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               Wednesday, June 26 2002 

Rejection and pets

My “rejection issues” are reflected in my preferences in pets. There are dog people and cat people and somewhere down the foodchain some reptile and tarantula people. I am, of course, a dog person. Just as I don’t like to be ignored by people I see at work or the club every day, I don’t want to be ignored by a pet who soils my carpets and eats my groceries, whether it be a cat, reptile, or insect. I’d much rather be greeted with too much enthusiasm than not enough.

There are, I’m convinced, people who thrive on the indifference of those around them, whose attitude is, “I couldn’t respect anyone who was glad to see me.” That explains cat people and, especially, the people who prefer caged animals and goldfish. Cats are not entirely indifferent around their hosts, of course, especially when they’re hungry or want tummy rubs.

Ironically—again with the “ironically”—my son and I share our house with a cat now. Sasha (which is the Russian nickname for Alexandra or Alexander as the case may be), has been the ward of the other son’s girlfriend most of her life. Maya, the girlfriend, had to make arrangements for Sasha recently when she moved out of her mother’s house to an apartment. Sasha is old, but beautiful, and does greet me after a long day of being alone in the house. The greeting ranges from a glance to a meow, depending on how hungry she is.

It had to be providential, not ironic, that I received the photos accompanying today's entry with an inspirational email forwarded by Mike Harrison on Tuesday. I couldn't resist sharing them with you, even though I'm sure this snuggling cat is just a figment of some Photoshop expert's imagination. Or dead.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

You may be a redneck if... (2002 edition, series)

You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.
You can spit without opening your mouth.
Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
You sit on your roof at Christmas time hoping to fill your deer tag quota.

— Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

On a church marquee this morning:
God Answers Knee Mail

—Sent by Trudy Myers

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