It’s Kitten Picture Time!

by admin on November 18, 2012

Put away those chess pieces! I need you for a more urgent matter!

As some of you might know, Kay and I take care of kittens for the local animal shelter to get them used to a home environment until they are old enough to be adopted. This year I’d like to put a photo of one of our foster kittens on the front of my holiday greeting card. Which one should it be?

I’ve picked out my ten favorite photos from this year, and I’d like you to tell me which one you like best! (Also I’d be glad to take suggestions for what the message inside the card should be.)

1) Percy with Max (our permanent cat)

I Wuv You, Max

2) Freddie the Angel Kitty

3) Freddie the Devil Kitty

4) Gypsy

5) Bodie

6) Isabel

7) Lacey

8) Smidgen (rear view) and Daphne (front view)

9) Amber (top) and Elliott (bottom)

I sit on ur face.

10) Macy and Dorian? (I can’t really tell who is who.)

Yin and yang.

If that isn’t an overdose of cute, I don’t know what is! We’ll get back to chess next time.

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Robin J. Grochowski November 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

I like photo number 4.


Rob November 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Dana…my dog Rocky said you could include his recipe for “cats-a-role”.
If the postage wasn’t so high Rocky and I would put 50 of our village cats in a box and
send them to you.

Now put up some photos of dogs please!

Rocky and Rob


Cortiano November 22, 2012 at 2:57 am
Tony November 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I just read your bio page and it was interesting. You said “Ironically, I feel as if I know more about chess now than I did then [1994], but age does funny things to chess players.” I’ve been just recently musing about that age thing for the past couple days so when I read your comment it stirred my mind again – what do you think the funny things are that age does to a chess player’s mind? I’m only a lowly 1552 player but thought that chess was very much about experience. Been there, seen that, done that. Neil Charness has done studies on expertise and I recall reading that Masters acquire something like 20,000 or 50,000 chunks of information through experience so it seems to me that age would only lead to better chess. Greater knowledge of the various positions, transpositions, tricks, traps & zaps. I can only guess that the brain is too much like the material body and it simply breaks down, failing to function optimally regardless of the amount of chess knowledge & experience or perhaps it’s got too many other life experiences that interfere with the chess thought process and jumble it, grind it to a halt & force blunders? I suppose the stress and pressures of mortgage & car payments of older players don’t help. So many variations…so many…


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