Monthly Archives: February 2012

Teaser…..Gotcha!

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Vatican Compound

Yep - it's Italy alright but WHERE???

Hey Gang!  Well, some of you guessed that the photo was taken in Italy and know what?  You were right!  Yup…..Italy it is.  Where in Italy?  Rome – that’s where, but more specifically, it’s a building on the grounds of the Vatican in “Vatican City”…….a 109 acre independent state believe it or not.  Mom and Dad went to see the Sistine Chapel on a tour and there were a bunch of buildings around including this one (Mom says she “thinks” it might have been the Papal quarters but she can’t remember).  Really pretty place huh? 

The landscaping with the evergreens and the palm tree make it tough to guess where exactly this pretty building sits so this Tuesday Teaser was a toughie! 

I’ll try to find something other than a “European” photo for next Tuesday.  Not everybody travels so it’s hard to know where some of these photos were taken, that’s for sure.  But then again, if it was too easy it wouldn’t be much of a TEASE huh????  😉

Kitty Hugs From Sammy the Big Tease

p.s.  HAPPY LEAP DAY!  😀

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Tuesday Teaser

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Compound

Where is this???

Here’s your Tuesday Teaser challenge photo.  This was taken on the grounds of a 109-acre “compound” consisting of a number of buildings  somewhere in Europe.  It was in the city where my parents began their honeymoon trip a bazillion, million,  number of years ago. 

Pretty building huh?  Interesting trees too…..so where in the world do you think Mom took the photo huh?  She was leaning out an open window at the time…..(no, Dad wasn’t tempted to push her….tee hee)!

See you tomorrow for the Teaser Tell-All…….and GOOD LUCK!

Sammy the Tease

The Mr. Chirpy Caper

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Now the story can be told!  The past few days have been busy for the Feline Bureau of Investigation’s Agents 00.5 Kozmo and 00.8 Sammy.  Here’s the scoop according to Sam!

“After getting word from Kozmo, Agent 00.5, requesting my help with the Mr. Chirpy Caper, I packed my bag and high-tailed it to the local airport where the FBI private jet awaited me on the tarmac.

After I boarded, I had time to reflect on how I would tackle this request from Kozmo……my mission was to try to determine from an informant on the Japanese Island of Cats, whether or not Mr. Chirpy had been in contact with the most evil Iki-Ryo to coordinate some kind of horrible cyber attack on the world. At least I had a mighty nice environment in which to THINK….the FBI private jet was quite comfy!

Fancy Private Jet Interior Shot

Talk about traveling in style huh???

I sent a quick text message to Kozmo just to let him know I was on board and on my way. I’d already arranged to get from Tokyo to the Japanese Cat Island via a small private plane which would drop me over the island and allow me to hang-glide down to meet with the FBI informant.

Japanese Cat Island Map

Map of the Cat Island

After a long trip to Tokyo and the quick trip from there to the island, I jumped out of the plane with my hang-glider and made my way downward to land in an open field on cat island.

 

Sammy's new hobby - hang gliding!

Wheeeee!

 After I landed and consulted my hand-held, FBI issued GPS locator, I found the spot where I was to meet my informant at Coffee, Tea or Meow Café – a local and very popular cat café. My informant would be easy to spot…..he had a distinctive look:

Japanese Cat Face

FBI Informant (unnamed for protection!)

When I entered the café, there were quite a few other cats around but there was no mistaking the face of my informant and after an initial greeting we headed to a private meeting room in back away from the crowd.

 

Japanese Cat Cafe

Whatta joint.....a guy could "blend" right in with this bunch!

 

 

 

My informant said after careful and intense monitoring of communications between the evil Iki-Ryo in Japan and Mr. Chirpy, it had been determined that as of my visit, the dreaded bird flu internet virus attack had NOT yet been set in motion. That meant Kozmo and I still had time to STOP the internet attack. He also gave me the last known location of Iki-Ryo, which was, in fact, right there on Japanese Cat Island.

I left the café and made my way down the busy streets to Iki-Ryo’s hideout. When I arrived I found the entrance guarded by Iki-Ryo’s “goon squad” – a group of tough looking cats.

A group of Japanese Street cats

Tough guys....the protection squad!

But I had a plan……I stepped around the corner and asked a local fisherman if he’d toss a few fish out on the pavement just close enough to this group of guards so they’d leave their station long enough for me to enter and confront Iki-Ryo.   It worked! 

Imagine my surprise when I made my way under the guarded door into a dark warehouse and saw this face!

Japanese Cat Face

The Evil Iki-Ryo !

 

 

Iki-Ryo was a very black cat – so inky that I could barely see him although his eyes appeared to stare right through me. He made it clear that I had no business coming into his lair…I told him I was a computer repair cat from the main island and I was there to work on his internet connection due to some problems on the island that users had been experiencing. He just told me in surprisingly good English, “Whatever….I’m too busy to follow you around…..go ahead and do whatever you’re here to do then GET OUT!”

I couldn’t believe he’d just let me into his computer room, yet he had and I quickly used my top secret FBI provided software to get into his files and scan for any communications involving Mr. Chirpy. There had been ONE email…..it had been sent just the day before…..Iki-Ryo was telling Mr. Chirpy that he’d sent by special courier a flash drive to Mr. Chirpy’s home in London that would be awaiting him on his return…..that as soon as Mr. Chirpy installed the flash drive the deadly computer virus would take effect and disrupt communications worldwide!! This is what the FBI had feared……and it was imperative that Kozmo and I shut down Mr. Chirpy on his return from London and intercept the flash drive!

Flash Drive
Innocent looking flash drive carrying the evil virus!

I very quickly contacted Kozmo and determined that Mr. Chirpy was in fact making his move back to London and Kozmo felt confident that he and I could make it back before Mr. Chirpy as our fabulously expensive and powerful FBI jet was capable of making the trip to London well ahead of Mr. Chirpy’s rickety old jet.  I received this coded message from Kozmo confirming Mr. Chirpy’s destination!

Japan Note

Coded message transmitted to me from Kozmo confirming Chirpy's destination

Kozmo was touching down briefly in Tokyo to pick me up and we were headed to London lickety-split (and fast too…..).  

I was ready to hop on board as the FBI jet cruised to a landing in a secluded area of the airport in Tokyo and I quickly boarded and made myself comfortable at last as Kozmo and I caught up and enjoyed a “niptini” together (shaken…not stirred).

Meeting Kozmo on the FBI Plane

A much earned break as we speed to London to intercept Chirpy!

I know by now you’re anxious to hear how this caper continued as Kozmo and I caught up, and made our way to capture Mr. Chirpy and intercept the deadly flash drive package before it got to London SOOOOOOOO, to get the rest of the “scoop”, just visit Kozmo’s blog at CAT FROM HELL and hear how this incredible caper continues………………!

 

Agent Sammy Checking In

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Hi Peeps…….well, as I told you yesterday, I’m on a mission for the Feline Bureau of Investigation but I’ll be returning today some time….hopefully in time to greet Mom when she pops in the front door after her trip. 

I’m not supposed to say anything of course about the adventure Kozmo and I are involved in, but I decided it wouldn’t be telling anything TOP SECRET to show you a picture of what I was riding on/in yesterday as I set out on my mission to help Kozmo!

Fancy Private Jet Interior Shot

Talk about traveling in style huh???

Yep – I was really “roughing it” huh! 

OK – I’ve said enough – besides, I’m getting a top secret text from Kozmo right now so I’ve got to sign off……………….tomorrow Kozmo and I will BOTH be blogging about our journeys and the BIG MISSION.  You’ll need to visit both of our blogs to get the full story and I promise it will keep you on the edge of your seat!!!

Agent Sammy, 00.8 signing off until tomorrow……

I’m On A Mission….

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Sammy's FBI Badge

My first mission! I'll get to flash my badge!

Remember yesterday I was whining mentioning that I would be bored while Mom was away for a couple of days???  Guess what…..I’m absolutely totally NOT going to be bored.  I contacted my pal Kozmo through the Feline Bureau of Investigation’s headquarters, and they in turn contacted Kozmo of CATFROMHELL to see if he needed any assistance on his current caper involving the evil, wicked, dastardly Mr. Chirpy. 

I didn’t have to wait long before they contacted me to say that Kozmo needed me to do a little “side trip” to check on something for him – that means, Agent 00.8, Sammy Kimmell “AT YOUR SERVICE” !!!

Now as you know when you’re a secret agent or private investigator you can’t really divulge details of what your mission is so I just can’t say much right now. 

What I CAN tell you is that Kozmo is in hot pursuit of Mr. Chirpy and we think that by Monday (February 27th) we will be in a position to TELL ALL. 

Looks like I may be able to time things so that I’ll be back from my mission in time to greet Mom on her return from North Carolina though ….. however, Mom would have understood if I couldn’t be here.  She knows that as soon as I joined up with the FBI, I could be called away any time. 

Moms understand stuff like that……..!!

I’ll be able to do a blog tomorrow from my secret location though…..so until Sunday…….

Agent 00.8 Sammy Kimmell, Feline Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Brave Little Me

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Sam Standing at Front Door

I'll be right here when you get home Mom!

Bye Mom!  Daddy and I will behave ourselves – we promise – right Dad?  Dad?  Oh Dad?  Well, I’ll behave anyway!

Now, what should I do first now that Mom’s gone….let’s see…..I could go pull all the toilet paper from the rolls in all three bathrooms…..or I could go down to the basement and toss all the litter out of my box to give Dad something to do…..or maybe I could just go take a nap up in Mom’s studio where I can pretend she’s at the computer doing her thing.

It’s a rainy and windy day so I’m thinking Dad won’t be “up” for taking me outside, nor will I particularly be interested in getting soaked. 

Maybe I could contact Kozmo from CATFROMHELL and see if he and the FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) need me to help out on the Mr. Chirpy caper?  Now that’s something that would surely keep me occupied the next few days…………….See?  I knew if I just stopped and thought about it I could come up with a plan.  Yippeee!

Sammy

Pre-Trip Whining

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Sam Settling in for a Nap

Got tired helping Mom start packing for her trip.....

Mom are you absolutely totally positive there isn’t going to be any room in your suitcase for me?  I’m pretty small – not all that much bigger than your blow dryer….surely you could do WITHOUT that for a couple of days.   Wouldn’t you rather have ME along?  I could sit on your table at the book fair and look cute…..maybe people would see me and come to your table just because I’m sitting there and wind up buying your books!!! 

See?  Always thinking aren’t I…..yes I know I hate being in the car so that might mean that I throw up all over the inside of the Blazer while you’re driving BUT you love me and wouldn’t mind that – right?  So what if you have to stop every thirty minutes to clean the car up.  Yes, I know Auntie Carol will be in the front seat with you but I’m sure she won’t mind either.  Right?  I mean she’s my Aunt – SURELY she won’t mind if I get a little – well – sick from time to time.

What?  You mean you think it’s BEST for me to stay home and play with Dad while you’re gone?  Will he play Mr. Yellow Fuzzy Ball with me?

 

Sam and His Dad Playing on the Rug

Me and Dad playing with yellow fuzzy ball

OK……..if you promise he’ll play with me AND give me lots of treats I’ll stay home.  I’ll try not to get so upset that you’ve abandoned me that I get sick anywhere.  

Just hurry home on Sunday OK?  Daddy and I will be waiting for you.  YES I know you’re not leaving until Friday morning but I thought I’d start whining a day early. 

Your Pitiful Son Sammy

 

 

 

Teaser Tell-All

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Hi Everybody!!  Wow….yesterday’s Teaser was a pretty good one wasn’t it?  What GREAT guesses everybody had too.  It could probably have been ANY of the places you all guessed BUT there was only one winner and that was (drum roll please…………………………….):

Katnip Lounge ! 

Mystery Photo

Strasburg, France

 The photo was taken in Strasburg, France

My Mom and Dad were on a Rhine River cruise at the time……and one day everybody on the ship got off to take a bus tour to Strasburg.  My Mom wasn’t feeling too well so she and Dad didn’t go with the rest of the crowd – they stayed on board and instead, arranged a taxi to come and pick them up at the ship and take them into town so they could wander on their own.  The taxi driver was really nice but he drove so FAST!  Imagine how my Mom and Dad felt when they heard a police siren coming up fast behind the taxi and stopped them on the street!  EEK!  The policeman came up to the taxi, opened the door, looked in at Mom and Dad and said “sorry – OK” then spoke with the driver in French – got back in his car and drove away!  They asked the driver what that was all about and he explained that the police were looking for two Chinese people (??). 

My parents still don’t know what all of that was about but they WERE as relieved as the driver that the police weren’t looking for THEM!  😉

Anyway, they had a nice walk around in the town, took lots of photos, Mom was feeling a bit better so enjoyed herself and at the appointed time the taxi driver picked them back up and took them to the ship. 

My parents are always having interesting adventures……!!

See ya’ll tomorrow and THANKS for guessing on this Tuesday Teaser.  Wasn’t that fun?  I’ll try to come up with another goodie for next week.

Sammy

Tuesday Teaser

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Mystery Photo

Where is this pretty little town?

Happy Tuesday Teaser Gang!  Here’s another “where was this taken” kind of mystery photo…..YES there’s canals through the town and YES there are cobblestone streets and YES there’s beautiful old architecture and YES there are pretty flower boxes on the fence along the water.

But where were my Mom and Dad visiting when they took this photo?

Tee Hee…….isn’t Tuesday Teaser FUN FUN FUN?????

Sammy

President’s Day

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Sammy the President

Happy President's Day!

It’s another holiday here in the US of A.  President’s Day.  Just another excuse for the mail service not to deliver mail.  Just another excuse for the stores to have ridiculous sales and cause traffic jams at every Mall. 

Humbug.   However, I must say, I look rather splendid behind the podium don’t you think?  Gives me an idea…….since people are having a tough time deciding on who to vote for in the next election – what about:

SAMMY KIMMELL FOR PRESIDENT?????

Oh – wait a minute – that means that I actually have to manage the government????  NEVER MIND. 

Anyway, those of you who get to celebrate President’s Day by not having to work…….enjoy!

Sammy (just plain old regular Sammy the Cat)