Hydrox has earned himself some nicknames. We call him “Brick” or “The Brick”, because he’s so much heavier than his siblings. You pick up one of his siblings, and then pick him up, and practically throw your back out. He’s not large, though, he just seems to weigh a lot for his size, if that makes any sense. Sometimes I call him “Brick Brickman” – that’s the name he’ll use when he grows up to be a news anchor. And Fred calls him “Hydro X”, which will be his rapper name when he decides that reading the news isn’t the career he truly wants.
Sleepy baby. Keebler, I think – he and Blue (TimTam) have the same shaped eyes, so if I can’t see the paws (Blue is the only kitten without white paws in this litter), I’m not sure which kitten it is.
This is why Orange has a blue ear: when I was taking them in for their testing, I wrote down their names and identifying characteristics to make it easier for the vet’s office to enter them into the computer. The issue I had was that Pink has a splash of orange at the end of her right ear (though we think it looks pinkish-orange, thus her original name of “Pink”) and I thought it would be too confusing to say that one kitten had orange at the end of her ear, and then another kitten had orange nail polish on the end of her ear (which has pretty much worn off, anyway), so I colored her ear with blue Sharpie to make it easier.
Of course, Blue started off with a dab of blue nail polish on the end of her ear, but that wore off and I replaced it with a dab of yellow nail polish because the blue was hard to see against her darkish ear. So we have Orange, with a blue ear, and Blue with a yellow ear. It drives Fred crazy, because it’s a bit confusing. But I know who’s who, and that’s what’s important, right?
“Goooooood evening, Brick Brickman here, reporting live from the stairs next to the bed. Earlier today, tragedy struck when young kitten Milano – also known as “Pink” – ate too much too quickly, and vomited all over these stairs. Join us in a few minutes as we examine the stains left behind and discuss with Dr. Elwood Grayfur the proper procedure for stuffing your face with food when you are a young kitten with a somewhat sensitive stomach. First, though, the weather, brought to you by Violet Beauregard, and sponsored by FreshStep cat litter, the litter that may be super dusty but really controls the litterbox stank!”
“Thanks, Brick. According to the view out the window, it looks like it’s cloudy with a chance of SQUIRREL! SQUIRREL! I AM GOING TO CATCH THAT SQUIRREL AND EAT IT PARDON ME WHILE I POUND ON THE WINDOW WITH MY PAWS. ::CHATTER::CHATTER::CHATTER::”
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Tonight in the Kittenlympics, Veruca Salt ran from one end of the hall to the other in .12 seconds, which as I’m sure you all know is not only a personal record, but a Crooked Acres all-time record. It didn’t hurt, I’m sure, that Jake was on her tail the entire way. Veruca is a fierce competitor, and has been heard to say that no stinky boy is going to beat her. In the long jump, I myself was the winner – I jumped from the bed to the recliner, back to the bed, and made an attempt at the top of the bookcase. I didn’t make it, but I got to the third shelf before it was clear I wasn’t going to make it to the top and had to abort the attempt, ending up atop the dresser. As always, Augustus “Gus” Gloop won the napping portion of the Kittenlympics by curling up in the top of the cat tower and not moving one single whisker for six hours and fourteen minutes. That takes stamina, willpower, and one sleepy cat. I have Gus here in the studio with me. Gus! What’s your secret?”
2008: No entry.
2007: TOO MANY CATS UP IN THIS HOUSE.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.