Friday, October 10, 2008

The slim Cat

A few weeks ago I got an interactive cat feeding toy or a ball with holes in it to feed my cats. This is what cable will do. I watch one episode of Housecat Housecall and all of the sudden I decide that my cat is bored and needs interactive feeding toys so he will stop begging for food.
After reviewing the directions I realized that both of my cats were on the fat side of the picture.
The result with the slim cat so far is that at night I feed them real food in a bowl so that they will let me sleep. Then during the day I put their food in the Slim Cat toy.
One strange side effect is that my cat has decided to try to escape when I open the door to my condo. The good thing is that I have a condo and he just escapes into the hallway. The bad thing is that he seems to be looking for a new home and would paw at neighbor's doors to get to this end.
This is a cat who has never really ventured past the door mat and whose idea of adventure is to go into the laundry room while I wait with the door open. Now all of the sudden he is running up and down stairs and hallways in my building.
They have also begun to leave their toy mice in a pile in front of my bike. I am not sure if they see the bike as an extension of me or perhaps they hope to make an alliance with the bike so the bike will feed them while I am away even though the bike goes where I go.
On a positive note Snoop did look thinner as he ran up and down the stairs and hallway of my building in an attempt to escape his new starvation diet.
*Note: I am not feeding them less food just the method of feeding has changed.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

biking laws

Today I was reading a story in the Downtown Journal about cops writing more tickets for bicyclists.
The story was bout a guy who got a $128 ticket for rolling through a stop sign. The car actually turned on its sirens and everything according to the story. Really was the bike running a stop light that big a deal.
As a cyclist I see cyclists rolling through stop signs and riding the wrong way on one way streets and riding without lights at night.
While I know that cops are cracking down on cyclists I think that some of this is unfair. For example there are some stop lights which are controlled by sensors and the sensors do not sense bikes so I can sit at certain stop lights until a car comes to change the light or I can wait until it is safe for me and then go.
I think that maybe the city needs to be educating people about biking. I know that bikes and cars should share the road but does the cyclist riding at night with no lights on the wrong side of the street know that?
One thing I have noticed this summer more than ever is that there are more bikers on the road and people have strong opinions about that. There was one kid who tried to tell me that his mom yelled at a biker that he should be riding on the bike path and not the road when bikers actually have a right to be on the road. There are always the people who think that bikes should be on the sidewalk.
But really I wonder if people who are in cars are even more unhappy about being in those cars. I mean gas is $4 a gallon, there is always traffic or road construction and then you see people on bikes, with smiles on their faces riding past and it has to be frustrating.
The other day while waiting for a light to change a car came up behind me and wanted to make a right on red. The kept inching closer and closer to me and revving their engine and turning up their Green Day. Really why aren't there laws against harassing people on bikes like this person was doing. The thing that really bugged me about this was that I was near a school and could have been a student.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

remembering my first bike

For some reason today I was thinking about the first bike I ever bought. It was actually the first bike I ever owned.
It was a pink bike with fenders and a pink flame banana seat.
I remember saving my money as a kid so that I could buy this bike. I saved money from the tooth fairy and my birthday and I even tried to sell things like rocks and pictures.
My dad even let me spend a dollar of my money to buy a lottery ticket and I won $25. That was the only time I have ever won any money at the lottery.
My best money making endeavor was to pick up rocks that had fallen out of the rock bed and get paid a penny for each rock. Then I would try to sell the rocks to my friends for a penny.
So finally once I had saved enough money I bought this great pink bike with a flame banana seat.
Now I ride a bike everyday. I ride to work. I ride where ever and whenever I can. So I was thinking about where this love of bikes may have started and this is what I came up with.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I have been blogging away on myspace which is why I haven't posted in a year.

I have become one of those people who has created all these little blogs and journals on the web and I just don't always have time to maintain them all.
Now everyone seems to be over on facebook. That is fine but now if I move over there then I have to bring all of my stuff over there.
I originally created this blog to talk about my knitting and my life but I don't knit enough anymore to really track my projects on a blog.
So I am not sure what this blog will become and if I will keep maintaining it or what. I guess that I will see what happens.