08 Oct 2007 05:46 pm

Just Another Manic Monday

Happy Monday everyone… or “Happy Computer Lock-up Day” as it’s known here at RYB headquarters.


No, I haven’t managed to fix my computer problems, yet. I have a pretty good idea of what’s causing it, but I just haven’t worked up the courage to undertake the software rebuild.

I’ve tried to get one of the cats to do it, but she seems to lack the proper motivation.

I’m toying with the idea of getting a laptop computer and using it for all my daily online activity and just using this desktop PC as a file server. That way, I’d have a portable machine I could take with me on trips plus it would free me up to work on this one without worrying about it being down for a few days if need be. (It would be a good idea to have a backup in any event.)

There are other reasons for getting a laptop, but I’ll probably put it off until after Christmas when the prices are lower.


On a sad note, the kitty in the picture is actually no longer with us. She was poisoned during the Chinese cat food fiasco and subsequent recall that took place last Spring. Can’t definitely say she was poisoned by the tainted food, because she was fed a product that wasn’t on the recall list. But we took back the unused cans just the same.

Her name was Patches, because she had patches of fur from different breeds in her coat. For example, her main overall look was yellow Tabby, but her hind legs were dark like a Siamese. I used to tease her that she was made from spare parts.

When she was just a tiny kitten — while her brothers and sisters where playing and running around the kitchen — she would come over and climb all the way up and sit on my shoulder nuzzling my neck while I made breakfast. Needless to say, she won a special place in my heart. (I’m such a pushover.)

Reluctant to part with her, I gave her and her brother to my mother who kept her for the past 12 years.

Patches face

I’m afraid I made the mistake of giving her away too soon, however. She apparently wasn’t fully weaned and so, for her entire adult life, she would climb into your lap and attempt to nurse. It was so cute and adorable if you didn’t mind a big wet spot where she slobbered all over you.

She never quite stopped being “just a baby kitty.”

Every cat has a different personality and her lot in life was to be a sweetheart. She is sorely missed.



5 Responses to “Just Another Manic Monday”

  1. on 10 Oct 2007 at 12:22 pm 1.PalMD said …

    Sorry to hear about the cat.

    I had to put my last one down a few years ago, and I still miss him from time to time.

  2. on 11 Oct 2007 at 11:08 pm 2.Dean said …

    Thanks PalMD,

    They are easy to get attached to.

    BTW, who was it that came up with the nonsense that men don’t like cats? I’ve liked animals my whole life and it was only in the past few years that I started hearing numbskulls spouting this drivel.

    Fortunately, I’ve never let a few insecure wussies make my decisions for me. I like cats and dogs. ‘Nuff said. 😉

    — Dean

  3. on 12 Oct 2007 at 5:32 am 3.Chrysalis Angel said …

    What a beautiful cat. I’m sorry you’ve had to say good-bye.

  4. on 12 Oct 2007 at 4:01 pm 4.jmb said …

    Sorry about your cat Dean, especially since it was so needless.
    I have never regretted my purchase of a Dell lap top and we have two desktops as well in a room we call the computer room! Yes I do take it travelling with me but even at home I love the fact that it is portable and networked with the others and I can move it around from room to room. I can sit in front of the TV with it in my lap, put it on the kitchen table to look up a recipe. It’s my favourite thing. Make sure you get plenty of memory. I got 1GB but already need an upgrade a year later, so watch that.

  5. on 13 Oct 2007 at 2:11 am 5.Dean said …

    Hi ladies,

    Thanks for the condolences. And thanks for allowing me to share the fond memories and a little tribute to my friend, Patches. (The pictures don’t do her justice. She had such a sweet face. I wish I could have gotten better photos of her.)

    jmb: I’m seriously considering either a Dell or an Asus laptop. I will probably go with the Dell, because it’s the only one that I’ve found so far that is available with Windows XP. I don’t want Vista.

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