The cat’s meow

The rest interval.

Miss Mia Sopaipilla is enjoying this whole social-distancing thing.

Suddenly she has two people to feed her; two people to empty the litter box; and two people to play “Chase Me Chase Me.”

This last is a pursuit through the house to the master bath, where the pursuer must sit on the toilet while Miss Mia slaloms between his/her calves and around both sides of the toilet, scent-marking the corners of the surrounding walls and periodically standing on her hind legs to bump her head into an outstretched palm like a particularly gregarious prairie dog.

Afterward there will be a short snort from the water dish followed by a snooze on the back of the couch.

Then, and only then, are we released to set about our own little bits of business. Like waiting for the feddle gummint to send us a G of our own money and then dispatch crews of space-suited carpenters to nail our doors and windows shut so we can’t leave home to spend it.

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19 Responses to “The cat’s meow”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Miss Mia is clearly an advocate and practitioner of High Intensity Interval Training, followed by high quality rest and recovery. Methinks she might want to consider starting a health and wellness online coaching gig.
    Best to you, Herself, Herself The Elder, and Miss Mia! Stay safe and healthy.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Did Sandia shut down?

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    They send me money, I am stimulating the economy. I will pay my ACA dues and maybe buy a new amp. And eating more brick oven pizza, even if it means picking it up. We will try to keep as many people employed as possible.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      And hold government responsible for seeing to it that giant multinational corporations, financial institutions, and other “too big to fail” entities don’t get financial aid without some serious strings attached.

      Bonuses for executives, stock buybacks, nope and nope. I’m looking at you, airlines. Invest in working people for a change.

      I’ve already expressed these thoughts to the New Mexico delegation.

      • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

        I would do that too except ALL of those who claim to represent me in DeeCee are pathetic suckups to corporate interests rather than to their constituents. What I don’t understand is why the USA can’t do something similar to what they’re doing here in Italy – ramping up unemployment benefits, supporting businesses that don’t can their employees, making it illegal to throw someone out of their home for missing a loan or rent payment, reducing some consumption taxes, etc?
        Sending yours truly a check isn’t going to do much for anyone, including me. I’ll probably do the same thing with this one that I did with W’s “Defective Presidential Rebate” – give it away to causes that fight against Rethuglican policies: ACLU, SPLC, PBS, NPR, etc. Maybe I should give it all to the Biden campaign? Take that Caligula!!!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        While we’re at it, I bet food banks are feeling the pinch, or will be soon. If you have any spare money lying around taking up space, consider giving some to your friendly local outfit. Money is better than food because (a) it doesn’t come with an expiration date and (2) it doesn’t leave you going to the grocery to replace the food you donated.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Good idea! I say that while palming my already flat forehead.

        • Herb from Michigan Says:

          I hope that we can pound sand up legislators ass about spending billions on a damn wall (that keeps no one out) when we could sure use that money for feeding people and keeping their heat, and soon to be cooling operational. Lorenzo is right about making sure unemployment benefits are ramped up and expedited cause that is where we are headed. One or two grand ain’t gonna cut it….I do fear that POG has thoughts like I do that somehow, someway precious funding will work it’s way into the wrong, greedy, fat fingered hands as happened in the 2008 debacle.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Redirect the Wall funding to hospital construction, even if it’s in temporary facilities (like the WWII-era “temporary” facilities I was still visiting at Air Force and Army bases in the Sixties).

          A story in today’s Journal says New Mexico had all of 344 intensive-care beds, just 54 of which were open last week.

        • psobrien Says:

          Sorry amigos. Stephen Miller says we got to keep all those brown folks outta here. Wall building will continue until next January, maybe even after that.

          https://www.myheraldreview.com/news/cochise_county/border-wall-construction-to-resume-through-cochise-county/article_1b0c664e-67da-11ea-b0de-6b3f3c77751e.html

        • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

          Our local food bank was one of ’em as well.
          On the quarantine note it seems only a matter of time before the USA will be forced to have nationwide quarantine as you’re gonna have 10 thousand cases by the time I post this. Plenty of cycling websites have been almost gloating about how cycling outside is safe and beneficial while ignoring a couple of issues:
          1) Even if it’s still OK for you to ride around outside for no particular reason, should you fall down and get hurt you’re taxing an already overburdened medical system
          2) If everyone is being told to stay home, what does it say to them when they see you riding around just-for-fun? Here in Italy, where pros have had the legal right (and encouragement from the federation) to keep training, motorists have already engaged in public shaming and dangerous antics against them.
          Prepare yourself to drag out the trainer (we ordered a set of rollers yesterday AGGhhhh!) as we’re all in this together and once this ends, nobody wants to add a single reason for motorists to dislike us, amirite?
          Stay safe. Stay home.

          • Pat O'Brien Says:

            Larry, I agree. It’s bad enough during normal circumstances with distracted drivers. Add fear, anger, and frustration to distraction, and the risk increases to the level that I am not willing to deal with. I’ll just go for a walk or a hike until this crisis is over.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Word. I will do likewise.

  4. SAO' Says:

    The only thing worth reading in today’s news:
    https://bicyclecoalition.org/breaking-bike-shops-in-philly-are-now-considered-essential-businesses/

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