Blue Cat Goes Fishing

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Today was Labor Day (a celebration of the contribution of workers) in the United States and so Blue Cat got the day off. His scribe’s son set up a fishing trip for Blue Cat and his scribe, so off they went to Rampart Reservoir. Located in the Pikes Peak National Forest in Colorado, the reservoir is at an altitude of 9,000 feet and is really big (13 billion gallons big). And it’s stocked every two weeks or so with tasty trout.

The first thing you need to know about Rampart Reservoir is that, while it’s close to the Blue Cat’s home in Colorado Springs (and supplies a lot of the city’s water), it’s hard to get there. That’s because there’s a military base (the Air Force Academy) and a mountain in the way, so Blue Cat had to go around the mountain to get there. A scenic drive, but a long one!

But it’s really beautiful once you get there. Here’s Blue Cat and his scribe’s son enjoying the fishing:

On Rampart Reservoir's shore.

On Rampart Reservoir’s shore.

As you can tell, Blue Cat is a little small to be fishing, especially since the fish in Rampart Reservoir are pretty big. His scribe had to take over, and was lucky enough to catch two rainbow trout. If you’re wondering, he used Powerball Trout Bait and a small trout hook – once with a floating rig and once with a bottom rig.

Blue Cat's trout bait of choice.

Blue Cat’s trout bait of choice.

Here are the fish – and yes, one is over 13 inches long!

The prize fish!

The prize fish!

Since this was Blue Cat’s first foray into the world of fishing, he had to learn how to clean the trout and cook them. We’ll leave the cleaning process to your imagination (or you can look at the video) but here’s how the fish were pan fried – flour with salt and pepper, then frying in butter (about 5 minutes on each side over medium heat). Watch out for bones – there are a lot! (Blue Cat is going to try to fillet the fish he catches next time.)

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And they were very tasty!

So the next time you’re in Colorado Springs you might consider fishing at the Rampart Reservoir! It’s a pretty drive, a beautiful location, and there are plenty of fish to catch. Tell them that Blue Cat sent you!

© William P Doyle, Jr  All Rights Reserved  2015

Enter Blue Cat’s Disney Princess Contest

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Blue Cat just returned from a fantastic vacation at the Disneyland Resort in California. In celebration, he is holding his first-ever Internet contest. Here’s the deal: The first five people to respond via email with the correct names of the princesses that Blue Cat met will receive an autographed picture of Blue Cat himself!

Send your answers (in order) to Blue Cat at blue.cat@thenewstrategist.com along with your mailing address. Blue Cat promises not to use your email or physical address for anything other than this contest, so you won’t get any spam (or Spam) from him.

Here are the pictures:

Princess #4 - Blue Cat's favorite!

Princess #1 – Blue Cat’s favorite because she wears blue and was the nicest!

Princess #3 - she's good at dancing with animals

Princess #2 – she’s good at dancing with animals

Princess #2 - Blue Cat offered to help clean her house

Princess #3 – Blue Cat offered to help clean her house

Princess #1 - she's not tired after her long nap

Princess #4 – she’s not tired after her long nap

Blue Cat really enjoyed meeting the princesses. They were all very nice, and several of them seemed very excited to meet Blue Cat. He even got a kiss from one of them!

Do you have any stories about meeting a Disney princess? If you do, please share them with us in the comments section. And don’t forget to email your contest entry to Blue Cat quickly so you can be one of the lucky five!

Good luck!

© William P Doyle, Jr  2014  All Rights Reserved

 

 

The Truth About the Sphinx

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Blue Cat’s scribe has been a great many places – one of which is Egypt. While there, he was able to see one of Blue Cat’s favorite monuments, the Great Sphinx, in person. Blue Cat found the pictures from the trip the other day and was very excited, because the Sphinx is supposedly the body of a cat (which is quite exciting when you’re a cat) with the head of a person (some pharaoh – not so exciting when you’re a cat). Here’s what it looks like if you’re one of the three people on the Internet that has never seen the Sphinx:

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A classic profile of a cat-like creature – very inspiring to a cat such as Blue Cat. But then Blue Cat learned the awful truth – the Sphinx wasn’t modeled after a cat, but something else entirely. Something sinister in cat-land. This picture tells the story:

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Yes – the Sphinx is really modeled after a dog – a dog like Blue Cat’s friend Teddy. Notice the same pose, the same profile, and the same regal manner. Very disappointing.

Except everyone at Blue Cat’s house thinks that Teddy is part cat…

What do you think?

© William P Doyle, Jr  2014  All Rights Reserved

 

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The Scribe and The Sphinx

Blue Cat Changes His Plan

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If you’re wondering where Blue Cat’s picture is today, you need to know that Blue Cat loves snow, but doesn’t like driving in it. So today he’s hiding in his creator’s purse – because today Blue Cat learned that a plan is not a recipe, but a guide.

That will take a bit of explaining. Blue Cat is in Provo, Utah picking up some of his friends from college (BYU to be exact), and like always he made a plan on how the trip would go. He was going to drive out on Friday, do some sightseeing on Saturday, and then drive back to Colorado on Sunday. A nice, relaxing trip – but then the snow came.

Unknown to Blue Cat, there’s a front going through the West, and it’s going to dump a lot of snow on the mountain passes on Saturday night and Sunday (or not – you can never tell in Colorado). And so driving home on Sunday will be very difficult. But Blue Cat has a plan, he says! Blue Cat can’t go against the plan!

Well – plans are just that – plans. It’s easier to always follow the plan, but things change and usually in ways that the plan can’t handle. So while having a plan is a good thing, you also need to know when to improvise as things change.

Blue Cat also knows that making a plan helps you to improvise. For example, even though he has to leave a day early, Blue Cat already has a good route picked out and knows where all the good places to eat are. And he knows he’ll be home in time for snacks.

So try to plan your projects like Blue Cat, but don’t worry if the plan has to be sidelined when things change. And have a great week!

UPDATE: Blue Cat learned another important lesson on this trip – that you can’t second-guess a decision made in the past. You see, he made the decision to drive home early based on the information he had at the time – that the weather would be really bad over the passes on Sunday. He missed all of the snow, but it turns out the storm wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted. So he could have stayed in Provo another day without too much trouble. But does this mean he made a bad decision? No, because the decision he made was based on his knowledge at the time and so it was a good decision. So – no worries for Blue Cat. And he’s safely home in Colorado!

(C) William P Doyle, Jr 2014 All Rights Reserved

Blue Cat Finds Inspiration

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Blue Cat has been having some trouble blogging lately. Mostly because he’s been busy supporting his scribe in his new job as well as keeping track of all the cookies that are in the house. But Valentine’s Day changed all of that.

You see, Blue Cat’s scribe brought home a gift for Mrs. Scribe from Virginia for Valentine’s Day. Not a big gift – unfortunately, he didn’t go to Jarod’s – but it was cute and something she liked. And it really caught Blue Cat’s attention.

You see, Blue Cat has been in a rut lately, and he needed some inspiration. And then this lovely person came into his life:

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She’s not only beautiful, but she’s smart as well (you can tell by the glasses). She was born in China, is very well traveled, and has lots of interesting stories from her time living in a gift shop at Dulles International Airport. And she’s frugal, too – she was the best part of a big sale.

What Blue Cat learned was that sometimes you just need to make new friends in order to get out of the rut you might be in. And new friends can come from anywhere – work, church, school, or that gift shop across the country. Try talking to new people and see how they view the world; it will make you think more and be a more interesting person. At least that’s what Blue Cat hopes…

© William P Doyle  2014  All Rights Reserved