Everybody have a look -- it's Gizmo the kitten pretending to be dog food.
I prattled on once upon a time about how I, The Hawg, am an expert at naming cats. However, I wasn't the one that decided to name the kitten.
My attempts at naming said kitten were rejected by my wife. Ah, it's a shame to not have your brilliance recognized in your own home.
Alas, that's how these things go.
By the way, I've noticed that one of my favorite bloggers -- The Crotchety Old Man -- routinely refers to his wife as Mrs. Crotchety. I do believe I'd get hit (and hard!) if I called my wife Mrs. The Hawg. She's ex-Army and I've learned over the years not to push her too hard.
At any rate, it's a crying damned shame that I was denied the right to name young Gizmo.
You will notice that she's sporting some unusual markings and colors. She's one of the kittens born a few months ago to our cat, The Cheat (a cat I did name and she's better off for it). At one point, I had decided to try to give those kittens away by giving away a free case of beer to anyone who took one of the critters.
If you click the "free beer" link you'll to a post of mine in which a very young Gizmo is on her back and yawning. We'll put it in her baby book or something. We decided to keep Gizmo because she is so uniquely colored and marked -- obviously the cross between our orange tabby and some rogue, gray and black tabby that's slinking around the neighborhood.
The Hawg finally gets a page rank
I've been blogging for a little over two months now and have gotten my first page rank. Yes, according to this Google PageRank checker, this little blog has a page rank of 3 (0 is lowest and 10 is highest). The Alexa ranking, as of today, is #124,412.
That's not too bad, considering my blog hasn't been around that long and I've ignored virtually all of that "drive traffic to your site" advice I've seen here and there. I stick with Entrecard, Digg and BlogCatalog and that's pretty much it as far as marketing goes.
That's all worked out pretty well, I think.