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.
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.