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September 21st, 2008

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12:49 am
Mr. Abbie is getting old. He'd recently been using the corner of a downstairs room as a urinal and no amount of scent remover/floor scrubbing/anything could dissuade him from going there. We even put down a motion-activated Godzilla figure which roared and screeched every time he approached, and while the first few hundred times it went off were hilarious, it still didn't solve the problem.

Carolyn, upon consulting her vet, determined that Abbie's not doing this out of spite or for territory-marking purposes or because he wants to show how bad-ass he is by breaking the rules. It's just that he's getting old and his bladder just ain't what it used to be. And if he needs to go, he needs to go, and running up the stairs and into my room and across the floor and into the hobbit hole on the other side of the room and then into the litterbox area apparently takes up too much time. Poor buddy. So we got him a downstairs catbox today.

Seeing as how the downstairs is used and enjoyed by more people than the hobbit hole is upstairs, I wanted to make sure I got one that would be the least offensive to the nose and easy to scoop out on a regular basis. We needed a covered box which doesn't always work for giant cats. However, I found one giant domed structure that's big enough for him. It looks like a giant golden igloo with a ramp, ferchrissake, inside leading to the sandbox of funk. T. says it looks like it's from Tatooine and I have to agree with him on that, and we realized that when Abbie is whining, it really means he wants to stop at Toschi Station to pick up some power converters.

I set the Golden Igloo up today in the downstairs bathroom, filled it with scoopable litter, and brought the cat into the room so he could check it out. He poked his head inside briefly, then concerned himself with sniffing the sink cabinet instead. "No, no," I said, and gently (yes gently) ushered him fully inside with a minimum of shoving and pushing and cat steering. Once he got his feet in the sand he remembered what this was all for, and promptly christened it while glaring at me to get the hell out so he could have his privacy.

Several hours later I've heard him scratching in it once or twice more, and the old corner has yet to be defiled. I think we have both come to a satisfactory agreement, though it will mean keeping the downstairs bathroom door open in the winter and we'd been closing it off to save a little on heating. Ah well. Perhaps this means I can close off the hobbit hole upstairs now and save a little on heating my own room instead. Hoorah, he said.

So that was my gift to the cat this weekend. My gift to myself was the new Rock Band 2 Stratocaster, which is about 900% better than the RB1 Strat in terms of looks (faux two-tone woodgrain) and playability (the fret buttons are less clacky, but the strummer is less mushy than the RB1 guitar, but still less clicky than the GH models.) I also converted the legs of the drum set into a microphone stand because I wasn't playing the drums much. Finally! A stand that doesn't involve lashing the mic to the halogen light pole.

I'm also sensing a little in-game resentment against one of the brand placements, which amuses me a lot. One of the spontaneous challenge modifiers in the world tour involves Hot Topic offering to sponsor you if you forego the song you just chose and play a song by Paramore instead (Paramore being a poppy rock type of group which was a TRL favorite before MTV pulled the plug on the program. The band looks as if its style would not be entirely out of place at Hot Topic.) You're promised big bucks! Hoorj! If you decide to sell out, well, you play the gig with a giant Hot Topic banner behind you, and then your much-anticipated big bucks turn out to not be all that big at all. Furthermore, you discover your band's actually lost fans because you sold out. Quite a lot, actually.

Something tells me Hot Topic didn't move to get itself included in the game just to be the RB2 equivalent of the guy who signs Greg Brady up as Johnny Bravo because he fit the suit.

Hmm. That gives me an idea...

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Date:September 21st, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
for the record, T said that about Mr. Miles's "Tattooine playset" first. :)

Edited at 2008-09-21 05:24 am (UTC)
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Date:September 21st, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
Yes, that he did, he told me all about it. :)
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Date:September 21st, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Booda domes are the best
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Date:September 22nd, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
except for the part where I wouldn't have had the faintest idea what spatch was describing if it weren't for the fact that one of my beloved felines is mad about her Cleanstep Cat Box from Booda!

p.s. I LOVE your music!!
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Date:September 21st, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Product placements gone horribly awry always make me laugh. I remember how Taco Bell liked to brag about how their establishments were the only restaurants available in the world of Demolition Man.
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Date:September 21st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to come over and give your drums a beating.
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Date:September 21st, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Poor old Mister Abbie. I hope his quality of life is good apart from that, being a senior kitty.
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Date:September 21st, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Wild. I just bought the same litter box for Juno because the old one was getting old, gross, and funky. Plus we just moved into a new place that necessitated putting the litter box in one of the guest bathrooms, and I wanted to keep the funk down to a minimum.

Juno's more of a sassy Princess Leia type, I think.
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Date:September 22nd, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Oh, Mr. Abbie... such a fine gentleman. :) How old is the Internet's favorite kitty? (Well, if he's not, he SHOULD be.) Our new tuxedoed gent Tucker is only 5-7 these days, but he has two litter boxes because he's a brat. Haha, no, more like so my grandparents can lock him out on the deck.
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Date:September 22nd, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
We've been having a slightly similar problem with one of our aging cats. (We're not absolutely sure which one, but we strongly suspect Ernie.) We have two litter boxes side by side, and occasionally we find... er, well, a few bits of solid matter on the mat directly in front of one of the boxes. Just in case the smell isn't enough to alert us, the mat is usually folded over -- presumably meaning that the cat in question *thought* that he was in the litter box and tried to bury the evidence.

This didn't happen very often until recently; but in the past two weeks it's happened three times. We usually take it as a sign that we've grown lax in the scooping duties. Neither of us wants to admit that it could be a sign of advancing age.
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Date:September 22nd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Isn't Paramore the band that the girl who doesn't know how to use the internet can't figure out in those pre-movie Verizon ads?
Date:September 28th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Where did you find the Rock Band 2 guitar? I went looking for one today and completely failed to find one in most of the usual Cambridge stores.

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