Cat Daddy

So today I became a Cat Daddy.

A few weeks ago, a little blondie short-hair kitteh walked into the office where my Dad’s wife works. This of course happened shortly after their sweet purrer of a kitteh Anna met an untimely end under the wheels of a speeding automobile. Cats are kind of magic like this. This guy walked into our lives right after we lost one we’d loved and cared after for decades.

So the Farm had its last cat standing, the black-as-night kitteh appropriately named “Blackie.” Then this one walked in and roamed all over the warehouse and wouldn’t sit still for anyone until he walked up to Hick. But their place is more a dog place than a cat place, and the dogs tend to view the felines as toys. And frankly, my folks were kind of looking to retire from the cat-rearing business. So conversations began about old Henry, as she had dubbed him, becoming an apartment dweller.

I’ll be honest, I was inclined to demur. It’s quite a lot to take on, and I’ve been used to a solitary lifestyle for a long, long time. But then I met said kitteh. He’s extremely affectionate. He likes to rub on your legs. He likes to sit next to a person on the sofa and purr. He does NOT like being picked up, or as I think of it, he has a strong sense of bodily autonomy. But there’s a personality to this guy. He’s just lovey.

So it came to today that I found myself driving home from the farm with a meowing, struggling cat in a cat carrier. It’s about a 25-minute drive I’d say, and I was talking to him the whole trip because he did not enjoy being in the box. But the whole time, I told him my concept, that once he arrived at my little one-bedroom apartment, he’d see it as an improvement. That while somewhat short on square-footage, my place, he would be lord of the joint, no bullying dogs, no competing cats, and there would likely be cat trees to climb in his future.

And once I freed him, he seemed pleased to be out of the box. He spent about an hour wandering, rubbing his cheeks on everything. He discovered the windows. He found his litter box (praise be). I eventually got him to eat a little kibble, though I am presenting him with both dry and wet food choices as we go (he came in a bit underweight).

I’m a bit apprehensive about it and have been. I enjoy cats, but being one’s guardian (yes, I watch Jackson Galaxy a lot, but Galaxy’s language is spot-on because, let’s face it, nobody has ever owned a cat) is a lot. Life-changing, really. Not to mention, he’s much more of an energetic kitteh than I had previously thought.

As I write this, he’s watching out the window as if he’s watching American Idol. He’s got a lot in store; a vet visit later in the month, then later a snip-snip and shots.

I reckon this might be fun.

Spoiler: He Was Jacking Off

The Good Wife

Episode nine, season two, “Nine Hours.” Zach encounters Kalinda for the first time when she knocks on the door and he answers. She is wearing a purple leather coat and a black skirt. And the boots. Always the boots. He answers the door, as she is on her mobile phone. “You work with my mom?” She replies “yeah” and blasts right by him.

Later, Zach knocks on Alicia’s door and gestures his need for the bathroom. Alicia gestures come on through. As he goes into the bathroom, Zach’s eyes go all over Kalinda, head to toe.

After a few minutes, Zach is seen kind of stumbling out of the bathroom.

I wonder what Zach was doing in the bathroom. Oh, who am I kidding. I was 14 once. I know what Zach was doing in the bathroom.

Heckling

March 2, 2022

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Congressman Joe Morelle
President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
Vice President Kamala Devi Harris
Congresswoman Lauren Opal Boebert
Congressman Joe Wilson

Dear Esteemed Leaders:

I am an American citizen and a voter in New York’s 25th district. I write to you fresh from enjoying President Biden’s first official State of the Union address March 1. I am concerned, however, with a practice that is becoming routine at this event, that of heckling the Executive from the Congress floor.

The heckling needs to stop.

A look at recent history can see how far and how quickly things have collapsed on this issue. When Republican Congressman Joe Wilson heckled President Obama in 2009, members from both parties condemned it. Sen. John McCain called it “totally disrespectful.” Wilson apologized, and President Obama promptly accepted the apology.

What are we going to do about last night’s outburst?

Look folks. The President doesn’t just show up for the SOTU out of thin air. They are an invited guest. Only a lout invites a person to visit and then hurls insults. And the Congress has no room for louts. This is the legislative deliberative body of the United States of America, and hecklers toward a co-equal branch should be smacked. This is nonsense. Your body is so feckless and weak that Congress critters can be allowed to scream and shout insults at the President and everyone just taps their hats? That’s insane. He is an invited guest, and a Constitutionally guaranteed one as well. But sure. Let them scream and shout inappropriate insults at the President of the United States without consequences. Heck of a job Brownie.

There are many appropriate outlets for Greene and Boebert’s outrage. Weird idea, they could work to be productive members of Congress and then get re-elected, and then could earn leadership spots and committee seats. Wouldn’t that be weird as that’s how people generally affect change in Washington?

While Rep. Boebert somehow continues to maintain her committee assignments, Greene has been stripped of hers just for being horrible. Regardless, had either of them been competent or collected enough to just get the seat, hang the head low, figure out how it works, and gain a few key committee assignments, they might have been able to affect some real change for Ronald Watkins, sorry, I mean Q. But they do not understand how government works and do not have the brains nor the patience to do the work. They seem to have come to office ready to do an upper-decker in the government and to be like SEE, WE’RE DOING IT. They are morons. And this body needs to stop them.

Marjorie Taylor Greene heard the following introduction and felt perfectly comfortable sharing the stage with this person: “Now they’re going on about Russia and Vladimir Putin is Hitler – they say that’s not a good thing.” I am good friends with a person whose mother was a twin, and you know if you know. So this set of events current in this country bothers me not only as a passive examiner of history but as a personal insult. I have heard the stories from the actual humans, from the woman who got her hand broken by a hammer as an infant because she dared to try to rescue her twin sister with feeble reaches into the next cage. That is what the Holocaust was. And this man just cheered for it. Yay.

If you are offered that platform, you demure, even if you have to say it’s because you have a cold or an itch in your tenderloins. You do not speak after that, but she kept the spot, and then she showed up at the SOTU even after, even after reporters questioned her mercilessly about this choice. And she showed up, and she heckled the President of the United States.

Q-Anon Betty and Veronica are embarrassments to this country and to this legislative body. They should be censured if not sent packing. And I don’t want to but have to mention to you the acidic nature of the charges they opted to bring in their heckling. The 13 soldiers who died in a horrific attack in Kabul as the U.S. government struggled to bring as many people away from that situation as possible.

On Aug. 29, 2021, President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Austin and others participated in dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base of 13 service members killed in Afghanistan. Congress offered those servicemen the Congressional Gold Medal. Biden offered words regarding the service and sacrifice of those 13. And, in his own innovation, his every speech wishes that God will look over our troops. I’m a non-believer and this still gives me goosebumps every time he does it.

Any indication that President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. somehow lacks concern for our troops is laughable. And yet that is what our hecklers chose to go with. And it’s disgusting.

The President of the United States comes to Congress at the invitation of Congress as per the Constitution, to deliver the SOTU. Congress is the President’s host. As such, the President should not expect any booing or hollering or heckling nonsense. If MTG and Lauren Boebert want to affect change on public policy, they should learn how do do so, work hard, and do so in the committee system and the processes that exist in Washington. They should not boo. They should not heckle. And Congress should work with its full muscles to stop such behavior. It is disgusting and it must stop for the good of our great country. Please censure these two with the urgency and sense that will prohibit this from occurring again.

God bless you and God protect our troops.
Aaron B. Pryor
Henrietta, NY

P.S. Find me an example of a Democrat treating a President so equitably horribly during a SOTU and I’ll contribute five whole dollars to their campaign.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

I came back from Gold Circle and I called Jane. We talked for a while and then I said what I did.

“I bought ‘Songs from the Big Chair.'”

There was silence on the phone.

“You did what?”

I rode my bike to Gold Circle and I bought “Songs from the Big Chair.” I repeated.

She sighed.

“I don’t know you anymore,” she replied.

“I know,” I said. “What happened to me?”