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I think he’s settled in

What he doesn’t know is, he’ll be neutered Wednesday. Or, as the vet bluntly called it, castrated.

But after that, he can go out into the world and he wants that more than anything. We’re still in contact with the woman we got him from. She confirmed to me that her living room was the only place he’d ever been.

She’s a very nice lady, but that was never going to work. I think this guy is going to be a bruiser.

If only he would tell us his name.

Have a good weekend, everyone. Remember your clocks change on Sunday (we have another couple of weeks). The sun had some real strength and virtue in it today, and no rain. Hold on!

p.s. does the pope coronavirus?


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 6, 2020, 9:57 pm

That cat’s name? It’s obvious – Handsome or El Guapo if you prefer.


No, I heard it was the bear that lives in the Vatican and wears the funny hats.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 6, 2020, 9:59 pm

For some naming ideas try https://www.behindthename.com/

Comment from ron
Time: March 6, 2020, 11:46 pm

he will reveal his name at the correct time. my dogs, dumbass and dammitt let me know what names they prefer.

Comment from platypuss
Time: March 7, 2020, 12:55 am

His name is… Eric

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 7, 2020, 1:41 am

If his posture in that photo is even a little bit habitual, then you might name him Speed Bump.

Am I remembering correctly that “over there” a speed bump is called a Sleeping Policeman? “Over here” some overpaid govt bureaucrats have begun calling them Traffic Calming Devices. Gaaah.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: March 7, 2020, 2:59 am

(King Arthur voice)

And what is your name, Oh Enchanter?

Well, some call me …… Tim

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 7, 2020, 11:59 am

I think that ‘traffic calming’ deceit began over here, I’m ashamed to say, Uncle Al. Her Stoatliness nearly exploded when she first saw it being used here and that was some time ago. It’s a prime example of how Cultural Marxists attempt to warp reality by manipulating the language.

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: March 7, 2020, 11:25 pm

You realize, of course, that a cat must have three different names?. . . 😉

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 8, 2020, 4:14 am

Stoaty and Uncle Badger, you may of course name that nice guy anything that pleases you. However, be advised that you will accursed until the end of your days if you call him “Mr. Whiskers.”

Some color-related thoughts:

— Tang
— Kumquat
— Valencia
— William III
— Sunkist
— Mango
— The Donald
— Nemo

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 8, 2020, 4:24 am

@CantHarkMyCry – Three names? Really?
Something akin to Cadwaladr Aloysius Cholmondeley?

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 8, 2020, 2:09 pm

Mouse Wallah

Comment from Drew458
Time: March 8, 2020, 5:36 pm

Looks like a Hercules to me.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 9, 2020, 12:46 am

The Democrat Super Delegates from the “Name the Cat” Convention want him to be called Hillary.

Comment from steve
Time: March 9, 2020, 2:06 am

McGhannihan Skjellifetti

And, yes… I have already placrd my bet that Pope Francis has the Corona. I’m counting on it.

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: March 9, 2020, 2:24 am

Uncle Al: Well, not exactly:

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo, or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey—
All of them sensible everyday names.

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—
But all of them sensible everyday names,

But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum—
Names that never belong to more than one cat.

But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover—
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular name.

Thomas Stearns Eliot

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 9, 2020, 1:58 pm

@CantHarkMyCry – Thank you! I hadn’t run across Eliot’s nicely whimsical cat names poem before. I confess to being poorly read in poetry.

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 9, 2020, 3:26 pm

Uncle Al–well, there’s an AWFUL LOT of poetry out there, you could drown in that sea and still be accurately described as “poorly read in poetry.”
You might like the book that one came from: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cat. It was the source of (most of) the lyrics for the musical “Cats,” which I realize makes it anathema to many. But I loved the practical cats long before Andrew Weber desecrated them. One of the really fun things to do is to look for Kipling references in them (there are some other poets referenced as well, but Kipling appears most, I think).

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 9, 2020, 4:15 pm

Obviously Eliot Kipled – don’t we all?

Imagine they did all of this without the internet (which, really, is probably why they were able to do all this, otherwise they’d have been watching cat videos and getting into text fights with people they had never met)

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 9, 2020, 4:32 pm

Heh–I had forgotten when I replied to Uncle Al, but in the interim I have remembered that Eliot also Conan-Doyled: read “Macavity: the Mystery Cat” with the Sherlock Holmes stories in the back of your mind …

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: March 9, 2020, 5:51 pm

RIP, Max

Max von Sydow, born Carl Adolf von Sydow; 10 April 1929 – 8 March 2020), was a Swedish-born actor who appeared in European and American films.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 9, 2020, 8:47 pm

They do call them sleeping policemen, but it’s “humps” on the signage. Every time we see a sign saying “humps for 300 yards” I wonder if I have the energy.

Ba-dum tisss.

Comment from Davem123
Time: March 10, 2020, 1:40 am

Once the poor dear is de-bagged perhaps a name will suggest itself. Perhaps some variation on Hairy Prince?

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