Saturday, August 2, 2008


Forrest and I have been wanting a cat for a while now. Last weekend we went to Cat City to drool over cute cats. But they only had two kittens, who were quickly adopted. So this weekend we went out to Homeward Pet, which had closer to a dozen kittens!

Homeward Pet won't let you adopt just one kitten if everyone in the household works full-time; you have to get two, so they can keep each other company. I had been leaning toward this logic anyway, and Forrest was convinced without too much arm-twisting. It's hard to say no to more cute kittens. :)

It didn't take us too long to gravitate toward a cage with three white-tummied brown mackerel tabbies. The three sister kittens were very friendly to us and playful amongst themselves. We decided we would adopt two of them, and we let the employee know our decision. Unfortunately, their policy is to call landlords of all renters to make sure it really is okay for them to have pets. This is a good policy, but on the other hand, it kept us from our kittens. How dare they.

Despite finding three different numbers to contact our landlords, we were unable to reach them. The Homeward Pet employee left voice messages at each number, but said she couldn't mark the kittens we wanted as "pending" until the landlord called back. We were sad, but understood. After muttering to ourselves that no one else had better steal our kittens, we left.

Later in the evening, though, Homeward Pet called us back to say the landlord had returned their call and okay'd the kittens! It was already after normal business/adoption hours, so we scheduled a time tomorrow afternoon to pick up our kittens. Very exciting!

We're not all that hot on the kittens' given names, so we want to rename them. Our last cat (back in college, before the landlord changed the pet policy to disallow cats) was named Lex, short for Alexis but also short for lexer. If you have a suitably computer-y or otherwise geeky name, we're accepting suggestions. :)

Update, August 9th: Suitable geeky names have been found!


John Cowan said...

How about Kernel and User? Lexer and Parser? Class and Interface? Vim and Emacs? Typo and Thinko? Any two of Foo, Bar, Baz, and Quux?

Or Posi and Nega, or Plus and Minus? Maybe Clockwise and Widdershins? Neat and Scruffy? I once knew some cats named Onoffon and Offonoff.

More broadly: Mind and Matter, Truth and Beauty (or Strange and Charmed)? Order and Chaos, Yin and Yang, Dual and Nondual?