THE HOME STRETCH

By: joealaska , 4:33 AM GMT on July 12, 2013

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Currently in Blue Springs, Missouri, just east of Kansas City.

One more average day and we will be back in Louisville tomorrow. I am hoping to take part in the final phase of my 40th High School Reunion on Saturday. Louisville Trinity. GO ROCKS.

After a few days on the road, we have gotten into a routine. It has gone pretty smoothly. The big point was after the cats realized the car is a GOOD place, a place they want to be. Not a place they want to flee. Except for the opening day DEBACLE in Ocean Shores, there has not been any attempt to escape.

Fluff is the seasoned traveler. A couple of whimpers on Day #1 and that has been about it for her. I put her in the back seat and she heads to the trunk where I neither see nor hear from her all day. Once, just yesterday, she came out of the hole and got a bit vocal for a couple minutes. Then the inevitable retreat back into the void. GOOD GIRL!

Fluff has never attempted to advance to the front seat. Why bother?

Dutchie started out very vocal, and today was only a bit so. The vocal sessions got fairly intense. At times she sounded to be out of breath, hoarse, or a possible great supporting actress in THE EXORCIST. Eventually she would go to sleep. But I would know when she woke up as the screaming started all over again. One scream lasted three or four seconds.

But even in the worst of the yelling, she would come up and look for some petting. Oh yeah, she remembered me after all. There were many requests. She would make the rounds several times a day. She spent time everywhere, including in the cat carriers. There were hours I had no clue where she was, but it sure was nice and quiet.

But when I stopped driving, AND turned off the car, Dutchie was heading into the hole with Fluff. It was moving time, and they knew it. Dutchie usually came out when I called. If needed, I just popped the trunk. I held it down and looked in the crack to see what the situation is. Usually it was an embarrassed cat cowering and giving up.

Once in the room, there was no more crying.

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1:40 PM GMT on July 13, 2013
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10. OGal
8:58 AM GMT on July 13, 2013






Another adventure finished. Welcome home Joe. Dutchie and Fluff you get the travel cat award. Enjoy your new digs.
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9. osdianna
2:25 AM GMT on July 13, 2013
Yay!!!
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8. miyuki
11:45 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
Thanks for the heads up Dotmom! Joe sure knows how to give people gray hair, I tell ya !!
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7. dotmom
11:39 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
He's baaaaaaaaack! Guess I won't be seeing him tonight. I left a message on his phone to come over for dinner but he wasn't checking for phone messages. He had to shop for his essentials. So we know he is home safe and sound and that is most important. The cats traveled well. He needs to rest up!
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6. dotmom
9:47 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
It's 5:45 and haven't heard from him yet. He said he would call when he got home. Also, I left a voice mail message on his phone. Hope all is well with him.
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5. iaotter
9:28 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
Are you planning on adopting another kitty with the new place? Be a shame to break a tradition.
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4. OGal
6:27 PM GMT on July 12, 2013





Glad the yowl travel is almost over. At least you didn't have a cat hanging from your neck. Pretty good kitties. Your own place and your own cats. Life will be good once again. Enjoy home!
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3. osdianna
4:33 PM GMT on July 12, 2013
If Dutchie doesn't get you evicted for excessive noise, you will have a chance to settle in and write the next book, golf at your leisure, BBQ, and wait for the next event. Isn't life interesting?

55 degrees here this morning and real clouds, I think, not just marine layer. At any rate, it was a bit too chilly to have the windows wide open, so they are closed and I am in sweats. That sound you hear is my snort of disgust!

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2. dotmom
11:50 AM GMT on July 12, 2013
I am so glad Joe is so close to home. It has to be stressful driving with the cats and worrying that something could happen that they might get away - well maybe just one would bolt. And, no Dave, the cats have never been to the Bluegrass. I am not sure now if they will actually get to our house because of the two visitors (cats) we have now. Might be mass chaos with a meeting and, honestly, old Joe and I are not up to finding out how that would work out. I am anxious to meet the infamous Dutchie and the sweet Fluff. We are having a cool morning and a great day for travel. See you soon JoeA!
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1. DHaupt
7:56 AM GMT on July 12, 2013
Joe, I figure you will be home by the time you read this. I'm curious, have either of the cats ever been to your folk's home in Kentucky? And, I recall that you have your own place now; of course, they have never been there. I hope they can have several months of peace and quiet. You too, of course.

We've just had a cool, breezy day and a chilly, breezy evening. It's 58F outside as I write. Feels like winter. Good sleeping weather. I should make use of it. But, meine frau is watching some costume drama about Elizabeth I (the one starring Kate Blanchett); I won't get any sleep until it is over or everyone has been beheaded whichever come first. Resembles Game of Thrones, but not nearly as sexed up. UK can comment further about her royalty. I'd rank them along side the US House of Representatives.
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!