Two new episodes of Simon’s Cat

I have a stack of stuff that I could write about today, but for once I don’t feel like writing about anything. It’s a big mess out there, there’s precious little any of us can do to fix things, or so I think, and it’s dispiriting. Politicians are making big noises about how we will not stand for terrorism, but offer no solutions. And everybody is using this episode to promote their favorite ideas, and I sometimes feel I’m among them.  That all pales in the face of the 50 young people whose lives will never be fulfilled.

I’ll try to leaven my mood by posting two new-ish episodes of Simon’s Cat.


“Fast track”

“Muddy paws”


  1. Posted June 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Yes, this is a gloomy day even if it isn’t Friday the 13th. Why not go for a walk, and hopefully find that sweet tuxedo tabby you petted yesterday?

    Keep your chin up.

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    And what about me? I have a cold and have to spend $1000 for critter damage to my radiator. 🙂

    • Posted June 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      Is this the oppression Olympics? 🙂

      • Posted June 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        If so, nobody will expect it when I show up with a scimitar-tossing watery bint….



        • pali
          Posted June 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

          “Next up we have Ben Goren, with his chief weapon of surprise and a watery bint… his TWO chief weapons of surprise, a watery bint, and a ruthless application of reason… his THREE chief weapons…”

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted June 14, 2016 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

          Spanish Practices, eh?

    • Posted June 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      I imagine the critter that damaged your radiator had a bad day too.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I found out it was a chipmunk so now I feel bad as it was probably one of the curious babies that have just come out. 😦

        • Posted June 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

          I have to ask. How does a chipmunk do $1000 of damage?

          Gives a new reason for my “I brake for squirrels” bumper sticker.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted June 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

            Crawled in between the radiator fan and the radiator and got stuck. Shorted out the fan and damaged the wiring.

            • rickflick
              Posted June 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

              I will pray for you.

              • infiniteimprobabilit
                Posted June 14, 2016 at 1:41 am | Permalink

                Maybe you should pray for the chipmunk. And the mechanic who had to remove it…


                (Umm, and extend sympathy to Diana too, of course)

              • Posted June 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

                And what about Joe Pesci? Isn’t it high time somebody prayed for him, too — or is he just chopped liver?



    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 14, 2016 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      The wife had her first puncture in the car – while I’m at the other end of the country.
      And I’ve told her for 3 years since she passed her driving test that “You need to learn how to change a wheel. It’s easy ; I’m lazy ; the tools in the boot which won’t require any more than one hand.”
      Nearly £50 for a mobile mechanic to change the wheel for her. Probably another £50 to get the tyre repaired or replaced. [SIGH]

      • Posted June 15, 2016 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        In the States, there’s a wonderful company, AAA, that provides a roadside assistance service. They’ll change tires, give you gas to make it to the next station, charge your battery, and tow you when it’s more serious. Their fees are most reasonable…

        …and it’s practically a must-have if you’ve got older, especially classic, cars.

        Just last week I was driving my parents’s 1955 VW Beetle in the middle of the afternoon when it was well over 100°F…when the engine cut out due to vapor lock.

        It’s typically no big deal…you just wait for everything to cool down and the car starts right up again, maybe with a bit more cranking than usual. But you have to wait for it to cool or else it’s not starting, no way no how.

        Problem was…it happened going up a small hill on a major thoroughfare shortly before a freeway onramp, and with a concrete barrier preventing you from getting out of the travel lanes.

        So…a call to AAA, a slightly nerve-wracking short period of time waving idiots around the car stopped in the road, a short tow home, and the car fires right up after we unload it from the truck.

        That service call right there more than paid for my membership dues….




        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted June 15, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

          The equivalent in the UK – “AA” or “RAC” was about £60/year last time I looked. The insurance to cap the call out cost is £27/year, IIRC.

          That service call right there more than paid for my membership dues….

          Which is why I pay the insurance premium. (It”s a bundle with the regular car insurance.)

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted June 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

          We have the same thing in Canada but it’s called CAA.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I often feel the same way because the politicians are really good at creating problems but rarely solve any. Terrorism and mentally defective people have been around for a long time. The one thing we could do to greatly reduce the killing is to eliminate the guns that allow people of all orders to do it. Just forget about the idiots who don’t know how to interpret history or amendments and get rid of the guns. That would be all assault type rifles and all hand guns. No ownership and no sales. This is the only realistic answer.

    If you were a terrorist in 1787 in Philadelphia and you wanted to do some mass killing, would you manage that with a gun available at the time?

  4. John
    Posted June 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    What perplexes me is why everyone goes into overdrive appeasing and whitewashing the doctrinal violence that comprises all of Islam, as if all thes non muslims understand Islam better than anyone else. Why the denial?

    • Leigh Jackson
      Posted June 14, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      Blackwashing good, whitewashing bad? I’ll rev you up a notch. The problem is not the whole of Islam; the problem is the whole-damn human race. The problem is human nature.

      Which is not to say that making it more difficult to get hold of weapons of mass murder wouldn’t be a step in the right direction.

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