Aby-a-Day – July 30: Art Beat Loops

As we do every July, Jacoby and I went to Somerville’s ArtBeat festival. This year’s theme was “Loops.”

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As always, we stopped to visit our friend Kim at Stella Marie Soap.

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She’s always so happy to see me and Jake.

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We also stopped to look at the M.U.S.C.R.A.T. bus.

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With its ears, it reminds me of the Cat Tank in the webcomic Stand Still Stay Silent.

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This year, there was a lot of sidewalk chalk art. Some that you were allowed to touch…

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…And some that you weren’t.

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All in all, we had a really gerat time, the two of us.

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It was a little bittersweet, though, since we probably won’t be able to go next year.

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And our unbroken string of ArtBeat dogcat tags (16 for me, 6 for Jake), will have to come to an end.

Aby-a-Day: July 26: Home sweet T station

cats are known for their homing sense. And Jacoby’s is as strong as any cat’s.

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As I’ve mentioned many times, he knows which T stop we live at.

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Not only that, he knows the stop before our stop.

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Once the doors close on that stop, he’s all ready for it to be our turn.

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“Open, open, open!”

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When we do get off at our stop, Jake knows exactly where we’re going.

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Of course, we don’t take the escalator anymore, especially with his stroller.

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But he knows where the elevator is.

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“Why do all these doors take so long to open!?”

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Jake is such an city cat. Riding in an elevator is just everyday routine.

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And, like any urban dweller, he’s quite impatient with how long the ascent takes, no matter how quick a trip it is.

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“Are we there yet?”

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“Seriously? How is it possible that we are still on this elevator? Plus, it kind of smells like pee in here…I didn’t think you humans did that?”

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Finally, the door opens!

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Jake knows we have to take a second elevator to the street level.

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As we approach the elevator to the street, he gets excited and stands up in his stroller.

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I think he does that to make it feel like he’s going faster.

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He waits impatiently for the doors to open.

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Another (shorter) ride up and…

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At last! The doors part and he is outside on the street!

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The traffic and noise of Dorchester Ave. don’t bother him at all.

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In fact, I think it bothers him less than being stuck in the smelly elevator did!

Aby-a-Day – July 25: “Stop” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Stop.”

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And here is the famous Strollercat at the Davis Square T stop.

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Just doing what Strollercat does…

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…waiting for a train…

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…so he can go for a ride!

Aby-a-Day – July 24: Portraiture (Fashion Friday)

At ArtBeat this year there was a young woman, Angela DeCarlis, doing pencil portraits.

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Of course, I wanted to get one done of Jacoby and me.

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She sketched me first, and while we waited Jake had a lot of attention from passersby.

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Once she had me down, she had me pose with Jake.

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While we were posing together, Rachel from the Somerville Arts Council passed by – she was one of the people in charge of the Copy Cat Festival we were part of a couple of years ago!

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She took these photos of me and Jake while we were sitting. I’m showing off our ArtBeat tags.

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If Jake looks a little grumpy on my lap, it’s because he just really wanted to back in his stroller. That’s his safe zone, his territory – and also the secret to how I’m able to go to places like ArtBeat with him. As long as he’s got his stroller, he’s happy.

And here’s how our portrait turned out! I kind of wish I was smiling…but other than that, it’s pretty dead-on. What do you think?

Aby-a-Day – July 22: Wordless Wednesday (Jake and the Cat from Outer Space)

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Aby-a-Day – July 20: Snapshots of ArtBeat (Hipstamatic Monday)

This past weekend was ArtBeat, Somerville’s infamous art festival.

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As always, Jacoby and I went out to participate. It’s been a while since we’ve been out together, since Jake’s not currently doing therapy work. He really seemed to miss his stroller!

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He also seemed to have missed riding the T.

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At least, he seemed to be happy to be out and about meeting people and getting admired.

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I have to admit, I’ve missed going places with him, too.

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Once we got to Davis Square, I got our tags. This is my 16th one!

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Jake got his tag, too, of course. This is his 6th ArtBeat – he’s been coming with me since 2010.

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We had our traditional lunch – Redbones BBQ!

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It was a bittersweet ArtBeat, though, since it’s probably the last one we’ll be able to go to.

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It was a long day, and tiring in a good way. When we got home, we just relaxed in the art room, me on my cushions and Jake on his S-curve.

Aby-a-Day – July 17: Jacoby’s first visit to the vet (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby first visited Dr. Natalie at South Boston Animal Hospital on 4 August, 2009.

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While he was checking out the waiting area, he met a little Chihuahua puppy.

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The puppy wasn’t much bigger than Jake, and they were almost the same colour.

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I’m not entirely certain that Jake knew that the puppy was, in fact, not a cat.

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Of course, Jake gravitated towards the cat food for sale on the shelves.

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Six years later, Jake still explores the lobby like he owns it.

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And, of course, he’s still very interested in the prescription dry food they have on display!