That Infernal Creature : Part 3 — Willful Defiance

We’ve adopted a cat with real discipline problems.  I’ve come to believe the reason the animal was found abandoned next to our apartment has something to do with the fact that he gets a bit bite-y, switches at a moments notice between loving and hating people, only scratches at the nicest furniture items, and only eats the most expensive food.  For a stray, he certainly acts like the most spoiled little brat. This morning I woke up to him sleeping on my pillow and chirping at me.  Yes, chirping.  It’s more like a bark than a meow, but I’m not sure I can accuse a cat of barking in public.  Why was …

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Marissa takes a selfie… with the cat

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A Little Victory

I have to say, there are few feelings I enjoy as much as completely emptying a pen.

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Travel Guide: Italy

Now, I haven’t been to Italy nor will be going there anytime soon, but I do have a friend heading there on his honeymoon in a few weeks.  I’ve also eaten at some pretty authentic feeling Italian restaurants where everyone’s name ends in a “-y.”  Oh! And my first car was a Fiat. I guess you can pretty much call me an expert, and as an expert I have to type out my advice on this very public forum. Travel to Italy is pretty simple.  The main thing is to know a few Italian phrases to help smooth over relations with the locals.  Some useful phrases to learn include: Where …

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Dead Skin and Very Vain People

There is a popular urban legend that states “About 70 – 80% of dust in your household is actually dead skin cells that you have sluffed off.” Which sounds really gross, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Here’s why:

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That Infernal Creature : Part 2 — Gets Pilled

“First you take a towel, set the cat down on the towel and then wrap him up like a little cat burrito so only his face is sticking out. You don’t want him clawing you up. Then you pry his mouth open and quickly throw the pill into the back of his throat.” Alright, thank you, Vet Assistant Lady. I’m sure this will go fine. We ended up trying several times before this worked at all.  It’s really a two person job.  Marissa holds the cat and I throw the pill down his freaking throat.  First you have to find the cat.  He’ll look something like this:  Then we tossed …

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That Infernal Creature

I adopted a cat.  Well, no. Marissa adopted a cat.  Well, no.  Some cat adopted Marissa. It all started when the night we arrived home from the honeymoon there was a cat waiting in front of the garage door.  It was covered in matted hair, had lost a lot of hair, and was busy itching itself all over.  In other words it was flea-ridden, mangy, and — now — in Marissa’s lap.  She played with it for awhile.  Unable to determine its gender, she named “her” Madeline.  Marissa was completely smitten.  So smitten, in fact, that I spent the next 30 minutes unloading the car by myself while she played …

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Best Canada and English

I mentioned before that my first time in Canada was to the only place in Canada not known for its niceness.  That said everyone I encountered seemed pretty normal, leading me to believe that Americans travel the world and find themselves surprised that other people treat them the same way another American would.  Because I don’t really have a longer piece, let me tell you about some of my experiences around Montreal. The Worst Feeling I spent a bit of time picking up French phrases and greetings before heading out.  I can greet a person in three different ways, say please and thank you, ask for water, and tell you …

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A Few Things About French Canada

I admit a complete lack of interesting stories from my honeymoon.  Truth is, it rained almost every day and most of the things we did and saw do not make for much in the way of entertainment for you, dear reader.  Not that we didn’t have fun. We also had a little run of bad luck, culminating in someone backing into Marissa’s car while we enjoyed some amazing food.  No biggie.  They were good enough to leave their information for us. I was a bit surprised by the language barrier.  In Montreal it was about a 70/30 split between French and English, but an hour north it was 100% French …

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Lucky Sense of Direction

It is a well know fact that Goodells have an awful sense of direction.  Oh sure, we do fine in valleys.  It basically works like this, “I know that mountain is east.  I will drive towards it.”  In Indiana this method doesn’t quite work.  “Well, I know that corn-field is east, west, north, and south.  So if I drive… we’re lost.” This method also doesn’t work in new location.  You have to know the basic relative positions of things.  At the very least you have to have a destination.  We set out for food at about 7:30 pm the other night with the basic idea that somewhere south there were …

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