So, I am kind of a louse.

If you know me, you might know that my email habits have bi-polar tendencies– sometimes, I will flood you with notes oozing with feelings, links to things I think you will like, anecdotes from our past, long bricks of paragraphs begging for reply, love, certainty. Other times, I will reply to an email from last year. A really good email. An email that deserved an immediate reply.

Because I am truly between things now– at my parents’ house, between a heart-warming/wrenching trip to Huntingdon and my eventual arrival back to Brooklyn, jobless for the moment, Jakeless for the summer– I am trying to use this time to Get Things Done. Tonight, this involves delving into my scary pile of emails (not just friendly notes either, but also awful things about loans, health insurance, Bad Things, etc.) while indulging in a “Murder, She Wrote” marathon the TV’s got on, and some red wine Momcat bought. In doing this, I found several gems fit for publication, sent in by dear readers/loved ones. Let’s highlight the pieces with far too much dust on them.




That’s right, this is notice of a British Top Cat Competition, featuring categories such as “Catrobatics”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and a lookalike category in which you look perhaps too much like your kitten. Meow!




Back in March, everyone’s favorite metalhead sent me the following video, which I later attributed to ONLY Judith— everyone, this is your editor, admitting that she’s made a mistake! Ben and Judith. Or, according to Ben, his friend Anna and Judith. (Evidence of my bad email skillz.) Friends forever.

In any case, let’s look at it again. BECAUSE IT’S SO WORTH IT.



Also, this apparently delightful Anna also sent Ben photos of her cats! Thank you, Anna! And Ben! (Anna, your living space looks awesome.)





That California uncle of mine sent along an email called “Cat Material”, which did not disappoint– an article which detailed the goings-on of a new video game…

Friskies, who already made waves by creating a series of single-player video games for your favorite feline, has unveiled the industry’s first multiplayer — and, as far as we can tell, multi-species — game. And early evidence shows that cats are better at it than us.

Seriously, that sounds like my kind of video game.



from KARLA

Friend/Pratt person Karla sent in another adorbz photo of her kitty, Arlo, writing,

I just had to share.




My dear, dear desert dweller (RECEIVING WORLD TRAVELER ERIN QUINN INTO HER STATE AS WE SPEAK) trasmitted this gemstone across the e-waves some time ago.

Dear Bear –

I came across this quite a bit ago. It is a book project from one of the students in Mr. Kuhn’s class….his book was about a ghost cat.
Image one is a representation of the pale kitty hiding. Over on the far left, you can barely see the protagonist – a little girl – sketched quickly in pencil, clearly afraid.
Image two is a close up of the description. It reads: “The girl is stell seeing the Dead cat under the tab. She is scared. and the cat flots around.”
Clearly, this is an intense book. She’s still seeing the cat! It hides from her under the table! And of course it floats around, it’s a ghost!
Do you think a dead cat would be still be cute?
Love, Coon

About bearicaquinn

Smallish, smushy in the sad parts, certainly destined for cat-lady-dom. Enjoys boats, bikes, black coffee, pug faces, sourdough bread, the morning when you have slept long enough, beards, mountainsides, art, rooftops, etc. Will continue to live in things that are interestingly shaped. So octopus.
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