Friday, June 10, 2011
The Kitty Dilemma
I took this photo on Wednesday morning while I was on my way to the train. If you look closely, you can see that there is a cat sitting on the ledge of that third story window. When I noticed it sitting there, my first thought was, "Hey, look. A cat." My next thought was, "He seems to be stuck on that ledge." He was mewing loudly and pacing back and forth. In this particular photo, he seems to be contemplating a three story jump to the ground -- or possibly an even riskier one story jump onto the ledge or sign below.
I thought briefly about trying to help the cat. But what could I do? Ask the thing to leap down into my waiting arms? First, I don't know the cat command for "jump, I've got you." Second, I was dressed for work and I was wearing a shirt that I particularly liked that day. I don't need flailing cat claws and teeth tearing my shirt to shreds. Plus, what would I do once I caught the cat? It was 6:30 AM. I wasn't going to shout up to try to wake the owners and the rest of the neighborhood. Could I just dump the cat in the building's courtyard and hope it didn't get out before the owners found it? Besides, can a cat really be owned?
I thought about all of these things and I might have thought of more but capitalism was calling. I mean, how is this economy supposed to recover if I'm not spurring it along with my substantial project management skills? I needed to get to work. The cat was going to have to figure this on out on his own.
But I did do one thing before I walked away. I took this picture and posted it on the Internet.