The Cats of University Heights: Bandit

Huh? Another? Today’s putty-tat—photographed at 9:26 this morning (PDT)—is the eighth tuxedo to appear since the series started in October 2016. The friendly feline sprinted onto the sidewalk from a yard along Monroe Ave. near Louisiana. Somebody wanted pats and got plenty of them, making one-handed portrait-taking rather awkward. The Featured Image is first capture, from an accidental burst grouping. Reflected in the eyes, you can see me looking down, holding iPhone 7 Plus. Vitals: f/1.8, ISO 20, 1/331 sec, 3.99mm.

The furball had no collar, or other identification, so I give nickname taken from T.S. Eliot poem “The Song of Jellicles“, which is an ode to the tuxedo from his tome Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

I was feeling blue on a grey day, but the Tux brightened my mood. Anne and I have been trying to buy a house, with prospects looking less likely following yesterday’s property inspection. Yeah, the kitty was the remedy needed for my emotional ills.

The other seven tuxedos (also repeated in the master archive below): FraidyPatience, PepePoser, Sammy, Spot, and Tux. Oh, and vitals for the other two pics are same as the first, except for 1/460 sec and 1/406 sec shutter speeds, respectively.

Update, Jan. 20, 2020: I learned today from the former owner of Gracie (she passed away) the Jellicle’s name is Bandit. His home is on Louisiana, not far from where I first saw him.

Update, Nov. 13, 2020: Missing cat posts (on Nextdoor) and posters increase in number alongside (surely not coincidentally) fairly frequent coyote sightings. So I am relieved when coming upon a kitty not seen for awhile. Annie and I passed Bandit today, not far from our first meeting more than five years ago. I used Leica Q2 for the new portrait. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 28mm; 9:28 a.m. PST.

Previously featured felines: ScruffyRoly PolyWooSkullBiscuitThe ColonelWhite,  Chipper, Frisky, Stretch, Needy, Farfisa, Mates, Hunter, Pee-PeeBlue, Blue Too, Bonded PairPatience, Fess, Jumper, Frenemy, Looker, Cozy, Scout, Lurks, Skit, Mini, Betty, Black and White, Stalker, Bell, Chill, Sammy, Scratch, Poser, Star, Grey and White, Watcher, Herman, Comet, RomanWillow, Chub, Nimbus, Watson, Lilo, Kit, Pepe, Twilight, Sebastian, Spot, Booger, Ash, Veruca, Riley, Mellow, Bonde, Flower, Glass, Black, BeBe, Fang, Bruce, Siamese, Pounce,  Tortie, HaikuFraidy,  PesoDaniel TigerDuskStrideDaintySpry,  Tabby, Betty Too, Still, LeviShadow,  Sophie, WinkFerals, MommaCharlie, Tux, Cool, and Benny.