I don’t like cats. Well, not true. I like cats only when they’re behaved and spayed/neutered. Any other cat, I hate. HATE. Apologies to any cat-loving readers; I hope we can still be friends.
There’s no reason to hate unless there’s a reason to hate. I have a reason to hate.
I have an outdoor furnishing with cushions. Cushions with covers I recently washed. I’ve barely had a chance to sit on my clean cushions when one day I found a spot with a bunch of cat hair. I know the cat too. An old outdoor cat that loses clumps of fur. In addition to cat fur left on my cushion were some stains and dirt. This leads me to think the cat has open sores or something. I spot cleaned the cushion and tried to spray some essential oils and put some garlic cloves on the seats. Why did I do such a weird thing? A search for “cat deterrent” made for weird decisions. And stupid because it didn’t work. Well, the garlic actually worked, but only partially. The cat just sat on the cushion where there was no garlic.
This morning left a new spot of fur but what’s this? A couple spots of blood? GROSS. So this old cat probably has open sores, bleeds, and sheds clumps of fur. Obviously an old, probably dying cat. I don’t care if it’s dying if it leaves stains on my clean cushions. No compassion for this cat.
Which led me to my own solution for a cat deterrent, no dumb homemade sprays or expensive store version needed. I know it’ll work because it uses common sense. It’s better than garlic. And I’ll know tomorrow if I need to wash my cushions again or not.
Finally fiddled with Garageband and figured out something…my timing needs work. But I posted the song anyway. Nothing fancy, just an ambient drone thing with guitar and a MIDI keyboard. I never thought I would use MIDI, ever. Well, never say never.
I remember watching the commercials for OxiClean when Billy Mays was still alive. The product, like any infomercial product, seemed to be a miracle product. It was magical. Billy could make you buy it, but I didn’t buy it because I didn’t have a need for it.
Then, one day, I had a need for it. Researching how to clean tile without toxic chemicals led me to OxiClean, not dirty laundry. And it was now available at your local store. So I got me some and found out it was exactly the miracle product it was advertised to be. It wasn’t perfect, but it definitely cleans well. Very well. And, it’s non-toxic, which is very important to me.
And then I decided to try it with laundry. It’s used in addition to detergent to make colors more vibrant. And I was surprised to see that, again, it worked well! I noticed that colors seemed to be less washed-out looking and appeared more fresh. Even a little detail, a white tag on a dark jacket, popped out with a whiter white than I thought possible. I’ve now become a convert and wished I had a reason to listen to Billy Mays sooner than later.
RIP Billy Mays. And thank you for telling me about OxiClean.
While “Logan” was a great movie about two old mutants on a road trip for a little girl (a la “Little Miss Sunshine), the most interesting part was the little girl playing Laura/X-23. She was great and it was a little crazy to see her doing action scenes killing bad guys in a very violent way.
This reminds me back when the movie “Kick Ass” came out in 2010 and the best part was seeing 13-year old Chloe Grace Moretz do fight scenes and swear a lot. Back then it was quite controversial, and now apparently it’s “cool” and “amazing” to have a young girl do violent action movies and be assassins. Of course all the bad guys killed were not nice people. How is this much different than having an adolescent version of Black Widow in “The Avengers” or a Spanish-speaking version of Natalie Portman in “The Professional?” In a way, it’s all the same thing.
Another common thing is the chin. A nice, pointy, authoritative chin. Perhaps all child action stars need a nice pointy chin. They all have the same chin!!! Or close enough that it’s basically a rule now.
Future movie stars: young girls with pointy chins, light skin, playing very violent roles. Does that fulfill some men’s twisted fantasies? Or is it just a rule now?
Whatever the reason, it works. I’m also interested to see someone who doesn’t fit that mold and does some amazing acting.