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What I Want For Christmas. I Really Do. Always Wanted One.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I am allergic to little cats but am very partial to big ones (and I will refrain from making any of my jokes about ‘pussy cats‘ … including one of my favorites: ‘Thank you. I needed that too. How did you know my name was Katz?‘)

Deanna sent this to me, because she loves to tease me.

I am old enough to remember when Harrods, in London, on the 7th floor if I recall, had an exotic pet department where you could indeed buy a tiger — albeit if you had the money. I was just starting my professional career and wasn’t making enough to afford a tiger at the time. I didn’t even won a color TV at the time. By the time I could afford a tiger Harrods had been forced to close down that department! Story of my life. But, if you have a ‘Rescue Tiger’ that needs a good home, you know who to call. I am even willing to compromise. I would settle for a Bobcat. Honest. Saw one on TV (on CNBC) this morning. Yes, CNBC shell shocked from the Obama re-election has gone soft. Rick ‘Tea Party’ Santelli, like all good bullies, has gone into hibernation now that he had his bottom spanked. So, they are now showing small felines. Wow. I am so tempted to crack a joke about ‘kittens’! See below ↓.

Click to access video. Awfully cute. You would want one too.

Click to access CNBC video from this morning featuring a Bobcat rather than the Pussy Santelli.

Squam Lakes Science Center — Always Uplifting And Relaxing

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I have been visiting the Squam Lake Science Center since at least 2001. Typically we try to go at least once a year – last year being the exception when we didn’t make it up there at all. In the Summer of 2009, Teischan and I used to go for a 75 minute visit one or twice a month, well into October! We had Boston Museum of Science (MoS) membership that gave us free admission, and Deanna had a part-time, bi-weekly, 90 minute, merchandizing gig in Meredith. We would tag along, drop her off in Meredith and go to the Science center. So we know it well.

This Saturday was their annual, ‘New Hampshire’ day — $3 entrance for all NH residents. Bar last year, we typically try and make it for this ‘special’ day. The weather cooperated, partly because we planned to get their around 1pm which is when the clouds were supposed to clear. It was glorious. Sunny and high 60s. It wasn’t too packed, most having left by the time we arrived.

It is always such a pleasant, uplifting experience, especially the walk back through the meadow (other than the time when a Kestral being shown to the guests by a volunteer, flew off his hand and attacked Teischan who was 3 years old at the time and was sitting in a stroller — luckily doing no harm other than scaring all of us).

They now have 3 Bobcats, two males and a female (and no, we will not see any kittens because, alack, they are, for their own reasons, not a breeding facility). They only used to have one. Teischan likes the Bobcats. Once, when there was just one in the enclosure, it came down to the glass and tried to play with the strap of our camera. It was memorable.

We were there when the two Mountain Lion cubs were brought to the center c. 2004 (or 2005). So we have seen them grow. One of them has also ‘played’ with us through the glass on one of our many visits. I am never sure about the black bear exhibit. Something about it. But, overall, a wonderful, always educational experience.