hobbit-spotting, yet again

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Local body elections are coming up and I’m working with a fellow parishioner to putting together a candidates’ meeting for Central Ward at Opoho Church over two nights, the 19th and 20th of September. So far we have about half the total candidates promising to turn up, so that’s a good start. It’s for candidates who are standing for council, not the mayoral candidates.

I got told through a gossip that the Knox Centre has sold my flat to the College. I’m not impressed that I was not told this through direct channels of communincation. This has made me jumpy. The official change-over of landlords will be in December. They have already started renovating Arden House in the carpark. I imagine that it will be even less pleasant for accomodation than my flat. At least here I get some sun. This has put the possibility of moving back on my agenda, even though I would rather avoid the logistics of moving. I’m not happy about it.

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What I did for my holidays

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Tao’s last week was not all bad. We had time together and before she went into her final decline she was still seeking me out. She was pretty weak, she couldn’t jump through windows and used her claws to get into my lap. She mustered up enough strength to groom herself. Not until the end did she stop seeking out her water bowl and her litter tray. Between the time she died and when I visited the vet clinic I noticed things that reminded me of her, things going thump outside, the reflexion of light on the deck. Perhaps that was her farewell gift to me, the last hurrah. The deck made noises when I was sitting in the living room at night watching Top Gear. I went to check. There was nothing there. I invited her in.

Monday evening I went to the Centre for Theology and Public Issues’ forum on Crime and Punishment. The choice of speakers seemed slanted toward restorative justice: a representative from the Howard League for Penal Reform, the organiser of the Sycamore Trust in Dunedin, a solicitor, and two politicians. Only one of the politicians was leaned towards arguing down the Law and Order line (or Laura Norder, as she is known). I was sitting beside the Area Commissioner of Police, someone with a vested interest in the topic. He took notes.

I went into town twice to get out library books, and also to do some shopping. I now have two sets of new pants, moleskins, so I should get a couple of years’ wear out of them.

After Parish Council I mentioned to one member that now we could get home and watch the end of the Phantom (2009). I didn’t know that was on tonight! he said, and left quickly. So did I, I wanted to see it too! When we compared notes later I think we both liked it. The kevlar suit worked, although I’m not convinced by the helmet and visor that replaced his mask and cowl. Still anomynity is one of the Phantom’s weapons; and his skull ring left a mark! Nice! The final set-up could been forseen and leaves the option of future shows.

Also went to the museum because I wanted to see the Contemporary Traditions display at the museum. It was to celebrate 30 years of a sister city relationship with Otaru in Japan and included modern arts and crafts from Ainu and Kai Tahu artists. I went to see if I could imagine a fusion culture emerging out of the display. I didn’t when I went in. Thinking about it afterwards I can imagine it being complementory: taiaha and attushi. I will have to go again and think about it some more.

When the coast is left and we journey on to the rim of the sky and the sea…

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I did not hear from the vets today so at the last opportunity I went down to see how Tao was. Sadly in the night she had died. It was too much for her. We think that she was suffering from at least one tumor. They brought her body in for me to sit with. She was cold and beginning to smell, her fur was soft under my hand and her body had not started to stiffen. One eye was still open, perhaps she had faced her death. I asked for her body to be cremated.

In my imagination I imagined that she would at that moment stepping across the gang-plank onto the banana boat, forever Tao the Banana-Boat Cat, and it would set sail. She would be at the helm, Fremen at the bow, and Tessa, reclining in the sun, at the stern. They are pulling out into open water.

Lords of the Horizon, accept this child!

Let time be still…

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On Thursday Tao suddenly started chucking up her food. I decided that in a cat of her age and condition this was a bad state of affairs and made an appointment with the vets. It took them a couple of days before there was a time to see us. So I took her down this afternoon. This time the vet found a lump in her intestine. I am doubtful that it is a bit of food passing through her as she has not eaten since she threw up. She is again staying overnight at the vets and tomorrow they will give me another diagnosis. My own suspicion is that this is the onset of a cancer. In which case I will accept the option that she be euthanised as I did with Fremen some years ago. It may be that these last couple of weeks are her last gift to me. We shall see.

hobbit-spotting

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Is it time to update? Probably. Guests have got quiet again on Livejournal. There’s a service for keeping track of visitors to your journal. The only one that is free is My Guests. I have a low turnover, the occasional invisible guest–I can only speculate who–and I notice that the Necromancer of Nelson is out there lurking about.

Tao is good. She has lost a lot of weight before she decided to start eating again. She came into my room one morning before dawn and announced she had an appetite back. I was delighted to get up and find her something to eat. She’s a bag of bones now. I would like it if she put some flesh back on her. The cold part of the season is upon us now. It comes and goes. Most of the time she avoids going outside. She ducks out to the garden if she needs to toilet; she uses the cat box more if she needs to pass water.

I saw the changed man about a week ago. He had family visiting the last I saw. He invited me to visit. I haven’t been to visit yet, or heard from him since. I was quite delighted at the time as I had been into Marbecks and found a three disc set of Carl Jenkins: Adiemus, Requiem and the Armed Man; and the latest Scissor Sister album. This kind of stuff is not to be passed by! It won’t be there again. I was interested in listening to the Scissor Sister album as this was supposed to be a more darker and gay-orientated sound than their earlier albums. This turned out to be short-hand for disco in my opinion. I am pretty sure that on two different tracks Devo and the Pet Shop Boys dropped in for a jam.

What I still need to get is the latest Tom Russell album, Blood and Candle-Smoke. May have to get Marbecks to order it in, or wait until I visit a city with a decent music-barn.

I went out with friends to hear Dragon doing what I think was retirement tour around New Zealand, an enjoyable performance. I warned the people that I was with that I am probably likely to dance. I decided at the end of the evening that if I didn’t get up it would be a wasted evening. Fortunately they ended with Are You Old Enough and an encore of April Sun in Cuba, so I wasn’t disappointed. A couple I came with even got up and joined me so that was nice.

Taking the next week off as I have accumulated too much leave, about 40 days and counting. I have no intentions to go travelling so I will be at home.

hobbit-spotting

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Is it time to update? Probably. Guests have got quiet again on Livejournal. There’s a service for keeping track of visitors to your journal. The only one that is free is My Guests. I have a low turnover, the occasional invisible guest–I can only speculate who–and I notice that the Necromancer of Nelson is out there lurking about.

Tao is good. She has lost a lot of weight before she decided to start eating again. She came into my room one morning before dawn and announced she had an appetite back. I was delighted to get up and find her something to eat. She’s a bag of bones now. I would like it if she put some flesh back on her. The cold part of the season is upon us now. It comes and goes. Most of the time she avoids going outside. She ducks out to the garden if she needs to toilet; she uses the cat box more if she needs to pass water.

I saw the changed man about a week ago. He had family visiting the last I saw. He invited me to visit. I haven’t been to visit yet, or heard from him since. I was quite delighted at the time as I had been into Marbecks and found a three disc set of Carl Jenkins: Adiemus, Requiem and the Armed Man; and the latest Scissor Sister album. This kind of stuff is not to be passed by! It won’t be there again. I was interested in listening to the Scissor Sister album as this was supposed to be a more darker and gay-orientated sound than their earlier albums. This turned out to be short-hand for disco in my opinion. I am pretty sure that on two different tracks Devo and the Pet Shop Boys dropped in for a jam.

What I still need to get is the latest Tom Russell album, Blood and Candle-Smoke. May have to get Marbecks to order it in, or wait until I visit a city with a decent music-barn.

I went out with friends to hear Dragon doing what I think was retirement tour around New Zealand, an enjoyable performance. I warned the people that I was with that I am probably likely to dance. I decided at the end of the evening that if I didn’t get up it would be a wasted evening. Fortunately they ended with Are You Old Enough and an encore of April Sun in Cuba, so I wasn’t disappointed. A couple I came with even got up and joined me so that was nice.

Taking the next week off as I have accumulated too much leave, about 40 days and counting. I have no intentions to go travelling so I will be at home.

Tao

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I took Tao to the vets on Monday. She hadn’t touched her food for a couple of days, and was becoming lethargic. I decided this was sufficient to get her checked. The vet, a big man with a lovely Scots accent, was concerned that she was dehydrated. Tao disdains drinking water that I put down for her and relies on the moisture from her petfood and a venture to my bucket to keep thirst at bay. He kept her in overnight on a dripfeed and took a blood sample to check how her kidneys were.

It’s surprising how much I missed not having her company. Her pitter-patter around the house, the super-gravity of her paws on my chest as I lie in bed, her snuggly presence taking over the bed from underneath my left arm in the morning before we get up.

Well she came home today. They found nothing wrong with her, and she perked up during a day on the dripfeed. Personally I’m not certain. She still doesn’t have an appetite back. I think that this is a respite and not the end of this crisis.