The cats

by Jon Sullivan - 2022-12-02 - Status

<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>        album containing this post's photo

Walkies this morning was very surreal. As much as I feel "home" here, it still feels off.

Maybe it's the seasons. The blanket of wet rotting leaves that covers everything right now. Maybe it's the knowledge that crime here is so high, and the associated worry about being a victim. Maybe it's yet another way my mind and outlook is changing. This morning it was the cats that kept running around me while I was out walking. I'm used to seeing cats in San Diego now and then on walkies. They'd see me coming and scamper off back home or wherever. But the cats here seem to want to walk with me. They run along beside, blast past me from behind, sit in front of me and stare. It's weird. Weird cats in the dark that won't leave me alone.

Maybe it's the perpetual dark here. Partly from the northern latitude? Partly from the thick cloud cover? That's another thing I just never anticipated in moving here. Dark days. Yesterday was so dark it felt unnatural. It's not depressing, just very odd. San Diego was famously sunny. Eugene is famously moist and dark.

Maybe it's just being old, tired, and treading water while trying to reinvent my whole life.

Maybe it was the fog. Like a scene from an old movie. Bare tree branches silhouetted in the gray. A street light cutting through. Unusual quiet.

No. It was the weird cats. I suspected maybe they were strays and wanted food or shelter. But I'm not bringing a cat home. Like carry it a couple miles home and then give it to a shelter or something? I wish I was that level of kind human, but even in my enlightenment I very much am not.

[editor's note : Jon insisted this boring story was going somewhere and there would be a big payoff. There isn't. He doesn't collect cats off the street, the end. I gave him an extra day even to sit on it and make up some of the usual story time shenanigans. As expected, nothing. "But the cats were weird!!??" Blah blah blah. I keep telling him to stop trying so hard to appear interesting and just go do interesting things. But no. He saw a couple cats. That's a blog post somehow? Pfft. I suppose never leaving your apartment for years will make one creeped out by other people's pets. Oh..... and seasons exist.... OMG seasons exist!!!! Hide your children!!!!]

<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>
With Google To Leave a Comment:
<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>
Eugene weather
33.6 degrees F, Snow (light snow)
Min: 32.25 ,Max: 36.36 ,Humidity: 95, Wind: 11.5
Eugene, OR - Best Restaurants
Eugene, OR - Things to do
Eugene, OR - Fish reports
Oregon road conditions
Recent Posts
- Throwdown
    Moving to Oregon = Go all the places, take all the photos, eat all the food. I didn't realize I'd be cooking most of it myself.
- The in-between
    I've been all about chasing joy and living my best life. Have I found it? Somewhere between crazy/joyous and sane/dreary?
- Mustard recipe
    PNW is a block of ice. Leaving the apartment might mean death. So, as one does, I made mustard.
- Jon is gassy
    Day 6 of Covid. All symptoms have been replaced by excessive flatulence. My fart cloud and I will continue to self isolate.
- Jon is bland
    A scary thought : What if I get long term Covid loss of smell/taste? If I can't taste food, then who the hell am I?
- Well f**k....
    I dodged Covid for a long time. But I knew, sooner or later. We'll all get it sooner or later.
- Best photos 2023
    I judge the success of my life by the best photos I take each year. In 2023 life was good.
Food I Cooked
Old School Blogroll
Home of fine hypertext products.
A community weblog.
A Chicken Is Not Pillage
You forgot his exclamation point! It defines him. He put it there for a reason, to show how in! your! face! he is.
abada abada - twenty years of jessamyn
Matt Haughey
A Whole Lotta Nothing
Heater, Mother Of Lance
Anil Dash
A blog about making culture. Since 1999.
Some Bits
Nelson's weblog
Everlasting Blort
proud member of the reality-based community
This machine mocks fascists
Scripting News
It's even worse than it appears.
Short attention spans in a world full of flowers
mimi smartypants
Seriously, though: what's with the penguins?
Montreal City Weblog
Stupid Evil Bastard
What the fuck is wrong with you people?
Idle Words
brevity is for the weak
Making Light
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.
50,000 Monkeys at 50,000 Typewriters Can't Be Wrong
Justin Hall
Growing & breaking down since 1994
Mike the Mad Biologist
Helping idiots who desperately need my assistance by calling them fucking morons since 2004
AKMA’s Random Thoughts
Ruminations about hermeneutics, theology, theory, politics, ecclesiastical life… and exercise.
things magazine
An occasional weblog about objects, collections and discoveries
Miscellaneous Heathen
Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.
where it's always Virgo Season
Recent Trips
Getting it ready for you.