October 30, 2013

Happy Homes

As noted in the comments, both kittens have found new homes. The vet estimated they were about nine weeks old when we acquired them, which means my guess was quite respectably close– I went with ten weeks.

Annoyingly, although I inspected the kittens when they arrived at our house, I apparently didn't do so well enough. The vet also noticed that one of the kittens had fleas. This has led to a frenzy of vacuuming, and poor Aria (our "keeper" adult cat) is going to be stuck with a flea collar for a while. She hates collars, but I suspect she'd hate fleas even more.

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October 19, 2013


Yesterday I had to be at work at 0700. I left at 1900 with the expectation that I would have to rush home, change clothing, then attend a community theater production with my fiancée. She's been looking forward to it. We originally were going to see it last week, but my boss called and asked if I could work instead, so we rescheduled.

Anyway, as I was leaving work, I got a call from the aforementioned fiancée. She wanted to warn me that when I got home, the number of cats in the house was different.

Her aunt Beverly had found two kittens meowing on her porch earlier in the day, and knowing that we already had a cat, sent the two little ones over packed in Bev's dog's crate. (I do not know if the dog was consulted.) So now we've got two kittens in a crate for the weekend, because the ASPCA is closed for the weekend.

I inspected and determined that we've got one male and one female, age somewhere in the vicinity of eight or ten weeks, i.e. shortly post-weaning. They appear to be siblings, and comfortable with humans. My hypothesis is that they're siblings that were kicked out of the house once they were old enough to have a vague chance at survival. I could be wrong and they are friendly ferals, but I would think if they were old enough to get kicked out by their mother, then they would have split up as well.

So anyway, I got home, met two kittens, changed clothing, and we went to the Ghostlight Theatre. Tonight's show was "The Deep End of the Dark", a horror story for five characters camping on an island. It was written by the theater company's manager/creative director, who was also playing one of the parts.

I found myself terribly bored. Part of the problem was that I was hungry and tired. But also the whole thing was terribly predictable- I knew who the killer was and why he did it at about the ten minute mark, and I knew how the killings were going to be accomplished by the twenty minute mark. Plus the writing was just not good, with much of the dialog sounding quite unnatural.

After the show we went home and socialized with the kittens. My future sister-in-law came over to coo at them, and despite our intention to merely foster the kittens for the weekend, my fiancée and her sister named them Sophie and Marcus. That's not a good sign.

Our existing cat, Aria, is not at all pleased with these interlopers. We're keeping them separated, so she keeps hissing, growling, nipping at people trying to pet her, and occasionally retreating to high shelves and glaring at all and sundry. I'm sympathetic, as I would be quite irate if two strangers moved into my house without so much as a by-your-leave, and I was prevented from ejecting them.

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October 11, 2013

More Things I Am Not Allowed To Do

9. The new access-control devices are "electronic turnstiles". They are not "murder machines".

10. When an electronic turnstile begins to cycle open and closed continually, the report should state that it is malfunctioning. It should not state that "the turnstile has gone feral, and has developed a taste for human flesh."

11. A desire for accurate paperwork is laudable. However, when receiving an injury report for "John Smith" only to discover that the actual injured party is named "Joan Smith", I should change the name on the paperwork. I should not instruct a security guard to find an employee named John and injure them.

12. An email to the Property Services Manager regarding flooding at a branch should have a subject like like "Flooding at the San Diego branch". It should not have a subject like "Gather the cattle and head for the hills!"

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