Post 634: Monaka the kitten learns to play

Japanese cat videos are a vice of mine, and the uploader of this video — Ametakan — is one of my favorites because she rescues cats and helps strays in a local park survive the vicissitudes of neglect and abandonment.

Was that cute or what!?

Post 633: Oh no! Time’s a-wasting!

Andy ambled by to check the birds in the fir tree, he said. I knew, though, he had an ulterior purpose.

Andy ambled by to check the birds in the fir tree, he said. I knew, though, he had an ulterior purpose.

>lick! lick! lick!<              "You finished with the blog on blogs yet, Doug (the human one)?"

>lick! lick! lick!<
“You guys finished with the blog on blogs yet, Doug (the human one)?”

Gulp!!!

Post 632: “There’s a deadline looming!”

"Kitten!" Andy is upset with his brother Dougy.

“Kitten!” Andy is upset with his brother Dougy.

Yesterday, Andy sent his brother Dougy to pester Doug (the human one) about this looming deadline to complete and post a blog on blogs with Tom of “Cats at the Bar” fame.

“Dougy is too amiable,” Andy grumbled to himself. “I doubt he got that lazybones sufficiently motivated to complete the project.” He knew what he needed to do:

"Don't send a kitten to do the job when a wildcat is needed!"

“Don’t send a kitten to do a job when a wildcat is needed!” Andy hissed. He paid Doug (the human one) another visit, and this time he minced no words: “Get it done!”

Post 631: Dougy stops by to snoop on me for his brother

Dougy stopped by this morning. He got right to the point. 

"How's Tom and your blog on blogs project going? Just curious...!"

“How’s Tom and your blog on blogs project going? Just curious…!”

“Of course you are curious, Dougy! You are, after all, a cat!” I joked. Dougy didn’t laugh and not just because he is a cat.

"I see several blogs on your hand-written list I know you follow faithfully, kitty ones. Why is there only one kitty blog on your final list?" Dougy wanted to know....

“I see several blogs on your hand-written list I know you follow faithfully, kitty ones. Why is there only one kitty blog on your final list?” Dougy wanted to know….

“You got me there, Dougy. I haven’t seen Tom’s list yet, but I think we pretty much recognize we, as cat bloggers, need to include more than just cat blogs on our lists if we don’t want to cut out dog bloggers, travel bloggers…” Dougy cut me short. He didn’t want to hear it!

"Look, if this goes over well, Tom and I might do it again in future, and the other kitty blogs might show up on future lists. I mean, how can I chose among them. They all are favorites of mine!" Dougy noticed the tear of sincerity on the corner of my eye. ("Good!" I thought, "I think he bought it! Mwahahahaha!)

“Look, if this goes over well, Tom and I might do it again in future, and the other kitty blogs might show up on future lists. I mean, how can I chose among them? They all are favorites of mine!” Dougy noticed the tear of sincerity on the corner of my eye. 

(“I think I won him over,” I chortled to myself!)

"You know I want to believe you," said Dougy.

“You know I want to believe you…” said Dougy.

"...but Andy warned me you might try to fe with a tear of siuncerity. I'm staying here till you show me a finished blog post," Dougy hissed. It's a side of my kitty I've never seen before.

“…but Andy warned me you might try to fool me with a tear of sincerity. I’m staying here till you show me a finished blog post!” It’s a side of my kitty I’ve never seen before.

Post 630: Andy accuses Doug of indolence. What does he know?

Yeah, January 1st’s coming up, fast! Andy knows of Tom and Doug’s plan to post a blog about blogs they both enjoy, one for each of the von Kapherr cats. (We’re talking 23 now!)

Andy’s watched Doug closely since Tom made the proposal, and he knows Doug: How many times has he failed to keep up with the litter box “accumulations”, and poor Andy had to step delicately around “it”? Even one time was too much! Doug’s a regular lazybones!

"Have you begun work on the blog on blogs yet? Time's running out!"

“Have you begun work on the blog on blogs yet? Time’s running out!”

Andy is a cruel taskmaster when he sets his mind to it. Of the two brothers, he’s the serious one. Dougy (not to be confused with Doug, who’s the human) is the goofy one, ready to play in a second. Yeah, when Doug named the boys, he really got it right: Andy after the apostle and saint Andrew; Dougy after himself, the world’s biggest (and fattest!) procrastinator!

"Why do I have to ride you like a horse to get the simple things done? Why!?"

“Why do I have to ride you like a horse to get the simple things done? Why!?” Andy demands an answer.

Doug clenched his teeth and thought dangerously, “If I had to do it again, I’d name that dang Andy after Marcel Marceau. Maybe then he’d keep his mouth shut!” 

“OK, Andy, I’ll get right on it,” Doug said in a meek tone of compliance. Andy doesn’t say much, but when he speaks, he has the “Deadly Claws of Instant Compliance, NOW!” to back him up. Better safe than sorry!

Doug got right to work on the blog on blogs. Andy is watching and he’s not amused.

Post 629: Stay tuned!

Dear Reader,

Tom von Kapherr, whose “Cats at the Bar” blog is a longtime favorite of mine, suggested he and I collaborate on a list of blogs we feel have exceptional interest and merit, maybe even create a regular “award” celebrating these blogs. At least, we’ll post one collaborative blog on New Years and see where it takes us — and you!

I had my doubts. Not that I couldn’t pull up a list of worthy blogs, but that I’d run into the  dreaded realization that I really, really like a lot of blogs. My list easily can extend over several pages or be broken into several posts. Tom’s list, of course, still is to be revealed, and may be long, too! Though I’ve no doubt there will be overlaps, we may get a surprise and have that dreaded multi-part post I note above!

(Should I hide like Dougy? )

(Should I hide like Dougy? )

To date, I’ve buckled down and made my tentative list, made [Print Screen] images from the selected blogs that give some sense of what I like about them, and now I’ll spend a little time creating the text to e-mail off to Tom so he can see my selections and add his.

Will our first collaboration be a hit or a miss? Stay tuned!

Regards,

Doug Thomas, AKA weggieboy

 

Post 628: Andy tastes the snow

We got a new dusting of snow overnight, and the boys were, naturally, curious about it. 

Dougy stuck a paw in it, but couldn’t make a bigger commitment to drop all four into the new snow. I could read his mind, “Ew! I think this is just another form of water!” Poor baby!

andy licks snow_edited-1

Andy, however, decided to taste it! That’s pretty brave for him. He usually hangs back when I open the door to let the kitties see the new snow. 

Post 627: I get a white Christmas, kind of…!

There’s still some snow on the ground, with a 40% chance of more this morning and tonight, but as the Italian proverb states, “A thousand probabilities don’t make one fact.” In the meantime, we have old snow from an earlier storm, and it’s a bit melted. 

Snow where I park my car.

Snow where I park my car. One of these days, I may fall on my caboose in the drift along my car. 

Snow down by the Central Park. (Not New York City...we have one, too!)

Snow across the street from the Central Park. (Not in New York City…we have one, too! Nice but much smaller….)

Snow toward the football stadium. )(Go Dawgs! Go Big Blue!)

Snow, looking toward the high school football stadium. (Go Dawgs! Go Big Blue!) Must be Christmas. There’s Santa! And a tank’s aimed at the brick house in the photo above. Peace on Earth, Good Will to All!

Looking pretty good, what with all that snow covering the Canada goose poop for which Laing Park is notorious is, well,  Laing Park!

Looking pretty good, what with all that snow covering the Canada goose poop for which Laing Park is notorious. Yes, this is snow at Laing Park! It’s safe for your children to play here at the moment because the thousand resident geese are west of town terrorizing some guy’s farm for whatever they find to eat there. Just stay off the spots where the snow’s melted! Ew! May you have a Blessed White Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Post 626: supply and demand (photos)

Three blocks from the Fresh Start there’s another place to buy gasoline. Cheaper?

I still have difficulty believing the low gasoline prices here in town. Of course, even the low prices here don’t match what the woman who runs the local military museum says she saw in Chadron, a town north of here about 58 miles: gasoline at $1.70 a gallon! It’s almost cheap enough to drive up there for gasoline. Certainly, if I had to drive up that way for any reason, I’d keep that price in mind and refuel there instead of here.

I get gasoline here, mostly because it's a block away from me, just around the corner.

I get gasoline here, mostly because it’s a block away from me, just around the corner.

Last summer, this sign read 3.569.

Last summer, this sign read 3.569.

Four blocks away from where I buy gas, this mini-mart sells gasoline for less.

Four blocks away from where I buy gas, this mini-mart sells gasoline for less.

Quite a bit less, it seems!

Quite a bit less, it seems!

Three blocks from the Fresh Start there's another place to buy gasoline. Cheaper?

Three blocks from the Fresh Start there’s another place to buy gasoline. Cheaper?

No, but it's still cheaper than where I buy gasoline. Diesel users get a break here, though.

No, but it’s still cheaper than where I buy gasoline. Diesel users get a break here, though.

Clear on the other side of town (and past another station   I'll come back to when I'm on the right side of the road for photos) is the new Maverik station, the one I thought might be behind this little price deflation....

Clear on the other side of town (and past another station I’ll come back to when I’m on the right side of the road for photos) is the new Maverik station, the one I thought might be behind this little price deflation….

It's cheaper than where I buy gasoline, but not the cheapest place in town. It sits across from a sister station to the one where I buy gasoline. The sister station's price sign was, um, "not working".

It’s cheaper than where I buy gasoline, but not the cheapest place in town. It sits across from a sister station to the one where I buy gasoline. The sister station’s price sign was, um, “not working”.

Well, I doubled back to the Git and Split (sic), which is open 24 hours a day, and is about two-thirds of the way across town from me. If I drive somehwere before the sun comes up, I often buy gasoline here.

Well, I doubled back to the Git N Split (sic), which is open 24 hours a day, and is about two-thirds of the way across town from me. If I drive somewhere before the sun comes up, I often buy gasoline here. It’s the only branded gasoline in town, though Cenex is a Co-Op station, one of three along this street operated by them.

And it is the price winner fro my town since you get a 10¢ a gallon break for paying cash. That's why you Git N Split: you are robbing the owner every time you pump gasoline into your car! :)

And it is the price winner for my town since you get a 10¢ a gallon break for paying cash. That’s why you “Git N Split”: you are robbing the owner every time you pump gasoline into your car! 🙂

 

Post 625: supply and demand

Those who support laissezfaire capitalism probably don’t realize that’s what’s behind the price of energy, a market driven by the forces of supply and demand, essentially unregulated, though heavily taxed.

The dramatic change in the cost of a gallon of gasoline in my area (Western Nebraska-South Dakota Black Hills) between last July, when I actually made some trips out of town, to December, when I pretty much limited my trips to around town, can be seen in this table:

gas

Days before the per gallon cost of gasoline dropped to the low in the orange section above, I actually thought I was making out like a bandit paying 30¢ a gallon more, or, rounded, $2.30 a gallon.

So dramatic was the change in those few days that I had to go around the block to verify I actually saw gasoline priced at slightly less than $2.00 a gallon for regular unleaded, a price so low I can’t recall when I last pay that little. Then, driving across town, I noticed three independent stations were charging even less than that by  5¢ a gallon!

I rarely drive more than 3000 miles a year (4828 km), so the cost of gasoline is a minor consideration for me. I refill the tank every month to six weeks, and pay whatever the market demands. In high months like July, I am grateful I don’t have a truck with two tanks to fill.

Though I drive a full-sized car, it actually gets 32 mpg on the highway, and a bit more than 23 mpg in combined driving. My first car, a 1970 VW Beetle, got pretty much the same mpg!

What are you paying for gasoline these days? For those who blamed high energy costs on President Obama, I hope you now give him 100% of the credit for the low costs, though only very ignorant people think he has a damn thing to do with either. It’s all about laissezfaire capitalism, supply and demand driven economics.