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01 May 2016 @ 11:47 pm
Last week was kind of a blur, thanks to having to write not one but two Idol entries--from not-great prompts. I was up late Thursday finishing the first drafts of both stories, and had to drive in to the office on Friday. I got about 6 1/2 hours of sleep, so by the time the alarm clock woke me, it was on the "flail" setting.

There was also the horrible absence of my bike all week. It was supposed to be back last Monday... then Weds/ Thursday... and I finally got it back today. The result was not quite what I expected. It has new shifters, and while I knew it would be a different manufacturer than for the original shifters/brake-hood assembly, I did not expect a different "system" of shifting. The setup with levers on the slanting lower tube worked just fine for maybe 30-40 years. That's the only system I need! But then people started putting the shifters on the handlebars, combined with the brake. This new assembly increases my reach to the brakes/shifters from up-top by about 1 1/2 to 2 inches, and the excess reach was already a problem! Also, the levers to shift up or down are one in front of the other, and they both go the same direction now. I feel as if I'm destined for many future brain glitches where I intend to shift down and shift up instead (increasing the resistance). Also... the lever that shifts up is now in about the same place as the down-shifting lever on the previous set (again, thanks to the longer reach), and it moves in the same direction. So, I surprised myself a few times on today's ride.

One thing I would like with all these setups is for the "result" (not the function!) to be mirrored. I.e., for both sides, shifting inward (or pulling the lever down) lowers the resistance. The reality is, it lowers on the right side and increases on the left side. This is slightly less bad than with the tube levers, where sometimes I would be shifting up to build speed before a hill... and the signal would go to the wrong hand, and I'd suddenly be in "Hamsterwheel" gear instead. I wonder if that happens as much to people who are more solidly right- or left-handed, rather than more ambidextrous?

Cats: I saw this set of pictures last week that any cat-lover will understand. Picture #1... we've had several cats in that category. And once a cat becomes convinced (for whatever reason) that certain unusual water habits are necessary, you will never persuade it otherwise. Of the cats my husband and I have had, we're 3 for 5 on "water issues":

Cat #1: She liked to put her paw in the water and fish around like she was testing for alligators. Then drink off of her paw. Annoying enough inside the house, but outside? She was not the only cat. We would put down fresh water, and she would immediately stick her foot in it and make it filthy for everyone. Ugh.

Cat #2 and #3: No issues. Water is lovely! If I need more, I'll just wait here by the bowl until you notice me.

Cat #4 (The Whale): Moving water is the best water! Always! The first inkling of this was that I used to find the watering can on its side, leaking water all over the breeze way. That was because The Whale would stick his head in it and pull it over, so the water would spill out. He used to haunt The Boy in the bathroom, hoping for the bathtub tap to be turned on. The Boy is kind of a sucker, so it was a good bet. In later years, The Whale flipped over the indoor water dish so many times that I finally got him a heavy metal dog bowl with slanted sides. Unflippable! And geez, I can't believe I had to resort to that.

Cat #5 (current kitty): She didn't have any real issues until we started collecting the shower warm-up water in buckets, to use in the garden or pool. Now, the bathroom has been transformed into Bucketworld. She's always hoping someone will go in there with her to tilt a bucket so she can drink out of it. Flirt with the bucket, flirt, flirt! So the humans will get a clue! If you don't tilt the bucket, or the water isn't quite high enough, she'll try to drink it anyway. To the point where sometimes she's choking herself on the bucket rim, but to her, it is imperative that she drink THAT water NOW. Even though Bucketworld didn't exist a year ago...

Tomorrow: Is Monday again, and I sure hope this week is lower on the mayhem factor than the last several weeks. Yark.

ecosopherecosopher on May 2nd, 2016 08:09 am (UTC)
Cats are so funny like that. Ours have varied as well. Right now, Cain will drink from the sink, or if there is a dripping tap somewhere. Not the water bowl. NOT THE BOWL. (The dog drinks from the bowl.)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, why is the bowl SO TERRIBLE? With fresh water in it every day?

Do they think an invisible hand is going to pull them under and drown them?!?
Direst Ryl: Wind Ritualryl on May 2nd, 2016 11:58 am (UTC)
Petercat was a running water drinker. The faucet in my bathroom at Dad's house used to drip. Peter would stick his head under the faucet to lap up the drops, then run over to my dad for pettings. Dad fixed the faucet because he got tired of petting a wet-head cat.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! Yes, a soggy-headed cat is not something I would like to pet either.

It's funny how some of them don't mind sticking their head under the faucet, even if they don't like water. I know someone whose Siamese cat kept getting into the shower with him (so much water! Lovely water!), and he was worried the cat would wind up drinking diluted shampoo during the "rinse" cycle.

My brother's cat just used to haunt the bathroom when people were showering (and bang on the door if you didn't let him in beforehand). He didn't get in the shower, but he wanted to lick the shower-- or you-- when you were done. Even strangers were lickable. :O
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 2nd, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
Cats! We used to have mules, and one of them had a water issue. You would fill up his water trough - a lot of water! - and he would paw the water out, then tip the trough, and then stand and bray until you came and filled it again. Like, stahp!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
OMG, I would have wanted to kill that mule. First, WHY do that. And second, why keep doing it?

Unless he hated being a mule and just wanted to screw with everyone because of it. ;)
passing_through: calvin and hobbes lolzpassing_through on May 3rd, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
Our late cat was a paw-in-the-water-bowl cat. I kept her water in a plastic pet bowl and she would move it, using her paw, away from the island and then put her right paw in the water and lick it off. She would do this until she got her fill, then she would walk off and leave the water dish in the middle of the kitchen with a trail of water behind it from where she moved it from the island. She also loved to drink from the faucet in my daughter's bathroom and lick the tub and shower when we finished. I had to make sure my shower door was closed after every shower and my daughters would shut their bathroom door after a bath or else she'd be in there licking the tub!

Cats are so weird.

I'm considering adopting two cats in the near future. I want to get a pair so they won't be lonely during the day. My previous cat was an only cat and I believe that she probably spent a lot of time being lonely due to our work schedule.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2016 05:56 am (UTC)
The dragging the water dish across the floor and leaving a wet trail behind is about on the order of flipping it over!

Where I live, in Northern California, shelters and pet sanctuaries sometimes have pets they need adopted as a pair-- inseparable friends. If you're already looking to adopt two, you would be a godsend to someone trying to place two cats in the same home. :)
C.x: Cat Scaryitsjustc on May 6th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
Our cat was a rain water puddle drinker - she would never drink water from the tap. It often made us wonder what was wrong with it if she preferred to drink rain water!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
It probably tasted different, but it was definitely more "naturally-occurring."

The problem is, what if it hasn't been raining? :O
C.x: Cat kittenitsjustc on May 6th, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
Its Yorkshire in the North of England. It not very often we don't get rain! lol!

But do you know what! I can't actually remember what she did in summer. I think I was too young to be the one looking after her!