Aby-a-Day – Day 227 of 365

This weekend was the Sales Tax Holiday in Massachusetts. To celebrate, my husband and I went to the Apple Store on Boylston Street to get our new iPhones. We took Jacoby along with us, since it was a nice day, and because we knew that well-behaved pets are allowed in the Apple Store. And it was the first real-life trial of Jake’s new stroller.

He was so calm and relaxed, it was incredible.


He was also undaunted by the long line.


And he was completely fascinated by watching people go up and down the big glass spiral staircase.


A small dog didn’t escape his notice, either. This was one of at least four dogs we saw in the store.


The number of people didn’t faze him a bit. At one point, he was surrounded by three young boys, all reaching into the stroller and petting him at once. He didn’t even blink, which made me so happy. That’s actually one of the things they test for when certifying therapy animals.


He did get a little bored after a while, though.


In the end, though, we emerged from the Apple store victorious, and went to catch the bus home with our new iPhone firmly in paw.

Blast From the Early Days of the Internet: A Dark and Stormy Night

I got an email from a friend this week that reminded me of one of the earliest internet LOLcats. While I remembered the joke, and the photo, I’d forgotten one cruicial detail.

A Dark and Stormy Night

They were together in the house. Just the two of them.

It was a cold, dark, stormy night. The storm had come quickly each time the thunder boomed he watched her jump.

She looked across the room and admired his strong appearance.. .and wished that he would take her in his arms, comfort her and protect her from the storm.

Suddenly, with a pop, the power went out… She screamed…

He raced to the sofa where she was cowering. He didn’t hesitate to pull her into his arms.

He knew this was a forbidden union and expected her to pull back. He was surprised when she didn’t resist but instead clung to him. The storm raged on…

They knew it was wrong… Their families would never understand.

So consumed were they in their fear that they heard no opening of doors…just the faint click of a camera…

Hey, that cat is an ABY! I’d totally forgotten that!