Middle Of The Road


It’s Wednesday which means it’s Picture Day!  Yes, it’s time for another pixelated treasure chest for this week’s Serendipitous Photo Prompt, hosted by Marilyn.  It occurred to me that today is the one year anniversary of the evening I woke up without any air conditioning… but I already covered that sad story on my blog after it happened, and there’s really nothing new to say about it other than to rehash what assholes people can be sometimes.

Besides… before that milestone popped into my head, I already had an encounter earlier this week that I was determined to memorialize in a photo prompt…

As good a place as any to take a load off.

As good a place as any to take a load off.

As I turned onto my little street Saturday morning coming home from work, I came across this furry impediment directly in my line of travel.  Had I blown the stop sign and come around the corner without paying attention like some of my neighbors do, he’d be a white rug right now.  That is the entrance of my cul-de-sac (Yes, the cracks in my street are overrun with weeds… we are a low class subdivision), and yes, that’s a snow white cat laying in the middle of it.  It didn’t even so much as flinch as I came upon it, or when I carefully maneuvered around it.  And it was still laying there just as stubborn as can be by the time I pulled into my garage and fetched the camera to take that photo of him.

I wondered if there was something wrong with him, but he did eventually get up and walk away.  However, this picture I took of him after standing and facing me seems to tell another story…

Those eyes.... holy crap, don't look at those eyes.

Those eyes…. holy crap, don’t look at those eyes.

The left eye looks bad, and the right eye…. if there IS a right eye, looks even worse.  I didn’t notice this at all until I uploaded and processed these pictures the next day, and am not even totally sure it isn’t a photo trick since I had my zoom to the max to take these shots.  He definitely doesn’t look like a happy kitty, though.  I’ve never seen this cat around the neighborhood before, and I don’t know if he belongs to someone, but I do hope he’s OK.

Here’s a less creepy picture of him walking away…

Good kitty.  The sidewalk's a much better place to stay than the middle of the street.

Good kitty. The sidewalk’s a much better place to stay than the middle of the street.

And to end on a more cheerful note, the awesome song that inspired the post title…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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21 Responses to Middle Of The Road

  1. Mental Mama says:

    Poor little guy. He might not have a home of his own and that’s sad. I don’t understand people who dump kittens, or puppies, and just expect them to fend for themselves.

    • I’ve seen a lot of strays lingering around Mecca since we’re on the outskirts, and also not far from the pet shelter. My neighborhood would be an odd place for a pet dump, but you never know. I haven’t seen that cat before, or since that Saturday morning.

  2. Oh the poor kitty… it’s a nightmare for me to see a cat or dog, fox, mouse or whatever on the road… I once crashed in a fence for a fox on the road… and while the fox disappeared with singing “ringdingding”, I’ve got a bitchslap from the owner of the fence and my darned insurance refused to pay… :o(

    • Yeah, insurance won’t pay for any kind of animal swerving. I’ve even swerved around both possums that slowly wandered out into my path before. As for the raccoon that darted out in front of me out of nowhere one night… I honestly have no idea how I missed him.

  3. I had a Persian cat — Patricia, because she was such a patrician little thing — who like to sleep in the middle of sidewalks and roads. She got run over by a bicycle. We patched her up, but we stopped letting her out because she didn’t understand about roads and streets and all. Maybe your white cat was like she was and his eyes are suffering (as we do and a couple of our pups too) from seasonal allergies? I’d rather think that.

  4. Trisha says:

    Oh, poor kitty. The weepy, crusty look of his eyes remind me of my cat Frosty when he was a kitten and it turns out that he was infected with some form of incurable feline herpes. If that cat isn’t homeless, its owners are very irresponsible for letting it wander around with an active infection. But, on the brighter side, I guess it can thank its lucky stars that you didn’t blow the stop sign and turn it into a white rug!

    • I would like to meet my maker with a perfect record of having never squished a critter (outside of a comic strip, that is). I’ve had some close calls… mostly with (surprise) possums, but even the monarch butterfly that got hung up in my windshield wiper one day, and was pinned to my windshield for two miles at 55 mph, managed to fly away safely as soon as I hit the first stoplight…

      • Trisha says:

        You’ve been lucky. I have to meet my maker with the knowledge that I took out a rabbit and a crow. I’m a killer. 😦

      • I almost jinxed myself since I squirrel in full sprint and tail a-flailing ran right out in front of my car not even 3 hours ago on my way home from getting something to eat. He had nowhere to go, and I had nowhere to swerve or time to brake. I have no idea how I missed him… unless he was a stealthy hit.

      • Trisha says:

        How crazy that you almost hit a critter after saying you never have! Based on my experiences with vehicular crittercide, I I think you would have heard or felt a thump if you’d hit the squirrel. That squirrel is probably snoozing away in the trees right now. 🙂

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Poor little thing. He deserves better than this. People can be so cruel. It is irresponsible behavior leaving him outside in that condition.

  6. JackieP says:

    Aw, poor kitty. I do hope he is safe now. Wherever that is. 😦

  7. gentlestitches says:

    Poor wee fella. ❤

  8. The Cutter says:

    Maybe he just craves danger?

  9. atkokosplace says:

    Save him Evil Squirrel! 🙂 I do hope he has a home though. Love that song! Teehee! Have a great weekend!

  10. Gulp! Maybe it’s a zombie cat, or worse still a ghost! :/

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