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    Posted: 19 April 2007 05:07 PM

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    ...would anyone be here to hear it? Yikes, what’s happened?

    I dropped off due to extreme work schedules and a tragic, failed bid to keep my beloved cat, Nittany, alive. I’m just now getting back to coming in here. I sincerely hope everyone else has fared better during the last few months.

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    Posted: 19 April 2007 06:33 PM #1

    I’m sorry to hear about your cat - I’ve been through that too many times in the last few years myself.  :cry: There’s just Psychokitty left.

    There’s lots of us here. But the moderators tend to be a bit quiet - we’re spending most of our time killing spam. Most of it recently has moved away from airline and furniture to porn.

    Porn I just don’t get. Sure, I understand its tittilating (heh, heh, he said “tit…”) aspect, but - umm - what’s wrong with a little kiss then?

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    Posted: 19 April 2007 07:59 PM #2

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    LaurieF, good to hear from you, although not so good to hear that you’ve lost many cats, too. I knew long ago that having so many (eight) at or around the same ages meant that one day I’d be in for a terrible, terrible time. I just wasn’t ready for it to begin…not that anyone who loves their pets can ever be ready. And no matter how many times I tell myself the best thing I can do for my cats is outlive them, so that they are always cared for and never alone, it doesn’t help.

    As for spam here, my best wishes to you and the mods. I’ve certainly had an influx of email spam lately, although its almost all for some penny stock that’s going to multiply in some uncalculable way any day now.

    But as they’re not offering Apple stock time-warped from 1997, I generally ignore such advice.

    As for porn? You mods must be doing a good job of deleting it, ‘cause I haven’t seen any of the offers here on the boards.

    Umnn… I didn’t miss anything good, did I???  raspberry

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    Posted: 20 April 2007 05:20 AM #3

    The last thing I did - about 20 seconds ago - was delete a porn spam post.  rolleyes It bothers me that links to some very crude stuff - even by porn standards - is put here for anyone, like my own teenage kids, one click away. Of course, there is no shortage of easy pathways to porn on the internet, but I sure am hoping for more effective ways of limiting easy access, especially in venues such as this one.

    Sorry to hear about your little “lion”. I’ve buried two wonderful dogs since I’ve been married, and we will always miss them. We were never cat owners until about 2 1/2 years ago when I took in a stray. (In fact, my wife would’ve said at the time that she actually disliked cats, although I never know what it was based on). I was working on something in the garage and heard a pathetic cry behind me. I looked around and saw a famished, skin-and-bones cat at the door desperate for food. He had been neutered and declawed, so I knew he had been someone’s pet and was severely limited in fending for himself.

    Much to my wife’s displeasure, I “temporarily” set him up with food, water, bed and a litter box in our basement because we were going away for the weekend and I didn’t have the opportunity before we left to deal with anything other than just getting him off the streets. He had obviously been on his own for a while. He weighed less than 8 lbs, and he was able to almost double his weight over the next few months as a rescue operation quickly became an adoption. A few months later, he went missing for more than a day so we put some fliers up around the neighborhood. He returned on his own. Halloween was a couple of days later and a group of kids who had seen the fliers turned up at our door with a cat looking something like ours that had been following them around all night - they thought it might be ours. Well, he was now!

    We have always been dog lovers, but now we’re cat lovers as well - my wife especially! Our two cats, Gunnar and Max and our mutt dog Jackson Browne are all part of our big family. I could write a lot more, but don’t have the time right now at work.

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    Posted: 20 April 2007 11:12 AM #4

    [quote author=“bweels”]He had been neutered and declawed, so I knew he had been someone’s pet and was severely limited in fending for himself.

    A friend of ours picked up a stray. JarJar (yup that’s what our friend called her) had been de-clawed on all four feet, fixed, and then dumped downtown. What is wrong with some people!?! This defenseless, house cat knew nothing about living in the real world and wouldn’t have stood a chance. JarJar is very affectionate, maybe because she remembers being left to fend for herself.

    We have a siamese mix my wife got from her brothers farm, He was the runt of the litter and a tom so between his sisters picking on him and the resident tom picking on him, he was having a bad time of it. We lucked out big time. He looks like a beautiful siamese, but he has a very weak, almost inaudible meow and he’s well behaved. Other than appearance he’s almost exactly NOT what you’d expect in a siamese.

    Anyway, welcome back mrmgraphics.

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    Posted: 23 April 2007 04:24 PM #5

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    [quote author=“bweels”]A few months later, he went missing for more than a day so we put some fliers up around the neighborhood. He returned on his own. Halloween was a couple of days later and a group of kids who had seen the fliers turned up at our door with a cat looking something like ours that had been following them around all night - they thought it might be ours. Well, he was now!...

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    http://homepage.mac.com/weelcot/Christmas2004/PhotoAlbum12.html

    After looking at the photos of the two of them, it’s no wonder the neighborhood kids thought Max was your missing Gunnar. Kudos to you and your family for taking them both in, but especially Max after you’d recently rescued Gunnar! Halloween is no time of year for a cat to be on the loose, and I doubt Max would be here today had you not given him a home.

    Both cats are quite beautiful, BTW, and my best wishes to you with them.

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    Posted: 23 April 2007 04:33 PM #6

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    [quote author=“geoduck”][quote author=“bweels”]He had been neutered and declawed, so I knew he had been someone’s pet and was severely limited in fending for himself.

    A friend of ours picked up a stray. JarJar (yup that’s what our friend called her) had been de-clawed on all four feet, fixed, and then dumped downtown. What is wrong with some people!?! This defenseless, house cat knew nothing about living in the real world and wouldn’t have stood a chance. JarJar is very affectionate, maybe because she remembers being left to fend for herself.

    We have a siamese mix my wife got from her brothers farm, He was the runt of the litter and a tom so between his sisters picking on him and the resident tom picking on him, he was having a bad time of it. We lucked out big time. He looks like a beautiful siamese, but he has a very weak, almost inaudible meow and he’s well behaved. Other than appearance he’s almost exactly NOT what you’d expect in a siamese.

    Anyway, welcome back mrmgraphics.

    After having tried everything to save Nittany, I will never understand and will always be angry at people who think cats are just some throwaway thing without thoughts or feelings. At least people like you and your friend are giving unwanted cats a chance. Best wishes with your Siamese. FWIW, around the same time Nittany wandered up to my door in Columbus, Ohio, I also found a Siamese (that I fortunately reunited with its people). “Sid” was the name of said Siamese, and what an incredibly beautiful cat he was! But as is their reputation, Sid was not exactly “well behaved,” and none too friendly with my other cats. Sounds like you found quite a special Siamese. smile

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    Posted: 23 April 2007 06:21 PM #7

    I finally got my page up for Geiger
    http://homepage.mac.com/geoduck/Geiger.html
    It’s a start anyway.

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    Posted: 23 April 2007 06:30 PM #8

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    Geiger is a very beautiful cat, and I love the story of his name! It’s great to know he’s feeling better. He certainly looks like a happy and healthy cat, too, but you weren’t kidding when you said “runt”! The “exploring the house” picture really shows some scale with your kitty next to the hand.

    FWIW, my first cat was also a litter runt, and she’s still with me today after 14 years. smile

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    Posted: 23 April 2007 06:41 PM #9

    That picture was taken last November, just after he arrived. The rest of the pictures were taken within the last month. He’s now up to 7 pounds and is very happy.

    Wednesday we set out on our big move to Vancouver Island (we’re currently in Minnesota). I think he’ll travel OK. We’ve taken him on a few jaunts around town and he’s been more relaxed each time.

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  • Posted: 24 April 2007 08:37 AM #10

    Cats rock

    Sorry for your loss mrmgraphics, I know how much it sucks. When I was growing up my parents hated cats, one of the first things I did when I moved out was get one, had her for 4 years before she got hit by a car, and I went through a two day struggle of the vet trying to save her and ultimately telling me that it was better to put her down than make her live a very short extra time in pain.

    My current cat, Wendy, is trying her best to retard my typing by laying her head on my right wrist as I type this smile

    Yeah, but back to the original topic it seems like 75% of the posts on here now are mods, and a good chunk of the rest (all this not including porn spam of course) are guest trolls here to rag on the Mac platform between rounds of Halo 2. I’ve been mostly lurking myself the past 3 years, just because I’ve been really busy, and now that I’m back on a regular basis it feels like everybody else left.

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  • Posted: 27 April 2007 01:52 PM #11

    Our Sprite also looks (but doesn’t act) like a Siamese. He’s getting seriously porky, though, to the point where I’m starting to worry about his ongoing health. Getting a cat to exercise is harder than getting me to do it, and I know I should!

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    Posted: 18 April 2008 10:00 AM #12

    mrmgraphics, my sincere be-lated condolences for your cat.

    You know, I read this post a long time ago, back when I had fallen away from TMO and I’m sorry that I didn’t respond sooner, but I’M BAAAACK!!!

    Yeah, I was just feeling lazy or something and I didn’t really feel like writing.  You know how it goes?

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    Posted: 18 April 2008 04:24 PM #13

    Welcome Back
    A lot has changed since you fell away.

    Macs are now better than Windows PCs
    Windows users have trouble accepting this.
    iPODs are now selling like hotcakes
    Apple has started to make some really cool products.
    The web has started to fill with rumor and speculation about the next one
    and
    Microsoft is talking about how the next version of Windows will change everything.

    It’s a whole new world now.

    rolleyes

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    Posted: 18 April 2008 07:30 PM #14

    Isn’t it sad when Microsoft sort of admits that their current brand-new OS stinks by telling everyone that the next version will be everything they said this one would be?

         
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    Posted: 19 April 2008 07:38 AM #15

    Are we talking about Win95, or 98, or Me, or 2000, or XP, or Vista, or…

    :groucho:

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