Friday, June 08, 2012

The Continuing Saga Of Newt

You may remember a few weeks ago, when I said my friends who just got married offered to take Newt in. (And there was much rejoicing.) They're in the process of moving back to Socorro, and figured they'd have a bigger place and it would be fine. But while they were perfectly happy to take her, and fairly sure they'd be able to, they didn't want to give me a 100% solid yes answer until they got their move sorted out this week. Well, it turns out their housing situation is much less stable than they were anticipating, and they now don't think it's a good idea. Sigh.

Well, never mind, on to Plan B! Plan B is my sister, who is also about to move, and who suddenly realized a little while ago that she's now going to be somewhere she can have a cat. She apparently related this fact happily to my mother, who replied, "You know, your sister has a cat..." Why yes. Yes, I do. Sis might not be in her new place for a few weeks yet, but the friends she's staying with say it'll be no problem for them to keep the cat there for a while. (To which I can only say: OMG, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!)

So, I called the airport today, and Newt now has a reservation to fly to Oregon with me when I go out to my sister's place in a week. I just need to go by the airport sometime before then and pick up the special carrier that fits under the plane seat. This, I think, is going to be an adventure. I'm actually rather nervous about it, mainly because they make you take the animal out of the carrier when you go through security. The carrier gets X-rayed, and you're supposed to carry the animal through the metal detector. Well, Newt does not like to be held. Not that she's not a friendly kitty, just that she doesn't like to be carried. In fact, it's just about impossible to do. You pick her up, and she's instantly out of your arms and sitting on your shoulder. Where at least she'll usually stay until you bend over far enough, as she doesn't seem to like jumping down from that height, particularly not from the shoulder of a person who's moving around. But I have visions of me picking her up and her escaping my arms, jumping down from my shoulder, and making a mad dash through the airport. At which point I'm either the star of a wacky comedy (or, as the guy who's not taking her put it, a Disney movie) involving adorably wacky animal hijinks, or of some kind of horrible tragedy as airport security decides the cat is probably wired to explode and take her down. Maybe I'll try wrapping her up in a towel.

4 comments:

  1. You have to drive all the way to ABQ and back, and then do it again when you're actually going to fly? This is so asinine it is obviously the airline's fault. On the brighter side, maybe they can x-ray the towel during your first visit... (Does the airline at least comp. your airport parking fee? Or the books you get at Barnes & Noble to justify your trip north?)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, I don't have to. Heck, if I'd had more notice, I could have ordered it online, but at this point, it probably wouldn't come in time. As it is, I could just pick it up right before my flight, but despite the fact that the folks at the airport assured me that they have lots of them and are unlikely to run out, I don't want to risk the possibility of there being some unforeseen problem with it, because at that point if I don't have it, I'm screwed. Also, transferring her from one carrier to the other at the airport is probably best avoided. So I figure it's worth it to go up and get it ahead of time. I was thinking I might make a day of it and go to the movies or something. I hadn't considered Barnes & Noble. And probably shouldn't given that a trip to my sister's almost invariably also involves a trip to Powell's. On the other hand, I did just renew my B&N membership, and probably ought to get some use out of that discount they give me...

      Delete
  2. Yes definitely a trip to Powell's!! Save your book buying quote!! It is mandatory for all out of town guests especially ones sister or is addicted to books.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I, um, may have accidentally exceeded my book-buying quota for the month already. But perhaps I can charge it against next month's. :)

      It occurs to me, by the way, that the last time I was there, I didn't go to the new building where the science and technical books are. I believe I may have to rectify that.

      Delete