run it faster, because I stopped to chat with fans along the way.

Writing is hard for me

One of the main frustrations of being a tiger is that I have no opposable thumbs. You’d be surprised at how much of a hindrance this is. Writing of course is hard, but so is just about anything – for example, I was trying to give my flat mate a massage the other day, but I could only apply deep paw pressure – I wasn’t able to get into the muscle and relieve the strain.

I’ve broken just about every bone in my body

Over the last few years I’ve been in some big action films. And whilst they take every safety precaution imaginable, it is inevitable that you are going to get hurt along the way. That’s part of the job. I’ve broken legs, paws, cheek bones, my jaw, and my tail has often got caught in machinery and even burnt.

But hey, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my stunt tiger job, and the odd mishap here and there is nothing compared to the thrill of pulling off an impressive death-defying sequence.

That said, I have enough TiQ (Tiger Intelligence Quotient) to realise I won’t be doing stunt work all my tiger life. That’s why I’ve been getting into programming and technology of late. It’s still a secret at this stage (so don’t tell) but I’m planning to release an online web mail service specially for Tigers – it’ll be called TMail, and should be available later this year.

I’ve met lots of celebrities

If you read the gossip mags you’d be forgiven for thinking that many of the actors, musicians and celebrities are awful, ego-filled people. But that’s not the case. Most of them are kind-hearted, loving, friendly people who are just doing their part in this world. Every so often they get caught after a long, hard, exhausting day by a flurry of paparazzi and they just crack up. This is sad, because I know how much pressure they are under. And I hate to see how hurtful the media can be at times.

I’m just thankful I don’t come under that kind of scrutiny, even though I’m getting recognised a lot more often these days.

I’ve studied most of the martial arts

Many of the movies have famous martial artists and choreographers on board to help with the action scenes. This is pure gold for a stunt tiger like me. And fortunately I’ve been able to learn from the best of them. Some of the work I did on the latest Rambo film (it was edited out in the final cut, sadly) was based on techniques I learned from Jackie Chan.

I’m quite shy

Yes, on screen I’m all action and bravery, but in real life I’m quiet, shy and unassuming. I’m happily single, but looking forward to meeting the lady tiger of my dreams one day. That’s going to be difficult of course, because I generally don’t get out much (being shy and all), but lately I’ve been plucking up the courage to venture out of my comfort zone. Just last week I made it along to a new group. The people were very kind.

I can’t count very well

Everyone has their little issues. For some it is bad sense of direction, for others it is poor personal hygiene. For me, it is difficulty counting. But I’m working on it. Anyway, that’s my 8 things.

I hope you liked learning about my adventures a bit more. Please leave a comment if you’d like any more details.

 

And now to tag 8 other people… I’m not sure who to tag. Would you like me to tag you? If so, please leave a comment and I’ll put you on my list.

 

By the way, here’s one of my favourite songs:

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Staying Warm

It’s getting a little chilly in Sydney these days.

And when that happens it is important to keep myself warm. One way of staying warm but looking cool is to wear a beanie.

Here’s me wearing my ripper beanie:

Schnubbs and his beanie

But there’s more…

If you look closely you’ll notice I’m wearing a special beanie. It’s special because it notes where I’m heading off to later this week:

Schnubbs and his Seattle beanie

Yes, that’s right – I’m off to Seattle on Saturday. Why? More on that in later post…

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