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June 21st, 2010

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04:02 am - Busy Day
Today started with a lovely breakfast, where I got together with my friend athenian_abroad, his old friend qos, who I have known on lj for a while, but have never met before, and her teenage daughter. qos was as impressive in person and on-line, and is definitely the sort of pagan that I enjoy meeting and getting to know. With luck, she'll be back in town soon.

Then, it was time for amberite & I to go to the Oregon Humane Society and look for a new cat each – I was finally sufficiently over DJ's death that I was ready for another cat, and Alice was definitely ready for another cat. It also seemed that Becca's 16 year old (but in excellent health) doofy, arthritic, and generally somewhat timid cat was lonely and wished to have members of his own kind around. So, Alice and I each found a cat (or more accurately a pair of cats we both liked, it remains to be seen who ends up closest to which cat). We spent time with them at the Humane Society, both individually and both together. We have Bolt, a 3 year old cat who is friendly and very curious, but a bit timid, and Josie, a 1.5 year old cat who is very friendly, purrs a great deal, but who seemed a bit defensive around Bolt.

Then we got them home – Buddy has greeted all previous cats with hisses and growls for a few days before settling down to becoming either (in the cast of DJ) very close friends or (in the case of Batty), friendly acquaintances, that would have been closer if Batty had not been quite so socially inept with his own species. In any case, even at 16, we had hisses and growls, followed by just as many in return from Josie. Meanwhile, Bolt refused to leave his cat carrier and is still hiding in it in it.

We have Josie in the kitchen, Bolt in the bathroom, and Buddy in the rest of the house. With luck, Bolt will gain more confidence tomorrow and will be able to join either Josie or Buddy. I expect all to work out well, but for now there are some fairly serious inter-feline tensions. Fortunately, Buddy and Josie are both exceedingly friendly with all three of us though, but sadly the extent of Bolt's friendliness is sniffing a finger as he tentatively sticks his head out of his cat carrier. I'll post pictures who I can get some that don't involve cats hiding in a cat carrier. In any case, Josie is currently purring frantically (and shedding a remarkable amount of fur, especially after being extensively brushed) in my lap, and I've missed that.

In other news, Alice and I caught up on watching Doctor Who. This season impresses me a lot, in addition to deeply loving both the vision of the Doctor as a fey being who lives life out of order, this season has had one fairly bad episode ("Victory of the Daleks"), while the rest have ranged from good and fun, to utterly brilliant - "Vincent and the Doctor" was particularly impressive. It was sad, touching, and very impressive & made even more so because the writer seems most noted for the sort of comedies that I avoid, and he wrote and excellent serious episode. The first half of the finale was excellent, and for once I eagerly await the second half of a Doctor Who finale. It's odd to realize that despite quite liking the new Doctor Who, at least 1/3 of the episodes in almost every season have ranged from mediocre to utterly terrible, and that simply hasn't been true this season. It's difficult to express how much I prefer both Steven Moffat to Russell T Davies, and I also think Matt Smith is brilliant as the eleventh doctor, and Karen Gillan's Amy Pond is my favorite of the new companions.
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Date:June 21st, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed meeting you as well!
I wish we lived closer to each other!
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Date:June 22nd, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Agreed on both counts!
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Date:June 21st, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with the feline acclimation project.

Hopefully, Bolt will turn into a snugglebunny once he's more comfortable. Josie sounds like Eloise when we first got her: "I love people. How can I convince you that I love people? I'm gonna PURR LIKE WHOA."
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Date:June 21st, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, The Moff is doing a fine, fine job. This past Saturday's ep had me literally laughing aloud and whooping at what a clever bastard the man is.

I miss the Gay Agenda, though.
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Date:June 23rd, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
It's summer, so it's normal for Josie to shed like crazy. Two suggestions to prevent hairballs:

1. Brush Josie with a brush that has been dipped in water. You'll get more hair off her that way.

2. Put Vaseline on the tops of her paws. She'll lick it off and the Vaseline will bind any loose hair she swallows together. This will cause the hair to exit the digestive tract along with other waste instead of her throwing it up.

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