My sis lives there and we wanted to visit and check out the Amgen Tour of California. (Drug scandals notwithstanding, we're big pro cycling fans and this is a very cool week-long race that shows off the beauty of our state.) One stage was ending on the Wednesday we got there, so we knew we'd be able to see an exciting sprint finish, and the next day's stage was starting from the same spot. Always fun to go to the start and see all the big US and European cycling stars at the team buses before the race. (Yes, I'm a cycling groupie!)
We stayed with my sis, who has a cat. Rita HATES cats. (This also wasn't the dumb idea.) But she apparently likes cat toys... She immediately tried to steal a mouse toy:
|A terrible - but hysterical - pic. See the mouse's tail?|
Here is the mouse toy with a bit of Rita-spit-hair-mousse:
|My nephew used to wear his hair this way. (Wonder if he used dog spit?)|
Later, Rita noticed this cat sculpture, and - just to be on the safe side - gave it a good trash-talking too:
|Terribly frightening cat sculpture!|
|Rita, chilling in the grass, with Daddy|
Well, as soon as the cop cars leading the cyclists and the helicopter (for the TV coverage) swung into view way down the road, everyone started to beat on the metal barriers. It was insanely loud, and poor Rita FLEW out of there, dragging me behind her. No, not out on to the race course - thank heaven! (that's what the barriers are for) - but as far away as she could drag me.
|Rita, terribly unimpressed.|
We took her along again the next day, knowing the start would be much calmer, and she did fine.
|Here she is with the Team Cannondale bikes - looking much happier!|
|The start of the stage out of Santa Barbara - a much calmer affair!|