n cat night

I heard, this morning while listening to the radio, that a bill was passed in 2007 which will end production of incandescent light bulbs starting this year. Technically 100-watt bulbs can no longer be produced. If the legislation is upheld, 75-watt bulbs will be eliminated in 2013 and 60-watt bulbs will follow in 2014. For the sake of our barn cats I hope that some of these bulbs will continue to be made available on a limited basis at least. We have ten cats patrolling the fields, barns, and other out buildings here at the farm. They all avail themselves of the heated doghouse on the back porch. I was amused to read the Wikipedia entry concerning the origin of the name of the 70’s rock group, Three Dog Night … vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night was freezing, it was a three dog night. Like the Australians we too can determine how cold it is by a quick census of the cat house … maximally we have observed a five cat night. It amazes me that all feelings of cat emnity are set aside given their desire to keep warm.

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