Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Turning and Learning

If my fiancee Liz was not on a trip with our camera, I would have snapped a picture of Arthur tugging at the door knob on the front door last night or Beowulf trying to pull the knob on the hall closet this evening. For the past few days, the two of them have been leading against both the front door and the closet door, meowing up at something, and then reaching their paws up to try to turn the knob.

Fortunately, the front door is always locked and the closet door knob is actually just a handle that can't be turned. However, I'm starting to feel like I did the first time I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey and I saw the scene where the first ape picks up a bone and decides to use it as a weapon. They are trying to learn to turn a door knob. It may not be long before they successfully open another door, the door to the bedroom.

Heavily-Photoshopped Season's Greetings

This was actually my family's holiday card for last year, but this year we just haven't had time to send one. Anyway, this is kinda corny, but I thought you might get a chuckle from it. We don't have a real Menorah or Christmas tree in our house, because the boys would probably destroy either one.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Sins of the Father

To put things mildly, my fiancee Liz hates it when the boys walk on our diningroom table. I'm not as concerned about the table as I am about other surfaces, like the kitchen counter, but I do try to keep them off the table when I see them there, particularly while I'm eating. I certainly don't want them coming up there and tasting messing with my food.

However, on Saturday morning, Beowulf jumped up on the table as I was eating my breakfast and, rather than investigating my food, he just sat there and purred. I have to admit that I couldn't resist petting him while I ate and I even stuck my arm out so he could hold onto it. Liz is going to kill me when she reads this.

And what was Arthur doing while his brother sat on the forbidden table? He was just lying around watching.

My Crazy Million Dollar Idea

Every now and then, I come up with a wacky idea for a new business and then calm usually sets in and I realize it's not viable. However, I really want some feedback on today's idea: Pet Showers and Pet Registries.

This weekend, my fiancee Liz and I registered for wedding gifts at a couple of stores and it got me thinking. If people have showers for weddings and for new babys, what about new pets? And if people register for wedding gifts and baby gifts, why not create an online pet registry where people can register for gifts for pets they plan to adopt or just adopted. People would be able to throw actual shower parties for their new pets OR they could plan and execute an "online shower" OR they could just plain register so their friends and family can buy gifts they will need to get started with the new cat or dog (leashes, collars, litterboxes, toys, etc).

Forget for a second the myriad ways in which providing an online pet gift registry could turn a profit. Would you register for gifts for a new pet you adopted AND would you buy gifts for a friend's new pet if she registered?