And you wonder why we call him Mr. Mouth

If you’ve looked at Loki’s page, you’ve probably noticed that one of his nicknames is Mr. Mouth.  Loki got this name because he talks at you rather than with you — and he doesn’t take "no" for an answer.  In fact, Loki’s vocal habits can be one of the deadliest weapons of mass destruction when he gets cranked up.

As an offer of proof of this very thing, take a look at these pictures of Loki.  They were all taken over the course of the last seven (7) years.  Notice anything consistent?


Finally an update to Loki’s gallery

I've finally gotten through the pictures of Loki and have updated his gallery.  Take a look at the highlights before heading over to see all the new pictures.

I've finally done it!  Yes, I finally got through all of the new pictures and updated Loki's gallery.  He was beginning to hurt me on a regular basis because I hadn't gotten to it yet, so you can imagine my relief now that's it's completed.

It was Loki's turn to prance around the kitchen floor in order to get some attention. (105_0506)

As with all of The Kids, Loki loves his attention.  Here he is prancing around the kitchen hoping I'll give him some love.

Here he is resting on the bathroom counter. (111_1188)

As I've explained before, Loki and Kazon will always join me in the bathroom when I'm in there.  Every morning this is what I can look forward to while I'm shaving, brushing my teeth, taking a shower, or whatever I'm doing.  You can tell he's a very helpful boy.

I thought this was a cool picture of him looking over the edge of the bathroom counter. (111_1190)

While he was lying on the bathroom counter, I crouched down to take a picture of him from below.  I thought it came out well (he's very photogenic regardless of what he's doing).

Loki and I playing in the living room. (116_1625)

When Loki plays, he plays for keeps.  I was playing with him in the living room when I tried to pause long enough to take a picture.  He thought the pause was unacceptable and promptly attacked my arm and leg to let me know play time was not over.

He was chasing my hand as we played in the living room (how would you like to see that flying at you?). (116_1626)

While still playing in the living room, I pulled my hand away so I could take a picture.  Again letting me know that this was not acceptable, he promptly threw himself at my hand.  As you can see, that's precisely what I got a picture of.

Here he is grabbing my hand in order to get some attention. (116_1628)

Loki is adamant when it's time for attention.  If you don't give it to him freely, he'll take it by force.  That includes grabbing your hand and pulling it to himself so he can rub against it.  I happened to get this perfect shot of him doing just that.

Oh, and he can practically walk across the room on his hind feet, so seeing him like this is not unusual.  He's the only cat in the house who is very comfortable walking upright or standing still on his hind legs to check something out.

This is my favorite picture of Loki because it captures a close-up of his face in natural light. (119_1943)

This is undoubtedly my favorite picture of Loki.  I was playing with the various settings on the camera and got a beautiful natural light close-up of his face.  Now, Loki knows he's beautiful, but I have to admit that he looks very good in this picture.  Notice the details in his eye color.  You can also see his one white eyebrow (the other one is black).

There are plenty of other new pictures of Loki beginning with the second picture on page 3 of his gallery.

And for those of you who enjoy the not-so-presentable pictures we often find thrown in with the good stuff, here's a picture of Loki you won't find in the gallery.  I promised him I wouldn't put it in his gallery since it's not a very flattering picture of him.  Well, it's not in his gallery, but it's included in this article for the sake of sharing.  Just don't tell Loki…

That'll teach you to lick your chops when Daddy has the camera out. (113_1366)

Summer days

he told me it was over today
and the first thoughts in my mind
were not of him
they were not even of the hurt
these thoughts were of the past
of the last days of summer
years ago in my boyhood
in those days
I tried so hard to make the days last
even though
I could not stop them from getting shorter
I thought of how I would try
to make every ice cream cone last
for more than ten minutes
I thought of how I tried
to stretch every ball game
to last as long as I could
and all this because
I didn't want to lose those times
those days of freedom, of fun
those times I hold so close to me
but I did not love them less
because I could not keep them
so I told him this
I told him that I loved him
and that he would be missed
I told him that I wished him the best
and all the happiness of life
and now, some time later
even though we are still apart
I find I still love him
even though I could not keep him
like the summer days of long ago

[circa 1995]

Check out some new pics of Kazon

Kazon has been on my case recently for not updating his gallery, so I sat down today and posted some new pictures of him.  Hopefully now he'll leave me alone (not likely!).  Read on for details.

Yes, I'm still going through all of the new pictures I have.  I've just finished going through the pictures of Kazon and have posted the best ones in his gallery.

Perfect shot of how Kazon will roll up with a catnip toy and lick it when he's feeling happy (which is most of the time). (103_0317)

Kazon is a very happy cat.  He loves to play with the catnip toys like the cigar he has in this picture.  The funny thing is that he tends to roll around and play with it only momentarily before he decides he loves it — and begins kissing it like he's doing in this picture.

I sat down to watch the news when Kazon happened to notice that my lap wasn't occupied. (104_0472)

When I sit down (anywhere), Kazon will eventually end up in my lap.  In this picture, I had just sat down to watch the news when Kazon noticed my lap was available for occupation.

A great shot looking up at Kazon while he stands on the bathroom counter. (107_0766)

As I've mentioned before, Kazon loves to help me in the bathroom.  I had grabbed the camera to take some pictures of him in there when I snapped this one looking up at him.  I thought it turned out well.

Kazon will reach out and touch you to get your attention (notice the talons!). (107_0769)

When Kazon wants to get my attention, he'll reach out and gently touch my face or shoulder (that's if the crying didn't make me stop and take notice).  Despite the talons you see in this picture, he's quite gentle and never hurts me.

A close-up of one very happy cat. (107_0778)

This was taken while I was playing with the zoom on the camera.  Although he wasn't doing anything exciting, I thought it turned out to be a rather unique and cool picture of him.

I keep saying we share everything around here, and this is a perfect example of how a cup of water becomes community property. (109_0939)

As I've said before, everything in the house is community property.  A simple cup of water seems to be the favorite with all of The Kids.  This is Kazon getting a refreshing drink from Daddy's water.  You can also see Grendel lounging on the couch to the right and Kako passing by beneath the table on the left.

Kazon loves to sleep on my shoulders when I'm working at the computer. (112_1214)

When I'm sitting at the computer, the keyboard tray tends to keep my lap from being available, so my shoulders become the next best option.  Kazon is the only cat in the house who will actually sleep up there.  He simply wraps himself around my neck with his head on one side and his back legs on the other.

I was petting him in the kitchen and pulled my hand away just in time to take this picture (yes, he's a happy cat!). (112_1228)

I was petting Kazon in the kitchen and pulled my hand away to snap this picture.  Can you tell he's a happy cat?

Could you say no to someone who ever so gently touches your face to let you know he cares? (119_1999)

As I mentioned above, Kazon will gently touch my face or shoulders to get my attention.  Here's a great shot of him letting me know he's there and he loves me (more like letting me know he's there and is expecting some attention).

Every time I sit down, this is what I have to look forward to. (121_2134)

This is truly classic Kazon.  No matter where I am or what I'm doing, if I sit down, this is what I can look forward to.  Kazon will come lie in my lap with his face as close to mine as he can get.  He'll lie there and look at me in this entirely loving way until he falls asleep.  Part of it is pure love — plain and simple — while another piece of the equation is that Daddy's lap is the safest place in the house.

By the way, that’s Loki‘s back you see on the armrest.  He wanted nothing to do with the disgusting display taking place behind him.

Well, those are the major highlights from Kazon's gallery update.  You can see the rest of the new pictures starting with the second-to-last picture on page 2 of Kazon's gallery.

The attack on Spain

I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to and express heartfelt solidarity with the people of Spain.  After the horrendous and tragic attacks in Madrid today, I have already realized this is your September 11 — not to be gloated over like some cheap carnival prize or competitively compared like children's marble collections, but to be reviled and remembered.  You have suffered an inexplicable loss and will find that only the passage of time — and probably more than you care to admit — will diminish the shock and horror and despondence.  We stand with you in your determination to see justice served.  We support your democracy in the face of this egregious assault on it and the Spanish people.  Most importantly, please know that we weep with you in this solemn time.