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"The Feline Mystique"
by Clea Simon


wild kitty

Sunday, 05 January, 2003

Mom said it was supposed to be close to 90 degrees in Southern California today. It's 30 and snowing here in Philly.

[Remind me again why I moved here . . .]

Suki has been a wild woman all day. Racing, jumping, chewing. She had to have TWO time-outs - shut in her bathroom for five minutes at a time. Judging by the commotion coming from that room, five minutes is apparently an eternity to a cat. After I let her out she would follow me from room to room, meowing.

Part Two in our ongoing Chinese Zodiac series:

Year of the Rooster
Years: 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005

The sign of the Rooster indicates a person who is hard-working and definite about their decisions. Roosters are not afraid to speak their minds and can therefore sometimes come across as boastful, one might even say cocky, always finding something to crow about. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but do they have to go off half-cocked at dawn every day? No wonder there are so many good recipes for Coq au Vin floating around out there. Roosters make good restaurant owners, world travelers, professional athletes and soup.

Year of the Dog
Years: 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006

The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. Of course those you don't love had better watch their backs. And their lower legs. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a wet nose. You are easily excited and the whole world is your oyster, roast turkey, plate of cookies, or anything else that is left within range of your quick moving jaws. You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher, or secret agent, unless you are one of those BIG DOGS, in which case you might want to leave that stealth stuff to others.

[To be continued.]

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Quote du jour:

"Said a Rooster, "I'd have you all know/ I am nearly the whole of the show;/ Why, the Sun every morn/ Gets up with the dawn/ For the purpose of hearing me crow!"

-- Ethel Watts Mumford (1878 - 1940)

"The dog is a yes-animal. Very popular with people who can't afford a yes man."

-- Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995) Canadian author

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