We have a two year old!

Today is Miss Nightshade Jenny’s birthday. She is two. She also behaves like a typical two year old, but she has done that since she came to live with us.

She came to us as a timid youngster. She spent her first three days hiding under the dresser in the safe room, only emerging to eat and dart back under. I lived in the safe room with her and she finally got brave and emerged. She and I get along quite well, but she’s daddy’s girl and has been from the beginning. 🙂

She's daddy's girl
She’s daddy’s girl
Whatcha doin' down there daddy?
Whatcha doin’ down there daddy?
I haz pretty blue peepers!
I haz pretty blue peepers!

She managed to fit in quickly. Tito adores her and grooms her at every opportunity.

Hold still! I gotta get the dirt behind your ears!
Hold still! I gotta get the dirt behind your ears!

Kitsy adored her. She turned into nurse Jenny when he was sick. She wouldn’t let him sleep alone…ever. She stayed with him and kept him warm. She missed him a lot when he crossed the bridge.

Keeping Kitsy warm
Keeping Kitsy warm

As for behaving like a two year old? She’s a pen thief. She steals lots of things, but her favorite is pens. She likes to bring some to bed and the rest she hides somewhere. I figure they’re behind the futon where I can’t get to them. I wrote about her thieving ways here. She also loves to steal taters. She rolls them around the floor and even brings them to bed. Cats are strange and she’s no exception to the rule.

Of course, she’s still a nervous kitty and will hide from strangers, new lamps, new drapes, etc. She’s even hiding from her mousie birthday present.

Lonely mousie
Lonely mousie

She’ll be playing with it soon. It just might take a day or two. She’s probably still recovering from her fear of the lamp monster.

She was named Nightshade by the shelter. We added Jenny after Pirate Jenny in the Threepenny Opera. Jenny was played by Lotte Lenya in the original movie. She is a prostitute who was mistreated by Mackie (Mack the Knife) and she’s our favorite character. This song is her dream of revenge for the abuse she has endured. This version, by Marianne Faithfull, is a more accurate translation (from the German) than most. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Warning: this song contains a bad word or two and may be NSFW.

You can see the original by Lenya here.


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Happy Bastille Day!

For those who may not know, or have forgotten… Lastech came from the land of the baguette, pâté and good wine.

Happy Bastille Day from Rudha-an, Lastech and the pointy eared people.

Bastille Day 1

I can’t help myself. Lastech and I love Catherine Tate. Here’s a clip from her show, thanks to the BBC.


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Thinking of a friend

On Thursday, a friend of mine is having surgery. To help her fight the “hospital blues”, here is a bit of peace and some cuteness before she heads in :).

My friend, I know you’re a wee bit nervous. A pretty garden is what you need.

Japanese Tea Garden
Drum Bridge
Japanese Tea Garden
Sunlight through the leaves

We’ll be here if you need us, you’ve only to holler.

Gosling getting a snuggle
Gosling getting a snuggle

While in the hospital try to be calm.

Gosling
Calm Gosling

If you DO get your feathers ruffled, it’s ok to yell a bit.

Gosling
Pissy Gosling

Soon you’ll be afloat again

Cygnet
Cygnet

…and you’ll be able to turn your back on this whole ordeal…

Cygnet
Cygnet butt

…and go back to being the swan we know you are.

Swan
Swan

We’re not done yet. The furkids have a message for you. From Tito

Give your kitty some belly rubs. If your kitty doesn't like them, I'll come and you can rub mine. Purrrrrrrrrrrrr
Give your kitty some belly rubs. If your kitty doesn’t like them, I’ll come and you can rub mine. Kitty purrs will help you heal faster. Purrrrrrr

From Miss Jenny

Miss Jenny
Get better fast. If you do, I’ll teach you the art of tater tossing. Hmrow Purrrr

From Titanescu aka Titanus Grumpicus Bunny Butt

Titan
Повинуются врачи! Выздоравливай!

While you are recovering, but sure to take time to smell the flowers. Zen 1 Zen 2 Zen 3 I said smell the flowers darn it! NO weed pulling!

Glaring goose
Don’t MAKE me come up there!!!

Love, hugs, purrs, and bonks from us to you.

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Memorial Day 2013

Today, we are taking time to remember all those brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco National Cemetery in The Presidio by Fred Hsu
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington: A season of remembrance begins by By: Kathleen T. Rhem
Normandy American Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery

We also want to remember the faithful four legged service members who also lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military. They should not be forgotten either.

U.S. Army military dogs
A memorial tribute honors a fallen comrade, April 13, at Camp Liberty. “Military working dogs are an important part of the military team and sometimes they are taken for granted,” said Lt. Col. Barbara Sherer, from Springfield, Mo., 1st Cavalry Division chaplain and co-coordinator of the ceremony. “It is appropriate to honor their service.”


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Earth Day 2013

Today is Earth Day and a time to volunteer to clean a park, or the beach or any other favorite place. It’s also a day to teach our children about caring for our beautiful planet and the awful effects of climate change.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. According to http://www.earthday.org:

The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Here’s a film clip from that day. Sorry about the quality.

Lastech and I try to use the lessons of Earth Day all year. When we go hiking, we pick up trash. It’s not only ugly, but it’s harmful to the wildlife. I encourage everyone to do the same. Every little bit helps and Mother Earth is more fragile than she appears.

Pink beauty
Pink beauty by Lastech
Miner's Lettuce
Miner’s Lettuce by Lastech
Gazania
Gazania by Lastech


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Today is brought to you by the number 9

Three squared years ago, Lastech and I tied the knot. Since then we have shared magnificent views and wonderful kitties.

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge
We have shared beautiful sunrises. Photo by Lastech

There has been plenty of wildlife viewing right here in the City of San Francisco.

This beautiful hawk was sitting about ten feet from the trail and at eye level in Golden Gate Park
This beautiful hawk was sitting about ten feet from the trail and at eye level in Golden Gate Park

Lastech is very patient with me when I’m yelling STOP! Actually, I try to keep it from sounding like impending doom and thus scaring the crap out of him as he’s driving. I’m not always successful. This pic is the result of one of those moments. 🙂

I found this Great Egret at the reservoir in McLaren Park
I found this Great Egret at the reservoir in McLaren Park

We have even gone storm watching on Bernal Hill.

Rain over San Francisco
Rain over San Francisco

The last nine years have been wonderful and I look forward to the next nine.

Today, we hope 2013 will be a turning point for marriage equality.

Flag in The Castro
We look forward to being able to wish EVERYONE a happy anniversary.


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Christmas Movie Madness: “rare exports: a Christmas tale”

The evil of Farther Christmas has been unleashed upon the world once more. Can a small group of reindeer herders catch him in time to sell it to the Americans?

Rare exports: a Christmas tale” – (2010, Finland, 84 minutes – rated R)

Like all industries, Christmas is made up of many businesses, the more unsavory and dangerous ones, the more “interesting” the folklore.

The hunters
The hunters

While NORAD pretends to track Santa’s sleigh every year, the real hunting takes place on the frozen ground of Northern Finland, Lapland to be exact. There, rough men practice skills honed over generations, working in groups of three: the tracker, the marker and the sniper. Their quarry is the Wild Father Christmas, an elusive and savage predator pouncing on reindeer and naughty children alike. The following video is NSFW:

In “Rare exports: a Christmas tale“, Mount Kurvatunturi, the site where Father Christmas was entombed is being “excavated” with explosives  by an American company, Unwittingly, they unleash the ancient evil. It is now up to local reindeer herders and father and son Rauno and Pietari Kontio (Jorma and Onni Tommila) to capture the beast and sell it to the Americans.

Rare Exports

based on  the 2003 short “Rare Exports, Inc.” posted above, “Rare Exports: a Christmas tale” is another highly enjoyable example of dry, dead-pan Nordic humor, in the vein of “Trollhunter” or “the sound of noise“. Monty Python lives…  And…

… Father Christmas is out there, ravenous, nasty and lethal. Until the tame final product, result of hard work and hours of beatings, is fit for shipment around the world. “Rare exports: a Christmas tale” is where it begins…

Rare Exports: a Christmas tale” gets five jellybeans. They should show this in schools.

5 beans


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Caturday: World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. Today is a day for people around the world to come together in the fight against AIDS. In that spirit, Tito and Miss Jenny are wearing their red ribbons and encourage their fellow felines the world over to join them in the fight. If you are able, please consider a donation to help the fight.

You can read about World Aids Day here.

Tito
Tito
Miss Jenny
Miss Jenny

Clicking on the photo below will take you to our post about the National AIDA Memorial Grove here in San Francisco. It’s a very beautiful place, but we hope for a day when no more names will need to be added to the list of those lost to this horrible disease.

National AIDS Memorial Grove
The Circle of Friends in the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park


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We recognize our veterans on this day

We would like to take this time to thank the men and women of our armed forces for their service. We hope they have a wonderful day.

Veterans Day

We would also like to ask our veterans with working military dogs to pass on some scritches for us. We haven’t forgotten them either.

Veterans Day
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bobbie Ohm walks with Nero, a working military dog, to search for explosives during a joint explosive detection training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., on Dec. 16, 2010.
Veterans Day
U.S. and coalition servicemembers, civilians, military working dog handlers and their dogs met together in a ceremony Oct. 16 to unveil the war dog memorial built at the KAF boardwalk in honor of military working dogs killed here in the line of duty.


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