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Pet Shaming

Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , on April 3, 2013 by urbannight

Do I need to even include a photo?  Just about any social networking site has a multitude of such photos. 

Is there any more useless activity?  A pet isn’t going to know what that placard says.  A pet isn’t going to know what is on that photo.  A pet isn’t going to know what is on-line about the ‘event’ leading to the ‘shame’ photo.

Pet shaming is done solely for the owners benefit and amusement.  Based on trying to shame children and spouses into a desired behavior or out of a non-desired behavior, this has no influence on a pet’s behavior.

On one hand, I imagine the pet owner thinks it is humorous.  It is cute.  They aren’t REALLY all that upset about it if they are taking the time to make posters, take photos, and up-load them.

On the other hand, I imagine there are a few people who want to get attention, are trying to one-up other people.  These people worry me.  How far will they go?

Every time I see a pet shaming photo, I feel vaguely uneasy.  I feel sad for the animal and not sympathetic to the owner.  I usually think the owner must be fairly stupid.  After all, don’t they know how useless it is as a behavior modification tool for animals?

Mystery Cat

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2012 by urbannight
I turned off the computer for the night for a change. 15 minutes later I had something to type. This is why I don’t usually turn it off.
While getting ready for bed, I sat down on the couch. I saw something out of the corner of my eye. There was a cat on the balcony. Wait a minute. I never went out there this evening. Both cats are inside. That cat is too small. Who is that cat? And how did he get up here? He had to climb the support beams.

I got a towel, in case he scratched at me, and opened the door to pick him up.  He was a ginger tabby.  Although I didn’t check gender, I’m using he for convenience.   He started purring and cuddling. He was clearly well socialized.  He was a good weight.   He was also not full-grown but not a kitten.

Not sure what to do, with no way to know if he belonged in this building, and not wanting to knock on doors at nearly midnight, I carried him downstairs and put him outside. He had to be from close by, as good condition he was in.  And my two would go nuts with him in the apartment. And my roommate is serious about the strict animal rules here.
I hope he goes back to his proper porch. I’m worried I’ll get back up and see him on my porch again.

I feel bad about putting him outside, but I didn’t know what else to do at 11:45 at night.

Disapointment Rehashed

Posted in Apartments, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by urbannight

My friends got into a large, four bedroom house.  I was going to move into the third floor.  That floor is a suit of rooms.  A bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room.  Rent would be 60$ less.   Utilities included.  I would get cable.  I would save 160$ a month.  I would not have to park on the street anymore.  I would be one mile from work.  I could walk and use less gas.


I didn’t move in then because I needed to find out about what I needed to do to move in the middle of the lease.  Then they found someone who just needed a place for the same amount of time I had on my lease.


Then they started to have all sorts of problems with the landlord and the house and one friend was thinking about leaving her job and they were talking about moving. Since they didn’t know if they were staying or moving, they asked a different friend to move in.  She had just gotten out of the service and wasn’t sure what she was doing next.  They didn’t want me to move in and then have to move again after having given up a reasonably good apartment.   I was thinking that myself yet at the same time I was disappointed.


Then they found out the place was up for auction by the bank.  And that really threw them for a loop.


After the auction, the new landlady came over and said she definitely wanted them to stay.  She is going to repair the yard, fix the plumbing, redo the bathrooms, and fix all the problems the former landlord had ‘fixed’ improperly. 


My friends still need a third person to afford the rent on the house so we talked about it and she had a huge promotion and wasn’t going to leave her job and they would prefer not to have to move again and they still thought me moving in was a great idea.


Today I was going to call my apartment manager and find out what I have to do to move early as in end of October.  I wanted to start getting stuff moved over and paint the walls.  I’m glad I didn’t do it yesterday or over the weekend.  I got an email today saying it wasn’t going to work. 


The new landlady has decided on a no pets policy and since my friends are already there she will make an exception for them.  They have cats and I have cats.  In fact, one of mine used to be one of theirs.  The place does not have carpet. Only the third floor bedroom with is very bad carpet that I planned to rip out anyway.  It has a hardwood floor under it.  Properly cared for wood floors are easier than carpet in the long run and cats are less of a problem on hardwood floors than on carpeted floors. 


So if I had moved in when my lease was up as planned, and they hadn’t asked the other friend instead, I would have been there already as well. 


So needless to say I am pissed and I’ll probably sit and stew over it all day today.  Then I’ll probably go to the hardware store and find out what colors they have in “opps” batches and do some painting in my apartment, see if a friend wants to come over with his full-sized ladder and help me get Halloween stuff up, find someone to remove my dead treadmill, and reduce some of my hobby stuff.  Maybe move some furniture.  If I’m not moving then I might as well refresh my current environment to make me feel better.