Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Spring cleaning panic

Spring cleaning continues. Hey, it is spring in the southern hemisphere, okay?! I finished up my computer desk (scary!), and tackled the electronics cabinet, managing to fill up a large bag with e-waste to haul to the recycling company today. While cleaning up my desk, I found an unopened utility bill and promptly panicked -- "OMG, they're going to turn my lights off!" I opened it up and sure enough, it was due on July 27. So I grumpily pulled up my online banking to pay them (and hoping my cash got there before my lights got turned off) and... hold it. I already paid them on July 23? Then what's this bill?! I looked more closely and it said... erm... July 2008.

Sigh. Tells you how long it's been since I cleaned off my computer desk.

While starting on the electronics cabinet I pulled down the shoeboxes full of old bills from 2003-2004 (which got re-filed into a file storage box to go to storage -- WTF do I need with 5 year old bills anyhow?!) and relocated tins full of USB and Firewire cables to that location. Before the tins got there, however, The Mighty Fang did. And that ridiculous cat found himself a mighty catch indeed... you may not be able to see it clearly here, but he's munching on a rubber band.

Yes, a rubber band. That stupid cat loves to chew on rubber bands. And the results at the other end are hilarious when he does, so I snatched the rubber band away as soon as I realized what he was doing and tossed it into a secure trash bin. So here is the Investigator of Open Cabinets in his full rubber band chewing glory...

-- Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin


  1. What is it about cats and Rubber bands ? Kinda like my dogs and wood , especially with bark on it . A house full of dog toys and they bring in a piece of wood and leave bark shreds all over the floor and couch . I figure they are recharging their Bark , does that mean cats chewing rubber bands are recharging their bounce ?
    a curious w3ski

  2. It's not just rubber bands. It's anything made out of rubber. I pulled a spare inner tube out of a box once to put in my bicycle. Except there was big chunks missing -- TMF had managed to get into that box and chew major holes into that inner tube.

    Yeah, I guess cats do recharge their bounce that way, lol! But it definitely isn't good for them. A cat turd dangling by a piece of rubber band from the ass of a cat doesn't exactly help the general hygiene of the household :).

    - Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

  3. Yea , my dogs swallow long strings out of thier knotted rope toys . I know your pain .

  4. The more I learn about other peoples' pets, the gladder I am that I have grandchildren.

    JzB the gray-haired old trombonist

    WV: vaterstr - Darth vader's sister?

  5. Jazz, grandchildren can chew on just as many interesting things as cats and dogs can, and more, since they are capable of entering cabinets without the assistance of their hoomins (that whole thumbs thing). The only advantage of grandchildren is that they go home at the end of the day, while cats and dogs are *already* home :-).

    - Badtux the Snarky Penguin

  6. It's still winter in this hemisphere, mate. Spring starts Sept. 1 here. (Yeah, it's weird -- Aussies don't measure seasons by solstices and equinoxes...)

  7. It's EARLY spring cleaning then, one month early. Better than four months late, right? :).

    - Badtux the Early Penguin


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