Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pussy Magnet

There's just something about my apartment that draws all sorts of random cats to it. Inevitably, they try to move in. It isn't just my place, but the other 3 apartments have experienced this phenonmenon as well. Gigi, a frisky neighbor's cat, would often hang out with the dog downstairs after having flirted her way through everyone's else's vacinity. The cat next door can often be found on our steps, and a black & orange calico is in the habit of storming my front door when I get home.

Last Saturday night/Sunday morning, I dragged myself home with a migraine after a DJ gig at about 3:30 in the morning and somehow got to sleep soon after. But a little "Mew! Mew!" woke me up about 6am. I shut my windows, wanting to have no part of whatever cute kitten was in distress outside, because if a cute kitten was in distress outside, it was gonna wind up in my apartment before long. But it turned out it was already in my apartment, sorta. It was on the landing outside my hallway in my laundry room. Luckily for me, it had a collar, name and phone number... so not completely lost.

She was a little black and white short hair, prone to purring, named Anita. I picked her up and said, "Listen, I'm really tired, so I need you to be quiet so I can get some sleep. We'll hang later." She was quiet. The next afternoon, my neighbor called: "Is that your cat on the landing?" She was still there, and very happy to see me. And she stayed there till about Tuesday afternoon.My roommate and I probably played with her more than our cats appreciated. We also made her a little bed and left her some food and water. She was a fun little thing. I had called her owner's number, but got a "memory full" message, so I figured they must be on vacation or something.

After talking with the neighbors, it turned out the cat had been crashing in the building for about a week. Buncha softy cat people, we are...

This Friday night as I was getting out of my car, a woman approached me and asked me if I had seen a little black & white cat. I said, "Anita?" She said, "Yes! I've been looking for her all night; she got out last night." "You mean she got out a week ago." The woman said, "I've been housesitting and, well, you know how cats get out." "No, I haven't seen her, but if I do I'll bring her by."

Saturday morning rolled around and my parents were in town. The Sunset Junction Street Fair was just kicking off for the weekend, so we decided to check it out. We were heading towards Sunset and I was telling them about Anita when there she was, running straight for me, all "Mew! Mew!" and everything.

So I picked her up and walked her over to her house. As I did, a family in a Volvo drove up. The dad got out and said, "You doing a little catnapping?" "Well, not unless it's necessary," I replied. I told him how I was just bringing her home because I'd heard she had escaped again. "Oh, well, we're housesitting, and we hoped to have her back before they got home."

"You're housesitting?" My mom said. "Yes," replied the man. "Well, you're doing a horrible job." "What?" he said. "This cat could have been hit by a car or eaten by coyotes and it's not even yours. Are they actually paying you for this? Because I wouldn't!" Then my mom did an old lady style "harumph" noise which caused this guy to go completely red. I handed him Anita and said, "Maybe you'd better keep an eye on her till the real owners get back." He didn' answer, but we also haven't seen Anita again.

I guess the moral of this story is keep your cats locked up when in Silverlake, or they will wind up at my house. And you'll run the risk of getting bitched out by my mom. Trust me, that sucks.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Seven Inch Special

This show was all about seven inches of hard black vinyl. Go:

Little Radio Playlist 8/17/06

Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
Whenever You're On My Mind - Marshall Crenshaw
No Matter What - Badfinger
Human Fly - The Cramps
Kiasu - Celia Mancini
The Crying Room - The Ghost Club
Theme From mantrap - ABC
Let Me Down Easy - Betty Lavette
Gambler's Game - The Nightcaps
Bim Bam Baby - The Useless Playboys
Raleigh - Arcwelder
Gaskrankinstation - Headless Chickens
Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
Girls - Inspector Double Negative & the Equal Positives
Pocket Calculator - Kraftwerk
Ain't No Easy Way - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Tupelo - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Wicked - Twilight Singers
Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
Web In Front - Archers of Loaf
Stereo - Pavement
Going Down to Liverpool - The Bangles
Hideaway - Comet Gain
Love Plus One - Haircut 100
Tar Moochers - Throwing Muses
Golden Brown - The Stranglers
Here Comes Everybody - Autolux
The Light Pours Out of Me - Magazine
Boychucker - Rocket From the Crypt
Lazy Line Painter Jane - Belle & Sebastian

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Name That Tune

Zee playlist (and there is only a tiny bit of French):

Little Radio A Go Go: 8/10/2006

Interstate 5 - The Wedding Present
Wooden Floor - David Kilgore
Lily & Parrots - Sun Kil Moon
Mainstreet Crush - The Takeover U.K.
Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet
Black Cat - Broadcast
Sacre Frances - Dimitri From Paris
Put Yourself in My Place - Jan Panter
He's A Mover - Nikki & the Corvettes
Glycerine Queen - Suzi Quatro
Annie's Gone - Redd Kross
Mommy's Little Monster - Social Distortion
Collapse / Ultra Mega - Mr. Lif
Ego Trippin' - Nikki Giovanni
Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
Born In 69 - Rocket From the Crypt
You Ain't Woman Enough - Loretta Lynn
Poor Ellen Smith - Kristin Hersh
Wet Blanket - The Chills
When My Baby's Beside Me - Big Star
Inside of Me - The Starlight Mints
Summoning of the Muse - Dead Can Dance
In My Room - Yaz
Telephone Operator - Pete Shelley
Don't Bring Me Down - ELO
Milez Iz Ded - Afghan Whigs
Crowd Pleaser - Lion Fever
Persephone - Cocteau Twins
Confusion Boats - John Vanderslice
Do the Whirlwind - Architecture in Helsinki
Answering Machine - The Replacements

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ashes to Ashes

The BFF wanted me to point out the most valuable of all Star Wars collectibles out there right now, and I have to agree... It's quite special.

-In case you can't read the fine print: OWEN LARS AND AUNT BERU (CHARRED)