We've become a nation of indoor cats, he'd said. A nation of doubters, worriers, overthinkers. Thank god these weren't the kind of americans who settled this country. They were a different breed! They crossed the country in wagons with wooden wheels! People croaked along the way, and they barely stopped. Back then, you buried your dead and kept moving.
That moment - to this ... May be years in the way they measure, but it's only one sentence back in my mind - there are so many days when living stops and pulls up and sits and waits like a train on the rails. I pass the hotel at 8 and at 5; there are cats in the alleys and bottles and bums, and i look up at the window and think, i no longer know where you are, and i walk on and wonder where the living goes when it stops.
Green-eyed monsters, said magnus, and grinned. He deposited chairman meow on the ground, and the cat moved over to alec, and rubbed against his leg. The chairman likes you. Is that good? I never date anyone my cat doesnt like, magnus said easily, and stood up. So lets say friday night? A great wave of relief came over alec. Really? You want to go out with me? Magnus shook his head. You have to stop playing hard to get, alexander. It makes things difficult. He grinned.
The proverb says, "born lucky, always lucky," and i am very superstitious. As a small boy i was notoriously lucky. It was usual for one or two of our lads (per annum) to get drowned in the mississippi or in bear creek, but i was pulled out in a 2/3 drowned condition 9 times before i learned to swim, and was considered to be a cat in disguise.
Everybody has noticed the way cats stop and loiter in a half-open door. Hasn't everyone said to a cat: for heavens sake why don't you come in? With opportunity half-open in front of them, there are men who have a similar tendency to remain undecided between two solutions, at the risk of being crushed by fate abruptly closing the opportunity. The overprudent, cats as they are, and because they are cats, sometimes run more danger than the bold