T-3 Hours

Until kitteh arrives and chaos rules the Cole household. Again.

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    Is a film crew awaiting her arrival? We need pictures, videos, the works. Does little Tunchette have a name yet?

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    RoonieRoo says:

    I’m excited to hear how it goes. I’m not really that worried about Tunch but I do think you need to keep an eye on Rosy and her showing just how JRT she is with a new cat in the house.

    Keep us updated.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Any thought to changing your Balloon Juice pseudonym to Crazy Cat Lady Cole?

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    AliceBlue says:

    Here’s hoping everything goes well! Also, too, pictures.

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    Bulworth says:

    Can’t wait!

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    shortstop says:

    I’ve been looking in vain for video of an old SNL skit in which Steve Martin plays somebody’s cat-crazy grandma. Her house is so covered in feline fur that the stuff is hanging off the light fixtures and falling in Spanish moss-like threads across the visiting grandkids’ faces. Hilarity ensues when Grandma serves pancakes with plenty of syrup. Does anyone remember this?

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Will you be going back to reguarly posting political stuff any time soon, rather than leaving your blog to the tender but desolate mercies of DougJ?

    After all, you are the one most of us came here to read.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Eleanor Abernathy.

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    Alison says:


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    PeakVT says:

    Where’s the PPV option? I want to see the bloodshed in real time.

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    MikeJ says:

    Does this sort of seem like bringing in cousin Oliver when the ratings start to sag?

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    gogol's wife says:


    Yes, because when it first aired I had 5 cats, and it was not comedy but stark realism for me.

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    scav says:

    Suddenly Chaos seems a good cat name. Countdown to Chaos. Running through the midnight streets yelling Chaos!

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    shortstop says:

    @MikeJ: Or that little space guy on the Flintstones.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    Welcome Kitteh!

    Have you decided on her name yet? If she’s purrs a lot why not name her “Bliss”?

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    Always a happy day when a dog or cat finds a forever home!

    I also think it’s time to retire the “Crazy Cat/Dog Person” meme. Nothing wrong with opening your home and heart to the needy and loving.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    This. Let us see many pictures, and much video.

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    quannlace says:

    ’ve been looking in vain for video of an old SNL skit in which Steve Martin plays somebody’s cat-crazy grandma

    Nah, my favorite is Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car.
    The episode where Toonces is going for his official driving test. S. Martin and Victoria Jackson (oh, what ever happened to you?) are sitting around the kitchen table. Steve shakes his fist and says ‘Damn! I wish I could help him!”

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @shortstop: Or Ted McGinley on anything.

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    Poopyman says:

    @pamelabrown53: How about “Shithead”? It’s an ancillary name, but one that gets applied on a very regular basis to our B&W.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Shut your pie hole, Timmeh.

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    Mudge says:

    The question all BalloonJuicestan wants to know: will the kitteh share the catbox with Tunch, or have her own?

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    shortstop says:

    @quannlace: I always thought the Toonces sketches were about three minutes too long.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    @Poopyman:Ya think? Somehow, “Shithead” does not have that mellow tinge of beauty and appeal to our higher angels.

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    Forkbeard says:

    I second Schrodinger’s Cat: The miraculous arrival of a new family member should really be on film. Maybe just attach a GoPro to Rosie for that ‘modern’ aesthetic.

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    Cassidy says:

    It’s OT, but I’m gonna spam a little bit this week. This saturday, the 23rd, the first Women’s Title Fight, Main Event, and just plain UFC fight is taking place between a former Olympian (2008 Judo Bronze medalist) and the only (to my knowledge) openly gay profession fighter. She’s also a veteran (Marine). The first female, Ronda Rousey, is a media darling and current UFC Bantamweight champion. She’s got sponsors, main stream sprots media coverage, etc. The second, Liz Carmouche, lives paycheck to paycheck and works at the gym she trains at to make ends meet. She’s also the underdog, brough in to be the sacrificial lamb for Rousey’s rising star. Personally, I’m rooting for Carmouche. She seems like a cool chick.

    I know most of you don’t care [or loathe]combat sports, but if you can find yourself at a sports bar this weekend showing the fight, every little bit goes a long way. Most professional fighters live below poverty and their families are part of their “sacrifice”. Even if she loses, solid viewer numbers can help one fighter start to make a living and maybe elevate a lesbian fighter to national prominence. Anyway, I’m not trying to be preachy. I like women’s sports and I love combat sports. I really want to see WMMA be as successful as the men and now that the UFC is behind it, it can happen.

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    shortstop says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I had to look him up. Having done so, I concur heartily.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    Dear John, I certainly hope your operation goes a bit more smoothly than the one I’m working on. We have our daughter’s two cats while she’s on vacation, and our little adoptee, Annie, is terrified. We were thinking of keeping the huge tuxedo male as a companion for her before this but the size differential is startling and Annie’s not having any, at least not yet. He looks like a panther alongside a cub, and she’s five months old and not very large. The other cat is just ignoring both of them; she’s a Maine Coon, and a bit of an old lady so she can’t be bothered with all this prowling and spying.

    No one has had physical contact yet, just some hissing, but Annie’s outright terror is palpable.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: You lose. You fed the troll.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Fuck yourself, douche. Mind your own business asshole.

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    Leia Smith says:

    Adoption day is always a PARTAY at my house– everyone gets amazing snacks and extra play coincidental with the new arrival. Here’s Hoping you send us pics of a buffet and Tunch dancing with a lampshade on his head…

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    Genine says:

    I don’t think the fun will start right away. It’ll be a slow build.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Hey Assidy, ever thought about the amount of Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury sustained by the men and women you like to watch beat the shit out of each other? Ever take a moment to consider the long term repercussions of this sport on THEM?

    Will you be caring for the ones who end up like Muhammed Ali, only without all the money?

    Let’s see, you: Don’t like pets, and you enjoy watching others beat each other up.

    Color me unsurprised.

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    MikeJ says:

    Yow, not a republican. Just stupid.


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    Ted & Hellen says:


    And you fed the troll feeder.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    C’mon, lighten up. Trolls are no fun to have around, unless we get to poke’em with a stick every now and then.

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    Poopyman says:

    @pamelabrown53: “Shithead” sends my higher angel running screaming from the house. May Cole’s new “Miss TBD” treat him better.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    @Amir Khalid: I’d agree but this particular troll is unworthy!

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Douchebag runs his mouth some more. Color me unsurprised.

    Hey, have you ever thought about walking out in front of a fast moving object like a train or bus. It must be so sad to be you. It’s so pathetic to watch you try and pick fights with people just so you can have some human interaction. I’d feel sorry for you, but I’m really hoping you’ll put yourself out of our misery. Rope is cheap, just sayin’.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    I thought you pretended to be using the pie filter on me?

    Did you finally abandon that pose?

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    I thought you pretended to be using the pie filter on me?

    Did you finally abandon that pose?

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    gbear says:

    Don’t listen to everyone who’s saying you need to film the arrival. You need to focus on your four pets 200% and make sure none of them are feeling left out or freaked out. This isn’t going to be like a family reunion. For your pets, this is being forced to give up some territory to a stranger.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Not on my phone. Only on my home computer. Once I get home and I’m with my family, you’re just not thought of. You’re still some pathetic amusment, but I do have more quality options. You should really look into the rope purchase.

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    cbear says:

    Hmmm, I’m torn between tuning in for the Great Lesbian Title Fight or the West Virginia Rumble in the Jungle.

    Both sound interesting, both could get bloody—anybody know what the Vegas betting lines are?
    I want to put $20 on the lesbian to win and another $20 on Cole to lose.

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    JPL says:

    Two Hours.
    Is it time to start pacing yet?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Am I the only one who thinks TBD kitty will be immediately accepted into the Cole animal family without incident? Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but our animal integrations have generally proceeded seamlessly.

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    Cassidy says:

    @cbear: Only one is a lesbian. It’ll run you $50 PPV. That’s why I suggested the sports bar: maybe a cover and some beer.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Uh huh. Yeah, right. Which is why you always reply to me in the evening while you’re on the computer ignoring your wife and family (alleged).

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: No, at that point I’m copying your pied comments because it’s fun to let you know you’re worthless. Do you even have a passing familiarity with critical thinking. Seriously, go get some rope. Do something worthwhile for once. Make sure you have life insurance so your kids aren’t always disappointed in you.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Did you go to Costco for bandages?

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    Princess Leia says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yep- I think that imagining the potential drama is just for our fun! What a letdown if it goes smoothly.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Betty Cracker: It’s Cole. This is the guy who managed to hurt himself mopping. HOw can we not assume something is going to happen?

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    kc says:


    Opie_jeanne, sorry about your baby. It takes a little time to introduce kitties; hard to do if you’re just catsitting.

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    kc says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Get a ROOM, you two. Or three, whatever.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    So you allegedly pie me to ignore me, then you spend time copying the pied comments and posting them in threads so that everyone will know just how much you never think about me and really don’t ever want me to make long, sweet, sweaty, passionate gay love to you…

    …got it.

    Hey, depending on how chubby you really are, I might do it for $5,000.00 No less than $4,500.00. Seriously though, I’d go no lower than $3,000.00. (I’m using Obama’s negotiating skills.)

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Rope. A noose is easy to tie. Do us all a favor.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Get a ROOM, you two. Or three, whatever.

    HEY. I keep trying to encourage him to admit that a room is EXACTLY what he wants…but he’s not ready.

    Be my guest.

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    Peej says:

    As I recall, Cole had visitor cats over the Christmas holidays and they survived, albeit hiding somewhere. I predict that everything will be fine for a few days until Tunch and/or Rosie realize that the strange cat isn’t leaving.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Rope. A noose is easy to tie. Do us all a favor.

    Great. So now you want to introduce bondage into the equation.

    Again, using Obama negotiating tactics…I will tie you up and slap you silly for NO less than $2,500.00 unless $1,500. is as low as you’ll go…no, wait…

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    gbear says:

    This thread is overflowing with piss.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Cassidy: Well, good point.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @shortstop: Missed that one. Wish I’d seen it. Steve on SNL back in the day was a complete riot.

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    Rosalita says:

    You are going to need a bigger recliner!

    Anxiously awaiting pics and updates.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Cassidy: I hope Carmouche has trained to fend off a good arm bar, cause she’s going to get all of that she would want from Rousey.

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    Skepticat says:

    Again? Don’t you mean still? (Of course this comes from a fool who has three semiferal kittens living inside and five feral cats outside, so I’m really only looking for someone to share the pain, er, joy and adventure.)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Despite the fact that the Tunchinator is snipped, this may also have a side effect of resolving the “sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night” problem you occasionally have with him in the spring and summer. I have noticed with our neutered males that you can take away their balls, but some of those instincts remain, so he may become more interested in monitoring “his” female than in wandering around marking his outdoor territory.

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    rammalamadingdong says:

    Although it’s not the same I boarded my four kitties so I could have the carpets stretched, shampooed, sofa and chairs cleaned and the air vents vacuumed. I bought all new litter boxes, feeders, etc. and finally just picked them up. We are having a reunion. I also had the two long-hairs shaved for the first time. I can’t even tell you how cute! They are pissed, but whatever.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Will there ever be another thread on this blog that escapes being polluted by you?

    Cole should bill you for the bandwidth you waste.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Make sure you have life insurance so your kids aren’t always disappointed in you.

    Suicide is normally treated as grounds for denial of benefits. In order to achieve your objectives, I think you’re going to have to “accidentally” run over their asses with a full-size SUV or a F-350 Super Duty.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Cassidy: Is it Pay per View or on a regular channel? Will having it on a cable system help? I can always leave the TV on and go out to run errands and not actually watch but still help Liz Carmouche’s standing.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: that was actually funny. Maybe you’re not worthless.

    @Paul in KY: if she hasn’t spent her whole camp fending off that and the best hip toss in mma then she doesn’t deserve to win.

    @PurpleGirl: it’ll be ppv, but that’s $45 bones. I mentioned the sports bar because those numbers are used for viewer numbers but less of a money commitment. It’s unlikely thy Carmouche is getting a ppv cut.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Fuck off.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @kc: The two visitors lived here for seven months in 2010/2011, so they strolled in here like, oh yeah, this place again. Most of the hissing today has been between the two of them, and the one that looks like the panther ran away and hid from the baby today, so she’s doing a lot better now. What a difference a few hours make.

    This is not to say there won’t be drama, but so far the drama level has dropped to a tolerable level. She’s no longer terrified and is becoming curious about the “panther”. He really loved our old tomcat when they all lived here, and I think he would like someone to play with. The other visiting cat looks like a yak and is a total princess. She doesn’t like any other cat and would love to be an only child.

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