Thug Life

I wrote a blog a while back about Cats, Karma, and Christopher Walken, where Mr. Walken muses on the nature of cats:

“I like cats a lot. I’ve always liked cats. They’re great company. When they eat, they always leave a little bit at the bottom of the bowl. A dog will polish the bowl, but a cat always leaves a little bit. It’s like an offering.”

I think that’s true. But what about this video and what this cat is doing to this dog?

How does one balance the monastic behavior and offerings of cats with their shameless hooligan nature? (lol)

32 thoughts on “Thug Life

  1. My mom’s house sits on an acre of land, beyond her property is another acre of her neighbors property — all undeveloped. Yet, every night, my mom’s cat felt the need to cross all the land to hang out in the area directly across from a busy thru-way. Well, of course, sadly, her luck ran out and she was hit by a car and died, but what really doomed her was that same feline-arrogance displayed above. Driving down Sunset each evening I see that same thing, but the human version of it. Everybody is invincible until they are not, I guess.

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  2. Cats are a different breed of cat, for sure. The cat I grew up with would go out of his way to ignore me at times, and other times wouldn’t leave my side. Was always with me at night, but was a real traveler during the day…and didn’t care where I was. He never hit me in the face, but he had his way with the field mice if they got in his way.

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    • Haha, I’m glad your cat never skippety-papped you in the face. He sounds like the typical feline, for sure. I had the great pleasure of owning a black cat, Mr. Smith, that acted like a dog. He was with me day and night, took walks with me, climbed trees with me. Possibly an evolved cat, moving beyond aloofness and self-reliance to something more community-based, lol

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    • The dog in the video?! I thought he looked quite startled!!
      The amazing part to me is that the cat actually WOKE THE DOG UP in order to slap him in the face!

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      • There would be absolutely NO point for the cat to keep skippety-papping the dog’s back. Had to get him to look up to smack him right on the snout! This is part of a larger video of other cats doing the same thing to people AND dogs. I look at it at least once a week to cheer myself up, lol

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  3. They’re smart to stay out of your way, Tubular.
    I guess dogs have been hanging out longer with us than cats… but cats have been with us for thousands of years already. It sure takes a long time for animals to get fully “domesticated” by us.

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  4. HI, Kev! Awww, that’s great, five cats!! The most our household ever had was three. Then the young one got eaten by a coyote, unfortunately. Then it was just the bitchy Kitty Kitty, and my buddy for life, Mr. Smith, who acted like a dog. I love the fact that your male cat’s sticking up for his male feline rights in a female feline world, lol !!

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  5. Hi, Henry! Yeah, I’ve run into many friendly cats…but I guess the aloof ones outweigh the friendly ones. I just had to share the video due to the sheer, untempered, shameless nerve of this cat. It was amazing HOW HIGH he raised his paw before he brought it down on the dog’s nose, lol !

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  6. What can I say?
    As a child we had too many cats, where I am from cats merely have their own life, they roam the neighborhood, and only show at “home” to eat if there is food, in my home country on those days, there were hardly veterinarians, and people care little about neutering their pets, cats reproduce accordingly.
    They are territorial, and the dominant male makes sure he has no competition, so there’s a lot of cat fights, all the time, and some are kept away by the dominant male, females they do not fight, but boy, they are pregnant all the time!
    At home never have dogs, although one of my exes had a golden retriever, who lived to the old age of sixteen years old.
    Personally do not have pets, but through my life living with my parents, and Grandparents, and relatives with a rural farming background I had experienced everything! I have first cousins who are Charros, and they have extensive property called Haciendas, where they commercially rise cattle, my eldest brother, he is a city guy, but teach at the city where lives at the Farm, and Agronomy college, and it’s a consultant for private ranchers all over Mexico, on raising cattle.
    Dogs, horses, chickens, turkeys, pigs, caws, sheep, goats, parrots, you name it, where part from my growing up experience. And with one grandmother in a large scale, her house was more like a small farm in a rural town, with several yards, and a huge one on the back of the house, preceded by lot of flowers, trees, and way back the animal yards, chicken’s coops who she had to clean , and feed daily twice a day, not an easy task, believe me, when we visited, we helped her, it was kind of fun for us the children.
    Me personally, never owned a pet.
    But it’s not like if I do not have some first hand knowledge, because my family’s background.😉🤷‍♂️

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  7. Oh, man, it sounds like with all your experience with farms and the general environment, yeah… you really DIDN’T need a pet, did you? Haha. And parrots even! That’s funny, because we have some parrots out here (that really shouldn’t be here) and it’s a whole story that I was thinking of blogging about.
    At any rate, I can’t even imagine cleaning out chicken coops every day… or even every other day. We had some birds in cages while I was growing up and I had to clean their cages every Saturday… and THAT seemed like a chore to me, lol.
    Of course, people like your grandmother, and anybody who had to do back-breaking, exhausting work every day (like olden times frontier people) would think I was a giant wuss… and I was! I probably wouldn’t last one week even on a ranch.
    Interesting, too, that your brother consults with people on how to raise cattle. I never thought about it, that people would need advice. But I guess there’s a lot of folks out there who don’t grow up in a cattle family where it’s just handed down knowledge.

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  8. Sorry for my late response my computer crash Friday, and has being a pain to recover everything, emails, worpress website, and every other account, from Google to Yahoo, Firefox etc.
    A nightmare!
    Well, both my parents grew up in pretty rural conditions, My Grandfather on my father side was a big property land owner, and rancher, never met him, he died somewhere in 1918, 0r 1919, my father was just two, or three years old, Grandmother sold the properties, and lived from her rents.
    My mother’s father died in 1945 he started humbly as a blacksmith, but he also acquiered many acres of farmland in different towns, and become a large grain producer, never met him either, but both my Grandmothers were very close to Earth women, more like 19Th century people was in the US than Twenty Century people of today, but both my parents had one feet and the other on different centuries, even if they grew up on their towns, not ranches, or farmland.
    Mexico its pretty rural, once you get out from a city, or town.
    Heck, the place i am living right now it’s was farm land twenty years ago!😉

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  9. So fascinating, the old days, and imagining people like your parents not quite in the past but not quite in the present either. My husband’s mother was like that. She grew up in the Dominican Republic, moved to Venezuela for a while, then came to the U.S. in the late ’50s, and my husband says a couple of times she brought a live chicken home, which he and his siblings adopted as a pet, then she wrung its neck one day, horrifying them all (they were all Americanized and had no knowledge of the “old” ways or anything about the D.R.) and then cooking it up for dinner, lol !! I think they revolted and wouldn’t even eat it. But people like that, to me, are how we should all be. It’s self-sufficiency and self-determination, not subject to the whims of society. Things are a lot “better” these days for many things, but of course, also worse for other things that we can never get back…..

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    • As an example I can tell you, how my last wife, a Californian from an old wealthy family in Los Angeles, reacted when I took her to visit my hometown and then to the city where my parents and siblings lived.
      She was surprised first in my native port, by how old the houses are, products from the nineteenth century, well I already showed you that, but later I took her to the old town of my maternal grandparents, and of course even older, Colonial, it’s like it is called, a town founded in 1685, you can well imagine..
      Well this video may give you an idea:

      Since you like tracking that town it’s a heaven for it, this video is in Spanish, but you can see,just turn the sound off.The guy mention it’s a four hour track, but there’s lots of tracking places there.

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      • Hi, BH. Thanks for those videos! The hacienda is amazing, just so beautiful. Its age only accents the beauty, in my opinion. And I love that one room with the painting of the moon above the dark buildings. Mmmmm…..! I could sit in a room like that for hours reading or writing. Also the video of the hike…wow! That’s a LONG hike to take! There’s a similar hike out here to some ruins–nothing as interesting as the ones in your video–but it doesn’t take four hours to get there. Out in or near Pasadena/Altadena, I think. We haven’t been out there in at least a decade.
        But yeah…the past is such a foreign thing, as you know, here in LA, except for a few choice places. But that’s just the way it is, and it ain’t gonna change anytime soon. It’s funny that your ex was surprised at the age of the architecture. She had no idea? I would have thought she’d have expected it! 🙂

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  10. Well, in the United States, there is a negative image regarding Mexico, drug trafficking, crime, etc.
    But it is a place where people of all kinds live, most of them humble and honest, so many are surprised the first time they visit it.
    And not only that, about the antiquity of some of its cities and towns, my ex, knows Europe, she lived in Italy for two years, but she didn’t knew Mexico, so of course, she didn’t have a clearer image of what it is Mexico, and like so many other people, their image it’s distorted by the common narrative when they watch the news.
    Since I retired four years ago, I moved back to Mexico, and live pretty comfortable with my pension, which it’s not much.
    And only live about 80 miles south of the border, along with a lot of expats.
    I am not on the beach but about four miles from this place. So you get an idea.

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  11. Wow, that’s niiiiiice!! Absolutely gorgeous. And four miles isn’t far at all. You must take a lot of long, refreshing walks full of beauty.
    I guess I understand about the media, especially news, and being wary about people and places because of what’s being reported on. I think people are a LOT more frightened to come to the U.S. nowadays with all the violence that seems to keep escalating every day. I’D be afraid to come here, lol !! I can’t believe how idyllic my childhood was, now looking back, in that I didn’t have to be worried about getting murdered by an irate classmate one day while I was eating lunch. Unbelievable that that keeps happening and nobody’s made ANY solid, comprehensive moves to get it under control and/or if not stop the massacres, cut them down. Instead, they’re increasing. Of course we all know that has to do with guns and the 2nd Amendment, which everybody has completely misinterpreted and nobody seems to actually understand!
    Oh, well. I love your beautiful environment in Mexico, B.H. I hope you find a lot of peace and happiness there.

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  12. Well, in my youth I used to snorkeling around this area in Punta Banda , and la Bufadora, but confess I do not do it on many years now, since moved to Los Angeles in 1985, I even lost, or someone stole my diving equipment on so many movings I did then… (mainly fins, snorkels, and masks, no big deal.)

    This I remember:

    And now I live pretty close, again, even if do not do that anymore.

    Confess, I rather meet friends, or my son for coffee, on a Starbucks on the Malecon, near the port, or pick up my mail, from the US at my PO Box in Downtown, and do my shopping for groceries there. The place where I live it takes me a ride about forty minutes long, but unfortunately couldn’t get a place close from there, too much demand, and little offert, so I had no choice but to move away from Downtown after my last landlady asked me for the house, she was lving in the US, and wanted to retire and move back, just like I did, so now I live further from where I really like to be, but my new house it’s larger, and nicer, if it’s any consolation for the forty minute drive one way. Such it’s life!🤷‍♂️😞
    Here a view of the city the video it’s in Spanish, just turn the volume off:

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    • Oh, boy, I missed this one again, B.H.!! Look at that beautiful city!! It’s a pity you couldn’t get something closer to downtown… but still, it’s close enough to get there in under an hour, so that’s not TOO too bad…
      and at least you have more space. You should get a cat or dog! (How do you like my unsolicited advice? Just ignore me)
      It’s incredible, though. I would LOVE to live near there.
      Also the scuba diving… you’re adventurous. I definitely have a fear of depending on an oxygen tank under water. Which probably means I should force myself to do it one day, haha. Oh, well, we’ll see.

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  13. This morning I had a long walk, and I could see Punta Banda across the bay clearly right in front of me, now its about eight miles to get there, but the sight it’s beautiful. On the left side of the screen near the hills in the background it’s where I live.

    It was during the early 70’s, snorkeling it’s different than Scuba diving, I have done Scuba diving a few times but I rather like the freedom of snorkeling, no need for heavy tanks, and weights to buoy properly. It’s call free diving. Now in this video, the guy is a purist not using fins or snorkel, I did use them allows you to go faster and deeper, and do not have to raise your head to breath when near the surface.
    Here:

    On my younger days I was almost as good as that guy.

    My best snorkeling was done in South Baja at two places Isla Coronado near Loreto, And Isla Espiritu Santo in La Paz Baja South, I lived there for five years 76-81

    My old computer give out the gosht, and of course have to buy a new one, but setting it up was a nightmare, to get back my applications, and sign up, they keep asking for paswords I have not used in years!
    It took me three days to get it going, and still missing my Live Writer. I need a computer nerd kid to help me.

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  14. God, God, God, God…that is my total nightmare come true: having to set up a computer by myself! It’s not like it’s straight forward or anything, right?! It’s incredible what we have to do nowadays! Even my tax application has changed. I used to just go in there, sign on, do my taxes, get out. Then last year they changed everything: they needed more information, more passwords, you had to SCAN SOMETHING with your phone on the screen !!! And nothing worked, of course, even with hubby helping. It took like half an hour to get in there. Just ridiculous and absurd. No way to live.
    Well, I’m glad you at least got the new computer going and wish you much luck in recovering everything you need. I don’t think you get as upset as I do, lol. I think you remain a good deal calmer due to your training.
    Loved those videos. Your environment is breathtaking. And the water’s SO BLUE where the couple was.
    Free diving is amazing, too. Man, talk about healthy lungs! Did you ever see The Big Blue from the late ’80s? That was a weird one about free divers… had a super strange, eerie ending. But I think you’d like that movie a lot.

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