Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Cat report: I'm beginning to feel alternately parental and Randian about…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
Cat report: I'm beginning to feel alternately parental and Randian about the cats. One cat, Little Kitty, doesn't meow at me without apparent reason, and purringly submits to petting. I like her and even feel emotional and affectionate towards her. The other, Paul (ne� Juniper), meows and meows and meows. I try following him around; net, his vectors go nowhere. I try checking the food and water; no problems. I open the door or window, but he doesn't want to go out. I try dangling the shiny gold string in front of his face, but that cat won't hunt. I talk to him and pet him and pet him and pet him, and maybe finally he calms down, even as he doesn't seem to enjoy my petting.
I resent Paul, because his helplessness forces me, the more powerful entity, to make sure he isn't unhappy. He drove me to tears just an hour ago with this routine. I feel really horrible when he seems unhappy and there's nothing I can do to stop him from plaintively meowing. Send me your tips, please.
Clerks: I'm getting used to being a bookstore clerk. Most of my colleagues are quite amiable, and I enjoy helping people find reading material. Some notes from my first few days: