are is: information junkie, gadget freak, music
lover(s), online game-addict, classical and church-piano player,
computer nerd, applications developer and trainer, pain
psychologist, Mensa-dropout, racquetball (ex-squash) player, Goth,
bombastic and Hollywood Metal fan (disagreement exists here between
various factions but we have not come to
blows...yet), red-with-black stripe Tae Kwon Do drop-out (hate
to hit people and hate even more getting sweaty) prog rock lover
from way back, dreaming-of-floundering, ballroom dancers, owner of
146 Tangerine Dream CDs, cats named Gizmo and Priscilla [Cica
(Tzitza)] no longer comes indoors - she is outnumbered by friendly
cats], also, sorry, Gracie left a while ago - she kept scaring the
poor Chow-Husky mix, avid readers of mysteries, bodice-rippers,
Sci-Fi, Stephen King novels, and know every line of every Andy
Griffith Show, ex-jazz piano player, and.... anyway, it's up to
the reader to decide who is who.
working on describing some of the stuff we are into.
Meanwhile, I'll just start a list...
On the right is Gizmo. He is a big, fluffy, utterly
benign, adolescent tomcat (kinda - he got fixed) - he is a Ragdoll,
a breed renown for its gentility, people-attachment (he
actually looks at your face when you talk to him - and I can make
him run away by thinking bad thoughts - I ain't kidding),
personality, and sense of humor. He follows wherever you go. He is
very quiet, even his meow is barely audible. Hates to be by
himself, so we got him a sister, whose face you see
peeking through the branches of our Christmas tree at the top
of the page. At the time I took that picture, Priscilla (on the
left), was a teeny-tiny little kitty who, get this, liked to
take showers and fetch little shiny balls. Ten months later she
still does, even tho' she now is a big fluffy cat in her own right.
So RaRa filmed her and sent the film to Animal Planet. We
are still waiting for our $10,000 First Prize. She looks like the
Phantom of the Opera, 'cose one half of her face is black with white
whiskers and white eye-whiskers, while the other is white-on-white.
RaRa thinks she looks like Orca. Guess who is the more dangerous
person in our household. Cats in our household learn early in their
career with us that the best way to enjoy life is to become
passive-passive. That is, go utterly limp when you get picked up and
not try to run away, because you WILL get petted, fondled, squeezed,
and bent. Don't know about mutilated or
If you want to learn about Ragdolls, click on the following
I did mention that,
until these guys, I never liked cats, didn't I?
Although I got graduate
degrees (two) from FSU, I consider it my alma mater. California
State University at Los Angeles, where I got my Bachelor's, was, for
me, a very utilitarian university. I am thankful for the
opportunity, but I have little emotional allegiance to it.
Go ' Noles!
So, combining our love for
ballroom dancing and our devotion to FSU (several family members
have degrees from there - at leat two of them doctorates) I
recommend visiting the FSU Ballroom Dance Club site: