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Thanks, Lawyer Cat!!!

Feb 11, 2021

I watch too much cable news.  

I admit it.  Especially during covid.  I feel some primal need to be connected to the world, so if I'm walking, running, cleaning, cooking, working -- doing anything that doesn't require deep concentration-- I'm listening to the news.  I'm well and truly on top of world events.  

I'm also very sad.  

Not all the time. Don't start worrying. Yet.  But this week has been rough. It's impeachment week boys and girls. And the events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol are being replayed.  Over. And Over.  And over.

Over and over again I'm watching mobs of people storm the Capitol, spew foul language and racist slurs, attack police officers.  Even I, with my need for connection, had to turn it off.   Maybe that's how I missed Lawyer Cat.  

By now you've seen the viral video of the Texas Lawyer caught in a cat filter during an online district court hearing.  If you haven't, stop reading this right now and go here.   


Now you're up to speed.  

Yep.  Lawyer Cat.  Lawyer. Cat.

Lawyer Cat helped rescue me from some of my sadness this week. Just for a few minutes. Well maybe more than a few minutes.  I'll cop to it, I've gone back to Lawyer Cat several times in the last 24 hours. Especially the part where the lawyer finds the need to inform the judge, “I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”  It's ridiculous. It's adorable.  And it's a mistake.  A ridiculous, adorable mistake.  

The lawyer, Rod Ponton, was using his assistant's computer, and he couldn't figure out how to turn off the filter that made him look -- you know -- like a kitty cat.  According to the New York Times, Ponton's Secretary was "mortified" by the mistake, but Ponton, and the judge, and several million people around the world were delighted.  

They stopped. They watched. They laughed.  And for a moment they forgot about impeachment and Covid, and home schooling and whatever else may have been bringing them down. Sure it was a moment. But what a lovely silly moment. 

Sometimes mistakes are gifts.  Delightful little gifts. And when you can go with it, and not yell at your secretary, you share your delight with the universe.  Thanks, Lawyer Cat. Or should we say, Thanks, Lawyer Cat's Secretary. 

We now return you to your regular programming.  

Or maybe just to another viewing of Lawyer Cat.