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The Cats of University Heights: Darth Mew

It’s a Friday doubleheader: two beasties with Star Wars names—and real they are! We follow Princess Leia with Darth Mew, whom my wife and I met on June 10, 2018. Texas Street is the neighborhood’s designated boundary, and we saw Darth just beyond as we walked in the direction of Arizona.

The Featured Image comes from iPhone X. Vitals: f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/60 sec, 6mm. The other is an ever-so-soft-focus portrait taken with Leica M10 and Summarit-M 1:2.4/50 lens. Composed as shot: f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/60 sec, 50mm. Time for both is 8:52 a.m. PDT. 

Update, Sept. 4, 2018: As I walked down Louisiana between Meade and Monroe, Darth Mew moved along the sidewalk. Texas is a busy-trafficked street, and I wondered which side he belonged on. I unsuccessfully tried to snap a pic of the phone numbers on his collar tag before he mosied into an apartment complex out of reach. While I drafted a Nextdoor post (later scrapped) asking if he was lost, Darth meowed outside a second-floor door, where he was let in. I called out to a woman, asking if he belongs to her. No. A close-by neighbor. I explained my concern about Texas, to which she answered: “Maybe he’s smarter than he looks” (or did she say “you think”).

Perhaps not coincidentally, Princess Leia made her first appearance nearby the same building.

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