Ah, the tale of the naming of FutureCat is a long and tangled one. Sit down and I’ll tell you the story of how I got my name… Actually, it’s reasonably simple: ever since I first started using the internet, I’ve used a variety of usernames with “cat” in them. On one forum that I used to hang round a few years back, one of the North American members was puzzled by the fact that I always seemed to be a day ahead of everyone else – I would mention the fact that it was Friday, but as far as he was concerned it was still Thursday. Instead of coming to the obvious conclusion that I lived on the other side of the International Dateline from him, he decided I must be from the future, and dubbed me “the future cat”. So when I joined Bookcrossing and all my usual usernames were already taken, FutureCat seemed like the obvious choice. And as this diary is mostly about Bookcrossing (with not-so-occasional detours into the realms of cats, embroidery, and life in general), I’ve stuck with the FutureCat name.
Meetup last night, for which we had a surprisingly large turn-out (and surprisingly gender-imbalanced – not that a gender imbalance is unusual, it’s just that for a change there were more men than women, when it’s normally the reverse). MrPloppy made a rare appearance, plus there was a new member, MonkeCatcher, and regular attendees lytteltonwitch, non-fiction, Cathietay, daveytay, and (of course) me. We haven’t had that many turn up in ages. It’s probably a good thing awhina and meerkitten were at a movie, otherwise we wouldn’t have had room round the table! I passed on The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace (which had somehow found its way back into my house), One Hit Wonderland by Tony Hawks, and Undressed by Stacy Gregg, and picked up The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Porno by Irvine Welsh.
A couple of neat recent catches: another of my Tom Sawyers from our Dunedin trip got caught, and is now somewhere in Northern Ireland, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover was caught from the OCZ (which there’s been very little movement from recently), and has been re-released back onto the shelf. The catcher didn’t enjoy the book, unfortunately, but they did join Bookcrossing!
Currently reading: still slogging my way through Cuentos en español and the multitude of endnotes and appendices to A Path Where No Man Thought, as well as having made a start on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, which is a bookring book so I don’t want to leave it sitting in Mt. TBR for too long. I have really got to get back to reading just one book at a time…