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Entry date: 2-24-2023 - The Cat Next to Me says... - Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

Seriously, if a cat was granted the ability to speak English, I think their first words would be something along the lines of, "Seriously? You're an idiot." This the look I often receive from one of our many cats. The other look says, "I see you everyday but you frighten the fuck out of me for no reason."

Last night I watched a lackluster film called Twice In A Lifetime with Gene Hackman, Ellen Burstyn, and Ann-Margaret. I'm a fan of all three of them and there are even appearances by Amy Madigan, Bryan Dennehy, and Ally Sheehy. It was part of a string of movies Hackman made in the 80s about middle-aged men that are trying to find themselves. Sometimes these movies were more violent in nature and sometimes, like one of my faves, All Night Long, Hackman is just a regular guy looking for something more.

Anyway, the sleeping cat on the couch next to me was way smarter than I was in sticking with Twice In A Lifetime. We are not as smart as our pets. They have it easy. They don't need a lot of entertainment. A piece of string, maybe, or a bone. A couple of rubs behind the ear and they're golden. We should be so lucky.

My advice to you is to avoid Twice In A Lifetime and watch All Night Long instead. The latter is a comedy. The former is just a way to look at life and go, "Damn, I wish I was a cat." The one good thing I can say about Twice In A Lifetime is a cameo by a Zaxxon machine. I enjoyed that game a lot in 1984 and 85.

Here's to a good Friday and a Suns win tonight. Too bad Kevin Durant isn't playing.

See you tomorrow.

I don't even know what to say about this picture other than I am using it without permission. If Gene Hackman asks me to take it down, I will.

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Jeff Churchill
Jeff Churchill
Feb 24, 2023

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