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14 September 2005 @ 09:25 am
Ka-woosh!  
So, I'm showering this morning, and Marcus (the Cat of Many Prrts) silently enters the bathroom. He does this often; the shower fascinates him. Sometimes he'll stand between the two curtains, and bat at the occupant through the vinyl. Sometimes he'll perch on the toilet and make noises. Sometimes he'll sit on the bathroom scale and try to look cute.

Today, he flushed the toilet. While I was showering.

Why can't we have good pets?

Furthermore, behold: The Cuteness! That's my snake character, and enveri's character being tooth rotting, as sketched by spunkywulf. She's still doing Sketches For Katrina, I encourage folks to check out her journal for details!

As for the topic of Katrina, I'm just going to speak briefly on the blame game I've seen tossed around a lot in LJ recently. I'm now going to indulge in a little of it myself. I feel fully confident in placing some hefty blame on this group.

The Bureaucrats.

For every inspector who looked at a civilian offering their boat and services, and had the good sense to ask, "But do the seat cushions meet current floatation requirement standards?"

For every relief official who had the foresight to ask himself, "Does this truckload of food and water have a valid state inspection sticker?"

For every paper pusher who, when faced with volunteers and supplies, made sure to ask the necessary question, "Did you get the memo about the new TPS report cover page?"

For every middleman who, upon offer of buses for transporting refugees, remembered to send the volunteers home until he could clear everything with his manager.

Seriously. When did we become the Vogons?

In happier news, another brew is in the works! Should be quite ready for drinking by convention-time. Got another in the wings, too, probably gonna start that one this weekend.

Something good: Cashews

Something bad: Too much to comment on. My thoughts are with everyone along the Gulf Coast, and those with loved ones there.

Something disturbing: Ualuealuealeuale
 
 
 
Otterottr on September 14th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
My cat Sonja does the same thing, with climbing between the shower curtains and bat-bating the vinyl. I'd say Marcus wins with the flushing, though.
Brendan: Yeah I'm badroho on September 14th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
If by 'wins' you mean 'wins a free drenching with shower water', then yes, you are correct ;)

I know just how he did it, too. I've seen him sit on the toilet lid, and cheekrub the flush lever repeatedly. Suppose it was only a matter of time til he actually managed to trigger it :P Maybe I should start leaving the lid up when I shower...Then I'll hear "Prrt!! *splosh*"
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on September 14th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
The cat is out to get you...
Feren: ashryn-gruntleferen on September 14th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
[For every inspector who looked at a civilian offering their boat and services, and had the good sense to ask, "But do the seat cushions meet current floatation requirement standards?"]

Look at the root cause: in today's society you know that -- despite the conditions -- there is some jackhole out there who would sue the boat owner (and the government for allowing the boat owner to help) if something went even the teeniest bit wrong and these standards weren't fully met. Bureaucracy has a way of spawning red tape simply because it exists, but not all of this bull is spontaneous; some of it is developed as a defensive response to past events.

The CYA attitude is a problem because it turns away legitimate help, but the reasons we have to do all this CYA (read: lawsuit happy assholes) are equally to blame.
Brendan: Brazil Phone Madnessroho on September 14th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, it wasn't my intent to imply that bureaucratic attitudes developed and exist in a vacuum. I just see it as especially worrisome when they can't even be put aside (or at least tempered) in a life-or-death situation.
Feren: Learyferen on September 15th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
[I just see it as especially worrisome when they can't even be put aside (or at least tempered) in a life-or-death situation.]

I agree, governmental inflexibility blows -- especially when it's costing lives. But I also sort of see their side of it on this one (as regards the liability thing) so I dunno. I'd say it's damned if you do and damned if you don't, but I think we're not even presented with that choice. We're just damned.

In the meantime, see if you can train Marcus to put Cailet in the toilet before he flushes.
nyuni on September 14th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm gonna miss con-brew! I don't think I'm going to make it out this year.
Woodywoodychitwn on September 14th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
That's funny... I'd definitely recommend keeping the lid up from now on...
Radittsu Andronicus: Dreaming of Meradittsu on September 14th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
The sketch commissions are closed actually. ;)
Elfasi: babyfurelfasi on September 15th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Adorable commission :)
Giachetta Rigogliosa "Magnavixen" Ruciomagnavixen on September 17th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Snake and genet look entirely adorably cute. Except the Genet's gonna topple over if you keep holding her foot up with coil. And being wicked with belyl scutes. ;)

--G.R.R.
Morton Fox: commentsmortonfox on October 11th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Brendan: Hoo-freakin'-ya!roho on October 11th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)