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Computer Minnie's First Foray Onto Another Page - By Bitu McClintock

December 21st 2007 11:00 pm
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Some months after Minnie died, my younger human joined an online game page called They awarded dots like points for various games. Some months later, they started having computer pets called Slingpets which people could create (either a conventional pet or something with various animal parts) which could keep their people company as they played games and won dots. My younger human got a gray cat with green eyes who was named after the real-live Minnie who died of fleas in 2005. But we knew there was a difference because the real-live Minnie had a mix of orange, black and white fur like me. When accessories for the Slingpets became available, Computer Minnie got a pink collar with a silver license. Then she got a few electronic gadgets like a cell phone and a laptop computer (a Mac, of course). Then she got a background showing an amusement park. My people like to think that they'll get to play in Computer Minnie's park someday up in Heaven. When the company stopped taking paying memberships, Computer Minnie lost access to a lot of games and her playing time was cut by commercial interruptions. My younger human was very unhappy. Then THQ took over the page, renamed it the Valusoft Arcade and made all the games accessible again for free. That made Computer Minnie very happy, though they've taken some of her favorite games off the list. But when I joined, my younger human started spending more time here and less time with Computer Minnie. My older human was fussing so much about it that he got into a fight with my younger human and made her cry. He enjoyed saying hello to Computer Minnie and scratching a box for her whenever she's lost a game because she couldn't come out and do it personally like the real-live Minnie could and I do. But since my younger human finds time to go see Computer Minnie once in a while now, he feels better. Until recently, my younger human could only talk about Computer Minnie because she had no way to show what she looked like. Then when she learned to take screenshots on the computer, she was able to get Computer Minnie's picture and put it on the computer. She's even sent Computer Minnie's picture to a few friends. One of my Catster Friends has been nice enough to put Computer Minnie on his page just below his own picture. It's still not the same as what the real-live Minnie looked like in life, but at least now people know that Computer Minnie exists, even though the real-live Minnie is still without the picture which would allow her to have her own page. But someday Computer Minnie will be real-live in Heaven and invite all her friends to her park. But my adopted sister Minnie with the orange, black and white fur will have to wait in line with everybody else. But if she gets to have her favorite snacks while she waits, waiting in line at Computer Minnie's park might not be so bothersome to her. I wonder if Computer Minnie's park will have stuff in it that I might like.


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