Michael Totten

Gaius, Meet the World

PORTLAND, OREGON — I need one day off blogging. So we interupt this Iraq report to introduce our new baby Siamese kitten Gaius, who just arrived in our house today, to the rest of the world. (He has no idea he’s on the Internet.)
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UPDATE: I suppose someone is going to ask me how we came up with the name Gaius. So I might as well deal with that here.
Well, Reginald wasn’t going to work and Horace was right out. My wife and I both agreed on that much from the beginning.
I met a Turk who named his cat Jeff, and I thought that was pretty cool – but only if you’re a Turk. Jeff did inspire us to give our cat a foreign name, though.
I wanted to name the little guy Fulgencio. A cat deserves a strong name. But Shelly just couldn’t imagine standing at the back door and calling out Fulgencio, Fulgencio until the cat came in the house. Too many syllables. Mustafa would have been funny, but only if the cat had a moustache, which he doesn’t and won’t. Gaius was pretty much the only name left after all that.