Friday, September 28, 2007

RIP C-fer Cat

He came into our lives at the end of October 1998 and was struck and killed by a car near the end of September 2007.

So, for very nearly nine years, he was our pet.


C-fer Cat.

A silly name, I know. But then, C-fer was just that kind of cat: Silly. Funny. Sometimes moody. Always affectionate.

You know - a cat.

A cat who was great at catching mice but had the nasty habit of eating the top halves of them and leaving the rest for me to dispose of. A cat who was great at catching birds even though we put a bell on his collar so that he couldn’t. It didn’t matter: he learned to move so that the bell didn’t ring. We tried two bells – didn’t matter. C-fer was nothing if not determined. Finally we just took the bells off.

A nice neighbour saw what happened: a red car zoomed around the corner and struck him. The neighbour said there’s no way the driver didn’t know what happened but the driver didn’t stop. The nice neighbour put C-fer in a box and returned him to us.

There wasn’t a mark on him. I think he died instantly. But then, I need to think that.

He was still warm when we wrapped him in a shroud and buried him in the back-yard with a toy mouse to keep him company. Trish put a stone on his grave; I scratched his name on the stone. We all cried.

Good-bye C-fer. Thank you for being my friend.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Perfect Mistake

Okay - here's the back story: In July, I was on a family camping trip and I wrote this song - The Perfect Mistake.

I decided that I'd like our church band (SEGUE - I'm the drummer) to do this song so I threw together a demo of it so that I could teach it to the rest of the band.

I uploaded an MP3 of the demo and asked several people to comment - the comments were very positive; not just about the song itself but even about the demo (which, I must admit, surprised me because I didn't spend a great deal of time preparing the demo since it was only meant to be instructional and in no way a finished product.)

So I decided to add some video to the demo and upload it to my 'youtube' account and that brings us to here. I hope you enjoy it.

And, just for fun, here's a list of items supposedly invented by mistake:

Sticky Notes
Implantable Pacemakers
Potato Chips
Nitrous Oxide
Tea Bags
Air Conditioners
Purple Glass
Vulcanized Rubber
Microwave Ovens
Bubble Wrap

"Mistakes are the portals for discovery."
- James Joyce