Thursday, November 18, 2010

Morning Report, November 18, 2010

Mandarin, Rosenquist, Nico, Fuji, Trinidad, Felix, Honey Bunny, Horsey and Pickles ate this morning.

Pickles is a new cat that is actually not a street cat. She lives across the street with some new neighbors, but I guess she likes the food we put out. She's a pretty cat - a Manx with a silver-gray coat and a pleasant and playful disposition. I think she's pretty young, less than two years I'd say.

And Buster came to eat yesterday evening. He was waiting under a neighbor's truck when I got home from work. I don't know if he's been back at our house to eat for several weeks. He's been eating regularly at Pat's house around the corner and we hadn't seen him at our house. It was nice seeing Buster again. He looked good!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Overnight Lows Kick Ass

Overnight Lows at the Parlor during SXSW 2009. These guys don't travel down to Austin often enough and I need a fix. I may have to take a road trip to their parts soon. If you give a rat's ass about rock n roll, go see them if they play your town, buy their records, CDs and t-shirts and buy them a beer or two or three.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Morning Report, October 2, 2010

Mandarin, Rosenquist, Nico, Trinidad, Honey Bunny, Horsey, Felix and the new guy, we’re calling Buster for now, showed up for feeding this morning. It’s super nice outside right now, with temperatures in the low to mid 60°s. We made it through another summer. I brought Fuji in so Anne could give her medicine to her. She stayed out last night for the first time in a few days. She does not like being inside, but didn’t seem to mind too much when I brought her in. She ate and went directly to sleep.

Buster’s name may change if we can come up with another good one, assuming he keeps coming by regularly. Another feral boy, Bronx, disappeared after being pretty regular for about a month earlier this year. We got him neutered, checked out and had him vaccinated back in April. He continued to come by to eat for about a week after we released him after his procedure, then he disappeared. We had just lost Bucky (I'm still heartbroken about him) and were a bit distraught about Bronx vanishing too. We did see him about a week later and he looked OK, but not since then. Fortunately, I came home for lunch about a week ago and saw Bronx about a block and a half away, just hanging out in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. I was ecstatic! One of the residents there takes care of a number of cats and he may have joined that crew. He looked good – his coat is in good shape and he was moving well, so yeah!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Chaos from Tejas

Here are some more clips from Chaos In Tejas this past May. Another vid from the Marked Men show at Emo's and one from later that same evening, the Riverboat Gamblers down the street at Beerland:

"Someday" and "Fix My Brain"

"I can't get these thoughts out of my head"

Gamblers kickin' it old school . . . three songs from Something To Crow About

"I think we're gonna need a bigger boat"

Amazing to think we got to see both of these bands on the same night. Holy shit boys and girls, I don't if the stars have ever aligned with such cosmic rock n roll power as on that night. It was, to say the least, an unforgettable evening. I am one lucky mother fucker.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chaos in Tejas

Chaos in Tejas last week. Marked Men are always amazing.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Morning Report, May 4, 2010

Honey Bunny

Mandarin, Little Brother, Rosenquist, Nico, Fuji, Trinidad, Honey Bunny, Horsey and Bronx ate this morning.  It was good to see Bronx again - we hadn't seen him since we released him from our care last Wednesday evening after his vaccinations and neutering.  Brooklyn also came by at some point as I saw him walking off from our driveway and yard. 

Still no sign of Bucky.  The food in the storm drains was gone, which is good.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bucky Boy

Still no sign of Bucky Boy.  We'll continue putting food and water in the storm drains where he would go and are still hopeful he's alive somewhere.  The food is getting eaten, but this could be raccoons, possums or other cats.  We're trying to stay optimistic, but I have resigned myself to the possibility that we might not see him again - and I'm heartbroken about it. 

But I'm still hopeful . . .

What happened to you big boy? 
♥♥♥♥ forever, Sweetie.


Friday, April 30, 2010

Hang in there, Bucky

Bucky got into some kind of trouble last Saturday or Saturday night, possibly a bad fight. He was acting a little odd at evening feeding that night and then didn't show up all day on Sunday. We found him hunkering down in a nearby storm drain Monday evening and dropped some food and water into it. I saw him the next morning (Tuesday) walking stiffly across the street, where he went into the storm drain on our side of the street.

Bucky was putting weight on all of his legs, but he was moving with some difficulty. He had no visible or obvious wounds or external injuries that I could see, but a bite wound is hard to see unless you can get real close or they lose hair around the injured area.

We've been putting food and water in the storm drain where we first saw him and the food is gone each day. It could be raccoons or other cats eating the food, but Bucky could be eating it if he is still hiding the drain while he heals (hopefully he's healing). We haven't found him anywhere else yet and have looked just about everywhere he could be.

Hang in there, Bucky.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Morning Report, February 23, 2010

Mandarin, Little Brother, Rosenquist, Nico, Fuji, Trinidad, Honey Bunny, Felix and Horsey ate this morning. Bucky didn't show and he may be laying low until it dries up a bit or until he gets hungrier. He doesn't like cold, wet weather. He was present along with everyone else yesterday evening.

Speaking of cold, wet weather, it snowed briefly this morning. Big flakes too. It's too warm to stick now, but we may get more later today. Everyone's ready to freak out about it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Rock rock rock!

Gerard Cosloy and Matador Records recently organized a big event in Austin that took place at my second home Beerland, Casual Victim Pile. The showcases featured mostly local (but not exclusively Austin) bands that he and they think are interesting and worthy of attention. "Casual Victim Pile" is an anagram of the phrase "live music capital" that is sometimes used in conjunction with mentions about ATX.

Here's a couple of clips from nights #1 and #3 of the CVP shows, Follow That Bird! (Austin) and Bad Sports (Denton/Austin):

Follow That Bird! is doing some great stuff these days - more clips of them on the way.

Oh my friggin' gawd! These guys tear the shit up! More outrageous vids from this show and another BS did this past Friday (2/19) coming soon.

Whooooaaaa! And I don't mean stop.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Morning Report, February 21, 2010

Mandarin, Little Brother, Rosenquist, Nico, Bucky, Fuji, Honey Bunny, Trinidad, Horsey and Felix ate this morning. Felix is new to the group. He actually belongs to a friend who lives around the corner but eats at our house twice a day. Our other new guy, Cyrus was found to have a bad injury from earlier in his life. It couldn't be fixed and we had to euthanize him last month, poor guy. I'm still heartbroken about it. Rest in peace Cyrus, I love you pretty boy.

Here's a clip of some of the guys hanging out:

Rosy and Nico (curly tail) hanging out in our back yard, Simon and Tiger lounging in the house. Tiger Boy isn't black but he wanted to be included. Max and Aleksei also appear briefly in the background of the closing scene.

Mosquitoes are always bad in September when the outside clip was shot (recorded 9/20/09).

We think Rosenquist and Nico may be brothers from different litters. They started showing up together a couple of years ago and were inseparable while Nico was an adolescent cat. He was about half of Rosy’s size when we first saw them and initially, we thought Nico was Rosy’s kitten. We soon found out Rosy was a male and changed his formal name to Rosenquist after the painter James Rosenquist. We can still call him Rosy when we want to.

Nico is a lot more independent now that hes an adult, but they still hang out together on a regular basis and sleep in the same general area during cold nights. They do have quite different personalities. Rosy is pretty comfortable with our attention (he doesn’t like the camera though) and loves to get a good petting. Nico on the other hand is very skittish with us or other people and will take off if he senses that we’re focused on him and we get too close. I don’t think Ive ever touched him. You can walk close by sometimes as long as you don’t make eye contact.

Nico gets into fights with other cats semi-regularly and every few months he turns up with an injured foot or leg. Fortunately, he's been able to recover from these on his own since we're not able to administer medicine to him very easily. As he gets older, we hope he'll get more laid back like Rosenquist who almost never gets into trouble.