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  1. isalicat

    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    I'm not sure why all you cat-owned people are surprised when your cats want feeding at 4:30 AM or thereabouts - that is prime cat hunting time (just before dawn my big hunter tom always exited the house to get the literal jump on the local prey - ground squirrels and jackrabbits about to poke their heads out). Its entirely instinctual for cats to want to be up at that hour and looking for food. So, no there is not much you are going to be able to do to "train" them out of it. My current Louis, not having anything to hunt here, just attacks my feet from outside the covers and the more I squirm away the more he pounces. Its inconvenient and adorable all at the same time. He usually settles back down for a further snooze until his actual breakfast time of 8 AM.
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    The NBA

    As a Warriors fan, I can tell you that watching what has happened to Luke Walton over the last year is almost heartbreaking. He was such an excellent sub while Steve Kerr was out all those months and well suited to step up into a head coach job. And then came LeWhine.... I wish we could take Luke back but that's not going to happen so assuming James stays and Magic stays with the Lakers etc. I hope Luke can move on to another team (the Wizards have a vacancy, right?) that will value his skills and experience before the start of the next NBA season.
  3. isalicat

    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    So sorry about your childhood cat, Buymoreandsave....its hard to hear right now but in my opinion the great joy and privilege of having an animal companion far outweighs the inevitable sorrow as their lives are so much shorter than ours. When my tom, Mister Oh, had to be euthanized a couple of years ago (he was 20! and we found him on our mountain property at age 6 months), I was devastated as he saw me through a lot of things including major surgery and the recovery from that with love and purrs and snuggling that was irreplaceable. Nonetheless after 6 months I realized I could not imagine living without a cat in my home so we were able to be adopted by a shelter cat who is currently snoring on my office couch and is already an older guy so I certainly won't have 20 years with this one. I'm old so I have had a number of cats now (and grew up with a lovely doggie) and its never easy to give them the gift of a peaceful passing but taking on that responsibility is also part of a life with pets and can be experienced with gratitude as well as sadness.
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    So sorry, Moose135! Enjoying Denali from your pictures was a great joy and she will be missed from afar. Crying now 😞
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    So, sing along! To the melody of "Riders in the Sky" (Jim Morrison/The Doors to show you how old I am): Water from the sky.... it makes the kitties cry! Water from the sky... just singing to my poor Louis the cat because it is actually raining like mad here on the central Californian coast which happens not enough in the last few years but also means he can't go out and supervise the night creatures in the garden (mostly lizards which he finally learned not to eat).
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    The NBA

    Okay, did none of you watch the Warriors vs. Celtics battle tonight? WERE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? It was an epic battle/NBA finals preview and entirely entertaining! WAAAAAAAAAAAAARRIORS!!!!! So glad so many teams are en fuego this year...it has been a great NBA season!
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    Luther

    Just finished Season 5 last night....yes, it was definitely creepy and intense and convoluted as hell. Highly recommended if you are a fan of this show! Hope they do more...
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Go Alli! Isn't that water awfully cold?
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    The NBA

    From yesterday's SF newspaper: "Turns out, it might have just been one of Curry’s patented juke moves. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Curry said he was “one thousand percent” joking. “Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast,” Curry told ESPN. “(Then) I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, ‘Oh my God, he’s a fake-moon-landing truther,’ whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own.” The reaction has spurred him to take NASA up on its offer to tour one of its lunar labs, study up on “everything that NASA has done” and raise awareness of its work, he said in the interview. “And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power,” Curry told ESPN. “For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, which is important, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe.” Unfortunately the Dubs played horribly against the Raptors despite Kawhi not playing which was super awful to watch.
  10. isalicat

    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    If you haven't seen this yet, get out the hanky now.... https://ksby.com/news/2018/12/02/bushs-service-dog-lies-by-flag-draped-casket
  11. isalicat

    S11.E07: Kerblam!

    Wow - this is the first time I have ever watched an episode of Doctor Who and almost immediately thereafter could not remember much about it...other than, oh yeah, Amazon. I still really like the current incarnation of the Doctor but the writing is thoroughly mediocre. Is it being intentionally dumbed down? So disappointing. Go back and watch "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances" and tell me that this is the same show.
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Okay for all you animal lovers, here is a wonderful story from a terrible place (just now): https://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/Cat-loves-firefighter-rescuer-Paradise-Camp-Fire-13405593.php
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    S11.S06: Demons Of The Punjab

    Okay, so I am old, but chiming in here to say that I have watched every episode of Dr. Who since the very beginning (actually started watching in the Tom Baker era and then went back and watched every available episode from the first Dr. Who) and I am not especially happy with this season so far. I really like Jodie as the Doctor but the stories have been extraordinarily ham-fisted and didactic. Yes, Dr. Who has always had episodes that were set in "real historical times" and points-of-view to be communicated but this year is just preaching in a really obvious way to the choir, as it were, and I'm almost embarrassed to watch stuff like the latest episode (the Rosa Parks one was cringe worthy in my estimation). I realize that the demographics for Dr. Who's audience should always take into account that the program was initially aimed at children, but making all these episodes like an Afterschool Special is just sad. And I miss the multi-part stories from previous eras that took the time to pull together both the Doctor's history and whatever the current peril might be, or carefully and slowly revealed the true extent of the peril rather than just executing a skeleton story outline to get to the (really obvious) point as quickly as possible. Any of you that have access to previous seasons, go watch "The Key to Time" with Tom Baker as the Doctor and Romana and you will see what I mean.
  14. isalicat

    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    That looks just like the hawk that has taken up residency in my neighborhood, deemac! Do you know what kind of hawk that is? (to clear up any confusion, the hawk is entirely wild and free here - not being "kept" by anyone as a pet) And thanks for the pictures of your calico kitty, bilgistic - she looks very similar to my also very long haired calico girl, Kali, who made it all the way to 23 years old before her kidneys gave out and we had to let her go over the bridge. She was the sweetest cat I think I ever had but she totally kept my huge tom in line even though she was not even half his size.
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    The NBA

    Reading some of the wonderful reaction to the Warriors/Bulls game last night and one person brilliantly wondered if the Bulls would do better if they sent five actual bulls out against Golden State LOL! Just a suggestion....
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