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  #11  
Old August 5th 17, 06:57 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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Sundance and/or Rebecca wrote in rec.pets.cats.community:

Hareballz iz furz dat kitteez hurkz up. Yoo purrobly alreddy knowz
dat kitteez groomz dere furz by likkin. In da process, we swallowz
sum furz. If we swallowz too much, den sumtimez we haz to hurk dem
bak up, an dey kumz up wif da varyuss flooidz frum owrown stummickz.
Dere muss be sumfing in dat combinashun dat can power dat fyool cell.

We apurrsheate dat d*ggiez mite wat to hewp, but I fingk we kitteez
haz dis mor dan cuvvered!

Rebecca


Ok! Daisy-chan doenst hurk up eny so wez got none to ****ribute. Cash
seys he's only see her do it twiced in 10 years.

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  #12  
Old August 17th 17, 12:54 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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[Francesca quietly disappears. Nothing much happens for a while, then a
noise can be heard approaching. A distant humming sound, accompanied by
a soft "thwap, thwap, thwap" noise. Moments later a very large chopper
appears. It find a clear space to land and settles gently to the
ground. As the engine stops and the rotors coast to a stop, the side
doors slide open. Francesca steps out wearing a pilot's helmet,
followed by Ranger. Aed and Morgana approach cautiously.]

Aed: What kind of catacopter is dis? Why is it so big?

Morgana: An what is it used for?

FtF: Dis is a Katkorski KatterHauler. Iz da biggest caticopter dat
Katkorski makes, an dis one has a bunch of special features designed by
da late Harri Roadcat. First, you prolly noticed dat it isn't furry
loud.Da engine and rotors are special designed for quietude. An take a
look inside.

[Francesca leads them inside the craft.]

See deze seats? Dey's specially designed fur kitties. You can sit in it
like a hoomin seat. Or you can press dis button (paw shaped, of course)
and da seat back retracts, leaving you wif a nice comfy kitty basket.
An dis one is made special fur arctic work. When da seat is in basket
position, if it gets really cold in da cabin (like if da catacopter
doors are open), you press dis yellow button on da edge of da seat, and
...

[Francesa pushes the button. The retracted seat back reappears, rises a
little bit then folds forward, making a roof over the cat basket. Once
the roof is in place, a transparent shield extends from what had been
the top of the seat back and folds down, forming a completely enclosed
kitty space.]

An da seat is temperature controlled. It has a cooler an a heater in
it, to keep da occupant comfy at all times.

Aed: Wow! That is very cool! But with all of these special kitty seats,
running cooling or heating for all of those seats must use an awful lot
of power. If the engine isn't running, how long can the seats continue
to heat or cool?

FtF: Dat's one of da coolest parts! Come back here, to da back of da
cargo area.

[Francesca leads them through the spacious cargo hold, back to a closet
set into a side wall. She pops open a maintenace hatch, revealing a
gleaming silver donut-shaped device with a steel access hatch over the
middle.]

Dis is a special fuel cell designed by Miss Amelia. I dun't know why it
never went into full production - it's furry useful. DIs fuel cell runs
on hairballs, and a single hairball can keep all da seats fully powered
for a week. Give it a dozen hairballs and it could run a small city fur
a munth! Even a hoomin city. Even a city wif goggies.



[As the kitties look around the catacpter, they hear a loud humming
sound approaching. They look out the doors and see Sammy driving a
forklift loaded up with a pallet of supplies. They stand to the side to
leave room for the forklift, but Sammy waves to them and drives to the
very read of the coptor. A cargo door opens and a ramp deploys, so that
Sammy is able to drive the forklift right into the cargo area. He drops
his pallet and backs out, then Ranger appears driving another forklift.
Sammy and Ranger make a few trips each filling the cargo section of the
copter with pallets of supplies.


Before Sammy is able to leave after dropping his last pallet, Starr da
Dogg stops him and asks what he and Ranger just loaded onto the copter.]

We'z loaded lots of stuffz! We'z got cold weather gear, tents, and
stuff like dat. And we'z got pallets full of food fur kitties an
goggies an penguins an sea birdies. An we gots some compact
construction equipment. You never can tell what we'z will need to do
once we get dere!


  #13  
Old August 18th 17, 12:08 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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Community Kitties wrote in rec.pets.cats.community:

[Francesca quietly disappears. Nothing much happens for a while,
then a noise can be heard approaching. A distant humming sound,
accompanied by a soft "thwap, thwap, thwap" noise. Moments later a
very large chopper appears. It find a clear space to land and
settles gently to the ground. As the engine stops and the rotors
coast to a stop, the side doors slide open. Francesca steps out
wearing a pilot's helmet, followed by Ranger. Aed and Morgana
approach cautiously.]

Aed: What kind of catacopter is dis? Why is it so big?

Morgana: An what is it used for?

FtF: Dis is a Katkorski KatterHauler. Iz da biggest caticopter dat
Katkorski makes, an dis one has a bunch of special features
designed by da late Harri Roadcat. First, you prolly noticed dat
it isn't furry loud.Da engine and rotors are special designed for
quietude. An take a look inside.

[Francesca leads them inside the craft.]

See deze seats? Dey's specially designed fur kitties. You can sit
in it like a hoomin seat. Or you can press dis button (paw shaped,
of course) and da seat back retracts, leaving you wif a nice comfy
kitty basket. An dis one is made special fur arctic work. When da
seat is in basket position, if it gets really cold in da cabin
(like if da catacopter doors are open), you press dis yellow
button on da edge of da seat, and ...

[Francesa pushes the button. The retracted seat back reappears,
rises a little bit then folds forward, making a roof over the cat
basket. Once the roof is in place, a transparent shield extends
from what had been the top of the seat back and folds down,
forming a completely enclosed kitty space.]

An da seat is temperature controlled. It has a cooler an a heater
in it, to keep da occupant comfy at all times.

Aed: Wow! That is very cool! But with all of these special kitty
seats, running cooling or heating for all of those seats must use
an awful lot of power. If the engine isn't running, how long can
the seats continue to heat or cool?

FtF: Dat's one of da coolest parts! Come back here, to da back of
da cargo area.

[Francesca leads them through the spacious cargo hold, back to a
closet set into a side wall. She pops open a maintenace hatch,
revealing a gleaming silver donut-shaped device with a steel
access hatch over the middle.]

Dis is a special fuel cell designed by Miss Amelia. I dun't know
why it never went into full production - it's furry useful. DIs
fuel cell runs on hairballs, and a single hairball can keep all da
seats fully powered for a week. Give it a dozen hairballs and it
could run a small city fur a munth! Even a hoomin city. Even a
city wif goggies.



[As the kitties look around the catacpter, they hear a loud humming
sound approaching. They look out the doors and see Sammy driving a
forklift loaded up with a pallet of supplies. They stand to the side
to leave room for the forklift, but Sammy waves to them and drives to
the very read of the coptor. A cargo door opens and a ramp deploys,
so that Sammy is able to drive the forklift right into the cargo
area. He drops his pallet and backs out, then Ranger appears driving
another forklift. Sammy and Ranger make a few trips each filling the
cargo section of the copter with pallets of supplies.


Before Sammy is able to leave after dropping his last pallet, Starr
da Dogg stops him and asks what he and Ranger just loaded onto the
copter.]

We'z loaded lots of stuffz! We'z got cold weather gear, tents, and
stuff like dat. And we'z got pallets full of food fur kitties an
goggies an penguins an sea birdies. An we gots some compact
construction equipment. You never can tell what we'z will need to do
once we get dere!


Iowna finds a kitty seat just her size and makes it into a basket. An
elder kittah not sure if it will stay heated asks to join her and
happily they curl in a warm puddle of snore/purr after all the
excitement of the loading is done.

Cash finds one big enough for him and a few more and sees a mommie
kittah with a few littles and asks her to join him just to be sure all
stay warm and she curls in.

Daisy-chan finds one by the window so she can watch the fishies jump if
they are close enough, and chat with the others.

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  #14  
Old August 18th 17, 11:36 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
Sundance and/or Rebecca
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Now dis iz weerd. We can see da cshenk post OK, but we sees da Community Kitties post only cuz it'z quoted in da cshenk post.

Sundance and Rebecca
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Old August 20th 17, 04:00 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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[Rebecca brings some paperwork to Francesca]

OK, heer iz da cargo mannyfest an da passinjer mannyfest. We haz kleerance frum da FAA (Feline Aviation Administration). We has an inishul supply of hareball fyool, an kitties arown da whirled is reddy to 'port ussez sum mor whenebber we needz it. Is yoo reddy to do yurown preflight chekz?

Rebecca
  #16  
Old August 21st 17, 02:54 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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On 2017-08-20 03:00:04 +0000, Sundance and/or Rebecca said:

[Rebecca brings some paperwork to Francesca]

OK, heer iz da cargo mannyfest an da passinjer mannyfest. We haz
kleerance frum da FAA (Feline Aviation Administration). We has an
inishul supply of hareball fyool, an kitties arown da whirled is reddy
to 'port ussez sum mor whenebber we needz it. Is yoo reddy to do yurown
preflight chekz?

Rebecca


I iz ready! In fact, I'z been reviewing my preflight checklist for a
little while now.

[Francesca climbs all over the catacopter, checking fluid levels and
fastener tightness, then she visually checks that the flight control
surfaces respond appropriately to control stick movements. She checks
that everykitty is clear of the tail rotor, then fires up the engine.]

Is efurrybody strapped in and ready to go?


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Old August 22nd 17, 01:35 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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I iz ready! In fact, I'z been reviewing my preflight checklist for a
little while now.

[Francesca climbs all over the catacopter, checking fluid levels and
fastener tightness, then she visually checks that the flight control
surfaces respond appropriately to control stick movements. She checks
that everykitty is clear of the tail rotor, then fires up the engine.]

Is efurrybody strapped in and ready to go?


[As the rotors get up to speed, Francesca gets on the intercom to
address everybody on board.]

Hi, efurrybody. We'z gonna lift off in just a minute. Doze of you who
have used a teleporter before will be comforrable wif our transition.
If any of you (especially you goggies) hafn't used a 'porter before,
don't worry bout it. We'z just gonna fly into dis sort of glowy
shimmery fing, and den we will instantly be somewhere else. It can be a
bit of a surprise if you isn't used to it. So I'll let youz all know
when we'z about to do so.

[Francesca turns back to the controls, and the catacopter lifts off the
ground. Francy keeps her maneuvers gentle, so as to not upset tummys.
The copter climbs to a comfortable altitude, then Francesca instructs
Ranger (who is sitting in the right-hand seat) to activate the
teleporter. He reaches out a paw and types on a paw-sized keyboard, and
soon a patch of shimmering light appears ahead of the copter.]

Ok, efurrybody, we'z flying into da 'porter now. In just a moment we
will be in da air over Antarctica!

[The copter does fly into the shimmering light, and the copter emerges
on the other side in the air over the Antarctic.]

Ok, kitties and offurs, we'z real close! If you will look out da
windows on da left side of the copter youz will see Antarctica. Da ice
dat you see dere is the Ronne Ice Shelf, an da ice ahead of us is da
Antarctic Peninsula. We'z headed towards the northern tip of da
peninsula.

Ok, kitties, we'z just about over da Palmer Station. Da Larsen Ice
Shelf is right below us. Da broken glacier we'z looking for is
somewhere really close. Efurrybody please help me find where it is.

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Old August 25th 17, 01:30 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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[The copter does fly into the shimmering light, and the copter emerges
on the other side in the air over the Antarctic.]

Ok, kitties and offurs, we'z real close! If you will look out da
windows on da left side of the copter youz will see Antarctica. Da ice
dat you see dere is the Ronne Ice Shelf, an da ice ahead of us is da
Antarctic Peninsula. We'z headed towards the northern tip of da
peninsula.

Ok, kitties, we'z just about over da Palmer Station. Da Larsen Ice
Shelf is right below us. Da broken glacier we'z looking for is
somewhere really close. Efurrybody please help me find where it is.


[After the copter has been flying a few minutes, Sammy meows over the intercom]

Sammy: Dere, dere! Look, dere's a great big hyuje glacier dat's real
close to the ice shelf! I'll bet dat's it.

Ranger: I'll set up the GPS controller to fly us up the gap and look
for tunnels or heat sources.

[Francesca loops the capacopter back to the southern end of the gap
between the glacier and the Larsen C ice shelf, drops to an altitude
ust below the surface of the glacier, and starts the chopper cruising
slowly along the gap. The FLIR monitor beeps occasionally, prompting
Ranger to record the coordinates at which the beeps occurred. When the
chopper gets about 3/4 of the way along the gap the FLIR monitor starts
sounding a continuous tone - on both sides of the chopper.

Daisy-chan points out a big tunnel to the chopper's left (the ice shelf
side), while Sundance reports seeing another tunnel on the chopper's
right (on the glacier side).
]

Morgana: Look on the right, up on top of the glacier - is that cats?

[Sure enouth, a group of perhaps a dozen kitties and a few penguins is
standing on the surface of the glacier. They're waving and meowing and
jumping up and down. Francesca increases the choppers altitude and
swings over near where the kitties are. ]

Ranger: Da sonar shows solid ice below us, os it ought to be ok to land.

[Francy sets the chopper down carefully, finally shutting off the
engines when it appears that the glacier surface is indeed strong
enough to support the chopper.

Morgana and Aed immediately open the chopper's door and dash over the kitties.]

Aed: Hi! We were looking for the colony of cats we heard lived around
here. I assume you must be part of that catmunnity. Oh, let me
introduce myself. I'm Aed, this is Morgana, and the other kitties
arriving behind us will introduce themselves.

[A Norwegian Forest Cat cat steps up to Aed and offers a head butt]

Hihi! I'z Lars, an we iz indeed part of da catmunity you'z looking for.
At least we were, until dis happened! We'z was caught off guard - we
didn't expect dis to happen fur a few more years, so dere was a dozen
of usses on dis side of the break when it finally broke free. We'z been
in trouble! We din't haf much food stored on dis side, or much fuel fur
our heaters, so we'z been relying on our penguin buddies here to keep
us alive. Zoot, could you come over here, please? Aed, dis is Zoot.
He's da head of da penguins. Dey's been bringing us fishes efurry day
to keep usses from starving. (whispering) and we'z getting purrty tired
of eating fishies.

Zoot: Hewwo, Aed. Pweased to meet you. Are you hewe to hewp deze kitties?

Aed: Yes, we are! We'z got food and cold weather gear, and we can help
get you back to the main community if you want.

Lars! Yes, pleeze!

[Francesca takes what looks like a really large, clumsy rifle out of
the catacopter cargo bay and walks over to the edge of the glacier.
Lying down on the ice she identifies the opening of the kitty tunnel on
the ice shelf itself, then she takes careful aim for the left side of
the tunnel and squeezes the trigger. A soft "pop" sounds, and a big
dart flies out the barrel of the rifle and sticks in the ice just left
of the tunnel mouth. She sights and fires again, and another dart
sticks on the ice just to the right of the tunnel mouth.]

Francesca: We wazn't able to teleport directly here, since we din't
know the exact coordinates fur da 'porter. An since da ice shelf moves,
da coordinates change wif time. But wif doze 2 beacons I just
installed, we can set da 'porter to go right between dem, and dat will
get us dere. Lars, Zoot, duz you guys want to 'port back to da main
tunnel now?

[Lars and Zoot both shout 'Yes!'

Ranger programs the portable teleporter for the coordinates right
between the 2 beacons, then iondicates that everything is ready.]

Francesca: Ok, guys, we'z set. If you step through dat shimmering
light, you should step out da other side on da main tunnel.

[Lars and Zoot both look kind of uncertain, not being familiar with
teleporters.]

Francesca: Here, watch.

[She steps into the 'porter and disappears. The kitties on the ice
immediately hear a loud whistle from the ice shelf side of the tunnel.
They run to the edge of the iceberg and see Francesca waving to them
from the main tunnel.

As soon as they see it works Lars runs off to gather the rest of the
stranded kitties and Zoot waddles off to gather the rest of the
penguins. They all walk through the 'porter, and a steady procession of
kitties and penguins emerges in the main tunnel through the ice shelf.]


  #19  
Old August 26th 17, 11:12 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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Community Kitties wrote in rec.pets.cats.community:


[The copter does fly into the shimmering light, and the copter
emerges on the other side in the air over the Antarctic.]

Ok, kitties and offurs, we'z real close! If you will look out da
windows on da left side of the copter youz will see Antarctica. Da
ice dat you see dere is the Ronne Ice Shelf, an da ice ahead of us
is da Antarctic Peninsula. We'z headed towards the northern tip of
da peninsula.

Ok, kitties, we'z just about over da Palmer Station. Da Larsen Ice
Shelf is right below us. Da broken glacier we'z looking for is
somewhere really close. Efurrybody please help me find where it is.


[After the copter has been flying a few minutes, Sammy meows over the
intercom]

Sammy: Dere, dere! Look, dere's a great big hyuje glacier dat's real
close to the ice shelf! I'll bet dat's it.

Ranger: I'll set up the GPS controller to fly us up the gap and look
for tunnels or heat sources.

[Francesca loops the capacopter back to the southern end of the gap
between the glacier and the Larsen C ice shelf, drops to an altitude
ust below the surface of the glacier, and starts the chopper cruising
slowly along the gap. The FLIR monitor beeps occasionally, prompting
Ranger to record the coordinates at which the beeps occurred. When
the chopper gets about 3/4 of the way along the gap the FLIR monitor
starts sounding a continuous tone - on both sides of the chopper.

Daisy-chan points out a big tunnel to the chopper's left (the ice
shelf side), while Sundance reports seeing another tunnel on the
chopper's right (on the glacier side). ]

Morgana: Look on the right, up on top of the glacier - is that cats?

[Sure enouth, a group of perhaps a dozen kitties and a few penguins
is standing on the surface of the glacier. They're waving and meowing
and jumping up and down. Francesca increases the choppers altitude
and swings over near where the kitties are. ]

Ranger: Da sonar shows solid ice below us, os it ought to be ok to
land.

[Francy sets the chopper down carefully, finally shutting off the
engines when it appears that the glacier surface is indeed strong
enough to support the chopper.

Morgana and Aed immediately open the chopper's door and dash over the
kitties.]

Aed: Hi! We were looking for the colony of cats we heard lived around
here. I assume you must be part of that catmunnity. Oh, let me
introduce myself. I'm Aed, this is Morgana, and the other kitties
arriving behind us will introduce themselves.

[A Norwegian Forest Cat cat steps up to Aed and offers a head butt]

Hihi! I'z Lars, an we iz indeed part of da catmunity you'z looking
for. At least we were, until dis happened! We'z was caught off guard
- we didn't expect dis to happen fur a few more years, so dere was a
dozen of usses on dis side of the break when it finally broke free.
We'z been in trouble! We din't haf much food stored on dis side, or
much fuel fur our heaters, so we'z been relying on our penguin
buddies here to keep us alive. Zoot, could you come over here,
please? Aed, dis is Zoot. He's da head of da penguins. Dey's been
bringing us fishes efurry day to keep usses from starving.
(whispering) and we'z getting purrty tired of eating fishies.

Zoot: Hewwo, Aed. Pweased to meet you. Are you hewe to hewp deze
kitties?

Aed: Yes, we are! We'z got food and cold weather gear, and we can
help get you back to the main community if you want.

Lars! Yes, pleeze!

[Francesca takes what looks like a really large, clumsy rifle out of
the catacopter cargo bay and walks over to the edge of the glacier.
Lying down on the ice she identifies the opening of the kitty tunnel
on the ice shelf itself, then she takes careful aim for the left side
of the tunnel and squeezes the trigger. A soft "pop" sounds, and a
big dart flies out the barrel of the rifle and sticks in the ice just
left of the tunnel mouth. She sights and fires again, and another
dart sticks on the ice just to the right of the tunnel mouth.]

Francesca: We wazn't able to teleport directly here, since we din't
know the exact coordinates fur da 'porter. An since da ice shelf
moves, da coordinates change wif time. But wif doze 2 beacons I just
installed, we can set da 'porter to go right between dem, and dat
will get us dere. Lars, Zoot, duz you guys want to 'port back to da
main tunnel now?

[Lars and Zoot both shout 'Yes!'

Ranger programs the portable teleporter for the coordinates right
between the 2 beacons, then iondicates that everything is ready.]

Francesca: Ok, guys, we'z set. If you step through dat shimmering
light, you should step out da other side on da main tunnel.

[Lars and Zoot both look kind of uncertain, not being familiar with
teleporters.]

Francesca: Here, watch.

[She steps into the 'porter and disappears. The kitties on the ice
immediately hear a loud whistle from the ice shelf side of the
tunnel. They run to the edge of the iceberg and see Francesca waving
to them from the main tunnel.

As soon as they see it works Lars runs off to gather the rest of the
stranded kitties and Zoot waddles off to gather the rest of the
penguins. They all walk through the 'porter, and a steady procession
of kitties and penguins emerges in the main tunnel through the ice
shelf.]


(apologies for delay but it took a bit to unfuzzle this. I suspect the
copter landed and we are debarking now?)


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  #20  
Old August 28th 17, 01:10 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.community
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(apologies for delay but it took a bit to unfuzzle this. I suspect the
copter landed and we are debarking now?)


Yep. Da copter flew into the 'porter, emerged in Antarctica, searched
until they found the huge glacier, landed, and have begun to interact
with the glacier kitties.

 




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