Secondhand Sunday

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I've decided to make Sundays my Secondhand day. I'm basically too lazy to think of anything new to say so I thought I would re-post a "vintage" entry.

If you aren't in the mood for repeats, please feel free to change the channel.


Original Post Date, August 1, 2009

As I've mentioned before, Cleveland has a pretty colorful mob history and it reaches to the suburbs as well.

This is Vinny.

Everyone in my parents neighborhood knows he runs the streets. Nothing gets past Vinny and everyone knows his name. He doesn’t slink through the bushes like other cats. He struts himself down the middle of the sidewalk, head turning from side to side, looking for the next cugine that he can take under his wing.

Vinny is considered a Young Turk and doesn’t get along well with the Moustache Petes from the next block. I mean, they’ll come together as a Family if there’s a rat that needs to be popped, but the Moustache Petes get incensed when Vinny acts a little too oobatz.

The Carson family down the street went to the shelter and got a new cat last week. According to the owner, Vinny came over to "introduce" himself but he must have thought that the handsome new cat would threaten Vinny’s relationship with his comare, Gina, because he smacked him around a little with his paws to let him know who’s boss. We're pretty sure Vinny put the maloik (il malocchio) on him because Mrs. Carson found this in their cat's water bowl on the patio.

Bernie knows better than to make waves with Vinny. On this day, we pulled up and saw Vinny sunning himself. He woke up when he heard our car and strolled over, beckoning Bernie to come and join him in the sun.

Bernie wouldn't get out of the car until Vinny was safely out of sight and she turned to me as if to say, What does he think I am? A babbo?


  1. Hey Chrissy! Round here? It's the badgers. Tough hombres. Glad Bernie's keeping her muzzle clean with Vinny. Indigo

  2. Here we have the alligator mob. You don't always see them, but you you they could be lurking about somewhere.

  3. I'd like to hire Vinny as a hitman for the enormous city rats that are taking over my ghetto!

  4. OMG! I loved this post, and I love Vinny! He's my kind of cat!

  5. Cute, in this neck of the woods it is the racoons, Sally and Jack. Not the crits you would want to mess with.

  6. Don't feel bad, I rewind my blog posts all the time, especially in December!!!

  7. I love Vinny I had a Vinny who has past away now 5 yrs ago. He had the same type of personality. He was boss in our house, still miss that little man. Love the post.

  8. Great post! We have two cats and one dog (one is a semi-beagle) and enjoy their antics immensely. Vinny sounds so cool! You are so lucky.

  9. Chrissy, that was good enough for a column in the New York Times. What a great writer you are!

  10. hey, thanks for visiting and commenting (: Shud post more pics of Bernie (: Merry Christmas to you too.

  11. I loved this post! Very funny!


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