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A week with the cats

Tako on TacoCat
Originally uploaded by Corx.
I just realized that all of the people who usually drag me out of my apartment to go into the city on a Saturday night are out of the state if not the country. It's odd, I'm expecting a random phone call or text message with a location to go to.

This past week I spent most nights at kikibird and runstaverun's apartment, cat sitting. In a way it was a retreat, getting away from my TiVo and my commute and Hoboken parking and Stern and all the other trappings of my daily life. Their wireless router didn't have my laptop's MAC address, I decided against screwing with it by giving it a hardware reset, and instead stole a neighbor's spotty signal. Tuesday I never quite got the latest WoW patch until the morning, and ended up doing nothing more than chatting with a couple of guildies for a few minutes Wednesday night, so it was a week without WoW as well (since I did school work on Monday).

So I got to get some reading for classes done, got some personal reading done, and took advantage of the quiet environment for classwork. Adapting to life without TiVo was rough, but a good thing for my studies.


Mr. Wallace Eyes
Originally uploaded by Corx.
At first, kikibird wanted me to spend every night there. I agreed to every other night. The counter offer was that I didn't have to stay at all, with a warning that the cats can be annoying in the morning. I laughed the warning off, not realizing that every time I had stayed there, they bore the brunt of the feline assault. If I had stayed there longer I might have adapted to their clock or they to mine, but instead I learned how to sleep through Mister Wallace and Taco Cat meowing and/or energetically trying to get to me, even if fed. We eventually came to an understanding, and by the end of the week I brought them a lovely guest who they were very well behaved for.

Now I'm home, and the week after my break from home is break for the students (including me, part-time). Good chance to get a few things done, professionally and personally.

I'm kinda sad that the giant red letters that read IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK are due to be removed from the tail end of my commute next month.

Current Location: 40.742319,-74.035454
Feeling: relaxed relaxed
Listening to: Stern replays

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Comments
bzoppa From: bzoppa Date: March 11th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Mr. Wallace Eyes looks like Trin!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Like TrinTrin, but not Tintin.
nemo_wistar From: nemo_wistar Date: March 11th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Hard link)
If I had stayed there longer I might have adapted to their clock or they to mine, but instead I learned how to sleep through Mister Wallace and Taco Cat meowing and/or energetically trying to get to me, even if fed.

Holy shit.

If the two little abominations we have are left to their own devices overnight (as opposed to being put in the spare bathroom where all their shit is) they will wake my ass up exactly 1/2 hour before I am due to wake up, regardless of the time.

They will scratch at the door.

They will cry.

They will claw UNDER the fucking door, trying to open it, making a rousing THU-THUNK THU-THUNK sound for about an hour.

My wife, who I am convinced can sleep through an above-ground Soviet thermonuclear test, claims to hear none of this. I, however, will go from REM sleep to "WHATTHEFUCKISTHAT" the moment I hear their fucking bullshit.

Upon hearing this creeping evil in my sleep, my subconscious mind has formulated curse words so advanced and powerful that the world is not yet ready for them. Thankfully, I can only remember bits and pieces in my waking state.
celaeno From: celaeno Date: March 11th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC) (Hard link)
But they love you!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Hard link)
They love him so much that the very thought of him being asleep is too much for them to take?
celaeno From: celaeno Date: March 11th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Naah, it's just that he's in a place they can't access. When he's dozed off on the couch, Sakai is perfectly happy to jump on Mike's chest, march around for a while, and then curl up and sleep there for a few hours. Sakai also experiences severe anxiety every time Mike goes somewhere Sakai can't (a shower, for example, or out to get the mail).
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Naively, I thought that feeding them when they started messing with me at five in the morning would be sufficient. Oh no. They didn't just want to cuddle. They wanted to walk on me and meow if there was a chance I was asleep. Realizing that I was edging in on their turf and that they were used to an early rising kikibird, I gave them the benefit of a doubt and just escorted them out of the room.

"Meow, meow, meow, meow" from through the door. Ok, whatever, I can try to sleep through that... *scratch scratch scratch* Ok, that's going to drive me nuts. *WHAM WHAM WHAM* What the hell, are they body checking the door?

By Friday morning I gave up and let them just attack me, despite being up late the night before.

I'm more of a dog person, really.
nemo_wistar From: nemo_wistar Date: March 11th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC) (Hard link)
"Meow, meow, meow, meow" from through the door. Ok, whatever, I can try to sleep through that... *scratch scratch scratch* Ok, that's going to drive me nuts. *WHAM WHAM WHAM* What the hell, are they body checking the door?

EXACTLY. Fucking hell.

See, the problem is that we simply *don't* let them into the bedroom. It's just a recipe for disaster, really, since the last thing either of us wants is kitten ass on our pillows and a layer of orange / white or black / white hair on the sheets. That ONE PLACE is cat-free.

And it will stay that way.
kikibird From: kikibird Date: March 11th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
God I'm sorry. I won't apologize for them being a pain in the ass, but I will apologize for them being themselves. That's pretty much how it goes if the routine is varied even slightly. Anyway, thank you SO MUCH for watching them. We have some liquor from exotic lands waiting for you here.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hahahah, it's ok. I think it's my fault for laughing off the warning for how they are in the morning. Teaches me not to listen to you two!

Like I said to runstaverun, despite my bitchin' it was fun, and I'd be happy to do it again. I just wasn't prepared for the onslaught at all. I have a newfound understanding of them, and I think them of me.
daylami From: daylami Date: March 11th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
My parents' cats would rifle under my bed and in my closet if I let them "share the bed". Other times, they'd beg to be let in and my dad would OPEN MY DOOR for them when he woke up to play FIFA World Cup '94 at five in the morning. If one got under the bed, the only thing to do would be to open the door, get a running start from the end of the hallway, and leap onto the mattress with such force that the surprised cat would rocket out. (This may or may not be why my bed broke.)

That being said, I love cats and miss having my own. On the other hand, every time I go to Oregon I'm reminded of certain advantages to life without cats. For instance, I can leave a sandwich or a bowl of ice cream unattended for five minutes and not end up with worms.
celaeno From: celaeno Date: March 11th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
On the other hand, every time I go to Oregon I'm reminded of certain advantages to life without cats.

Or coming home to find out that one of them barfed a relief map of Indonesia across your entire apartment, too :)
daylami From: daylami Date: March 12th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC) (Hard link)
YEE! And then stared at it incredulously, of course...as if stunned that marauding foreign cats broke in solely to vomit.
From: anearlynovembr Date: March 11th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
You could make some sick cat macros out of those.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Heheheh. Already they show up as DO NOT WANT and I SEE WHAT U DID THAR in my head, respectively.
From: anearlynovembr Date: March 11th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Haha! I want a cat for the sole purpose of making cat macros.
dosboof From: dosboof Date: March 11th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
For the first I was thinking CTHULHU CAT WILL EAT UR BRAINZ
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hahahah, perfect!

What about CATHULHU FHTAGN?
runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: March 11th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
thanks for watching them! (sorry about the wireless, it probably should have gotten a runthrough beforehand)

see you soon!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 11th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Hahah, despite my bitchin' about them in the morning, it was my pleasure. Thank you for letting me stay at your place for the week, and thanks for the QQ car.

No worries about the internet, I could have hooked up to your router manually if it really mattered, but I thought large table space to spread out my schoolwork and television > faster internet.

See you soon indeed! I can't wait to hear all about your trip.
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