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Friday April 11 2008

I don’t read Violins and Starships as often as I’d probably enjoy reading it, mostly because it begins with V, and for some reason the majority of my favourite blogs are to be found nearer to the beginning of my rigidly alphabetical blogroll.  So, I tend not to get to it when looking for something randomly amusing to read.  So, I only noticed this a couple of days ago.  But of course I waited until today, a Friday, before noting it here:

Do you ever dream about the Internet and the people you know only online? That in itself is probably a little weird. Last night I had a dream about Brian that was both less weird and more weird than other Internet people dreams I’ve had. It was less weird because we were never actually face to face in my dream. The really weird thing was that he sent me a cat in the mail (I think they say “post” over on his side of the big pond) - an actual living cat. In the mail. From England to the USA. And the poor creature didn’t even seem the least bit upset by the ordeal.

Link in the original so no doubts about which Brian Lynn is talking about.

He sent something else too but I can’t remember what it was. He told me he was sending the “something else”, whatever it was. The cat was a surprise. A very nice, calm, friendly cat. She was mostly black with white feet and white on the front of her neck. It seemed like I spent a lot of time in the dream just petting her while she was asleep.

When I was small we used to have a cat, called Perkins ("Purr"-kins – I’m guessing one of us children chose that slightly cringeworthy name), who fits the above description, except that Perkins was a male.  He was black, with white boots and a white bib.  He also had a white inverted vee over his nose.  He was nice, calm, and friendly. 

Anyway, what was that all about? Brian doesn’t post pictures of cats on his blog. I don’t even know if he likes cats, though I assume he does because he seems like a pretty nice chap. There’s something a little bit eeewwwww about people who don’t like cats.

My mother still has a photo of Perkins.  When next I visit, I’ll ask her if I can borrow this, and if I can (as is likely) I’ll scan it and stick it up here.  Because, as omnivorous readers of this blog a few months back may recall, I did have a spell of weekly feline blogging here, every Friday.  The last such posting being this one.  I didn’t just have pictures of cute cats, although that’s how it started.  I had such things as cars that are cats, and blokes called cat and even a posting once about atrocities committed on cats, in San Antonio.

I’ll end with some more cats, in the form of the two sculptured cats that now guard my mother’s strawberry patch.

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Photo taken last month.