Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Goodbye Mr. Hissy...

One of the two neighborhood cats has died. Mr. Hissy (a.k.a. Hissy-chan or Gray-chan) was found dead behind the neighbor's car yesterday. We don't know how he died exactly, but we (the neighborhood people who loved him) had been worried since we hadn't seen him much on Sunday and not at all on Monday. He was in a big fight with an evil orange cat on Saturday night and at first I thought that might have been what killed him, but other people don't think that is likely. Masashi thinks he was poisoned, either accidentally or deliberately. Many people in the neighborhood loved him, but a few people hate cats, especially if they are fighting noisily late at night.

Several people came by to see him last night as word spread of his death, and some people even brought flowers and treats to set around his body. But he was taken away just now by the city ward. They have special truck to come around and collect dead animals...just a job for them, but they were nice and not at all surprised by the flowers and treats.

The other cat, Mama-chan, is very lonely now, and has been crying a lot last night and today for me to come outside to pet her.

It's true that Hissy-chan was "just a cat", but he was a special cat. He was an unusual color, as you can see, and many, many people looked for him to pet him and talk to him everyday. When he'd hear the footsteps of one of his friends turning into our street, he would go running to meet them. We will miss him!

You can see more pictures of Mr. Hissy and Mama-chan in my June post.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


I'm back in Tokyo, enjoying (enduring?) the hot weather! For the first week or so, it was not too bad--high temperatures of 31 or 32 degrees Celsius (88 to 90 Fahrenheit). Even though it is quite a bit more humid here than in California, I didn't mind too much, and I didn't feel like I needed the air conditioning. But then Friday and Saturday, it got up to at least 36 degrees outside, and more than 33 in the house (dropping down to 30 or so at night). It was just miserable! When I tried to go to sleep last night without the fan, it was impossible--at midnight, it was still 33 degrees in the bedroom. SO we slept with the air-conditioning on (set to 29). But today it was better,, only about 32 outside and inside. Now I'm sitting here in the living room with just the fan.

I really hate using the air conditioner if I don't have to. Not only does it use electricity (and spew hot air into the air locally), it makes me feel somewhat sick if I am in it for too long. The fan is much better. I also have bottles of water and tea in the freezer. I take one of these out and put it against my forehead to cool off, and drink the liquid as it melts.