the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Only three days left of NaBlo, but it's getting harder to come up with stuff to write about with my shows on hiatus. Today, a kitty story.

In my teens, I had a kitty I will call D. Kitty D was generally fairly easygoing, but he was very territorial in his youth. When we got Kitty A, the battle for Alpha Kitty went on for nearly a year (Kitty D was territorial and unwilling to give up being boss of his house; Kitty A was too neurotic to surrender) until we got Kitty B, at which point Kitty D and Kitty A decided to form a united front against their common enemy. By the time we got Kitty R, Kitty D had mellowed into an elder statesman and diplomat, which led to the following scene.

I was lying on the living room couch watching TV one night when I heard some serious low-pitched growling. On the other side of the room, Kitty B and Kitty A were hunkered down nose-to-nose. Both had their ears laid back and were getting pretty serious with the hissing and snarling. Enter the elder statesman. Kitty D walked up and stood off to one side right next to them, right where you would expect a basketball referee to be standing during tip-off. He meowed at Kitty B and Kitty A, both of whom immediately sat up and looked at him. He meowed at Kitty A, and she meowed back. He turned and meowed at Kitty B, and she meowed back. He then meowed at both of them in what sounded like a school principal voice, and Kitty B and Kitty A turned around and walked away from each other. Another crisis averted by Little Kitty Diplomat.

If only I could put him onto this SAG/AMPTP thing. He'd get a deal worked out in no time.

the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Tick Try)
No, this isn't a meme. My best friend has a cousin who believes that everyone is born with a superpower. It's just that most people's superpowers are so lame that they don't even notice they have one. I actually have two.

One is the power of cat attraction. If I go to a barn or some other place where semi-feral cats who don't normally seek out human contact hang out, all I have to do is sit down and within five minutes, every cat in the place will be all over me. Occasionally, one will try to follow me home.

One time when I was in high school, my best friend was down in the arena working with her horse while I did my homework on the couch in the tack room. Within minutes, the entire couch was covered in cats. They filled up the cushions, armrests, couch back, the chair I was propping my feet up on, and my legs that were propped up on the chair. There must've been at least twenty-five cats in there with me just keeping me company. I wish I had a picture.

Another time, the BF and I went on vacation to the Soviet Union (back when it was still in one piece). Cats aren't popular pets there, or at least they weren't at the time, but many hotels and restaurants did have a resident cat. The hotel we stayed at in Kiev did. She was a little skittish at first, but she let me pet her once, and after that she would come find me when I was in a common area of the hotel and ask for a petting. She ran away from the other people who were with me.

My other superpower is the ability to make other cars change lanes on the expressway by turning on my turn signal. If I need to change lanes and there's only one gap in traffic, all I have to do is turn on my turn signal and a random car will suddenly change lanes into that gap. Every freaking time.

What's your superpower?

the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Cat Ministrations)
This is my first ever attempt to embed a YouTube vid. My best friend pointed me at this.

"Two professional engineers illustrate the proper care and practical benefits of cats"--Summary.


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