Monday, December 26, 2005

the office cat

My human works in a government office. Many times I have asked him if I could go with him, and he has been tempted but thought better of it.

Of course that would be just to visit. Being on the payroll would be another matter. What would a cat do in an office, day after day?

Well, it just so happened that the British Home Office has had a cat working for them from 1929 to the early 1976. The cat's job was to keep the office free from rodents.

Unfortunately, the cats in succession, named Peter, Peter II, and Peta were not paid. But public monies were appropriated for their care and food out of petty cash. How unfair!

- Daily Telegraph
- BBC News

I think I could work in my human's office and do a darn better job than some of the humans there! But the sight of me typing with my nose and paws might render some staff even more unproductive. I would not be demeaned as a mouser. Instead, I should have a large office with many staff to manage including a personal assistant. Hmmm... if I hid myself in the office and nobody knew that I am a cat, perhaps I could get away with it...

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


My human spent much of the morning doing chores. Hmmph! He made me listen to The Man Machine which is a cool CD by Kraftwerk who were the great innovators of electronic music.

Then, he made me listen to Ágætis Byrjun (by sigur rós).

Sooty and Spike's human Tim also came over for the afternoon with a very geeky boardgame called Space Crusade which they played for hours. I tried to join in and play, but I didn't understand the rules at all. I hope that proves that I'm not a geek. When he arrived, I meowed and meowed at him, so he picked me up to give me a cuddle. He had no idea I was asking him whether Sooty and Spike got any turkey for Christmas as I didn't!

Tim did bring some cool music for me to listen to though - Flock of Bleeps (by Younger Brother) and Robot-O-Chan (by Prometheus).

It was a groovy afternoon, even though I did nap through some of it, and I had another choice of lap again. I hope there are more visitors again soon. After two days of raw (but corn fed) chicken wings, I had cooked chicken for dinner. So I'm happy! I hope all my kitty friends are too!



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