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Gone to the cats

Out & About

Zoey the Cool Cat was not happy that I featured a flock of birds in yesterday’s post and she couldn’t catch a single one of them.

I promised her I would feature cats in today’s post, so pictures of cats and cat facts to go with them! Check out the mouseovers, too, because some of them have additional cat facts.

Zoey the Cool Cat

“If you’re feeling insecure about your space in the world, you get a dog because he will always back you up. He’s the insecure man’s best friend. A man with a cat, on the other hand, is secure with himself. He’s sharing his space with a predator.”—John Scalzi, author

Never belittle the comfort offerd by a cat

“A cat has no words, but by small touchings and buttings and leanings, she shows her love for you, and tries to distract you from your sorrow.”—Pam Brown

Rule 1: When in doubt, wash.

For My Human
I thank you for the food you bring
And for my little squeaky thing.

I thank you for your friendly talks
And when you change my little box.

I think you for the naps we share
And putting up with tufts of hair.

I thank you for these things you do.

Cats like doors left open, in case they change their minds.—Rosemary Nishet

“A cat isn’t fussy, just as long as you remember it likes its milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and its fish on the blue plate, from which it will take the fish and eat it off the floor.”—Arthur Bridges.

This is Julian's cat, Lola Mae

After scolding one’s cat, one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word and has filed it for reference.—Charlotte Gray

Another one of Julian's cats, this one named Happy

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.—Albert Schweitzer

Clothes attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

In World War II during the blitz in England, a cat named Bomber could tell the difference between a British Royal Air Force airplane and a German plane from a great distance. When Bomber started to run for the shelter, people quickly learned to follow and get to safety before the bombs fell.—The Cat Lover’s Book of Days, by Peg Silloway, p. 15.

A cat will assume the shape of its container.

“A kitten is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world.”—Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson)

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives;
Every wife had seven sacks;
Every sack had seven cats;
Every cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

Serval at the San Diego Zoo

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SNIPPETS (5-17-14)—You’re ugly, dirty lyrics, wwjd, and more!

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Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

Julian gets things done faster than I can create things for him to do, so I’m working fast to create lots of Photographic Art to keep him busy uploading to the Photographic Art galleries of Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

Yesterday evening he mentioned my picture of an ugly grey duck. Ducks, of course, are not ugly, nor are any birds. They just have different features, just like people. I couldn’t think of an ugly grey duck, so I went searching in my birds folder and found a picture of a Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex). Ah-ha! Lots of people think the Shoebill is ugly. What say you?

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)

The Shoebill is a huge bird, getting up to 60 inches tall, weighing up to 15.4 pounds, and having a wing span up to 8½ feet. I think it might be bigger than Julian:

Shoebill and Julian

I’m thinking that Shoebill could take care of Julian real quickly, so I would say, “Beware of name-calling.”

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SNIPPET #2

As stated in a recent post (Rancho Santo Fe, the Benardo Fire, and my new BFF house), my chess class on Fridays happens to be out where the fires are burning, specifically the Bernardo Fire near Rancho Santa Fe. I had to pass through the burned area yesterday and, of course (you know me!), got a couple of pictures.

Burned hillsides with lots of smoke still rising from the fire on the other side:

Bernardo Fire, San Diego, California, 051614

Lonely mansion overlooking a burned hillside:

Bernardo Fire, San Diego, California, 051614

As you can see in the picture directly above, the fire got pretty close to that mansion. Fortunately, after the October 2003 and October 2007 fires, the County passed ordinances requiring people living in rural areas to create a defensible space around their home. That’s really the main reason why no homes were lost in the Bernardo Fire.

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SNIPPET #3

It’s so sad that the worse the fires are, the more beautiful the sunsets. This is from my back patio May 15 where it got up to 104° (F for my Canadian friends) that day:

Sunset during the Bernardo Fire, San Diego, May 15 2014

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SNIPPET #4

I got my first paycheck from my sales at Fine Art America on May 15! Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Zoey the Cool Cat will be able to eat at least one more can of Ocean Whitefish & Tuna! She’s a happy cat.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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SNIPPET #5

On this date in 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States was performed in the State of Massachusetts. Amazingly, the sky hasn’t fallen, the ground has not risen up to swallow people, and the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west……………

Sunset at the beach

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SNIPPET #6

It’s no secret that the federal government has an interesting past. I had no idea that the lyrics of “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen had been investigated by the FBI as pornographic, which would have been a violation of the Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material law. If only they could investigate some of these rap and hip hop lyrics that I hear blasting from the bass-heavy car stereos…………… For more, see The FBI Laboratory weighs in on the “dirty” lyrics of “Louie Louie”. Or just listen to the song and enjoy it:

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SNIPPET #7

Zoey the Cool Cat loves to sit and watch (stalk) the mourning doves just inches outside the office window. Yesterday she found a new way to watch (stalk) them.

Zoey the Cool Cat stalking a mourning dove

She was really focused on the shadow for several minutes. The funny thing is, she knows where the mourning dove and feeder are because every 15 seconds or so she would turn around to look at the scene outside the window.

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SNIPPET #8

Remember that cool diner I found (see it here: Now I Know What Comfort Food is)? Jim, Julian, and I went to eat there last Saturday. The food was awesome! Definitely worth a return trip when I’m looking for awesome comfort food!

It was very busy, so I only got one picture of the interior, taken just before we left.

Studio Diner, San Diego, California

Food at Studio Diner, San Diego, California

Empty plate

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SNIPPET #9

Jim and I have an anniversary coming up. We celebrate several: The day we met (May 26, 1994), the day we moved in together (November 1, 1995), the day we got domestic partnered (July 31, 2004), and the day we got married (October 30, 2008). So our twentieth anniversary of meeting is in just nine days!

I lost all of my pictures of the building where we met in the Great Hard Drive Crash of August 2005. Here is the building where we got married:

San Diego County Administration Building

Just a few days later, California voters—the ones who voted—voted to disallow gay marriages. Fortunately, the California Supreme Court ruled in May 2009 that since we got legally married, our marriage would remain legal and valid. Ultimately the law disallowing gay marriage was overturned.

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SNIPPET #10

I don’t understand hateful Christians. Didn’t Jesus heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and house the homeless? Or did I read a poor translation of The Bible? WWJD?

WWJD?

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It’s my favorite

Cats

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I’ve been working for several weeks on a long post about the Desert View Tower about 90 miles east of me…. out in the desert…. could account for the name….

Many decades ago someone carved several animals out of solid granite out there. This is one of them:

Cat carved into solid granite

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It’s my favorite. Feel free to venture a guess as to why.

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Sunset in Vista, California on 12-3-13

Cats & sunsets

Out & About

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Yesterday after chess class, Jim and I went to Vista to visit his mom and her boyfriend. As we arrived we were treated to the start of what I thought was going to be a most spectacular sunset. Indeed it was.

4:29 p.m.Sunset in Vista, California on 12-3-13

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4:39 p.m.Sunset in Vista, California on 12-3-13

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4:49 p.m.Sunset in Vista, California on 12-3-13

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4:52 p.m.Sunset in Vista, California on 12-3-13

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4:58 p.m.Sunset in Vista, California on 12-3-13

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They have two cats that they got in March 2009 after their previous two black cats died within weeks of each other. Buddy, the orange tabby, is a carefree, happy-go-lucky cat. I’ve been able to pick him up, hold him, pet him, since day one. Suzy, a black cat, rarely even let me see her. In those 4½ years, I saw her on top of the refrigerator once, behind the washer and dryer once, under the bed many times, and under the couch or other chairs many other times. Only last March did she allow me to get close enough to even touch her. Last night she was under a chair and let me pet her, which I did for about five minutes. As she got comfortable with my touch, she stuck her head and front legs out from under the chair. I quickly pulled her out the rest of the way, put her on my lap, and proceeded to give her a little love for ten minutes. Then she took off to the garage to hide under the car….

Two pictures of Suzy (black) and Buddy
although not from last night and not by meSuzy (black) and Buddy

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This drawer’s not big enough for both of us.Suzy (black) and Buddy

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Great sunsets, fun relatives, beautiful cats, and barbecue at Famous Dave’s made for a great, late Thanksgiving meal.

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Zoey the Cool Cat soccer ball

Caturday (11-2-13)—Zoey the Cool Cat playing soccer!

Cats

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Long-time followers know that Zoey the Cool Cat likes to sit on the back of my desk chair and watch tennis or golf.

Zoey the Cool Cat watching tennis

Zoey the Cool Cat watching tennis

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She is not interested in football, basketball, or baseball.

I suspect that the balls in those sports are too big.

She prefers small things.

However, today, I found her playing with a soccer ball:

Zoey the Cool Cat soccer ball

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If you saw my recent post on the Zoey the Cool Cat cube, you might remember that I said the cube was really easy to do.

Taking the basics behind the cube, I decided to see if other shapes were just as easy to do.

Yes.

All I did was get a soccer ball from one of my graphics programs and then pasted Zoey the Cool Cat pictures into appropriate places.

It took about five minutes total!

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San Diego from Point Loma

Out & About

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Yesterday was an extraordinarily clear day here in the San Diego metroplex.

Usually when it is extraordinarily clear I have to work to pay bills.

Yesterday, though, since my Client postponed his home inspection until Monday, I took time to drive all the way over to Point Loma to get my best pictures ever of San Diego:

North Island Naval Air Station and downtown San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma

North Island Naval Air Station and downtown San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma

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The U.S. Navy ship in the above picture has 53 on its hull. Unfortunately, there are two ships based in San Diego with 53 as their hull number: the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer, and the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile Cruiser. I believe the one in that picture is the USS Mobile Bay, and I’ll explain why I think that later in this post.

The following picture shows three submarines at the Point Loma submarine base, the most I’ve seen in port at one time.

Point Loma submarine base

Point Loma submarine base

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Shelter Island, San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

Shelter Island, San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

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Shelter Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

Shelter Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

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See the ship cruising into San Diego Harbor? It does not have a number on its hull. However, the rear of the ship has “John Paul Jones” on it, so it is the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer.

Since is was only about 15 minutes between the earlier picture with a ship at dock and this picture with the ship sailing merrily into San Diego Harbor, logic suggests that the ship at dock would not/could not get underway in just 15 minutes and get down to where I was, so I’m using logic to say that the ship in the earlier picture is the USS Mobile Bay since the ship in this picture definitely is the USS John Paul Jones.

We have 61 commissioned Navy ships home-ported in San Diego, so keeping track of them for a novice like me can get confusing at times, especially since ships stationed elsewhere on the West Coast often make a pit stop in San Diego on their way to and fro.

Downtown San Diego from Harbor Island

Downtown San Diego from Harbor Island

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Pelicans were everywhere, and I can never resist taking pictures of them. They are so much fun to watch. By far my favorite bird, outside of the flamingos at the San Diego Zoo, of course.

Pelican at Fisherman's Landing in San Diego

Pelican at Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego

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Look who was peeking out the window when we arrived home:

Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Symmetrical Cool Cat

Picture of the Moment

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Zoey the Cool Cat came into our household on September 20, 2007. Since then I have taken a few billion pictures of the little princess.

I continue taking pictures because she continues to find new ways to entertain me in how she makes herself at home rules her home and twists and turns her little catbody.

Yesterday she was being a bad kitty, meaning that she was going places where she knows she is not allowed, such as up on the piano, on the expensive leather couch, or on top of the refrigerator. She’s actually allowed on top of the refrigerator if she can figure out a way to get up there without an initial stop on the kitchen counter on the way up and a last stop on the same kitchen counter on the way down!

Since she was being so bad, Jim put her on the sofa in the bedroom, which she happily made hers for the rest of the day. I got a great picture of her exhibiting her own symmetry within the symmetry of the sofa:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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I think Zoey the Cool Cat’s misbehavior is simply her way of asking for attention, and once she gets it, she’s a happy cat.

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