thought for fellow cat owners

an idea just struck me for helping you travel with your cats.

we own a power adapter that converts cig lighter into plugs. get one,and get the kitty pheromone plugins. start it up before you put your guys in the car and run it for a while while on the road. cats respond SO strongly to the safe versus bad smell, and i think that would chill out even the most difficult guys.


we are on our way to bryce canyon right now & the blanket of pristine rolling hills of snow is literally sparkling like microfine glitter.

amusingly, this made me ask the question…
knowing the twilight author is a mormon in UT, do you think this sight could have been her inspiration for the vampire’s sparly white skin? that’s TOTALLY what it’s making me think of!

ms_xtine has bent the space-time continuum tonight

had i been any more intoxicated when i arrived at local’s tasting room this evening, i might have even believed i made it all up.

but as the boy, don_negro, royalbananafish & settled in to have the last tastes for the evening, the owner looks at me and says “oh…i know who you are! you guys are in from seattle, right?”

david and i exchange glances and smile. this *was* our 4th year, and we had seen her many of them.

and then she says “there was a woman in here not too long ago who was talking about you. that you ran a business together years ago.”

i looked puzzled and said i couldn’t imagine anyone would be in locals talking about me, and that she must be mistaken.

and she said “graphic artist, right?”

and i just started laughing and realized, *of course*, that it had to be christine.

it was like you were there with me, getting our drink on, and remembering conduit dinners, and the world shrank and froze for just a moment.

how fucking cool is that?

highly amusing

not that i don’t have anything of substance to share, but mostly i am sick and don’t have the energy to actually craft any words for you.

so in the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from the Thursday Morning Quarterback columnist that my boy loves to read:

The Prize for the North American Cycle Courier Championships Was Lost in the Mails:
The latest North American Cycle Courier Championship was held in Boston. That’s right — a competitive race for bicycle messengers. Tuesday Morning Quarterback suggests these other sporting events based on everyday modern life:

Western Hemisphere Speed Barista Challenge: Objective is to get through the line at a high-end coffee shop and obtain a half-skim double-caramel rapafrapazapachino before your double-parked car is ticketed. Use of elbows technically illegal, but skilled competitors get away with cutting the line.

North American Multitasking Finals: Contestants must drive an SUV, talk on a cell phone, use a PDA and watch a movie on a portable DVD player simultaneously, without striking spectators.

East Coast Recycling Evasion Championships: Contestants must get rid of glass bottles and plastic containers without using recycle bins; severe penalties for being caught.

Suburban Soccer Mom Rally: Entrants must take children to sports events on opposite sides of a county at the same time, while picking up dry cleaning, buying school supplies, shouting into a cell phone and evading randomly located traffic jams.

Regional DMV Marathon: Contestants must get through the line in a Department of Motor Vehicles office. This day-long event characterized by foul language, pushing and shoving. Warning: Clerks may ignore you even if you’re standing right there!