Tales from the Critic: A Cat Meowing at Your Feet Looking Up at You is Life Smiling At You

Yesterday I told you about the Kuching Cat Museum in Malaysia. Well “The Amazing Race” today introduced me to a place in neighboring Thailand that would make for an excellent accompanying activity. Imagine dining alongside 40 playful felines. That is what you will find at the Caturday Cat Cafe.

Everywhere you look in the restaurant (whose menu boasts things like cheese and bacon spring rolls and rainbow crepe cake), there are CATS – cats walking on the “cat-walk” hanging from the ceiling, cats sleeping on a treehouse-like structure, cats lurking under tables and on chairs. To some, this may sound like a nightmare. To others, it may be the closest thing to Heaven here on Earth anyone will ever find. I reside on the second part of that spectrum and will make it my mission to take the love of my life there one day. After all, as the delightful documentary “Kedi” taught us earlier this year, “A cat meowing at your feet, looking up at you, is life smiling at you. Those are moments where we’re lucky. They remind us that we’re alive.”

Anyway, after working out, bathing and eating breakfast, I headed out to my first of two important personal appointments. I drove to Laveen, an “urban village” within the city of Phoenix that has been the butt of many a joke on Breakthrough Entertainment when speaking with fictional civil rights attorney Dorris Markovich. (Sorry to burst your bubble if you have remained gullible all this time but Dorris is not real. She is and always has been me – albeit with some fluctuation to my voice.) Laveen is also more than an hour away from my house so I had quite the lengthy journey. But without it, I would never have seen this…

My appointment went as well as could be expected so I traveled back to a more familiar part of town to waste time before my second important personal appointment of the day. I walked around a very busy Costco and collected food samples such as several different types of cheese, a slice of ham and some soup. I also stopped at Fuddruckers to buy one burger and get one free, as part of a promotion I had been e-mailed…

I love Fuddruckers because they have a condiment bar featuring fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles and more. I also love their hot nacho cheese dispensers. The burger itself is more of less an afterthought – but it, too, is always delicious. However, I did not eat it but rather took it to go and will perhaps enjoy it tomorrow from the comfort of my own home. After all, I had already filled up on Costco samples, my appetite still is not up to par and it was time for me to get to my second appointment. That, too, went as well as could be expected. So all in all both appointments went well, although I wish I had someone who had reached out beforehand to help get me in the right headspace for them and again afterward to help me decompress the stress.

I then stopped at the post office to drop off three items I had sold on eBay before heading to the home of family friends and neighbors Bonnie and Gary to attempt to help them with some paperwork which ended up being way outside of my pay grade (which is another way of saying I was not smart enough to comprehend it). They had prepared a dish of food for me to take home, though, which included chicken, peas, mashed potatoes and a boat-load of gravy…

I was grateful to have such a hearty meal after such a stressful day, although my appetite remains quite poor. I ate while watching the latest episode of “Big Brother Canada.” Although I do not like Dillon, seeing him cry over missing his niece really struck a chord with me. We can only hope that the people we love are safe when we are unable to get in touch with them. That ultimate unknown is one of the most sickening feelings a person can ever experience. Moreover, when we are out of sight, are we also out of mind? How easily can the human heart forget all about someone?

With the day winding down, I decided to reach out to the publicist for the potential guest for Breakthrough Entertainment’s Easter Special, to which I received a disappointing response implying that I may be leading the Easter Egg decorating discussion myself. I decided to call it a day and go to bed. And even though my cat You’re Next would be joining me, I knew that even she could not make me feel like life was smiling at me tonight.

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and BreakRadioShow.com that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

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