Monday, April 30, 2007

Movie starring my three cats

I'm not expecting it to be made any time soon, but if it is, and if we can ransack the last 60 years of U.S. film history, casting won't be a problem.

Shadow would obviously be played by Spencer Tracy. Ursula, by Audrey Hepburn. As for Buddy, a.k.a. The Rascal and a Half (call him a rascal and you have told 2/3 of the truth) - I'm sorry to say this, fella, but while my wife suggested Jim Carrey, I am currently thinking more in terms of Frank Gorshin. You know, played the Riddler on the Batman TV show. Also a memorable performance (whether you want to remember it or not) in Where The Boys Are, a trasho early 60s beach blanket movie.

Frank's, I mean Buddy's, latest antics related to some tulips that a relative brought to a family gathering tonight. Buddy likes tulips - the greens, actually, i don't think the flowers do much for him. This time, I knew what to expect because I had brought home tulips (as a change from roses) on Valentine's Day. That time, it was just a big misunderstanding, really - I think he simply believed I had brought home the flowers for him, although told repeatedly by word and gesture, admittedly in a cooing tone of voice, that this was not in fact so.

Round Two to me, I think, based on where I put the tulips this time. But we will see tomorrow morning. Although they're in a hard-to-reach place he has the guts of, well, a cat burglar.

Of course, when he starts rolling around with his paws up in the air, it's hard not to agree to give him that extra close-up.

UPDATE (the following day): Upon further review, I think I need to withdraw that comment about Round Two going to me. Upon coming downstairs this morning, I observed a tulip on the floor, a second tulip still in the vase but with its stem broken, and signs of extensive gnawing on the tulip greens. Buddy had also upchucked some greens. This is so regularly the result of his gnawing on them that I wonder if it is the aim. (Does the neoclassical model apply to cats?)

Apparently a 3-1/2 foot jump onto a 4 inch landing proved less of an obstacle to ol' Budzo than I had anticipated. So the corrected tulips score is Buddy 2, Shaviro 0.

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