Marcy’s Nine Likes. Episode 14…
|Juliet and Cappy|
Marcy: What’s that?
Cynthia: That’s my friend’s little girl, Juliet, looking completely adorable in her Cat In The Hat costume with her best bud, rescue kitty Cappy.
Marcy: It doesn’t sound like Seuss. It sounds like Shakespeare.
Cynthia: Actually, this is a kind of Horatio Alger rags to riches story. Cappy was an older kitten living with his colony on the mean streets of Los Angeles back in 2008.
|Cappy and his semi-feral siblings|
Cynthia: I worked with The Kris Kelly Foundation to TNR (trap/neuter/release) the colony. We found homes for five of the littlest kittens but the teenage kittens (the ones pictured) were really too feral to find homes for. Except Cappy. Kind of.
|Cappy and his brother living on the streets in Los Angeles|
Cynthia: He was very scared but curious.
Marcy: Curiosity killed the cat ya know.
Cynthia: In this case, curiosity saved Cappy. He would linger a little longer after he ate to see what I was up to. Eventually, he started brushing up against my legs. And that was when I knew I had to at least try to find him a home.
Marcy: Who wants a semi feral cat? No one.
Cynthia: That’s what I thought. No one. I put out a plea on Facebook anyway, and lo an behold, my friend Heather asked to meet him. She fell in love, took him home, and spent a tremendous amount of time taming him. She also spent a lot of money on vet bills since Cappy had health problems I wasn’t even aware of…
Marcy (admiringly): I bet he was bad. Feral cats are so bad. Just like the Cat In The Hat. He’s such a bad kitty.
Cynthia: Yes. It was quite challenging. Taming a semi-feral cat is not for the faint of heart. But Heather and her husband, David, are extraordinary people. And now look at him!
|Cappy at home|
|Cappy performing Neighborhood Watch duties|
Cynthia: Instead of living on the streets, he is living in house with people who love him and take wonderful care of him. Plus, he has a new friend – Juliet – a cat lover and future cat advocate. I mean, did you take a close look at her sneakers?!!
|Juliet and Cappy|
Marcy: That Cat in the Hat is so bad. He’s transforming little kids into bad kitties. He’s my hero. He’s so bad.
*It is very easy to get depressed and feel hopeless as an animal rescuer. The problem is so immense. Someone compared it once to trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. So when a cat I have rescued has such a happy ending as Cappy and his Juliet, it makes me so incredibly happy.
9:30 pm. Credits roll on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 9
Cynthia: Why is it the clothes we like never win? I would wear this dress in a heartbeat.
|Alexander’s Runner Up Dress|
Cynthia: And this one in a second heartbeat.
|Kate’s Runner Up Dress|
Cynthia: And since the winner of this week’s challenge is getting their dress sold at Belk‘s, we could have! But instead of going for “Wow”, the Smug Judges went for “Bland.” Bland x 2 actually, since there were 2 winners.
|Dom’s Winning Dress|
|Bradon’s Winning Dress|
Marcy: They’re okay.
Cynthia: Exactly. They’re okay. I checked out Belk’s website and these dresses fit in exactly with their aesthetic – kind of pretty/safely sexy – and their price point – around $140. So I guess the winning designers won because they fit in with the store and not because their dresses were the best.
Marcy: Kind of sad.
Cynthia: That’s what happens when you are a huge store selling to the mass market. Your stuff gets boring because you can’t take a risk. So as an artist/designer what do you do? Make a lot of money selling boring stuff to the masses? Or take a risk? Be bold. Be colorful. Be spectacular. But maybe you will end up with nothing?
Marcy: Risk it all I say! As our fave Dr. Seuss says, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
Cynthia: And isn’t it fun to stand out in a super spectacular dress?
Cynthia raises her martini glass. Marcy raises her Friskies can.