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i saw a dragon-cat (lóng māo) today ...

While Min and I were talking in the kitchen of our apartment tonight I saw a small form enter the doorway to Wendy's bedroom. Min turned around and saw it too before it ran back into the darkness, but despite a search of the room we couldn't find any sign of our mystery guest. Wendy is out of town for the weekend and won't be back for another two days; she didn't mention seeing anything unusual before she left. After a discussion and some online research our best guess is that we have a black chinchilla hiding somewhere in our apartment. How it got there I couldn't say, but there are certainly worse things that could be spending the night under my bed ...

I can't believe how busy I've been over the past couple of weeks. Depending on how much time I have there may be another update tomorrow, but don't count on it.


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Oct. 15th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
What a random sort of vermin to have...
Oct. 18th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Anything like the Aussie 'quokka'? But that's a marsupial...

BTW, would appreciate your feedback on this..

Oct. 30th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Chinchillas don't look very much like a quokka from what I've seen of the marsupial. More like a larger variant of a hamster, perhaps.

Were you referring to the exchange with aput83?

I'm not sure I can relate to where he's coming from when he talks about a nuclear North Korea serving as a 'balancing force' in the world. The events in which North Korea has been involved should suggest that they are not a responsible nuclear power - even if they don't deliberately attack another country there is still the chance that a 'show of force' might lead to a horrible accident.

Additionally, the claim that a communist Korean peninsula would have led to democracy circa 1991 is questionable. Of course, even if that were the case I can't imagine how much human suffering there would be before that point was reached.

Is that someone you know very well?

(Sorry it's taken so long to comment - I've had a busy schedule over the past few weeks)
Oct. 30th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Hey. Thanks for your views. No, I don't know that guy very well, thank goodness. Ha. Nah, it's a good debate, although it got exasperating.

I'm actually very keen to learn more about the inter-Korean relations and whatnot. Would you have any good book to recommend? :)

Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what is general consensus in Malaysia concerning North Korea's recent nuclear capabilities? I have to admit that I was exasperated from the very beginning of that discussion after seeing the other participant mention "God given" rights - he might as well make it a blanket statement to forgive Stalin and Hitler for their actions.

Most of the books I've read don't talk about it in too much depth, although there was one that seemed very well-researched on the subject at my local library which I can no longer find. There is a page here with the search results for 'korea unification', but none of the titles look familiar. It might be a start if you can find any more information on those particular books though? Ehh, sorry I can't be more of a help, but if I think of anything else I'll let you know. :)
Oct. 22nd, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
A chinchilla, really? And an ebony - I thought they were more rare than other markings. I'd wonder about its ability to survive without food, water, and a steady supply of ash/sand to bathe in. Craziness! I know this year Pullman's had a lot of problems with field mice, especially since it got colder... But a chinchilla?

Anyway. I wanted to let you know that in 2007 the U.S. will release a remake of My Sassy Girl starring Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford.
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
I'm doubtful that it was really a chinchilla because, like you said, there are so many requirements it would need in order to survive. Plus, if someone had really lost an ebony chinchilla I would think they'd do at least put up flyers if not offer a reward for its return.

Still, it seemed larger than a field mouse and the ears seemed quite large - although it didn't exactly stick around very long to be observed. We also have a hole in the back wall of our living room closet that leads into a cabinet where Wendy recently started storing food. But who knows what it really was that we saw ...

I finally watched My Sassy Girl this summer; I can't believe it took so long, because it really is a fantastic movie. Have you seen The Lake House? I saw the last 20 minutes of that a couple weeks ago. Thanks for the head's up - I'll have to keep an eye out for the remake to see how it compares.
Oct. 30th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
It could always be a pet of someone nearby - but then again, why wouldn't they post flyers to get it back? After all, a chinchilla is a mighty cute animal...

I've seen the last half of the Korean version, and the entire American version. I think I like the Korean version better, but I'd like to see the entire thing before I solidify my opinion. =)
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