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Balls and mice. This amuses me, because I’m just that low and immature. Yes, of course I bought it – with my accumulated points as a frequent shopper.

That’s one of the few things we’ll willingly embrace from the new normal: ordering cat food in bulk online. It’s cheaper, we only have to think about it once a month, and these guys are superb – I ordered £50 worth of stuff yesterday afternoon and I had it by this afternoon.

We’ll probably continue our basic grocery shopping by weekly order, too – if supermarkets continue the service (they always swore they lost money on delivery). Having someone else haul multiple 2-liter bottles of fizzy water to the door is a no brainer. Then we can swan around like Lord and Lady Whositz and buy the fun stuff in person.

Out of curiosity – to work out how they got my stuff here so fast – I looked the company up. They do have an in-country depot (though it’s like 200 miles away), but I was surprised to see they’re headquartered in Germany!

That explains why all their stuff is labelled in German before English. I bought a Katzenspielzeug-set, y’all! (Sadly, that means “cat play set” and not “balls and mice”).


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 14, 2021, 6:36 pm

I’d have thought those funny little symbols on the balls would have been a giveaway…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 14, 2021, 6:55 pm

I believe Uncle B is talking about these balls:

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 14, 2021, 8:56 pm

Was it something I said…?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 14, 2021, 9:19 pm

I see those lovely Christmas tree ornaments are emblazoned with the 7,000 year old Eurasian good fortune and well-being symbol, called (in Sanskrit) a svastika. Lovely things! And still in (cautious) use by Hindoos, Jains, and Buddhists as a symbol of divinity and spirituality .

May the German National Socialists rot even DEEPER in Hell for pissing all over a nice thing. Boy! Talk about your “cultural appropriation”!

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 14, 2021, 10:43 pm

Of course you surely have the best cat toy ever – the laser pointer!!!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 14, 2021, 10:45 pm

Zeug – literally, our 4th year German teacher taught us, is “stuff or thing”.

The example he used, flugzeug – flying stuff/thing = airplane.

Hence Katzenspielzeug is Cat play stuff/thing.

The wretched Austrian Kraut’s gang tilted the sacred svastika by 45 degrees for his NAZI symbol. Which will brand the swastika as evil forever in the same way as all now pretend only the United States ever participated in slavery (which of course is NOT being practiced anywhere now, no no no no no, instead we’ve rebranded it as “human trafficking”, and we’re not allowed to use the word “slave”.)

these ass hats are making me look forward to waking up on the wrong side of the lawn.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 14, 2021, 11:38 pm

Not to change the subject away from the analysis of cat-toy symbology, I luvs me some Amazon Prime. Except for grocery shopping for fresh produce, meats and fish, home delivery is just irresistible, for several reasons:

1. Have you ever driven all over looking for a particular watch battery, only fo find nobody stocks it? Amazon will deliver the right one tomorrow.

2. Buying something heavy, bulky, or awkward? I needed a new step ladder and couldn’t figure out how I was going to fit it in my car. Amazon left one at my front door. The big grill that Home Depot wanted $50 to deliver from 2 miles away? Prime delivered it free. Hell, when we remodeled and put in Japanese toilets, Amazon sent a big truck and delivered them, all for a better price than we could find elsewhere.

3. As Weasel shows above, it is ridiculously fast, at least for us living as we do some 15 minutes from their giant Dallas Amazon warehouse. Mrs Vegetable ordered something this morning at breakfast time and it arrived at 5 p.m. this afternoon. Nice.

4. Returns. Amazon has never hassled us at all about a return. Now, we don’t even have to box (whatever it is) it up. We just scoot down to the Whole Foods a few minutes away and hand it to someone. Boom, done.

Yes, we do cat food, and cat litter too. I often think about the poor guy behind “Pets.Com” who came up with the idea of having dog food and cat litter delivered to people just as Amazon does every day now. People at that time just weren’t ready for the decadence of having ordinary things delivered by special messenger to their homes. It just felt wrong. Delivery was for flowers or chocolates, not dog food. That guy who thought up Pets.com is sitting in a bar right now, still drunk all these years later thinking about what might have been.

The company had great commercials though and their mascot was terrific. When the company crashed and burned, the company’s most valuable asset (only asset?) was their sock-puppet. Here’s a sample:


Comment from Mitch
Time: July 14, 2021, 11:53 pm

I buy very little from Amazon these days. Because it’s an Evil Global MegaCorp now. Shame.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 15, 2021, 4:59 pm

Well maybe he will spread himself across the landscape in the near future when he “flies to space”!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 15, 2021, 6:23 pm

Maybe we could get Soros to take a ride on the rocket, you know, so he can see ‘his’ earth below him from his proper place in the heavens (and then from the wrong side of the lawn if it doesn’t land in one piece).

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 15, 2021, 6:58 pm

Personally though, I hope Bezos and Musk succeed.

Because NASA is busy worrying about gender and racism while China works on taking the high ground.

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