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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I've been sitting here watching the protest/riot in Charlotte, NC.  I won't comment on the shooting by the Police since I wasn't there and don't have access to all the facts.

But, I will comment on this riot and the anger over one person's being killed while all those people who are rioting and looting don't seem to have any concern for their brothers and sisters who are killed everyday in Chicago.  Don't those people count?

The group Black Lives Matter is quick to condemn police shootings of black people, but they are strangely silent when it comes to black civilians shooting other black civilians.  Why do they only matter when they are shot seemingly ignoring police orders?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Burnie here.  I know it has been a while since I wrote.  There has been a lot going on here.  Mom has been home most of the time.  She only went away for one day.  I guess Crash and I scared her when we stopped eating during her last long trip.

Crash and I both visited the doctor this week.  Crash is doing OK, her thyroid is steady, but she got so upset in the car that she messed up our carrier.  It's a good thing that I went on Monday and she went later in the week.  Mom had to wash the inside of the carrier.

I got very good news from the doctor.  My diabetes seems to be all better, I don't have to get my shots every day, twice a day.  Now, if only mom would stop trying to give me that pill.  I feel so good that I take time every day and look out the window and watch the world go by. 

Sometimes, I even get up on the couch and sit next to mom, Crash doesn't like that.  Sometimes when she's sitting by mom I sit on the floor and stare at her until she realizes that I'm there.  Then she hisses and growls and runs away.  Sometimes I chase after her, other times I jump up onto the couch and go to sleep next to mom.

That's about all the news for now.  Hope that mom lets me write again soon.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Life is Good

Thanks to all the technical progress of the past few years, I was able to sit on my couch, look at pictures from my various vacations and listen to Mantovani.

I've been able to load all my pictures into Plex, a streaming service, on my TV.  It's so relaxing and brings back so many wonderful memories of my various trips alone and with good friends.  About a month ago, I bought myself a new toy - Amazon Echo or Alexa.  While looking at the pictures,  I realized that it is too quiet, so I asked her to play a selection of Mantovani, which she did.  Then, I realized what was missing.

 I went to my wine refrigerator and took out a bottle of Apple Wine from the Horton Vineyards in Virginia which I bought last year on a trip to various presidential and civil war sites.

The wine, the music and most of all the memories of good times with good friends, does it get any better than that?

Life truly is good!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


A few weeks ago when I was food shopping, I saw something that took me back in time.  Many, many years ago when I was working in the patent department of American Can Co., they had a department for testing new products.  Sometimes they would give these products to employees to test for our impressions.

One of these products that I was given was cheese in a can.  I don't know what it was called then, but it is now called Easy Cheese.  Well, when I saw it in the supermarket, I just had to buy it.  I know, cheese lovers and gourmets would frown on it, but it brought back many memories.  I often bought it, it was easy and fun for my boys on evenings when I decided to have party time and not cook.

I tried it tonight, it was OK.  It's not as soft as it used to be, but, as I said, it brought back some good memories.  This time, I added a glass of wine, which made it much better.

I decided to read some of the instructions on the can.  Obviously, the manufacturer doesn't think much of the intelligence of the consumer.  Here are the directions:

     "For best results, remove cap, hold applicator tip close to food, press tip firmly and move slowly across food surface."

Really, if you have to be told to remove the cap, you should not be in a position of preparing food for yourself or others.  Just saying.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Burnie here.  Mom just came back from Petco with a supply of my very favorite food - Max Cat Duck.  It's so delicious.

Mom looked so sad when she came home.  I read her mind (I can do that, you know) and found out that today is adoption day at Petco and they had a plethora of cats and kittens, mostly black or black and white (like me).  The lady at the store said that most people are superstitious about black cats.  They think that having a black cat, or even a black and white cat will bring them bad luck.  Well, I'm here to say that Mom has not had any bad luck since I came into her life.  Well, maybe a little - she didn't win the lottery, but that's about it.

Actually, Mom has had so many black cats over the years.  Some of them were Baby, Chow, Mein, Midnight, etc.  She didn't have them all at once except for Baby, Chow and Mein.  If you ask Mom, she'd say that she has had and is having a lot of good luck.  After all, didn't I find my way into her home?

Since Mom has her hands full with me and all my medicine and Crash really doesn't want another cat in our house, she can't adopt another cat.  I wouldn't mind, but Crash definitely doesn't want another cat.  She barely tolerates me.

So all I can say to everyone out there is, if you get a chance, adopt a black or black and white cat.  It will bring you lots of love and no bad luck.  And that's way better than good luck

Saturday, June 4, 2016

'Tis a Puzzlement

There has been a lot written about the protests/riots at Trump rallies.  The videos show one thing, but the president and leading democrats say another.

They say that it is all Donald Trump's fault and responsibility for these protests/riots because he said that Mexico was sending us their criminals and thugs.  Can someone please explain to me why someone who is swinging a bag of something at and hits a person, or why a crowd throwing eggs and attacking a woman wearing a Trump shirt is not a thug or criminal.  I always thought that attacking someone who is exercising her right of free speech was a criminal act.

How is all this violence Donald Trump's fault and not the fault of the protestors/rioters?  As the song says, "'Tis a Puzzlement."

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Burnie Here

I know I've been away for a while.  I just didn't feel like I had anything to say, but today is different.

Mom just got back from another of her geographical  explorations.  She was gone for a whole 2 1/2 weeks.  It's a good thing she found a good cat sitter so I didn't have to go to the hospital, I was able to stay home the whole time.  Of course, Crash was home with me too.

Anyway, she went to someplace called the United Kingdom on a boat.  I guess she had a good time since she was away so long.  But, I got even for her leaving me.

I did a lot of meowing and stopped eating.  This made the cat sitter so nervous that she called my doctor who told her to give me a couple of pills.  I didn't like that.  So I told Crash to stop eating too.  To make us eat, we got some special food.  I got some duck (my favorite) and Crash got some tuna (her favorite).

The cat sitter even texted mom on her trip that we were having problems, but mom didn't come home any earlier.  Hmm, I'll have to think of some other way to disturb her trips.  It isn't fair that she gets to go away and I have to stay home with Crash.  I might as well be alone, Crash doesn't like to play with me, all she does is hiss and growl at me whenever I try to play with her.

Well, that's all the news I have.  I've been feeling OK, just my usual problems, nothing new so I guess that's good.