All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy!


A Refreshing Scene at Pemaquid Point, Maine.

Seems like the summer heat wave is beginning to fizzle out, sort of, which is wishful thinking on my part. I’ve been trying to skip away to a cooler clime in avoidance of the scorching temperatures we’ve been experiencing; but due to automobile problems, I was forced to remain in this blazing inferno.

Had I taken off when planned, the Cooper would have broken down somewhere in East Jabip, stranding me like a fish out of water.

The forecast for the next ten days in the Philadelphia region is as follows:


Courtesy of Yahoo

At least every day in the foreseeable future will not be over 90° F/32.2°C, as it’s been, except for this coming Thursday; so I’m rethinking my plans to get away and maybe just day-trip to the beach and mountains. Besides, the outlook for most everywhere predicts rain during the majority of next week.

Lately I’ve been ranting about the Internet’s love for cat videos and photos, their being plastered almost everywhere, anytime one looks at their favorite online haunts. Last Wednesday was International Cat Day, which became a trending topic on Social Media, like netizens needed another excuse to post cat pics and vids.

Today, Caturday was a trending hashtag on Twitter, whose respective postings’ page I didn’t review for fear of raising my blood pressure unnecessarily. In the meantime, while perusing news articles on various news sites, I noticed this headline and story:

Greek Cat Sanctuary Seeks Caretaker to Live With 55 Cats

A Greek cat sanctuary is seeking someone to live on the island of Syros and look after its cats — and get paid for it, Time reports.

The job is for “a mature and genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats and would love their company,” the job posting reads. “This person will have to feed the cats and care for those with particular health needs.”

Use of a house, a garden overlooking the Aegean Sea, a salary, and a bunch of felines to keep a body company comes with the position.

Ability to drive a car in case a cat needs to go to the vet is a must. The sanctuary is reportedly secluded and quiet in the winter. The article states further, “You’ll no doubt thrive best if you are the type of person who appreciates nature and likes tranquility — and rest comfortably in your own company.” Cat-whispering skills are necessary in case there’s a need to take in a feral cat.

There you are, cat lovers; go for it. More information can be found at:  God’s Little People Cat Rescue‘s Facebook page.  The part about the secluded winter and cat-whispering skills somehow makes me think of the movie, The Shinning.

Elsewhere in the news, eight tourists brawled at Rome’s Trevi Fountain over a selfie spot. Two women got into fisticuffs over a perfect location at a certain time when the sun reflects in the water of the fountain to make a sensational shot.

“Heated words were exchanged as the women jockeyed for the same angle and fists soon began to fly between the pair at the 256-year-old historic site,” the story reads, which additionally adds, “The women’s family members soon jumped in and the spat culminated in a messy brawl that required four police officers to break up, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports.”

The eight brawlers were left bruised and charged for the ruckus. Lock them up, in my opinion. Selfies are another entry on my long list of pet peeves.

So ends my weekly diatribe and contribution to the blogosphere. Thanks for stopping by and for your continued support.


About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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