Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cat in the city

Yeah yeah yeah, I'm a cat lady. I didn't mean to be this person. I mean I'm not this person. I mean I'm not the person I seem. I mean... let me explain. I am a cat lady but I don't squeal things like "aw wook at pwetty wittle kitty!", I don't refer to myself as any animal's "Mommy", I don't have a shelf of cat-inspired chotchkies. I'm not a crazy cat lady, just a lady with two cats.

The confusion comes (where you might think I'm that kind of cat lady) in the promise I made when Pippi and Ella joined my household. I swore that I'd give them great lives, and one day it occurred to me that they may not think being indoors all day was great. Since I obviously wasn't going to let them run willy nilly around South Philly, I bought a cat leash. Ella wanted nothing to do with it at all, but Pippi (after adjusting to having the harness on) was all for it, so we hit the streets and cafes of Philadelphia together. Who am I to deny my friend a walk to the park?

Anyway, here's a couple pics from our most recent walk where Pippi met some dogs, cowered in fear from a bird, and tried to eat my chocolate cake at a cafe.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Portraits of past

My friend Andy just tagged me in a facebook note and as it's 3 am and I'm avoiding certain responsibilities I caved in and decided to do it. I also unearthed some old photos of me from highschool, and I now present the entire thing to you.

Here are my 15 favorite albums from September of my freshman year to June of my senior year in no particular order:

1) One King Down- Bloodlust Revenge
2) Gorilla Biscuits- Start Today
3) Converge - When Forever Comes Crashing
4) Dystopia- Human = Garbage
5) Boy Sets Fire- The Day the Sun Went Out
6) Ten Yard Fight- Back On Track
7) Floorpunch- Twin Killing
8) Minor Threat's discography
9) Indecision- Unorthodox
10) Ink And Dagger- Drive This 7" Wooden Stake Through My Philadelphia Heart
11) Morning Again- My Statement Of Life In A Dying World
12) Bloodlet- Entheogen
13) Shai Hulud- A Profound Hatred of Man
14) Ire- I Discern An Overtone Of Tragedy In Your Voice
15) 25 Ta Life- Keepin It Real

Though I have to say, 15 was a very limiting number and I left some cr00sh records out. I played Cave In's Beyond Hypothermia, Coalesce's Give Them Rope, and Hot Water Music's Finding the Rhythms almost daily. Man Is The Bastard's DIY CD was a constant in my life starting in 8th grade. And let's not even talk 7"s (save for the 2 I haaaaad to list), comps (NYHC The Way It Is!!!), or mixed tapes. Wahh! I don't like numbered lists!

And here is me when these records were the soundtrack (and main concern) of my life. Age 14 and 15.