Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Cat vs. Dog

The universal question: 'Which pet do you prefer, cat or dog?' Unfortunately, I've never been able to give a straight answer. I have never been able to definitely pick one cute, furry animal over the other. Partly because I have a family that owns both animals. Mainly because I never bothered to give it much thought. Since being home (without a job), I've had lots of time to spend with both pets. I've now come to a definitive answer. Since it's me typing this post, I'm going to hold off revealing my response until I've commenced with much verbiage.

I'll give my view on each of the two pets along with some observations I've made. I've randomly decided that cats will be the first to be examined. First things first, I originally declared myself a cat lover over dogs. They don't poo where ever they want. They tend to keep themselves clean. They aren't prone to slobber over your brand new vest. They also have that mystery about them where you always ponder what they are thinking (kind of like girls). But then I also realized they are fiercely independant and can be sort of introverted. Though they still like to come around and let you know they love ya. They also seem to be highly intellengent animals.

My discovery, was that I think it's the kittens I adore. They are super playful. They are always curious. They are ultra cute. I'm getting a feeling that using words like 'cute' may once again have me forced to revoke my Manly Man Membership. I like kittens; maybe even love them. When they get older, they seem less likely to want to play. They tend to not mind if you're never in a close distance to them. Which does have the plus side of making them low maitenence.

Now, dogs are very different. They will poop wherever they want. They can start to stink. They don't tend to come off so intelligent. Low maintenence probably isn't the best way to describe them. But they sure like attention. As puppy dogs, they have all the playfulness, cuteness and curiosity(ness) of a kitten. Even when they get older, the playfulness seems to be there but just in shorter spurts. They don't tend to lose the need for attention or company. I definitely wouldn't classify dogs as introverts. They like the people.

Now, I know that some dogs don't fall under this category. Some cats can be full of affection at an older age. I love my cat but it would never allow for the cuddling and snuggling. On the other hand, the Scruffster (family dog) will follow you where you ago and loves to sit on the lap. Others may argue things are reverse for them. In my case, it isn't.

The truth is, I like affection and attention. I love to give it to others. Thus me and Scruffy have been best of pals of late. It's only strengthened my opinion of the doggies. Sure, she needs the maintenence and isn't going to win any Noble prizes. I probably never will wonder what she is thinking (answer is food). She has her charm. I sure appreciate having her to play with and walk during the day. I like her nestling up to me before we go to bed even if she probably doesn't like me rolling on top of her in my sleep. Of course, Storm (the cat) definitely has his plus sides. I like to play with him too until he scratches me to let me know it's introvert time. Plus his 'meow' sound more like 'whine'.

Maybe I relate to dogs more because I can be described the same way. Playful. Cute. Open book. Easily amused. Furry. Drools. Uh. . . that's enough. But yes, I finally have an answer to the question. Dog or cat? Ruff Ruff!!!

Monday, October 03, 2005

World of Monkey Island

During my early teen years, there was one computer gaming series that wasted my time more then any other, the Secret of Monkey Island(1&2). Then of course, my early 20s arrived and it was wasted by the third and fourth installment. What wasn't there to love? It had pirates, monkies, humour and grog!!! I'm not sure what grog is exactly and I'm sure that I never actually would want to drink it; but it is in the game thus it deseve three proceding exclamation points!!! Anyway, it was very much an addictive game. Took up time that may have been better used studying or bettering my life. Because of it, I know a lot of historically inaccurate facts about Pirates. I have a very distorted view of what the Carribean was like during that time period. You can't get that from text books, now can you?

Anyway, my little sister has now found this delightful series and has started to re-play all 4 of them. It has now got me in the mood to relive my life as Guybrush Threepwood, pirate wannabe extraordinaire.

I'm sure there has to be at least one other person out there that remembers this series and cracks a smile when I mention it. So, why not enjoy it's adventures all over again?

In the wonderful and wasteful world of the internet, there is a website that is dedicated to this little, pirate game franchise. It is entitled none other than the World of Monkey Island. It has many different features all devoted to this silly game. Check it out if you are a fellow lover. Or even check it out if you've decided you'd like to waste a few minutes of your life. Shive me timbers!!!!