Tortoises, a cat, three more cats, a dog, a couple of national monuments, and a dress face

That's what's in my camera phone from the last couple of weeks. 

My brother in law has unfortunately found himself in territory I know all too well - he lost his first-born son and was a couple of rooms over while it was happening. Our wives our sisters. Within the last couple of years, my mother in law also lost her first born son, but he was in his fifties. Not the best thing to run in a family. 

So we were out in Ohio for my nephew's funeral a couple of weeks ago and I took a couple of pictures. My brother in law raises tortoises. I forget what they're called, they're from somewhere in Asia. But the thing is, they look really cool.

Have you ever seen a Kliban cat? If you haven't, look them up. They're cartoon cats in greeting cards and such. They're very large, Most people would say they're unrealistic.

Most people have never met my mother in law's cat, Jasper.

Maybe this will do him more justice:

So we drove home. I'm in my bathroom, looking out the door into my bedroom. My wife has left a dress on the floor, kind of crumpled. It's staring at me.

No, I wasn't tripping. 

See?

Now it's this past week, I walk into my living room and I see this:

I didn't pose this. I couldn't have. That's Panther on the upper left, Kaname on the upper right, and Opal the kitten on the cushions.

A little while later I wandered back into the living room.

So I was working in the Washington area this past week, driving a sales manager around. Our trip was originally scheduled for the previous week but he had a snowstorm and I had a funeral, so we postponed a week. A lot of our appointments were not available last week which left us with some free time. He happened to mention that though he'd worked around Washington for years, he'd never actually gone into Washington. I couldn't allow that - Washington is too cool a place visually - so I drove us into the District. (That's local parlance for the city.) I scored a great parking space in front of Air and Space on the Mall, but I didn't think to take pictures there because I didn't know I was going to post about it. If you've never been, go. It has the most amazing aircraft collection in the world. Hanging from the ceiling in one room are the aircraft Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in, the X15, and the Spirit of St. Louis. One room away is the original Wright Flier. The original canvas is too old to stay on  it, but somewhere in that room they have some of it folded up. 

In other rooms there are space vehicles and military missiles. In yet another room are WWII planes. The father of the guy I was with flew in the Pacific during the war and we found the kind of aircraft he flew.

Aside from the museum and driving across the mall, I knew I wanted to take him to the Lincoln Memorial. That's my favorite monument in Washington. It was a beautiful sunny day so I took a shot from the stairs:

and I took a shot of the Lincoln statue:

Two shots to go. These are from yesterday. One is of  Kaname and Mabel on our bed. Kaname is by far the most social of the cats and has always liked whichever dog we had. 

And, finally, I took a couple of shots of Kaname alone, one of which I'm showing here. The reason I'm doing it is because black cats are hard to photograph - you lose too much detail. But this shot came out pretty good:

at least in terms of his face.

That's show and tell for today.

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Comment by marilyn sands on March 26, 2017 at 6:20pm

Nice to see my hometown again!   All the cats have their own personality?  I ask because I'm allergic & don't know a thing about them.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 26, 2017 at 9:33pm

Very much so. Completely different. 

sort of my hometown too. Moved to the suburbs in high school, lived in the District for a few years, first Georgetown then Adams Morgan. Lived in the D.C. area longer than anywhere else and still work a lot there, though rarely in the District. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 27, 2017 at 4:49am

:) :)

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 27, 2017 at 5:57am

Great kitty pics.  R&L Hope your people recover from their loss.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 27, 2017 at 6:46am

Thanks. That week was rough. I lost an old business friend within twenty four hours of losing my nephew. 

Recovering is relative. 

Comment by Rosigami on March 27, 2017 at 7:07am

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Kosh.

Oh those tortoises! What beautiful carapaces they have! Your cats are wonderful. I can appreciate the difficulty photographing black cats, as I have one myself. And in terms of their behaviors and personalities- well part of their charm is how different each one is, and yet still cat-like.

Comment by Birdinhand on March 27, 2017 at 1:18pm

I haven't been to D.C.

The historical things would be interesting, but not the Spirit of St. Louis. Anyway not to me. Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathizer I thought.

I know Roosevelt sure thought so.

Comment by nanatehay on March 27, 2017 at 1:30pm

I'm sorry about your nephew, Kosh. Your boy too... there are no words.

Great pix here, nicely done even if you didn't use a BBC. I'll second Rosi on the tortoise shells, the patterns and illumination on those are just fantastic. The cats too, I love 'em all and now I'm missing my own kitties, but are you sure you weren't trippin' when that dress looked at you?

Comment by koshersalaami on March 27, 2017 at 3:47pm

Lindbergh was absolutely a Nazi sympathizer, but I doubt he was aware of them in 1927 when he flew the Spirit of St. Louis. Looking at that thing you realize what kind of guts it took. The damned thing doesn't even have a front window, just solid instruments. He had to look out the side window. Of course, there wasn't much to crash into, but there wasn't an easy way to get rescued if he went down either. 

Nan, 
Can you see the face on the dress? Are you tripping at the moment?

I posted about my nephew. It occurred to me recently that you might not know about my son - I don't remember my interactions with you relative to that. It happened when we were still on OS, in January of 2012. I've posted about him so many times that I wrote an index post that links to them all. 

I don't own a BBC because I don't shlep one and because I've never developed as a photographer. My wife's the BBC photographer in the family. Any time we're on a trip and it malfunctions for some reason, she goes nuts, kind of like I do when there's something way wrong with a musical instrument I use often. 

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