Sunday, Mrs. Robot and I gave each other Christmas gifts. We usually do this before going home so we don't have to tote stuff back and fourth - and our families don't feel bad that we buy about ten times more stuff for each other than we do for them. Sorry, family. That's just how it is.
I got underwear, gloves, a zippy sweater, two gift certificates for a fancy shave at an old school barber shop and a bunch of other great things including the book 'Cat Attacks: True Stories and Hard Lessons from Cougar Country'.
A book all about cougar attacks.
Check the great cover art. I find myself yelling 'focus! focus!' whenever I look at it.
They'll eat your babies
Sunday afternoon when I was supposed to be packing, cleaning, and putting away laundry I found myself in our sunny bedroom on the bed reading this book. I suspect the main appeal of cougars is their great late 70's feel. I seem to remember all these California based shows in the 70's and 80's would always have a cougar or two in them.
And the word 'cougar' has such a great retro, ironic feel to it.
I also have a cousin who just bought a house in the mountains above Denver and has mentioned how her pets have to stay inside because she has bears and coyotes and cougars and slack-jawed yokels wandering around the area.
What I have learned in the past few weeks of reading cougar attack stories: they like to eat the kids - especially ones that run ahead of the group on their own.
Also, many stalk their prey for a long time before revealing themselves - that spooks me.
After reading some of the book, I sat down and had a long talk with Senorita Robot Cat. Here's a transcript:
ME: Listen, I want to talk to you about…. Um, how do I say this… "your people"
CAT: (squirming to get down)
ME: If I were your size, would you attack and kill me? Is the only thing stopping you because I am much bigger?
CAT: (really squirming and making whiny noises)
ME: Then what you are saying is that it's the size/power thing that is the only thing stopping you from killing me?
CAT: (play bites my arm)
CAT: (Jumps down, runs across room. Stares at wall.)
As seen on Space Ghost
Judy Tenuta: Space Ghost, you must remember one thing: friends are just enemies who don't have the guts to kill you!
I'll be incommunicado for a few days. But know that I still love you.
Much like Jeebus does.
Is this some sort of secret code for some sort of future baby, meaning some current prenancy?
who shot who with the what now?
Cool cougar book...and cool-environmental-writer David Quammen wrote the ominous little blurb on the cover. Dig it!
OK, you guessed it. Me and a cougar are having a baby. We'll call him... Mangar. Or Coman.
Or Cougarbo, the half cougar half boy.
»david quammen ||
jazzbo's definitely feeling the love. no sickies yesterday, no sickies today!! hooray, hooray, santa's made my day!! (it's all i ever really wanted!)