Saturday, April 4, 2015

A to Z: D is for Dansig

Hello again!  This is Dansig, and I'm back writing a post because the still not well trained mother person here has asked me to.  She said something about the A to Z challenge again, and my name fitting here, so here I am.

A smart cat's work is never done.  Don't ask me about dumb cats, I don't want to talk about them.

Anyone who sees me knows I'm not dumb.

Those of you who read last year's post might remember that #2 Son belongs to me, and he is well trained, unlike the mother person.  He picks me up and looks into my eyes and tells me how special I am.  She just tells me to get out of KidaMosquito's food, and won't let me eat the bird things that are hanging around here now.

I mean really, what are bird things for if not to eat?  And if Kida is getting old and can't eat all of her own food, why in the world can't I help her with it?

While sometimes it seems not much has changed in the past year, I guess there are some differences.  #2 Son's friend Festus put poor Mikey in his place with a water gun a few months back, which didn't make me happy.  After all, Mikey is my friend, even if he does try to boss all of us around because he's the biggest..

Now, if Festus had done it to that three-legged cat that none of us like, I probably wouldn't have cared, she's mean.

We haven't had any foster kittens for a while, and though I'm glad for the break, I do miss having new little ones to teach about food and attacking people.  And paper bags.  You have to teach them how to pretend not to care about the paper bag, so you will be allowed to play with it.  They don't know that until you teach them.

I have no interest in the bag whatsoever.

That's about it for this year, maybe me reporting in each year on the day my name fits will become a habit.  Then again, maybe i shouldn't make any promises and spoil her.  Humans are so easily spoiled, you know. 

Today is

Ballroom Dance Day -- dance with your sweetheart today in honor of the birth anniversary of Arthur Murray

Bonza Bottler Day™

Children's Day -- Taiwan

Cold Food Day -- China (especially celebrated in the Shanxi Province, a commemoration of Jie Zitui, a loyal servant; no fires are to be lit and all food is too be served cold)

Edinburgh International Science Festival -- Edinburgh, Scotland (massiver celebration of science and technology; through the 20th)

Every Day is Tag Day™ -- make sure your pet has an up to date tag or microchip, just in case!

Full Pink Moon -- a/k/a Full Sprouting Moon, Grass Moon, Egg Moon, White Moon, Virgin Moon, and Fish Moon; in other traditions
     Bak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
     Tagu Full Moon -- Myanmar

Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee -- Pendleton, SC, US (through tomorrow)

Homogenized Milk Day -- a machine to homogenize milk was patented this day in 1892 by Auguste Gaulin

Hug a Newsman/Newswoman Day -- an internet holiday, and be careful, no more fiascos like the gropings in 2009, please, just a nice hug

Independence Day -- Senegal(1960)

International Carrot Day -- because Bugs Bunny wouldn't steer us wrong

International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action -- UN

International Pillow Fight Day -- yes, really

Katori Jingu Otaue-sai -- Sawara, Chiba Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival; through tomorrow)

Matsuyama Haru Matsuri -- Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan (Spring celebrations incorporating the Matsuyama Castle festival and the Dogo Hot Springs festival)

Megalesia, a/k/a Festival of Magna Mater -- Ancient Roman Calendar (great mother festival for Cybele; through the 9th)

National Cordon Bleu Day

National Reading a Roadmap Day -- another internet holiday that some sites call "Learn to Read A Roadmap Day, but a good one to observe; you need to know how to read one when your GPS battery dies, after all

Ose Matsuri -- Ose Shrine, ShizouKa Prefecture, Japan (men dressed in women's clothes dance a lively jig on board a boat afloat in the harbour which is festooned with flags and streamers while taiko groups play drums on shore in this festival thought to date back to a wife wanting to protect her fisherman-husband by giving him a kimono)

Peace Day -- Angola

St. Benedict the African's Day (Patron of African missions; African-Americans; Palermo, Sicily, Italy)

St. Isidore of Seville's Day (Patron of computer technicians, computer users, computers, the Internet, schoolchildren, students)

Swedish-American Friendship Day

Tangible Karma™ Day -- set aside an hour today to become purposefully aware of the needs of someone around you, and to fulfill that need; because giving feels as good as receiving

Tell a Lie Day -- an internet generated holiday; the only day it is acceptable! make sure, after today, to clear it up, trust me

Victims of Violence Day -- anniversary of the assasination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vitamin C Day -- the vitamin was isolated on this day in 1932 by C.C, King at the University of Pittsburgh

Walk Around Things Day -- fun to do, it makes people look at you funny

World Rat Day -- pet rat lovers everywhere, unite and introduce your friends to your pet rats

ZAB Death Anniversary -- Pakistan

Anniversary Today:

Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft Corporation, 1975

Birthdays Today:

David Blaine, 1973
Dave Mirra, 1972
Jill Scott, 1972
Barry Pepper, 1970
Nancy McKeon, 1966
Robert Downey, Jr., 1965
David Gavurin, 1963
Gary Moore, 1952
Christine Lahti, 1950
Craig T. Nelson, 1946
Kitty Kelley, 1942
Angelo Bartlett "Bart" Giamatti, 1938
Michael Parks, 1938
Anthony Perkins, 1932
Maya Angelou, 1928
Muddy Waters, 1915
Frances Langford, 1914
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 1908
John Cameron Swayze, 1906
Arthur Murray, 1895
Isoroku Yamamoto, 1884
Linus Yale, Jr., 1821
Dorothea Dix, 1802

Today in History:

Francis Drake is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world, 1581
Sir Robert Walpole becomes First Lord of the Treasury of England, and is so influential in the Cabinet that he is considered the de facto first Prime Minister of England, 1721
Napoleon abdicates for the first time, 1814
Casparus van Wooden of Amsterdam patents chocolate milk powder, 1828
William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and the one with the shortest term served, 1841
Bryant's Minstrels debut the song "Dixie" in a blackface minstrel show, 1859
Susanna Medora Salter is elected the first US woman mayor, in Argonia, KS, 1887
Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund is established, 1902
An earthquake in India's Kangra Valley kills 20,000, destroys most of three cities, 1905
Vitamin C was first isolated by C.C. King at the University of Pittsburgh, 1932
Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating NATO, 1949
Martin Luther King, Jr., is assasinated, 1968
Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart (the patient survived for 65 hours), 1969
The World Trade Center in NYC is dedicated, 1973
Bill Gates and Paul Allen form Microsoft, 1975
Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space, 1983
Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Netscape Communications Corporation under the name "Mosaic Communications Corporation", 1994
Comet Hyakutake is imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, 1996
The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War, 2002
15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released, 2007
The most distant supernova on record is found by the Hubble Space Telescope, 2013


  1. Dansig - you are adorable! I can see from your pics, that you are indeed a very clever cat. Untrained mommies are clever too. Good work on pretending to ignore the bag. Plenty of time to sneak inside and take a snooze later. ;)

  2. Isn't it dangerous having such a smart cat?

  3. dansig, you're adorable. and very smart. :)

  4. Good morning Dansig. Nice to meet you and you're correct. We humans are spoiled and I'm happy for that. Ha,ha,ha. Say hi to your owner for me. Enjoy your Saturday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Awww, it's good to see you again Dansig. You're a very smart cat and you write very well. Did the person teach you how? You kind of write like she does. Just saying.

    Have a purrfect day Dansig. My best to your peeps. :)

  6. I love it when dogs and cats talk. In real life you have to listen closely, but you can understand what they're saying. Happy Easter.

  7. Dansig, you totally know what's up. Glad you are there to teach the other kitties how to properly play with a paper bag and I also don't understand why you can help out with Kida's food :) See ya next year.

  8. I will join you in A-Z next year, Mimi. I am working on being a better blogger first. I love your posts and want to be like you when I grow up. Happy Easter!

  9. Oh, my Danzig! You would probably have to push Schrodinger out of the window, she loves watching (and wanting to catch) the birds. Especially when one of the chickens walks by the window...
    Perhaps you need to educate the foster kittens the way this cat did! Sorry, I don't know how to make the link thing work...


  10. I am definitely beginning to think our cat is smarter than all of us.