Penelope Kitten talked to one over a CB radio last night. …
Middle of the night. Sunday. Hurricane Irma.
Penelope Kitten is working at the kitchen table.
She is manning cell phones, the internet, and an old CB radio (aka Cat Box) trying to keep in touch with the 54 six-toed cats at the Hemingway House as they weather out the storm.
Marcy and Cynthia check on her at 3am PST as the apartment becomes abuzz with beeps and static.
penelope kitten (squeaking): breaker. breaker. one- niner. this is pkitty from shakeytown. anyone got their ears on down there in the bikini state?
CB Voice: Affirmative.
penelope kitten: what’s your handle?
Frank Sinatra Cat: This here is Scurvy McGurvy.
penelope kitten: what’s your 20, good buddy?
Frank Sinatra/Scurvy McGurvy: Well hell, we’re doin’ a-ok here at the Hemingway House. We still got a Flag In A Five Mile Wind gusts and we’re all Checking Our Eyelids For Pinholes on account of no sleep but we’re all 3’s and 8’s for our little island paradise.
penelope kitten: 10-4. copy that.
Cynthia (yawning anxiously): So how’s it going, P? Cats ok?
penelope kitten: excellent. all 54 hemingway cats and their 10 caregivers are safe and sound. they were safe in their house made of 18 inches of limestone. plus, the limestone remained cool so it’s like they have a built in air conditioner. no power but they’ve got a few generators and lots of medicine and food. however, key west is still closed pending structural assessment of the bridges and power lines.
but, it’s back to business and each cat has all their 9 lives still intact.
Cynthia (relieved): Wonderful! We were so worried!
Marcy and Cynthia pad off back to bed.
Marcy: Us too. The Hemingway cats are integral to our mission of taking over the world.
Cynthia: Oh yeah?
Marcy: Yeah. Those Key West cats are frustratingly eccentric and opinionated. But, I gotta paw it to them – they’re scrappy.
More noises, beeps, and static from the kitchen.
penelope kitten (squeaking): breaker. breaker. one-niner…
*Check out the Hemingway Cats fascinating story at HemingwayHome.com!