The mayor of Cell Block O

I am not an animal! Oh, wait, I am! Never mind. ...

I am not an animal! Oh, wait, I am! Never mind. …

Welcome to Little Gitmo.

Mister Boo has had surgery to remove a bladder stone, his second trip down this surgical path, and the stone was apparently so rara an avis that the medicos have shipped it off to a university for further study.

Perhaps through their labors Boos of the future will not suffer from this malady, and the subsequent isolation it requires.

I’ve tried consoling him by noting that he, unlike Prince, is at least on the proper side of the lawn. But The Boo was never much of a “Purple Rain” kind of guy. Right now he’s happy to be making yellow rain.


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15 Responses to “The mayor of Cell Block O”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Hope the pup gets to feeling better soon!

    I was never much of a Prince fan. But I have much respect for him as a singer, songwriter, dancer/entertainer, producer with the talent to play more than 20 instruments. And 100 million records sold. Pretty impressive when you think about it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      And, apparently, a helluva guitarist, as Pat discloses below. It’s hard to find his stuff online — Prince and his lawyers did a good job of scrubbing the Innertubez of unauthorized uses — but that closing solo is pretty damn’ impressive.

  2. si little Says:

    Merle. Sorry, but that loss matters more. A culture and age thing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I was never a Purple Rainer. As you note, probably culture and age. Whenever I wandered off the honky side of the street it was to listen to the Temps, Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Aretha, Smokey, Hendrix, Sly, Parliament-Funkadelic, B.B. King, Robert Cray, and like that there.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Robert Cray, oh yea. “Right Next Door” I think in a past post that Bonnie Raitt was on your listening list. Her and Prince did some R&B things together back in 1987. I need to look them up and check them out.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I can see from his tongue sticking out what Boo thinks of your consolation speech. How long will he be in the recovery unit with bars? I hope he gets an early release and starts contributing to the neighborhood “P” mail soon.
    Never was a Prince fan. Wished I had given him more of a chance; he was a damn good guitar player. Go to 3:30 into the video for his solo. It was one of four videos in the NPR piece about him.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Impressive. Once again, the good die young.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Word. You and have have little to fear.

        Meanwhile, this tells you everything you need to know about the state of modern journalism. Clipped from “Morning Media Newsfeed,” a mailer I get:

        “HLN was in the middle of a live report with TMZ about the death of former pro wrestler Chyna when reports of a death at the Minnesota estate of singer Prince came into the newsroom.”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, El Boo-oh is supposed to be wearing The Cone of Shame for five to seven days, and vigorous outdoor exercise is forbidden for about the same period. He goes into the slammer whenever keeping an eye on him is impossible due to cookery, journalism, or what have you.

      He’s on anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, with some opioid for backup (Tramadol). This is in addition to his eyeball meds. The collection looks like Hunter S. Thompson’s nightstand.

      How’s the slo-mo move progressing? Inch by inch?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Old appliances out and new stove going in this afternoon. Then some more cleaning by me. This weekend the patio and bicycle stuff will go over along with some odds and ends, not many of those, then carpet cleaning Tuesday afternoon. I will keep the SOMA ES at the current digs for mental health reasons. In fact, have a ride planned tomorrow morning with our new neighbors, the tandem riding friends. Once carpet is dry, and there isn’t much of it, then furniture will trickle in until Sandy’s return. My chore seems easier since she has 40 old tires, tractor, truck, you name it, to dispose of today. Farmers seem to pile things up until they get in the way. The tires were in tool shed and shop. Oy.

  4. Libby Says:

    Boo looks good. I hope his recovery is swift. Calcium uroliths? Or another kind. I have had two cats afflicted with them. My present cat is on a special diet to prevent them. It is non-Rx and readily available in pet supply shops just not grocery stores.
    Prince had immense gifts and perhaps we’ll hear some of that unreleased music. Very sad that he was suffering so much at the end of his life. It appears that he had consciousness of his imminent demise. RIP.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s interesting to see how many of the recently departed seem to have been working right up until the end — Prince, Jim Harrison, David Bowie. Not always at the height of their powers, perhaps, but still compelled to do The Work.

      Sure beats lingering for years in some “assisted living” center.

      As to The Boo, I don’t know how he’s composing his rock (see what I did there?). We need to chat with the vet about that, diet and a couple of other items today. A dietary change certainly seems likely, and he’ll probably go on some sort of massively filtered water with nothing in it but water. This is his second bladder surgery in five years, poor little tyke.

  5. Libby Says:

    One of the last photos of Prince is of him on his bicycle. Taken on Sunday, the 17th.

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