A serious cat

Chief of Staff Mia Sopaipilla prepares the Turkenbunker for The Commander.

Chief of Staff Mia Sopaipilla prepares the Turkenbunker for The Commander.

Sigh. Arm warmers and knee warmers yesterday, everything warmers today. And I haven’t even been outside yet.

Herself and I had planned to catch this evening’s opening of the Coen brothers’ latest, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” but you know what they say about the best-laid plans.

The brothers chatted with Terry Gross on “Fresh Air” the other day, and Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Force) was appalled to hear them libeling cats so freely.

The Commander inspects his (purely defensive) chemical-weapons stockpile.

The Commander inspects his (purely defensive) chemical-weapons stockpile.

Discussing the honor and privilege of persuading a cat to participate in their latest film, Ethan spake thusly:

“In ‘True Grit’ we had a vulture, a trained vulture … that was a pain and that was even — by vulture standards — probably a stupid vulture, and that was frustrating. But I would take a vulture over a cat. The cat was just horrible.”

As a consequence, the Turk’ has declared war on the Coen brothers, and we are forbidden to see the film.

It’s censorship, true, but what are we to do? This is war.

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29 Responses to “A serious cat”

  1. Libby Says:

    Defending their hidey-holes. A rare sighting of the elusive Mia.
    Perhaps Turk’ and Mia view the Coens’ remarks as especially alarming considering the recent revelations in The Hollywood Reporter that animals are routinely and egregiously harmed in film and that the AHA endorsement is provided even if their oversight is as little as 5 minutes. http://news.moviefone.com/2013/11/26/no-animals-were-harmed/

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Miss Mia dearly loves her some warm dryer time on a chilly December day. And after perusing The Hollywood Reporter article she is reconsidering a career in motion pictures.

    • Derek Lenahan Says:

      @libby makes you wonder who you are calling to take care of an animal. I don’t have a firearm but if my neighbor took down the buck that has had both eyes gouged out and has only half an antler left on one side before the coyotes get him, I would have no complaints. I am sure he would share the game. Same with the big doe with the broken rear leg. The animal is in pain for the rest of it’s life and extending it seems pointless. Rules that don’t help the animal are just more red tape.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Is that a covered cat litter box?

  3. veloben Says:

    Listening to the Cohens almost drove myself off the highway from laughter. Reading this I’m going home to hug my even tempered, house trained Chocolate Lab.

    But then my oldest son defends his 3 cats with a vengeance.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I like ’em both. The four cats we’ve had — first Ike and Tina, now Miss Mia and Turk’ — have all been very different creatures, each with an endearing quirk or two.

      Of the dogs, Fuerte remains my personal fave, because we had such a long history together (she was one of the daughters of my first dog, Jojo). But Mister Boo is a funny little sonofabitch too.

      • khal spencer Says:

        If folks here have not read Fuerte the Wonder Pooch, I hope Patrick sends us all the link, cuz’ I don’t know if I can remember it. Its worth the read as much as anything I can think of.

  4. Dale Says:

    Sadly, after our dog died, my 8 year old son spotted a starving stray cat in the neighborhood. I advised against it, and offered that we should feed it and let it go on it’s way.

    Well guess what. We took it in, and it promptly had 2 kittens. Fourteen years later, we still have 3 cats.

    I do not like cats. I am a dog person. Dogs are social animals – once the hierarchy is sorted out, life is wonderful.

    Please tell me how long cats live.

    • khal spencer Says:

      As long as they can make you miserable.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Now, now, gentlemen … don’t force me to get The Commander after you.

      However, even a cat fancier such as myself will concede that this seems a little over the top.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        That is more than a little bit over the top. Even Duffy doesn’t get to take over a bathroom. If I had Mia, I wound be paranoid about starting the dryer. You know, I would be on my knees with a flashlight checking every nook and cranny before putting the clothes in the drum. The more intelligent half of this crew is allergic to cat dander, so no worries about friends in the dryer. But dogs make me into an idiot. When we lost the mighty Beaumaster, I stayed away from shelters for two years. Then in a moment of weakness, we went to the shelter in Nogales. There we met the Duffinator, and you know the rest.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Required reading.


    Perhaps O’Grady didn’t want a permanent fan of my sort, but he got one when I read this essay.

  6. md anderson Says:

    In regards to the life span of a well cared for domestic cat; we have had two that passed 18 years before we had to make the difficult choice of euthanasia. Our benchmark was if they could eat, drink and find the litter box they were okay.

    We currently have a mixed breed pooch who is past 16 years. We keep thinking he won’t last another summer (he perks up in cold weather) but he has proved us wrong for the past 5 years.

  7. Larry T. Says:

    Well, I rode with long sleeves and knickers yesterday because….the forecast was for the coldest day of our time here with the in-laws in Santa Barbara….low 60’s. Very pleasant actually, including the little stop near the end of the ride at the famous La Super Rica taco stand. Temps should be in the 70’s for awhile, so my pasty mid-western hide might get a bit of a tan?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You do realize that some day, somewhere, somehow, we will get you for this?

      • Pat and Sandy O'Brien Says:

        Ain’t that the truth. Forty five degrees, 25 mph wind, cloudy, and snowing on the mountains. Arizona my ass. But, I guess I deserve a little razzing from Larry from my past transgressions in the weather bragging department.

      • Larry T. Says:

        I’m probably not worthy of my good fortune, most of it is the result of my wife making her one big mistake – saying “I do” almost 24 years ago. Back then we both wished to “work at something you’d happily do for free, but somehow make a living at it” and with philosophy for her and things relating to bicycles for me, we’ve managed to pull it off.

  8. Mr. P Says:

    “Blood Simple,” “Fargo,” and “Big Lebowski” are all the Coen Bro movies anyone needs to see. I gave up on them when I heard them say that “O Brother – Where Art Thou” was based on Homer’s Odyssey, and then admit that they’d never read it. Best movie of the year – by a mile – “Wadjda.”

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