it occurs to me that i neglected to say a word about the demise of mr. tom waits the cat. in mid-november, at the shelter, he was diagnosed with feline AIDS, and euthanized. he, and other cats he could have passed it on to in the future, were better off this way. but i still miss him. he was the closest i came to having a cat friend in this wasteland. RIP, mr. tom waits the cat.