Sunki the Service Animal

Sunki the Service Animal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Doors Open 2015 and an extra special event

Yesterday was the annual Doors Open Toronto, me and daddy went at it alone.
First stop was to the TTC Greenwood yard, which is celebrating it's 50th year of operation this year. Greenwood division is where they store and fix subway trains.
Hiding in the shade in the line to get in.
Riding subway trains, so boring I do that every day
The first thing we did was take a ride on one of the subway trains, we were supposed to go through a carwash for trains, but one of the trains they were going to use was broken down on the same track that the train wash was on. So we went around the yard, stopped then came back

The rest of the tour was far more intresting, the next location we went was to see a building called the "shops". But these weren't shops where you buy things, this is where they fix the subway trains.
Do you need spare doors for your subway car, this place has lots of them
More doors

Lots of wires to chew on in this place

See that machine up there, it makes the wheels on subway trains round again.

The Machinists area

Neato, electronics, wonder what it does?

More electronics, all I know is that it goes somewhere on a subway train, and does something to make said train work.

Now, these next two pictures are very interesting, without these devices a subway train is useless. Do you see the copper plates? Those are called "shoes", they make contact with the third rail and provide power to the train to make it move.

Testing equipment for the electronics

Those top three pictures is shows how drivers control the train, you see the black and white box, that's the throttle control.
This is one end of a coupler

This is the other end of the coupler

These are some of the "shoes" that provide power to different vehicles

These two pictures show how doors open and close.

More electronics

This is what those collector shoes do

This makes sure the cars are connected

This train is in to get repainted

This train is in for an overhaul
It's missing seats
And doors

This is the "truck" assembly

We went to another building called Mattemy Athletics Centre (what used to be called Maple Leaf Gardens). We were there a few years ago, but there was nothing going on in there at the time. This time they had a hockey game going on, between the Ryerson Rams and some other team.
 These guys are college level players, no where near being drafted to the AHL or NHL yet.

 One more stop on this very long day, this was a meet up with players from the game I told you about called Ingress. We had a very special visit from an Ingress van, I'm not sure what the reason was behind the van. What I do know is that I got to see mommy Louise again, and hangout with some of the other players for a while.
Can you spot me and daddy in this picture?
This is the resistance team, or blue or Smurfs.
This is a picture of both factions together, now can you spot me and daddy?
This weekend is another MMIMG (Massively Multiplayer Ingress Mobile Game).

Oh and one fun thing I want to mention. Daddy is working on getting my grandma to bring my older cousin to Fan Expo in September. We are working on getting him a Star Wars costume of his own, and we think it would be fun if me, daddy and Robbie were all dressed up when we go. I'll let everyone know how it goes after his birthday in July (which is when he gets his costume, it's gonna be his birthday present).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Forgot something important

Okay, so I forgot to mention something very important in my last blog.
On Tuesday I had to be rushed to the ER vet because I was having trouble getting up and moving around. Daddy wasn't sure what caused it, but him, grandma and mommy Louise all think I need to be taken to see Dr Munn for a checkup. It's been almost a year since I saw him last, so it's been decided that I need to go (I don't want to), but daddy is insisting.
There's been a change to one of the ways people can donate, the help4sunki email address is no longer in use (daddy lost the password for it). So, the new email for the Interac E-Transfer is The security question and counter for the E-transfer is still the same [question: who needs vet care, answer: sunki]. If you wish to send money by cheque, money order, Western Union etc use the same email address and we will send you the details for each of those.
The PayPal option (although slow) is still the same the account, the email to send it to is

Daddy's birthday

I'm not all that happy with daddy at the moment, I didn't get to go with him when he and mommy Louise met up on his birthday. This is because It, aka The Pest aka Hopper had his birthday the same day, so he got to go instead. And here's the part that makes me mad, he stunk up MY stroller... again. And he got to see daddy's presents from mommy Louise before I did, and they were awesome presents too.
A Black series Boba Fett action figure
A Princess Leia comic book
And the little pest got a toy.
Daddy just told me that it was Hopper's 1st birthday, and so of course he got a toy to play with. Well, I suppose I should let him have a second of fun for his birthday.

Now, the next day I did get to go with daddy to a second party, this one was way more fun (and not just because I was there.) This party included both my grandma and grandpa, AND both of my cousins. Sure I've met my older cousin lots of times, but neither me or daddy have met the younger one.
This party was to celebrate not only daddy's birthday, but my grandma and grandpa's wedding anniversary (daddy was born on their anniversary).
He's only 19 months old

His name is Arthur
Crayons are NOT in any of the food groups

The older cousin Robbie, he'll be 9 in July
 Daddy is planning to take Robbie and grandma to Fan Expo in September, daddy is planning a surprise present for his birthday. A Star Wars costume of his own to dress up in, then all three of us will be in costume at Fan Expo.

Daddy's first attempt at a group selfie, it didn't work all that well.
Oh, and because this was a special occasion event, I got dressed up in my finest too.
Can you tell I'm super excited?

See, dressed in my tartan vest and Star Wars bow tie.
Last week daddy got a new tech toy, he got a new (refurbished) laptop, it's way bigger then the little netbook he had. Daddy says he needs a forklift to transport it around it's so heavy. But he is super happy with it, and has already done the first upgrade to it, a newer larger hard drive. And thanks to mommy Louise he didn't screw up and copied all the stuff on to the new drive.

This weekend is the annual Doors Open, that's where some buildings open to the public so they can see inside. Because this year Toronto is hosting the Pan-am/Para Pan-am games (sort of like the Olympics), the theme for this years Doors Open is Sports, so there are some sport related buildings that we can go explore.