Saturday, July 10, 2010

cats part 2

Yesterday I posted an entry about my cat Scruffy. With yesterday's post, it would be wrong of you to think I'm a fan of cats. The past few months I'm learning that I'm not as big of a fan of cats as I once thought. This past May, we got a cat, and I'm still trying to work out my thoughts on it.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

cats part 1

Growing up, we had this cat named Scruffy. Scruffy, for the most part, lived up to her name. There was nothing elegant about her. She was gray and white and maybe some black in her, and it wasn't uncommon to she her walking away with a mouse in her mouth.

I don't remember how old I was when we got her, maybe she came with the beginnings of this planet, I don't know. But, I was in college when she disappeared. Honestly, I don't remember a lot of detail about her. I do however remember stories of her.

Where we lived in the mountains of Upstate New York, we didn't get any TV stations; so summers out of school were spent outside or around the kitchen table. This one summer day, my mother, my sister Linea, and my sister's friend Beverly were sitting at the kitchen table. At that time, we were having issues with bats flying out of the end of our house. Well, all of a sudden, this bat came flying through the hall and into the kitchen. As everyone started to react, Scruffy jumped onto the kitchen table and before the bat was half way across the kitchen, our cat had manage to swipe it with her paw.

We all sat there stunned. As we started looking at each other, Scruffy took the bat off to eat it. We never saw that bat or any other bat again.

I liked Scruffy! But I'm finding that my dislike for cats is growing.  Tomorrow I'll post the second part of my thoughts on cats.

Do you have a cat you like? Do you have a good cat story? 

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

This Heat

Living in the North East US, you've felt the stifling heat and stagnating humidity. I keep wondering, Is this the new norm? Except for the past few days, the heat's been down right invasive. We've seen a couple of record heat days over the past week and a half. Our heat index is usually a hundred degrees or higher.

But think about it, just four months ago, those of us in Baltimore had massive snow banks and some cars were still snowed under. Just three months ago, I looked out my front door, only to see a neighbor girl lean her bike up against a snow bank that morphed her. The snow bank was still 5 feet talk heading into April

The heat wave isn't all bad. I do like how quickly my body loosens up when I start walking. It's also nice to shed even more weight as I walk and sweat. The nicest part is it keeps the people who don't know what they're doing out of the way. Seriously, on the cooler days this week I've seen more people out doing their thing. The problem is they're doing it all over the place: men and women walking with a stroller all over a side walk. Or even better yet, a young couple drifting down a sidewalk holding hands, one on one side of the grass and the other as far away as their arms will let them go. Heat waves keep these people in front of the TV or at least inside and not in the way of people out really walking.

This heat could be worse, it could be hot and I'm living in Philly. So, what do you think of the heat?

With another heat wave starting, I posted "Heat Wave". It is short. It is poetic. It is posted at

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