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Feline Friday – #66 – inside outside

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Frankie says it’s good to sit outside on the front balcony watching the birds and squirrels and people walking by.

But it’s most advisable once in a while to turn around and keep an eye on what’s going on indoors too. You never want to be taken by surprise.

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After an interlude on the balcony, it’s time to come indoors and keep fit with some resistance exercises. Push back legs against the wall with arms raised and teeth bared. The paper bag is an essential component as it allows some easy motion sliding around on the floor while keeping fur clean.

Yes, as a feline, it’s important to keep to a schedule every day. Indoor and outdoor activities must be carefully balanced with meals and naps.

Until next time, cheers, Frankie!

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Culver City’s Screenland 100th birthday 5K, The Race of the Century

screenland 5KCulver City was incorporated on September 20, 1917 so our little town of approximately 40,000 people has been celebrating our 100th birthday since last year.

One of the celebratory events was the “Screenland 5K, The Race of the Century,” in which I participated. Lori Escalara headed a team to help support the restoration of public murals in Culver City so I figured that was a good reason to plonk down the entrance fee, not to mention the T-shirt and medal that came with it!

Screenland 5K 100thCulver City birthdayUnfortunately it turned out to be a rather grungy day weather-wise with no sun. At one point I had to walk with my camera inside my jacket. But it could have been worse.

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We were entertained by bands along the way.

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I was ten minutes late getting to the start line and by the time I had walked a few yards, many of the serious runners had already completed the first third of the 5K (3.1-mile) course and had turned around.

The race was scheduled for the morning of February 26 to coincide with the date of the 89th Academy Awards later in the day.

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Culver City is dubbed “The Heart of Screenland” because of the numerous movies filmed at studios such as MGM, Columbia, Sony, RKO, Desilu, Selznick and many, many more.

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Perhaps the most famous movies are “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” But I also have to mention “Singing in the Rain.” Some of the 5K participants dressed up as their favorite movie characters. I was just ME!!!!

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Sony and Culver Studios opened their lots to the 5K participants.


I was looking forward to getting some close-ups of the Rainbow sculpture inside the gates… too bad the sky was so grey.

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But I was happy to get a good shot of the artwork for my all time favorite movie “Lawrence of Arabia” which I have watched numerous times. I love everything about it from Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif to the spectacular photography and the glorious music. I realize the story isn’t that close to being accurate but that doesn’t stop my appreciation of the film.

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A peek into a “window” to see a gathering of classic movie stars.

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I walk or drive by Sony Studios several times a week on my way somewhere but it was nice to see inside. I have actually taken visitors from out of town on the studio tour a couple of times. And, of course, the exterior is on my Culver City walking tours.

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My final time was something in the range of 1 hour, 20 minutes so obviously I wasn’t going for any prizes! I was having more fun taking photos.

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After I completed the 5K I felt like I could have kept going. So in a couple of weeks some friends and I will be walking the 6-mile CicLAvia route from Culver City to Venice Beach.

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Feline Friday – #33 – feline fitness tips

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To save money on a scratching box I made one by inserting refill scratching boards in a cardboard box. The cats were happily using it to sharpen their claws until Frankie decided to take it over as his personal gym. However, I must say, it is put to good use. So here are some tips.

The way to utilize it for the best workout seems to be to start off in a relaxed position with back legs crossed, as shown in the photo above.

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Then press the head and front paws against the side of the box with back paws curled.

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Step three:  press head against side of box with front legs extended for low resistance.

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Step four is a subtle movement from step three. Front legs are fully extended for maximum resistance, head brought up out of box. Note, back legs remain in same position for support.

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Next up is the half circle move. Precise arcing of the back is very important but don’t expect to achieve it the first time. Frankie had many failures before perfecting this position. Note that the left front and back paws must touch but not overlap. This assures you are in the correct arc position.

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Step 6 is the relaxed arc to release tension. This is not to be confused with the beginning position which allows the tail to flop out of the box. Positions 2 through 6 require the tail to be carefully controlled inside the box.

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The second half of this workout takes place outside the box. It’s important at this point to get some good stretching going. All four legs, head and tail must be engaged.

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If you don’t happen to own the Official Feline Olympic Paw Pull Training Set some improvisation is perfectly fine. In this case I used some decorative ribbon and a fluffy ball attached to a larger box. Just make sure the apparatus provides sufficient tension for a good workout.

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With claws engaged in the ribbon, pull the upper body upwards. Make sure tail is pointing towards ceiling for good balance.

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This is optional but it can be a good idea to end the session with a teeth strengthening maneuver. Just be sure to grasp the ribbon firmly with the paws to alleviate excessive pressure on the mouth.

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An exercise routine such as this every morning can keep you in tip top condition in order to participate in the much beloved sport of Feline Olympic Multi-weight Wrestling.

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Because you are in great shape with muscles of steel you will not feel intimidated by a much bigger opponent.

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Especially one like Freddie who evidently does not have a regular exercise routine and has let himself go to flab!

So the message here is to keep up that workout and fear no-one!

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Feline Friday – #24 – cat playhouse update

 

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This is an update to Feline Friday – #22 – a good excuse where I described how this box was still in my living room after six months. I decided it was such a fixture it had become part of the furniture. So I added a few adornments in the way of pipe cleaners, shoe laces and other doo-dads.

The smaller box I brought downstairs to take out to the garage when Frankie hopped in and curled up, so I made that part of the complex.

You have no idea how difficult it is to get two cats to look at the camera simultaneously!

You may wonder what that leg is doing sticking out of the side of Freddie’s head. I was in the middle of a Richard Simmons aerobics DVD when the perfect photo op occurred so I stopped in mid sit up and grabbed the camera.

As soon as I pop a Richard Simmons DVD in the TV both cats come running. They seem to love the sound of his voice! And are probably amused at the sight of their uncoordinated human clomping around the living room!

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