Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Home talk

I received a letter from the city last Friday. It said that Fred the Cat must be registered with the city. I had to send them five dollars and proof that he had been neutered.

After I read the letter I said to Mr. Pop, “ I have to register Fred the Cat.” Mr. Pop replied, “ As a Democrat or a Republican?”


Yesterday morning began as most mornings do. I got up, stumbled into the kitchen, gave Fred the Cat his breakfast, put the water and coffee in the coffee maker and stumbled to the computer room to wake up the computer.

When I returned to the kitchen there was about an inch of coffee in the pot and a giant puddle of brown coffee and grounds all over my countertop. Something had gone haywire with my coffee maker. Everything was mucked up. There was coffee and coffee grounds even in the part of the coffee maker where you add the water. What a freakin’ mess to deal with so early on a Monday morning.

When Mr. Pop came into the kitchen with his usual cheery “Good Morning”, he was met with my grousing, “The coffee maker died”. At this point I should tell you that Mr. Pop is not a coffee drinker.

After I explained to him what had happened, he said, “We can pick up a new one next weekend”. I’m sure I looked as though he had just said, you can’t have food until next weekend, because he quickly added, “Or we can pick up one tonight”


Blogger Dr. Know said...

Does Fred go outside? How do they even know of his existance? How is it any of their business whether he is neutered if strictly an indoor cat? What about breeders? Cripes. Better not let them know he leans to the left, or the brownshirts will take him away. Are they so desperate for revenue that they resort to this? (And yes, I understand about the feral problem.) Anyway...

Sorry about the coffee maker problem, PoP. I'd have it on the workbench within minutes. Repaired within 30 - or someone would be seriously injured... ;-)

July 29, 2008 2:20 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

Indeed, morning coffee is nothing to trifle with. Heh ...

July 29, 2008 2:28 AM  
Blogger Freida Bee said...

It's time for cowboy coffee.

July 29, 2008 3:03 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

That happens to me when I don't properly close the door. Mine is a grind the beans then brew type and if the door is not properly shut it makes a huge mess.
Can't be much wrong if yours is a regular drip but coffee makers are pretty cheap unless you go fancy.
What happens if you don't register Fred? Will they get to fine you and make even more money?

July 29, 2008 3:58 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

No coffee in the morning is like no daylight in the morning. Literally.

July 29, 2008 4:26 AM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

After Steve the cat was missing for an entire week, I can see the wisdom of registering a cat, although, being a libertarian in dem's clothing, I think, ideally, registering ought to be 100% privatized and voluntary.

Steve came home! We're slapping collars and tags on all three felines before they're allowed outdoors again.

As much as I poke fun at MrZ, I have to say, even though he doesn't drink coffee, if he walked into the kitchen when I was in the middle of a coffee crisis, he would automatically know the steps to follow:

1) check my vital signs
2) put me in the car and drive me to the BP on the corner to fetch an emergency 64oz cup of French Roast
3) THEN drive me to the nearest purveyor of coffee makers so I could personally select a new model.

PoP, I think we should put Emergency Back Up Coffee Maker on our Home Owner's Disaster Preparedness List. It should be installed in it's own compartment on the kitchen wall, right next to the fire extinguisher.

July 29, 2008 4:30 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

well, at least he caught himself :) hubby and i had that happen to us- so we went and got some mcd's coffee and then promptly went shopping:) both of us are coffee drinkers.

July 29, 2008 5:17 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Fred's registration should be obvious to Mr. PoP. Register him as a Democat,

July 29, 2008 5:23 AM  
Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

Not a coffee drinker here, but if someone told me there would be no morning Diet Coke for a week, there would be blood spilled. And not mine.

There is nothing I can say after Nick's comment above, it is priceless.

July 29, 2008 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart man.

July 29, 2008 6:08 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

That comment of Mr. Pop's was just too funny. Will you register Fred as a republican?

And how on earth does the city know you own Fred?

July 29, 2008 6:15 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

The cities in my area are imposing pet taxes also.

My city wants $15 and up, per year in taxes for each pet.

July 29, 2008 6:26 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

We haven't registered our cats. Screw you city, stop wasting money on cop OT scandals.

A week without coffee. Heh. Right. He didn't actually say that.

July 29, 2008 7:22 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

OMDawg! No coffee? That sux.

The city obviously was notified of Fred's existence when he was vaccinated prior to his boarding. Some of our cities do that here as well.

Luf, Us

July 29, 2008 7:34 AM  
Blogger Agi said...

As a coffee addict I can sympathize. There's nothing worse than the coffee maker dying. I'd recommend a grind-and-brew machine. They're kinda pricey but definitely worth it.

July 29, 2008 7:54 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I get my caffeine from strong black tea in the morning. If I couldn't have that, the day would never begin.

I hope Fred gets to vote in November.

July 29, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

remember the old brooke shield's ad"nothing comes between me and my calvins!"

well, nothing better even think about coming between me and my coffee.

my coffee maker died a while back and the 1st thing we did was go and get a new one.

i have an old jar of instant in my cupboard just in case of emergencies but since it wasn't raining frogs or locusts it was a trip to the store, pronto!

July 29, 2008 1:00 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

Mr. PoP said 'weekend' and lived to tell the tale? amazing.
I'm surprised you were able to wait till last night, actually.

as to Fred being registered, blech. I can understand the need with dogs -- of the large, outdoor breeds, anyhow. but indoor cats? imnsho, they're no more the city's business than the room I built in my 3rd floor [and didn't get a permit for].
if it's indoors it's MY business -- not the city's!

July 29, 2008 1:29 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Pet taxes, sounds ridiculous to me. just another way for the city to get money from you. What's next? Does Fred feel any better being registered?
I have to laugh with the coffee. I hate it when I go down to get my coffee and it's all over the counter or something. Next weekend hell after running down to get a cup you race to the store get a new machine and a sigh of relief!

July 29, 2008 2:59 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

A new coffee pot next weekend?

I think not. Had that happened at our house, my wife and I would have been racing off to the coffee pot store with a quick stop at the cup of coffee store for the road.

July 29, 2008 6:04 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

hiya. i'm asking people to drop by my blog and look at my pic and see if they can come up with anyone that i might look like.

i'm curious to see if i look like anyone famous or perhaps just odd. thanks.

bluegal looks like nigella lawson and that got me to wondering about me.

July 29, 2008 6:14 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

since i stumble out of bed i refuse to make coffee at home in the morning

i leave my spilling to the office

as for fred --- he should high tail it to canada before they draft him to go to iraq

July 29, 2008 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred don't do it. You'll have to start paying taxes and going to jury duty and stuff.

But PoP, tell me again how a coffee maker goes haywire? Oh yeah, nice retort to Mr. PoP. I suppose the new coffee maker is now on the kitchen counter?

July 29, 2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

for anyone whose interested, I can tell you ONE way for a coffee maker to go haywire and have to be replaced _immediately_:
1] a human takes in a stray male cat.
2] said cat feels intimidated by all the other cats in residence before he joined the family.
3] cat sprays everything within reach _including_ the coffee pot's hotplate.
4] the human starts to make coffee and fills the entire house with not- yet- neutered- male odor.
5] the human unceremoniously dumps cat into carrier for immediate delivery to the vet on the way to the appliance store.

yes, this is a true story. : <-(
[in case you can't tell, the emoticon is a person with clothespin on nose.]

August 01, 2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

for anyone WHO'S interested . . . .

dang proofreaders!
it's impossible to get good help these days!

August 01, 2008 9:28 AM  

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