All About Cats

Animal

I grew up on a ranch in the middle of nowhere Nebraska. My family has owned this same ranch for generations and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Growing up on the ranch I had several pets and animals that I connected with. From my dog Toots, a border collie mix, who used to help me herd cattle and sheep. To my first bottle calf Izabelle, that used to follow me around everywhere I went. I was always surrounded by animals.

Now you may notice that the title of my post is All About Cats. The reason for this is simple. Despite always having pets and animals that I worked with the only ones that really ever drew my full attention were our barn cats. Untameable, wild creatures that would sooner bite you than come up to you.

One of them, Pickle, was an old orange colored tom cat who I did manage to befriend from the bunch and eventually he became my cat. That stuck with me, the fact that I was able to work with an animal who hated everyone and make it like me.

Later when my father remarried his new wife brought with her a cat named Blink. Blink hated everyone and everything since her right eye had gone blind. She trusted no one except my step mom. Every single day after school I went and found Blink and over time that cat who hated everyone became my pet.

Since moving to college I have not been able to be around pets or animals of any kind. They aren’t allowed to live in the residence halls and since my job requires me to live in the residence halls for six years now I have not had any pet.

My wife thinks it is funny how badly I want a cat but she does not understand the importance that such a pet has to me. She has agreed however that when we can have a pet the first one we will get will be a cat.

World Wide Me

The Wanderer

Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit.

Where in the world would I like to go. This is something I have spent a lot of time thinking about. So here is my list starting from my #5 spot moving to my #1 location.

5. Japan – For one I think this is my girlfriend’s top pick, which kinda means I need to like it too. I have also been fascinated with the Samurai and Bushido for a very long time. Then there is the art form called anime, which calls Japan home.

4. England – There is a lot of history stored within such a small country in terms of actual size. While the depth of this nation makes it one of the largest nations alive today. Also a visit to some of the libraries would be simply amazing for me. Also a trip to Ireland and Scotland would be included of course.

3. Iceland – After reading the book Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, I fell in love with the idea of visiting Iceland. I also would like to go because of my love of Vikings, prior to the TV Show I was already taking classes on them.

2. Peru – I have wanted to go to Peru for over 7 years. My Sophomore year in high school I had actually set up my trip to go with 2 other people. I had the money to pay for it myself after working all summer. My friends backed out and therefore I did not get to go. We were going to hike to Machu Pichu, see the highest elevation unfrozen lake, and look from a peak over the rain forest of Brazil.

1. Mongolia – In 5th grade I read a book about Genghis Khan and since then I have wanted to travel to Mongolia. Sleep in a Yurt while traveling behind a herd of reindeer. I have raised sheep before, I think it would be a great experience to go live with one of the nomadic tribes in Mongolia.

 

Weather = Mood?

The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?

Climate Control

The idea that our moods as people is connected to the weather at least to some degree is indeed quite old. I believe that it is very likely something that is true. There was a study done in Norway where they studied the amount of happiness individuals felt based on the levels of sunlight they received. The results of the study showed that people who receive more sunlight are indeed happier.

For me I love snow, however still during the winter months when I get less sunlight I find myself a little more dour and dull. I also find myself more thoughtful during these months because I have more time to stay inside and read/write. Compared to the summer me, who while trying to avoid sunlight because I am getting too much, who is so full of life and energy. This is all my opinion of course but there are studies being done and I have found little too dispute my opinion on this matter.

Library Guilt

The Guilt that Haunts Me

Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome you guilt?

When I was about 9 or 10 years old I was reading everything in my parents library. We had about 3,000 books so I was making slow progress through the Science Fiction and Fantasy novels that I could find. If it helps the context of the story I will include that I was reading at the college level when I was in fifth grade, I think it has something to do with the fact I was reading so much at a younger age.

Well while making my way through the books I came across one that apparently my parents were using to store on hand cash. You know in case of an emergency. 10 year old me decided to take $100 out of it. I lasted about 1 day with the money. I didn’t spend any of it and while I could have went and put it back in the book, I didn’t. I actually went and gave it to my father, explaining that I took it.

Guess what, he already knew I took it. He was waiting to see what I would do with it. My guiltiest moment and he turned it into a teaching moment for me.

It Builds Character

Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?

It Builds Character

My favorite character of all time would have to be Dr. Gregory House from the television series House. Of course his character is greatly based on the famous Character of Literature, Sherlock Holmes. After watching the series Sherlock aired on BBC I must say that if there were more episodes then my favorite television show and character would most definitely shift.

However my loyalties still lie with the British Actor and Musical Artist Hugh Laurie and his performance of Dr. House.

What would I want to talk about with this character? Well after being brutally mocked and told I was an idiot it would be hard to keep a civil conversation. Luckily House tends to lead the conversation where he would like to go. In this manner I would have little control over where the conversation headed, and to be honest I would just enjoy watching the mind of this brilliant doctor work its way through any puzzle. Of course to actually get the man to take an interest in me I would need to have some strange and most certainly life threatening problem, that proved to be a puzzle to normal doctors.

It helps that I also greatly admire the actor Hugh Laurie. Here is a video of one of his songs, my personal favorite.

The American College Experience

Imagine you go through all of your early childhood education with teachers who all went to grocery stores, all similar in nature though some minor differences that are not very notable. Then when you get into high school you are told repeatedly that the best way to succeed is to go to one of these grocery stores as well. Now even if you have no intention of going to this store, or if you can’t realistically afford it, and even if you are not prepared to go to this store; you are still pushed towards it with all the force in the world from the; teachers, administration, the store itself, peers, and in some cases parents. Finally after talking about attending this store to preview it, taking a test to decide whether or not you are worthy to purchase from this store, and then at last getting a letter saying you can come and enroll with the products this store offers. In some instances you will be required to live almost full time on the premises of the store. You  now walk in the doors as a patron for the first time.

As you enter and take a look around you are greeted by a row of people each one of them offering something different based on your interests. They each have a list of items that you are required to purchase before you can receive your receipt. You select one of them based on your interests and find that not everything on the list is in the same area as your interests.

Before you can be too concerned by that you are shown to a room where you are told that you must select a housing option and meal plan. At least for the first year you are at this store. After selecting the one that makes you feel the best you are introduced to the person who is sharing the same space as you. It is a tight squeeze but the two of you make this work as a living arrangement for about a week before the first issue occurs but by this point you have already began your shopping.

You are required to go through several aisles, each one labeled with what is in it like English or History, taking items that you would have never considered relevant to what you want to do. As you find these items on your list your interests may change, realizing maybe you like some things more or less than you originally thought. Maybe one of these items changes what you want as a final out come from this shopping experience. So you return to the people with the lists and request a new one. Now you learn that some of the items you have taken are not applicable to your new list. However you cannot return anything and will still have to buy those items. Your return to your shopping a little saddened by this realization, as you go one of them tells you. “The average person will change lists 3 times during their time in this store.”

You have continued to live in the housing offered by the store due to its convenience. You have seen several roommates come and go, but now you have made a great friend whom you have lived with for the past several years. You and this friend have made many friends throughout the store all with different lists and interests.

You continue onward through the store adding items to your cart. As you go the items on the cart add more weight despite being the same size as the other items. It is in this moment you understand that these later items are heavier because they are worth more after you receive your receipt. Some of these heavier items also caught you off guard by their weight so you accidentally broke one or two. You had to pay for them of course and then also for non broken ones because you need them to get the receipt.

You have seen so many things in this store. The people who are their to help like the Resident Assistants, Aisle Managers, and Advisers. There are also so many fun things to go to like Spirit Week, Dances, and free Plays. You have a hard time imagining where else you can experience so much community just by being at the store. It is hard to imagine leaving but finally the time comes.

At last you are standing at the cash register. The cashier stands there with a smile on their face already holding your receipt. They barely know your name but are so happy for you to have made it this far. Your family all comes and takes pictures while you pass the teller and receive this long awaited certificate. It only took your five years, but you accomplished it. You and many of your friends you have made over the course of half a decade, about a forth of your life spent in this store. You will remain close to them for the rest of your life based on the experiences you have had in this store.

Now reality sets in as you have to pay off all of those items that you purchased, you also realize you have no practical experience in the area you worked so hard to be in, and in some instance you realize that you need to return to the store to receive some much larger items or just more items. It is time to start living a life outside of school which is something you have not done since you were 4 years old, and now that you are 22 you are not sure how that will feel. It is something new and uncomfortable at first but most adults have done it. So it can’t be that bad, right?

Saving Sister Skiing

Prompt- Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail?

Daring Do

As I mentioned in another daily post, I enjoy skiing and while my first time was terrifying and fun I did eventually fall in love with skiing. Now for this specific event I was 12 and my sister 10. We were skiing alone for one of the first times. We decided foolishly to try a triple black diamond. Well okay done this difficulty before just always with my father this time just the two of us, with a combined age of most likely the average of someone on this slope. Well what could go wrong. My sister hit a patch of powder deeper then she was tall and fell. Into the snow and was being pulled over the edge. I was in front of her at the time so I ended up fighting the steep slope to walk back up to her. Then put my own weight on the powder that hadnt even held hers. Together we were getting her out but honestly if a fellow skier hadn’t come along and helped us it would have ended in disaster.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful day.