Bumps in the Night

Posted 2009.08.04 20.57 in Cats, Spiritual by Stephanie

It’s been a while since I’ve had anything notably mysterious happen around here, but early this morning there was some inexplicable goings-on.

About 04:30 I was awoken to the sound of loud banging and thumping and cats hissing and snarling and running. This was not the typical sounds my two cats make when they playfight or even when they get seriously upset with each other, this was much, much more significant. My first (sleepy) thought for some reason was that a strange cat had somehow gotten into the house and caused all the ruckus.

So I got out of bed, turned on the lights and started to look around. What first struck me as very odd, was that there was not a single thing out of place. The second thing I noticed, was that there was not a single cat in sight anywhere.

I checked around and called a bit, but no cats responded.

Finally I spotted Pixie’s face from behind a box in the spare room; she was hiding in there. When I coaxed her out, her tail was all huge and puffy and she had clearly had a bad scare, moving slowly and staying low to the ground with her tail down as she glanced this way and that. Now I was assuming that the other cat Misha had been beating her up, and started calling for Misha to come out from wherever she was hiding.¬†Expecting Misha to come from the opposite end of the house, I was surprised to see Misha creeping out from right behind where Pixie had been hiding — and like Pixie, Misha’s tail was puffy and she was acting very very scared.

So – based on the noises which woke me up and the behavior of the two cats, it seems like something making loud thumpy bangy noises possibly chased and definately terrified both the cats; they hissed and snarled but ended up hiding together in the spare room, so frightened that they wouldn’t even come out right away when I was calling for them.

And as I said, nothing was disturbed, nothing was knocked over or out of place. Whatever made the banging and thumping, did it without touching things, it would appear.

Can you cut back 90% of anything?

Posted 2009.08.04 10.11 in Pointless Blather, Uncategorized by Stephanie

Sometimes, insomnia works out. Waking up at 5am and being unable to get back to sleep, I found myself watching a televised lecture about climate change, given by Gwynne Dyer. It was a bit frightening, and, dare I say it, a bit dire.

I think at some level, when people hear talks about climate change, they tend to think it is alarmist, that people are making it sound worse than it is. I’m not a scientist, and I don’t know all the facts, but I suspect that by and large those who are trying to raise awareness on the issue are not being alarmist. Rather, the subject, the consequences, are themselves just straightforward alarming. Yet they are also long-term. The damage we’ve done in the past 50 years, the damage we do in the next 20 or 30 years, will likely result in some severe changes and problems for us down the road. But not this afternoon. Not tomorrow. Heck, perhaps not even in the lifetimes of many of those in a position to start doing anything about it right now.

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