maxtheape: Good afternoon.
cosettecie: hello 🙂
maxtheape: How was your trip to the lake?
cosettecie: absolutely wonderful! Atlanta’s so busy and growing so much that it was very nice to go back somewhere that hasn’t changed too much in the last ten years. Have you had a good weekend?
maxtheape: I can imagine how getting away from the busy city would be quite nice I’ve had a fairly relaxing weekend. A friend came down to visit, and we actually just got back from seeing a movie.
maxtheape: Did you get to spend any time with family on the 4th?
cosettecie: which movie did you see? Well, I’ve known my best friend’s family for ten years, so it was pretty much like being with family. 🙂 But no, none of mine were in town. We’ll make up for that this next week though, my aunt, uncle, and cousin are coming in to town tomorrow
maxtheape: Sounds like a fun time. 🙂 We actually had been wanting to see “Finding Nemo,” so that was the pick of the day. 🙂 I’m afraid my Elementary Ed. background pokes it’s way through in my movie selections at times.
cosettecie: actually, I’ve heard lots of people wanting to go ee that one, so you’re not that weird. 🙂
maxtheape: Well, thank you. 🙂
maxtheape: I’m afraid the three day weekend is going to catch up with me tomorrow morning. I have a terribly bad habit of staying up far later than I should. :”>
cosettecie: and how much later is “later?”
maxtheape: Well, if I’m in the middle of a book I’m enjoying… 3:30-4:00 is “later.” I’m terrible about saying to myself, “one more chapter.”
cosettecie: yeah, that might be a bit too late. /:) What are you in the middle of right now?
maxtheape: Right now I’m in the middle of a set of books by Sean Russell. Unfortunately, only 2 of the planned 3 books in the series are out. I have no idea how long I’ll have to wait for the third. 🙁
maxtheape: I still haven’t picked up the newest Harry Potter, I’m afraid.
maxtheape: That won’t be far off, though. 🙂
cosettecie: uh-oh, you’re going to be behind everyone else. 🙂 Actually, I haven’t either. Still have to finish the fourth one, though. I’ve never heard of Sean Russell…what genre is the series?
maxtheape: His series would fall into the fantasy genre. It’s a very interesting tale.
maxtheape: It’s something more of a Shakespearean fantasy than elves and dragons type.
cosettecie: hehe- that would be more along the lines of my tastes, then.
maxtheape: I enjoy that kind on occasion, as well, but there’s just something about a story where the people can be easily related to.
maxtheape: What would?
cosettecie: Shakespearean vs. elves and dragons 🙂
maxtheape: Ah. 🙂
maxtheape: So, have you any favorites to recommend? Are you in the middle of anything at the moment?
cosettecie: unfortunately, no. I just finished Wuthering Heights and haven’t started anything new yet
maxtheape: I must admit that I’ve never read that one. There are a number of the classics that have slipped through my fingers, I’m afraid.
cosettecie: it was really a lot better than I expected- definitely a romance novel. I’d read it in seventh grade but didn’t comprehend a whole lot of it then
maxtheape: I’ve still got a copy of Great Expectations siting on my shelf, awaiting my attention.
cosettecie: hehe- I’m in the same boat with that one too
cosettecie: Robinson Crusoe is next on my list, though
maxtheape: I would imagine that there are quite a number of things that you’d catch now that you wouldn’t have then. Another one I need to read. I’ve got to re-read A Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights.)
maxtheape: And I just can’t seem to go too long without revisiting Les Mis.
maxtheape: Murphy (my cat) has decided to lay across my arms as I type 😎
cosettecie: well, I haven’t tried that book in quite a while, but I know all the lyrics to the show by heart. 😡 Well, that’s trouble. Cricket, mine, is usually anti-social. She just likes to be in the same room with you. So I’m curious…
cosettecie: Where does “max the ape” come from?
maxtheape: Ah, that one. 🙂
maxtheape: Well, when I first ever was asked to come up with a “username” for something, I had no idea what to use. the name “Max” was simply pulled from thin air, while “The Ape” was just a small nod toward my fraternity in college. (No, I do not fit the typical “frat boy” mold. Sorry to disappoint.) 🙂
cosettecie: which fraternity?
maxtheape: The college I went to was a small one, and all o fate fraternities and sororities were “local” ones. The fraternity was Alpha Pi Epsilon.
cosettecie: ah. Well, I have friends at Georgia Tech in Phi Kappa Sigma, and the whole group does not fit the “frat boy” mold– that’s a good thing 🙂
maxtheape: We were/are just a very diverse group of guys who happened to be great friends.
cosettecie: that’s as it should be
maxtheape: Being at a small school changes the whole dynamic of greek groups, I think. When I joined, there were a sum total of 24 of us. The college doesn’t allow “frat houses,” so everyone lived on campus, and it was just a whole lot of fun.
cosettecie: wow. Have you been able to keep in touch with most of them?
maxtheape: A good number of us still keep in touch. We’ve got a list serve which ensures that I hear something from someone virtually every day. 🙂
maxtheape: Actually, up until about three weeks ago, one of my roommates was one of my old fraternity friends.
cosettecie: that’s great! How many roommates do you have?
maxtheape: Now I have none. 🙂 I had two, but one took a new job about 100 miles west of here, and the remaining two of us decided to just go find our own places. I’m getting used to the quiet. Murphy, on the other hand, wishes there were more people around to attack…er…play with. O:-)
maxtheape: He’s a great cat, but he still has a little bit too much energy.
cosettecie: how old is he?
maxtheape: Oh, there he goes. He’s off to sleep in his little bed in front of the window. Sunning himself. 🙂 He’s about a year old. I don’t know exactly, as I got him at the animal shelter.
cosettecie: That’s where Cricket came from; she fit in the palm of my hand when I got her seven summers ago
cosettecie: so Murphy’s still got plenty of kitten in him 🙂
maxtheape: Oh, how cute. Murphy was about 4-5 months old when I got him.
maxtheape: Yes, he’s still got kitten energy a plenty. He loves to attack my feet when I’m laying in bed. It would probably be more fun if he didn’t have his front claws.
cosettecie: haha, to you yes, but not to him, I bet. Cricket didn’t get de-clawed until I tried an experiment in introducing another cat to the household– a BAD idea. So they both got declawed at the same time when I found a piece of Muffin’s claw in the fur next to Cricket’s eye.
maxtheape: Oh, dear.
cosettecie: I wasn’t happy about having to do it, but they both still have their back claws, and have proven that they can still fight plenty with those; I have a scar on my hand to prove it. Unfortunately, Muffin just couldn’t stay in the family; neither cat (nor their owner) was very happy. So I gave her to a friend who recently moved to a new town and didn’t know anyone, so he’d have some company. Muffin liked guys better anyway 🙂
maxtheape: Well, hopefully, Muffin is doing well in her new home.
maxtheape: I’ll see if I can’t send a little picture of Murphy sometime.
cosettecie: what a pretty kitty! Looks like he’s strategizing. Yes, actually, I’m convinced that I was only meant to be a foster parent….my friend Chris absolutely loves her, and I’m pretty sure Muffin’s in the lap of luxury in his apartment
cosettecie: I got the picture
maxtheape: Ah, it worked? It gave me an error on my end. Not sure what happened there.
cosettecie: It went through fine on my end
maxtheape: Cricket is just a long-term placement, then? 🙂
cosettecie: she’s the reigning queen of the castle, yes. Let’s see if I can find a good picture of her…
maxtheape: That would be wonderful.
cosettecie: I know there’s one on my webpage (now defunct), but here’s another one:
maxtheape: How cute. Looks like she’s about to flop over the side of the staircase. 🙂
cosettecie: Well, I tried to send you a picture, but yes… you see the problem too
cosettecie: it gave me the option of uploading it to a server, would that help you?
maxtheape: That would work fine, I think.
maxtheape: Just having moved into my new place, and using a new internet service provider, it might well be a problem on my end. I’ve not really played with all of the setup things yet.
cosettecie: completely understandable. Does Murphy sleep like this on a regular basis?
maxtheape: He sleeps anywhere and everywhere, “on a regular basis.” He’s quite fond of sleeping by my legs at night, but as certain as any alarm clock, he wakes me at ten minutes before five in the morning every day.
maxtheape: He sleeps on his back, for the most part, only when I’m holding him.
cosettecie: wow. See, for me that would be a great alarm- that’s my normal wake-up time. But how does that work out for you?
maxtheape: It’s not too bad. I’d prefer to sleep until about 5:50, but it’s not too bad. Just need to train myself to read in the morning, rather than late at night.
cosettecie: you’re adapting well to being owned by a cat then, changing your schedule to fit around his. 🙂