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Friday, August 06, 2004

Black Cats, Crossroads, and Friday the 13th

I got a new kitty, a rescued/abandoned 9 month old. He is shiny black, with a star on his throat and a crescent moon on his belly. I named him Emo.

I called Animal Trustees of Austin to get an appointment to get him neutered. Don't get me started about people who refuse to spay or neuter their pets. When they are in Hell hanging by the nuts from the intestines of all the abandoned kittens and puppies they are responsible for, they won't think I was harsh.

As Luck would have it, the first possible date for me to get my kitty fixed is this coming Friday the 13th! The lady setting the date chuckled about that. Here is what LM (LoverMan) said: "Castrating a black cat on Friday the 13th? ARE YOU MAD!??" All tongue-in-cheek, of course. LM is possibly the least superstitious person I know.

But am I poking a finger in the eye of Fate here? As a witch, I love superstitions, but I don't usually take them in the same way that the general public does.

The last time I encountered a black cat superstition was in fact on me and LM's first real date. He was giving me a ride back home from a show and a party, and it was very obvious that we liked each other very much. At a major Crossroads, a black cat ran across the streets in front of us! I think he asked me what that meant to me, and it just popped out of my mouth: "A black cat crosses your path, you make an important decision real fast. Like right now I am deciding whether or not to invite you in when we get to my house. Okay, I decided."

And it was one of the luckiest decisions I've ever made!


At 7:50 AM, Blogger dragonfly jenny said...

If anything sets off my superstition alarm, it would be naming a male black cat Emo. Doesn't this virtually guarantee that he will grow up to join one of those whiny boy rock bands that belt out dark, ponderous songs about "closure," and how life is no longer worth living since that mean girl spilled their decaf soy latte? Or does the name Emo have positive connotations I don't know about?

At 7:54 AM, Blogger dragonfly jenny said...

p.s. good on ya for doing the right thing and neutering him. I'm sad that my sweet Starshine cannot have ONE kitten, because I would love to add a starshine baby to my household in the next couple of years, but since there's no such thing as a cat that has ONE kitten in its lifetime, I didn't even consider not spaying my girl.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger princess poysen ivieee said...

Y'know, I am only vaguely aware of the genre of postpunk called emo, or emotional rock. Or emo-core. Not sure I would recognize it unless someone told me what it was. But I bet there is really good emocore, Dfly, the descriptions of the melodic aspects interest me.

I was more thinking about our love-to-hate-it punk rock bar, Emo's, which now I wonder if it is really named for some dude named Emo, or if emo-core and emo was what it is named for...???

At 5:51 PM, Blogger dragonfly jenny said...

aha, so it was THAT emo you had in mind.
That's cool, certainly better than naming your cat Bob Popular or Iron Cactus or Joe's Generic Bar or (Goddess forbid) Coyote Ugly! ;)


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