Monday, October 22, 2007


Fred Again

It being a lovely Autumn day, I decided that it was time to whack Fred again. Here's a shot of Leslie standing amid the "harvest." Quite a pile!


Sunday, October 21, 2007


September Movies

Still working on Blackies. How many of these were there?

The Chance of a Lifetime (1943) 9/1 IMDb
Boston Blackie. Typical. Some high tech stuff.

Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945) 9/8 IMDb
Formulaic, but still fun.

Lady Gangster (1942) 9/9 IMDb
A prison pic. William Hopper works for Frank Wilcox. Complex. Happy ending.

A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946) 9/15 IMDb
Charles Lane lookin' young! Routine. The babe (Lynn Merrick) was really bad!

Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) 9/29 IMDb
Last of series. Many familar faces. Pretty good.


Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Hal the Wondercat

At night, or when we're out, the cats stay in the Cat Basement. The three males are put in the laundry area behind a closed door to keep them from harassing Sophie. The door is a screen-door, like you might find on the front of a house, with a simple push latch. Well, the other day, Hal learned how to open this door. We don't know exactly how he does it, but he definitely does it. And quickly, too! Many cats have had the chance over the years, but Hal is the only one to ever figure it out. Hal is very smart!

This is the second time he has managed to escape that area. The first time was shortly after we got him, and before we started separating the sexes. All the cats were locked in the laundry area because we were having a carpet installed. The door to the Cat Basement was open so the installers could do their work. Shortly after they began, Hal came sauntering into the living room to see what was going on. He had found a gap in my defenses! Way up high, by the ceiling, between the wall and the sewer pipe. Hal has a sharp eye!

There's another clever Cat Basement thing that Hal does. He hides in a tunnel. It's above the ceiling of a small storage room, formed by the joists of the room above. He jumps into it to avoid being locked in the laundry area. I inadvertently made this possible when I placed a scratching post in front of the tunnel entrance. The platform on the post is about halfway to the ceiling. It's quite a jump, and Hal does it admirably. I saw him do it once. It's wham, bang and out of sight! Hal jumps real good!

The bad engineering has been fixed. The screen door now has a key-lock, the gap was long ago filled with a bit of plywood and an old cat bed has been stuffed in the tunnel. By the way, Leslie was there the first time Hal tried the tunnel after it was blocked. It was quite a hoot she reports. I wonder what kind of mischief he'll get into next? Hal is a wonder!