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07 March 2012 @ 11:55 am
Crap...  
I've got Christopher's cold. I sure hope it's short-lived...

I started my taxes this last weekend, only to discover some random (see, what did I say?) form resulting from some long-ago company stock. It noted "shares sold" that I did not sell, but no cost-basis for them. A co-worker brought me up to date on it, but I'm still going to have to make phone calls. Our company split off part of itself years ago, resulting in stock weirdness. And then somebody bought the split-off company this past year, causing more weirdness with "sales-adjustment agreements" (my stupid form). I hate to sell the stock just because it's a nuisance, but still... :(

I also started my LJ Idol story, then scrapped it and wrote a different one. The first involved bringing a bottle of wine to a friend's house for dinner, only to discover that the other guests were wine snobs. Could we have made a more embarrassingly choice than the Karnival wine (with balloons on the label) that we'd bought at a French family's Napa Valley vineyard? Short of bringing rotgut, I mean? But I decided it was too thin an anecdote, even though it matched the prompt perfectly.

Talking cats: of our two current cats, Tigger rarely talks. This is good—her main sound is that of a rusty door hinge ("Eh-h-h-h-h-h"). She also says, "Wuwwwww" when she's complaining about being outside, and (my favorite) "Brrrrrpp?" when she's coming to greet you and is really happy.

The Whale, on the other hand (who is half-Siamese under his Maine-coon-sized tuxedo-cat exterior), talks a LOT, and has a huge variety of (mostly annoying) sounds. "Mowrf", "meh," "minoof" and "owf" are frequent comments. "Nihhh?" is for, Why are you bothering me? "Awrf" is either a thank-you or a greeting. "MaROW" is one of the many demanding, obnoxious noises, and "Mrrrrow?" is like, Yes? when he's snoring and you elbow him (followed immediately by more snoring). The Whale never shuts up.

But a few weeks ago, I wish I'd had a video camera because he made a sound I've never heard before. I was working in the yard, and Christopher was visiting off and on. At some point, he picked up the Whale and took him over to the swimming pool. "Want to go for a swim?" he asked, and the Whale said, "NOOOOoooooooo."

!!! That couldn't have been clearer! Fairly calm, too, considering. Afterwards, I had a talk with Christopher about not doing that again...

 
 
 
Destinadestina on March 7th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Taxes! Stock options. These things make me run off screaming in the direction of my CPA. Bless him. *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 7th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
My husband swears that if we ever sell our mutual funds (which we've been investing in for almost 20 years and never sold), we're going to need an accountant.

That's the downside of smart investing. If you ever reap the investment, it's going to huurrrrt your braaaain!
Port: all the gin jointsdesertport on March 7th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
"Want to go for a swim?" *lol!* The only words in the English language that might induce a cat to speak human.

Is there any way to be a wine snob without making others feel inferior? Most hobbies are supposed to be interesting and inviting....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 7th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
The only words in the English language that might induce a cat to speak human.
:D He didn't have to understand Christopher's words-- he clearly got the message, and DID NOT WANT.

Somebody, back when that video of the barking cat was going around, said that one of their neighborhood cats had picked up the habit of saying "No!" with that 'bad kitty!' inflection. It used its skills to harass other, unaware cats.

Is there any way to be a wine snob without making others feel inferior?
I can't see how. This guy had even brought his own ice bucket and corkscrew to dinner-- as if that would make any difference at all! Other than to annoy people. And maybe that was the point. :D
realpestilencerealpestilence on March 8th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Have you ever read any of the Terry Pratchett Discworld novels, with Gaspode the dog in them? That cat reminds me of him. He's got the Power! :D

...and if you don't know what I mean, never mind.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 8th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I haven't read those. :)

That cat, also known as The Mouth, has the power of something. He lacks the power of Silence, that's for sure!
realpestilencerealpestilence on March 8th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
They DO talk! And they understand a heck of a lot more of what we say than they like to let on, sometimes, the little devils.


The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 8th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
That's the funny thing. Whether or not he knows the words or just the tone, The Whale understands, "Get down!" very clearly. Doesn't keep him from doing it, though. ;)