Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Unexpected Company

Landing in Milwaukee

I'm in Wisconsin right now visiting friends. On Friday I head to Rhode Island to, again, visit friends and play games all weekend long.

I flew into Milwaukee around 4:45 PM and my friend picked me up. From there we went to see a play that was premiering at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee today (Oedipus Rex; good, but slightly over acted on the part of Oedipus).

That night, while getting ready for bed, I needed to head to the restroom to brush my teeth. (The last time I visited friends I didn't brush my teeth the first night and woke up with a horrendous feeling in my mouth; since then I've always brushed my teeth before bed.) I collected my things and went to the facilities. Closing the door behind me, I noticed there was a black cat with white paws perched on the toilet. Looking to my immediate right, a bright calico cat

Beat it; I was here first

was sitting in the middle of the sink, directly under the faucet, looking at me as if to say, "Excuse me, I'm napping here." I grew up with cats, but I've never seen them hang out in a bathroom. They didn't appear to be eager to leave, so I closed the door and did my thing.

When I went to take the cat out of the sink so that I could turn on the faucet and brush my teeth, the cat put up quite a fuss. Apparently she didn't want to leave the sink. At the same time, I didn't want to brush my teeth and spit on someone else's cat -- it doesn't seem like something a good house guest does. I decided that common courtesy outweighed the cat's preference and removed the cat as it meow'd in annoyance. While brushing my teeth, the cats continued to roll playfully on the floor or simply stare at me in fascination; one began purring for no discernible reason.

It was unexpected company, and it reminded me that I love cats and really wish I had one. A dog would be nice, too.

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