About a week ago the Neighborhood Watch issued an alert warning that a mountain lion had been spotted in the arroyo about 2 blocks east of Casa de Harper. I have never seen a mountain lion in the wild, if one can call a residential neighborhood ‘the wild’. I am not particularly eager to remedy that.
Last night, at sunset, I took Harper for a walk. My favorite part of our usual route is the stone path. It is actually a sidewalk but it runs for a few blocks along a river of stones; no water. I like it because it is quiet and usually offers great views of the sunrise and sunset.
As we made the turn and started walking west I saw a mountain lion crossing the stones. (The picture above is not the cat I saw.) I could tell it was a cat by the way it moved. At first, I was concerned because I thought it was a house cat that had gotten loose. One never sees domestic cats outdoors here because of the coyotes. As I continued to walk toward it, however, I realized it was farther away than I first thought (Hooray!) and it was larger than any house cat I’d ever seen. It was about Harper’s size. Deciding that running-away-while-screaming-like-a-little-girl was the best part of valor, we reversed course and took the long way around to the park. To the best of my knowledge, Harper has never seen a cat, of any kind. I think we’ll choose a smaller one for her first introduction.
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Probably everyone who cares has already seen it but I thought the opening of Sunday night’s Tony awards was the best production number I have ever seen; certainly head & shoulders above anything I’ve ever seen on an awards show. The staging was beyond lavish, the choreography was impressive, the lyrics were witty and Neil Patrick Harris’ performance was nothing short of amazing.
An item reported in the Daily Mail in the U.K has manufactured some controversy suggesting that Harris used ‘the N-word’ in the section that included Mike Tyson. How ridiculous! The word still sounds like “bigger” to me in hearing it again; a word he says repeatedly throughout the number. I cannot believe the writers would have scripted something so offensive in a nationally televised event. I can’t believe reporters at the Daily Mail is so stupid they think the 8-minute production number included improvisation by the singer though I may be wrong about that. Perhaps they are that stupid. I’d also like to think Mr. Tyson might have reacted in some way had he heard it said in rehearsals, or on stage in the performance. Neil Patrick Harris responded to the charge today tweeting; “Really, Daily Mail?!? The N-word? That’s your story?!? I would NEVER be so disrespectful and frankly, neither should you.”
Every link I have found of the broadcast has been pulled as soon as it is posted based on copyright complaints by CBS so I can’t include a link but, if you have not seen it, look for it. I am sure it will be available again shortly…somewhere.
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Today would have been my mother’s 85th birthday.
Happy Birthday, mom.