February 8th 2011 8:46 pm
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After being beaten again in the daily quizzes by Bitu on the computer, Pumpkin got a surprise in the Catster Mail. It was a letter from Jason Hopper inviting her family to visit him in California.
After rounding up John Hunt Morgan and the kittens J.J. and Mitzie, the four of them took a plane from New Jersey to California. After they found Jason Hopper waiting for them at the arrival gate, he gave Pumpkin a hug and shook paws with John Hunt Morgan. Then Jason Hopper looked at the kittens and exclaimed, “You two sure have grown! The last time I saw you, you were just little balls of fluff!”
As they made their way out the airport exit, the contrast between the cold winters of New Jersey and the welcoming warmth of California were immediately apparent. Pumpkin couldn’t get enough. “Just feel that warm sun!” she exclaimed in delight. “So different from the snow and ice of New Jersey!”
“I have an idea! Why don’t we relax on the lounge chairs at your hotel?” Jason Hopper suggested. So after the family checked into their hotel, they spent the afternoon lounging on chaise lounges by the pool, soaking up such a warm sun as Pumpkin hadn’t seen since last summer in New Jersey.
The next day, they went on a bus tour to see the homes of various movie stars. As they boarded the bus before the tour, the kittens appeared confused. “Where’s Bitu?” one of them asked. “Won’t she be running the tour?”
John Hunt Morgan and Pumpkin didn’t know what to say. So Jason Hopper tried to explain, “She couldn’t come, kids. She had to stay home with her people.” While this was true, Jason Hopper thought she should be spending time being affectionate to her people, though more than likely she’d be in the bathroom in her younger human’s room trying to take a nap on one of the rugs her people used to keep from falling.
As the tour bus drove along, the guide pointed out various homes of famous movie stars from years gone by. Though John Hunt Morgan and Pumpkin had some appreciation for the familiar names, J.J. and Mitzie appeared confused. Jason Hopper made a note to himself to look up various movies with those stars so the kittens could know what they’d done during their careers in life.
They were confused about something else too. “Why can’t we go inside?” one of the kittens asked.
“They don’t even let people into the movie stars’ homes.” Jason Hopper explained. He made another note to himself to find some disks showing the interiors of some famous movie stars’ homes so the kittens could see what they were missing now.
The next day the family made a trip to Disneyland. The kittens were overwhelmed by the larger-than-life Mickey Mouse. Then J.J. overcame his initial fear and assumed a crouching position, gazing intently at Mickey Mouse and flicking his tail. “What are you doing, J.J.?” Pumpkin wanted to know.
“I’m going to get that giant mouse, Mama!” J.J. announced. “He’d give us dinner for a week!”
As J.J. was debating how to capture the giant Mickey Mouse, John Hunt Morgan ducked into one of the souvenir shops and emerged several minutes later with a plush Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. He held them up and asked, “Will these do instead?”
Mitzie eagerly grasped the plush Minnie Mouse in her paws. While J.J. was persuaded to take his plush Mickey Mouse, he was disappointed that he couldn’t have caught the giant Mickey Mouse instead.
The family went on various rides in the park and saw a couple stage shows. The kittens held their plush Mickey and Minnie Mouse tightly the whole time.
They also took a trip to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where various movie stars had taken time to leave their handprints and footprints in cement along with their autographs. But the kittens were disappointed that there were no pawprints of any famous cats to look at.
The trip to California was over all too soon. As they flew back to New Jersey, Pumpkin was wishing she could take some of the warm California sun she craved back with her to make the cold and icy New Jersey winters warm and bright whenever she wanted to.
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pawsum storee bitu !!!!