Tag: cats

Group Writing: One Man’s Treat to Me Made My Life Complete

 

I woke up on the bus. It was silent, unmoving. I was right across from the driver’s seat, so I had an unobstructed view out the windshield. I was not looking out on the expected scene of night streets of New York City. I felt a moment of dread. I must have fallen asleep and slept past my stop, and now I appeared to be in a parking garage.

It was a Friday evening, and I had had conflicting social obligations in different boroughs. One group of friends on the Upper East Side was hosting several Japanese friends whom I hadn’t seen in a year or two, and there was no way I could miss that party. The other party was a house-warmer for my former roommate, who had just moved into her own apartment near mine in the Bronx. I felt obliged to be there as well. The Express Bus was my answer: a more expensive alternative to the subway, but much safer, and a direct ride from the UES to my neighborhood in the Bronx; no train switching, no riding with weirdos in the night. Since my grandmother lived in a nursing home in the UES, I took the Express Bus at least once a week after visiting her, so I knew how great it was.

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I won’t be able to match other’s writing skill, but this subject is dear to me, so here goes. We currently have 7 cats in the house. Smudge, a large Tuxedo female with a big black mark across her nose (hence the name), is an inside/outside cat. Mr. C puts her out most nights because […]

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Crazy Cat Family

 

We keep acquiring cats at my house. The tally is currently four but destined to grow, as my youngest daughter frequently asks when she can get a kitten. Most people can just blow off this kind of request, but we’re different. We’re the crazy cat family.

My wife and I each had several cats growing up. My family named cats after spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and my cat Curry, by far the dumbest cat I’ve ever seen. We got him from the neighbors across the street before he was weaned and consequently, the little Siamese guy would sit and suck on your shirt for hours. I once saw him climb to the top of a free-standing ladder in front of a second-story window, stare at his reflection, and begin shifting his bottom for a lunge.

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Not Messing!

 

The veterinarian finished his examination of the three-legged, short-tailed, grey and white cat with one blue eye and one green eye, shook his head wonderingly, and looked over at her owner.

“Don’t you have any normal pets?” he inquired.

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A few years ago, another member did a post like this, and it was just good fun. Cats Rule! More

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Yes, my friends, it is once more time for our furriest advice columnist to come out of hiding and do her thing. Tired of all your advice coming with that human perspective? Well, this is your chance to get advice from a more advanced being: Miss Gráinne O’Malley. More

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Why I Don’t Nap During the Day

 

I’m self-employed and work from home with no set schedule. I prefer to keep one, but it doesn’t always happen. I don’t always sleep well, and sometimes, I really, really want a nap. I carefully choose my times for when Morgana is sleeping.

Dead to the world, until I get on the bed in a different room.

It never works, though. Somehow, she has a super-kitty sense of when one is trying to sleep. I get settled into bed, and there is the thump of her arrival up onto the bed. Wasn’t she just asleep in another room? Doesn’t matter. Now, she is on the bed with me and wants attention. If she is on the ground, and I reach down, she doesn’t want attention. If she’s on one of the cat trees by my chair or on one of the cushions on the other side, she doesn’t want attention.

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How to Bathe a Cat

 

Don’t. Trust me on this. You do not want to do it.

But, if you have to do it, you’ll need a team of at least five people:

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Here is one I wrote many, many years ago about one of our cats… To Miss Mullen, Who Insists on Sleeping on the Kitchen Range, Because the Pilot Light Keeps Her Warm More

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Just yesterday, @midge created a thread to salute beasts native to America and explore why they are great American creatures. But in another thread today, I realized that approaching the question from another direction might also be interesting. What is the political philosophy of various animals? The thought that spurred this was on @bossmongo’s thread […]

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How’s Life, Ricochet?

 

Every so often, when the culture or political wars get so out of hand that even this political nerd wants to ignore it all and settle down with the cat, I throw out a “how’s life” post for Facebook. The idea is to catch up on the important stuff: kids, grandkids, parents, pets, shiny new jobs, an old job that’s driving you crazy, recipes, what-have-you.

The lovely blonde suggested a similar post for Ricochet. So, Rico-peeps, what’s new with your life outside of politics, policy, and culture wars? Have cute pet pictures? Pictures of the grandkids with watermelon all over their faces? Do you have good news to share, or need a shoulder to lean on after a summer that ought to be nuked from orbit?

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I go to the local animal shelter most weeks to volunteer to pet the cats. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it. More

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One Joseph Nuth, an award-winning, but it should be said, a renegade and upstart scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is warning the people of Earth of a possible “extinction-level” event or ELE (pronounced “Ellie” as President Morgan Freeman pronounced it to courageous, investigative MSNBC reporter Tia Leoni in the smash hit movie Deep […]

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If a cat has kittens in the oven, it doesn’t make them cookies.—Lots of mothers throughout history. I was born in the North of an old Southern family. My patrilineal family was in Virginia before the Lees, who are considered one of the First Families of Virginia. My parents met while my father was in […]

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This month’s topic is a rough one, and maybe that’s part of why not so many people have signed up for the early days of December. Well, someone has to go first, so I stepped forward. It’s because going forward is one of my favorite things. I was born in a city with unusual bridges. […]

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We have had any number of advice columns show up over the years here on Ricochet, but I have noticed they have taken a distinctly human perspective. Therefore, I have asked a non-human friend if she would be willing to take a few questions and give advice here today to get us away from our […]

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