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Inspiration (or Are you a ‘Cat Person’, too?)

November 15, 2010

“Inspiration, move me brightly. Light the song with sense and color, hold away despair. More than this I will not ask. Faced with mysteries dark and vast, statements just seem vain at last.” – Robert Hunter (Terrapin Station)

Day 15 of NaBloPoMo.

Halfway home and it ain’t getting easier like I thought it would. I thought the first week would be difficult, which it was, because it was something new, but I figured on the challenge becoming easier as the month progressed. Not so. I’m struggling trying to think of things to write or rant about. I’m struggling believing that the things I do think of to write or rant about aren’t really all that interesting or worth writing or ranting about. I’ve gone from hoping there was a NaBloPoMo challenge for December to thinking that next November is coming upon me too quickly.

One of the beautiful things about blogging that I’ve discovered these last two weeks is that you read other people’s blogs and you begin to meet other bloggers. Bloggers who really know how to blog. That was my realization today after reading a blog from Mo called “Mo is blogging… I think”. Mo blogged about cats yesterday and she shared a cat video I thought was very funny.

Oh, Michael, you’re a cat person, too?

Sort of. I’m more of a dog person than a cat person, but on the Cat Person Scale – with zero being ‘Not a Cat Person at All’ and 10 being ‘Biggest Cat Person in the Universe’ – I’m probably about a 6.5. Maybe a 6.8 on good days. I used to be an ‘Ant Person’ because I liked watching ants and thought they were pretty cool until I actually had ants in my house and now I’m not so much of an ‘Ant Person’ anymore. I’m an ‘Elephant Person’ though and would probably be a ‘Monkey Person’ or ‘Hippopotamus Person’ if I lived in a jungle or an area where monkeys or hippopotamuses lived. I’m also a ‘Cow Person’ and a ‘Bird Person’.

Anyway, so I’m not the world’s biggest cat person. I’d like a cat but I worry a lot (read: too much) about actually caring for a cat beyond the petting part and because that type of angst is impossible to deal with, my thought process simply breaks down after awhile and I end up not adopting a cat. I’m fine with that decision for awhile until I see a picture of a particularly beautiful cat or get an email with pictures of adorable cats doing funny things, or tiny kittens peeking their adorable heads out of things they shouldn’t be in, and then the thoughts start over again.

Yes, I know. What does all that have to do with the cat video? What it has to do with the cat video is that it reminds me exactly why I really don’t go out and adopt a cat.
Here’s the video:

I hope you liked the video as much as I did!

Happy Monday.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. CELT permalink
    November 15, 2010 12:28 pm

    Michael, we’ve been TRYING to get you to adopt a feline friend for a long time, LOL! I LOVE the Simon’s Cat Videos! Here’s a link to his site with all of them there: Also, here’s his YouTube site: where you can also find his videos. This guy really has a cat because he’s absolutely captured the way a cat behaves. Now don’t let that deter you from getting a feline fur friend! Cheers!



    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2010 6:55 am

      Thanks for the links, Celt! I think I’m destined (for now) to be cat-less, but I agree that the cat in that video was perfect. I liked the whole thing, but I really liked when the cat had the fly sort of dead and looked up at the human and meowed and then pointed at the fly!


  2. November 15, 2010 2:33 pm

    I had a dream once that I bought a puppy, put it in a closet and forgot about it for 6 months (fortunately it was not dead and had not made a mess – it was just very starved for attention). This dream has made me paranoid about the responsibilities of pet ownership.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2010 7:01 am

      That’s almost like a nightmare… If my responsibilities could be liminted to just petting the pet, I’d be okay. But adding in the feeding and caring and medicines and all that and suddenly I’m not so excited.


  3. November 15, 2010 3:41 pm

    My husband and I have cats, and the whole “how do you care for them” was the very reason we got one. They are so easy, and don’t demand much of anything at all.
    I also love Nablopomo because of the way I am finding other bloggers to read, and to meet. And because through this commenting group, I am finding “real” bloggers. By that I mean, not the fancy, blog-for-money… not the my-blog-looks-so-professional… not the bloggers that I am willing to bet were cheerleaders in high school because they are still Just. So. Perfect.

    Anyhow… all that to say this… cats are wonderful!


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2010 7:02 am

      I agree with you and that’s been the best part about NaBloPoMo for me. I really like reading real people’s blogs and thoughts.


  4. November 17, 2010 4:48 am

    I have a problem with the overall premise of your article but I still think its really informative. I really like your other posts. Keep up the great work. If you can add more video and pictures can be much better. Because they help much clear understanding. 🙂 thanks Gevaert.


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