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The law of diminishing returns

After six proposals, the quality of the reviews tends to decline sharply. So the Internet ban is rescinded for the rest of the evening. It will return tomorrow though – there are still five to go.

Here, as a diversion:

Tiny Grendel

Grendel when we got him as a “tiny” puppy.

Grendel playing

Grendel after he learned that going down the slide was the best thing ever. He would go down the slide over and over until he was too tired to walk. “Oh please one more! I can still climb the ladder. I think. Maybe if you give me a boost! Just one more time down the slide!”

He sanded off the face of his rabies tag from landing in the sandpile at the bottom head-first.

Matched set

And the matched set of cats, who really didn’t get along nearly as well as this photo suggests.

6 Comments on “The law of diminishing returns”

  1. #1 Jess
    on Aug 23rd, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Hi there! You seem to have stolen my cats. Seriously, those are my cats. :D

    Grendel was a gorgeous puppy! Aww. I love the thought of him going down the slide over and over.

  2. #2 Nathalie (Spacedlaw)
    on Aug 24th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Wow! These are Jess’ cats indeed!
    Grendel is having way so much fun with that slide…

  3. #3 Phiala
    on Aug 24th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    They’re everywhere! I saw Ghost (the short-haired little one) in Dublin a few years ago. (Unfortunately I no longer have her, though she haunts my house.)

    Morgan has made appearances all over, including the Yarn Harlot’s place, even the tail-in-the bathtub is correct! Although she seems to think he’s a girl, she did get the initial correct. Morgan also appears in the tavern at Bree in the first LotR movie (and the ungrateful wretch has yet to buy his own catfood). And now I come to find out that he’s sneaking off to visit Jess, miles and miles away!

    Grendel hasn’t been down a slide in years. There aren’t any in State College that have the right kind of ladder, and he’s probably now too old and lazy anyway.

  4. #4 Jess
    on Aug 24th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I think you’ll find that the cat featured in The Prancing Pony was in fact My Edie. We noticed it years ago. We think it was very clever of her to have got a part in a film before she was even born. That’s Schroedinger for you. ;)

    Either that, or they’re all of them the same pair of cats. And they know where all the extra-dimensional portals are.

  5. #5 Phiala
    on Aug 25th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Ah, Jess, there’s the difference. If it were Morgan, that would be a pile of wet laundry! And no, I’m quite certain that was Morgan in the tavern, though I can’t figure out how he got to New Zealand. More accurately, I can’t figure out how he got back. Ghost could easily have sent him to NZ with the teleporter, expecting that he would never return, and yet here he is.
    Maybe that’s what he spent his acting salary on?

    Ghost, you see, was an advance scout for the alien invasion fleet. She had a teleporter, and all sorts of other interesting abilities, all of which she used for evil. Morgan was most definitely not her stupid but loyal henchman, though, more a nuisance to be discarded at the first opportunity. She pushed him out a window once.

    That makes “they’re all the same pair of cats” a bit difficult. They could all be Ghost clones, from the alien scout ship, but that only covers the shorthaired one, and not the fluffy one.

  6. #6 Jess
    on Aug 25th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    And both of my cats are fairly fluffy. (Well: Ally would be fluffy, if she didn’t have this thing for licking off all her belly hair.) So I concede your point.

    The really pathetic bit is that basket Edie’s sitting started out a pile of freshly-laundered blankets, but turned into a cat bed for a while. So I had to wash it all again. :D