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May 9th, 2007

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"Wow, that's sad," said Brigid.

"Hmm?" said Greg, finishing off the last of his Frangipani sandwich.

"That guy, right there," Brigid said, indicating with a nod the shiny convertible some twenty feet away. "Sleek black sports car, diamond-studded diving watch -- and a ginormous bald spot. Can you say, 'Overcompensating'?"

"Well now, be fair," said Greg. "Not every guy in a shiny sportscar is having a mid-life crisis. It may very well be that he would have bought that car 15 years ago if he could, and now finally has the means. He may have been saving up for years!"

"So instead of being shallow because he's chasing his faded youth, he's just maintaining a consistent shallowness over time, is that it?"

"No philosopher ever drove a sports car, eh?" said Greg.

"Not with those hubcaps," replied Brigid with conviction.

-The Gneech

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Buddha ... Has a Chip 0.o

Of all the things we might have expected, that was not one of them. The paperwork from Alley Cat Allies had a box for "Microchip" that was marked "no" so we assumed that they had scanned him and come up negative. But when we took Buddha to Clocktower Animal Hospital, they just sorta scanned him as part of the routine and came up with a number.

We were, as you might expect, somewhat taken aback.

The vet went off to contact the cat chip registry people, and we spent ten tense minutes wondering if we were going to have to give Buddha up, who the owner was, and if they'd give us hell for having him neutered (flame point himalayans are quite valuable among people who care about such things, and they might have wanted to use him for breeding). The main thing we wondered was what sort of person it was who'd left him on our doorstep, FIV+ and totally unused to being an outdoor cat.

Turns out the chip was sold to a pet distribution company back in 2002, and then never registered.

So the mystery remains unsolved. But now we do know that Buddha used to belong to somebody.

Anyway, we got more antibiotics for him, and some goo to smear in his eyes to help reduce the cherry, and they're going to run blood tests to double-check the FIV diagnosis, check for skin mites, and a few other such things. The vet recommended we give him 3/4 dry food, rather than the diet of almost-exclusively wet food we've had him on.

My eyes and throat were much better this afternoon -- almost back to normal -- and then we went into the vet. Now I'm in the worst allergy hell yet. Oy. I hope I can see tomorrow. -.-

-The Gneech

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