All about scooting...

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CaptnJim, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Settled in the RV park where we will be for the next couple months - a gorgeous day, time for some scooting (even got the Scooter Tag)...

    http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/02/scootin.html

    The Blonde knows what I need. Some enjoyable riding today!

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  2. jon_l

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    Good to see you back in the saddle CaptnJim.
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  3. davenowherejones

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  4. CaptnJim

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    We have been volunteering in our daughter's class - they are working on a project sponsored by GM, building small scale "cars,"powered by gravity (Gravity Cruisers). It has kept us plenty busy 3 of the 5 weekdays this week. When not in class, we have been looking for the next furry family member. I had my "list" of what I thought we should get (female, young, longhair, light-colored)... the face and personality that hooked me is the opposite of all that...

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    I think I needed to be rescued as much as he did. This is much sooner than I thought we'd be looking... and the first time there's been another male in the family since Joan and I got married... many years ago. Yeah, that right ear is funky... he makes me smile.

    For some scooter content: I wonder if anyone makes a leather helmet in his size? With ear cut-outs, of course.

    Jim
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  5. Jim T

    Jim T Been here awhile

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    My favorite color of cat! I'm glad to hear he adopted you both! Love the wonky ear.
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    Congrats on the new family member. You can go into a shelter with a list of what you want in your new companion and walk out with something totally different.
  7. CaptnJim

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    I would be living proof of that. Here's a shot from today, showing off that face that makes me smile...

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  8. CaptnJim

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    Started the leash training...

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    Another few days like this and he'll have me trained. :D
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    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Someone tried to get on a commercial airplane with a full grown male peacock on a leash. Claimed it was a "service animal".
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  12. CaptnJim

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    I wrote a book about our travels with Molly the cat... traveling by boat and RV. Of course, she walked everywhere on a leash. Many people commented about it, but we discovered that we are certainly not the only ones who do this. What's that? The name of the book? Thanks for asking... "Cat On A Leash"

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    After Molly, Isabella (Izzy) traveled with us, also by boat and RV - coast to coast to coast. Anytime out of the boat or RV, she was walking on her leash.

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    And now, Rufus. We've only had him 5 days, but started his leash training a couple days ago. He doesn't know it yet, but he is going to be great at this.

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    Out on his leash today.
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  13. Jim T

    Jim T Been here awhile

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    Looking good Rufus (perfect name)! love the wonky ear!
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    Thanks, Jim. We looked at a lot of cats, and narrowed it down to Rufus (estimated to be 1 to 2 years old) and a 6 month old ginger tabby longhair. The 6 month old was a fine looking feline, and at that young age and good looks will be very adoptable. Rufus (not the name the shelter had given him) just made me smile when I saw him. Joan said, "He looks like a ruffian - I love that face!" I said, "Rufus!" And that was it. His fur felt like straw, but he has a wonderful personality. We immediately took him for a vet examination - they declared him healthy and said that based on his muscle tone and teeth, he is probably more like 3 to 4 years old. With the wonky ear and being older, probably less chance of being adopted. But, he is ours now and is fitting into the family just fine. This is the first time we have had a male... he is lovey, rambunctious, and smart... and seems very grateful to have a family of his own. We both love that ear, his facial expressions, and vocalizations. He seems pretty social, not afraid of people. After a bath and plenty of brushing and petting, his fur is silky. He is a good boy.

    It was very sad when cancer took our sweet Izzy so fast. One certainly does not replace another, but Molly taught us that we have more room in our hearts for another great furry family member. Friends have said that Rufus "hit the jackpot"... we will do our best to give him a great life with us... we feel fortunate to have him.
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    Our Tippy travels.....to the food dish, the litter box, and his perch![​IMG]

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    Wentwest How's that work?

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    We shared our lives with a cat for 15 years. Louis was an indoor, outdoor cat who came and went when we opened the door for him. He did not enjoy riding in a car at all, probably because we never taught him that it was a normal thing to do. He knocked on the door to come in by banging his paw on the glass, and when you opened the door he always gave a quick purr sound that I decided was "Thanks". And he came when we called for him. Cancer took him last year. No new beast since then, but my wife and I are banging heads because she wants a dog and I'm just not a dog guy.
  17. CaptnJim

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    Hey, Bob - when we were first married, I was a dog guy. I had a dog as a kid, and felt our kid should learn responsibility by taking care of a pet, and get the experience of having a furry best friend. We had two Old English Sheepdogs when our daughter was 10... when picking them up from the groomer, there was a box of "free" kittens... the woman said, "If your Daddy says it is OK, you can have one of those kittens for free!" That cat was our first feline; outlived the dogs (who were afraid of that little 6 pound cat). When our daughter went off to college 8 years later, I got the responsibility of feeding Smoke the cat. May be a lot of things, but the "empty nest" and the fearless attitude of that little cat made me a believer.

    Four years later, out of college, getting her own apartment, she wanted "her" cat back... I said, "Get your own damn cat - she is mine!" That furball made it to almost 22 years. We bought our first motorhome, pretty much so Smoke the cat could travel with us... my wife didn't say that, but I could read between the lines.

    There are dog people and there are cat people. Even some who have both. I think dogs are great - they come when you call them and absolutely adore everything you do. I really appreciate the attitude of a great cat, and Rufus is the 4th in line of some truly great cats. I like that they do their business in a litter box and you don't have to go outside 5 times a day, no matter what the weather. We are boat people and a cat on a boat is a natural. We have friends who have dogs and they have to stay close enough to shore that they can row the dog to shore to poop. And, they still have to pick it up in a bag. When Izzy would see a dog crapping outside, she was completely grossed out - there is more of a chance that I would crap outdoors than that cat.

    The right cat loves her people. They aren't all "aloof." They are trainable (probably more than I am, again). They don't "obey" blindly - they will consider what you are saying. I truly appreciate their attitude. I don't consider myself "a cat person," but any of our furry ones have been family to us.

    Good luck coming to an agreement on this. A couple who are close to us solved this issue by getting one of each - the dog and the cat are playmates, sometimes nice to each other, sometimes looking like Ultimate Fighter opponents. Having just one a time works well for us.

    Best wishes,
    Jim
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    Well said Jim.

    I love dogs, but haven’t had one since ‘89. Working, raising kids, city living, we didn’t have any pets until we were about to become empty nesters in 2013. Wifey wanted a pet, I was about to leave town for 6 months or more for a new job (returning home weekends). Decided it was time to get her some company. Enter our tabby, Mr. Chubbs:

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    He is super affectionate, and a good companion, and even (mostly) tolerates our grandson, who of course is fascinated by him.

    I’d love a dog, and I think they are the best pet-friends ever, but,,,

    Lots more obligation. As you said, walks and picking up poop several times per day, rain, snow, or shine. Go away for a week, and pay a fortune to board the dog, vs. having a neighbor’s kid stop in once a day to say hi, pet and feed him, and scoop the litter box, for the cost of a couple movie passes.

    When I am retired, I hope to have some time and funds to travel (nothing exotic or expensive mind you), and a dog severely limits one’s ability to do that.

    To keep this thread relevant & add some moto content, here is Mr. Chubbs sleeping on the motorcycle:

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    Ours goes out on a leash too. Here his is in our front yard, atop Pride Rock:

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  19. cabanza

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    May be y'all should rename this thread "all about cats... and some scooters" :lol3

    I'm kidding, I'm kidding. I like cats too.
  20. CaptnJim

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    Howdy, my Texas friend. This thread was titled tongue-in-cheek. It seems the thread I started titled "Nothing much about scooting" (or something like that) got zapped into ADV "lost land". I enjoyed that thread and welcomed any off-topic discussion among Battle Scooter friends. None of us here are one-dimensional, and even so, the conversation always wandered back to scooters (helpful for me when we were out and about with the motorhome and didn't have the scoots along). Apparently, someone complained about it. The solution is easy: don't like the thread, don't read it. :doh

    So, I started this thread, with this title. I never intended it to be "all about scooting"... but welcomed input from fellow scooter pilots: ride reports, tell us how your day went, fun vacations... just friends visiting.

    I admit our family is kind of cat-centric. Then, last month, the sweet little furry girl we had was diagnosed with cancer and went downhill very fast. It broke our hearts, and we did that final favor for her to give her peace. A damn hard thing to do. Recently, we rescued another feline: a male 3 to 4 years old, with a wonky ear, very vocal, thin fur that felt like straw... and a wonderful personality. In only 5 days, he has blossomed and is fitting in. He is SO grateful to have a family, and we are delighted to have him.

    Writing has been therapeutic for me - I wrote the book "Cat On A Leash" after we lost an amazing cat that was more like a furry person than a feline. I didn't intend this thread to be "all about cats," but that has been the over-riding issue for us for the last couple months. And, I appreciate having this outlet, among scooter friends.

    If allowed to stay here, it will come back to scooters, scooting, ride reports, farkles, tires, etc, etc... because we are scooter riders.

    It messes with my tough boat captain persona to get all mushy about these furry critters, but they are family to us. And, apparently to some of the other scooter pilots here.

    To bring this back on-topic, this new boy, Rufus, likes electronic fuel injection...

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