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Miss Muppet

I am the- preshus- princess.
 
 
Purred: Sat Jan 6, '07 5:40pm PST 
I am startin this thread so we can all get to know more about each other by findin out where you live and what things go on in your town. Do you live in a place rich with history? Is your town noted for a special event or product? Do you live outside the U.S.? Any special customs observed where you live? The Tabbies want to know more, more, more about you and your hometown.

Miss Muppet

I am the- preshus- princess.
 
 
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Louis- Pasteur- Knightrider

Bringing Sexy- Back
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 8, '07 6:29am PST 
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

I live just north of the downtown core of the city of Toronto. It is the largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario (NOT the capital of Canada - that would be Ottawa!). Toronto is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario and is at the heart of the "Golden Horseshoe". Toronto covers an area of 629.91 square kilometres (243.21 sq miles), with a maximum north-south distance of 21 kilometres (13 miles) and a maximum east-west distance of 43 kilometres (27 miles).
The name Toronto comes from the Mohawk (a native tribe) word "Tkaronto" meaning: where there are trees standing in water, or argueably, from the Huron (also a native tribe) word "toronton", meaning: place of meeting.
The population of Toronto is approximately 2.5 million people. The people who live in Toronto are commonly called "Torontonians" (that would make me a Tabby-orontonian! MOL!!).
The city is home to the CN Tower. The CN Tower is 553.3 metres (1,815 ft 5 in) tall, and is the world's tallest freestanding structure on land. The tower is considered the signature icon of the city; more than two million international visitors are attracted annually to the tower. The Guinness World Records has listed the CN Tower as the world's tallest "building" for 31 years. If you visit, make sure to take the glass elevator right to the top where you can dine in the very expensive restaurant or stand on the glass floor and look way, way down! Other "famous" buildings in Toronto are the Roger's Centre (formerly the Sky Dome) and The Air Canada Centre, homes to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Argonauts.
For those who like scholarly venues, Toronto is home to the A.G.O. (Art Gallery of Ontario), The R.O.M. (Royal Ontario Museum) and the Science Centre (not to be mistaken with Science North located in Sudbury Ontario). And for those who like the arts, you can always visit one of Toronto's many, many theatres or performing arts centres to catch an off-broadway show or a concert!
There's so much to do and see in and around Toronto that I can't possibly talk about it ALL. Daddy suggests that if you're ever interested in finding out more about Toronto, or even getting some info for a future trip, you should visit www.toronto.com.
Alrighty, who's next?

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Tigga- (1996-2013)

The Chemist
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 8, '07 10:10am PST 
I am just a smalltown boy...

My town is Hucknall (aerial photograph), a small market town situated in the district of Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England. It is about 7 miles from Nottingham city and has a population of around 30,000. Apart from the southern link to Nottingham, the town is surrounded by farmland and areas of ancient woodland.

There has been a settlement in Hucknall for about 1400 years and the name 'Hucknall' is derived from the Anglo-Saxon name 'Occa's Knoll' which basically meant 'place of the oak'.

Hucknall isn't a cosmopolitan place at all and apart from the weekly Friday market, the focal point of the town is the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene, which was built by the saxons and completed after the Norman Conquest, between the 12th and 14th centuries. The church is at the bottom of my street, about 100 yards away. In my younger days, I could often be found stalking pigeons in the church yard!

The church attracts many tourists as the poet Lord Byron's remains are buried in the crypt (although his heart is said to have been buried in Greece!). His daughter, Ada Lovelace,is buried next to him (although she never knew him). She was a founder of scientific computing way back in the 1800's and has been descibed as "The Worlds First Hacker". She is one of the reasons we can be here on Catster today!

A popular local who became famous as a prizefighter was Ben Caunt who was Champion Boxer of all England (bare knuckle in those days). He died in 1861 and is also buried in the churchyard along with two of his children who died in a fire. It is said that Londons 'Big Ben', the clock tower of The Houses of Parliament, is named after him.
Composer Eric Coates who wrote The March of The Dambusters, the theme to The Dambusters movie, was also born and raised in Hucknall as was actor Robin Bailey

Hucknalls industries lay in textiles, coal mining and aircraft engineering in the form of a large Rolls Royce factory, the latter being the only one to survive. Many famous aircraft have been tested here including the first Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft - affectionately known as 'The Flying Bedstead'. An evolution of the same technology later formed the Harrier Jump-Jet.
The coal mines closed down in the 1980's and they can knit things much cheaper in China, hence Hucknall has suffered an unemployment problem in the last few years.

I would say there is not that much to do in Hucknall for the humans, except for the thriving nightlife, (a high street which has 6 pubs in the space of about 100 yards!) which attracts many scantily clad young ladies and wannabe modern day bareknuckle fighters every weekend! They do enjoy their binge-drinking in Hucknall!
It's a good job that Nottingham is only a 10 minute ride away on our ultra modern, £200,000,000 tram system!

Tabitha

I'm the smart- twin!!!!!!
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 8, '07 12:33pm PST 
Waldorf, Maryland, USA

The following link best describes the town.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf,_Maryland

It is a SubUrb of Washington, DC. The nation's capital city.

Waldorf is full of shopping centers and resturants. The traffic is heavy. Most people who live here work in Washington DC and have very long commutes. Our cost of living is really high. Mom and Dad spent $179,000 on our house (a basic 1967 split foyer) 3 years ago. Today they could resell it for $285,000. Our taxes are very high and I hear Mom and Dad complain about it all the time, even though their incomes are higher to almost compensate.

Parts of Waldorf is home to a large family of geese. They stop traffic by crossing the street. Most humans are kind enough to stop and let them pass.

Waldorf is also the home town of the Madden brothers who formed the popular rock group Good Charlotte.

We are also near two major Millitary bases. Andrews Air Force Base on one end and Patuxent Naval Air Station on the other end. Millitary aircraft fly over our house frequently. Sometimes Mom has to straighten the pictures on the walls because the vibration of the aircraft shakes them crooked. Activity was obviously most heavy after Sept. 11, 2001. We felt safe watching the Military Aircraft fly over.

An area with heavy traffic also means more idiots on the road. If you ever drive in this area, BE EXTRA CAREFULL. Many traffic laws are broken and there are many accidents.

Nemo (until- we meet- again)

What\'s for- dinner
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 8, '07 3:04pm PST 
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is home to many “weirdos”, as our fellow East-coast Canadians would call it. (right, Louis?) We are health freaks, organic freaks, and homeopathy freaks who don’t work very hard because it’s “bad for the well-being”. An average summer weekDAY for a Vancouver person would be: Wake up at 7am. Grab a glass of energy booster juice from the juice shop around the corner. Jog/cycle along the beach walk and into the Stanley Park. Have a low-cal low-carb salad wrap made from organic vegetables and whole wheat tortilla for brunch. Lay on the sandy beach in Jerico park (or get nude with some fellow nudists at the Spanish Bank near University of British Columbia) and read a book titled “From Gamma to Karma—how to use your PhotoShop skill to save the world”. Go to work (at Sofa So Good, Black Dog Video, or Deep Cover Bikes) at 1pm in the afternoon. Get off work at 5pm. Go home, get changed into Canucks retro jersey, pick up the “big finger” and go to GM Place to see Vancouver Canucks kick some Calgary Flames’ butts, or being kicked butt as happened so many times earlier this season. Crash at a buddy’s place after the game, make fun of Torontonians and get completely drunk.

Alright, alright. That’s not completely true. What is true I will leave for you to find out. Here’s some facts: Vancouver is surrounded by water on three sides and is nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range. Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, and boasts one of the mildest climates in Canada. The Greater Vancouver region is home to more than 2 million people. Only 25-35% is originally from the area, the rest is all immigrants from other provinces or countries. Vancouver is voted the second favorite tourist spots in North America, and consistently ranked one of the three most livable cities in the world. For many, it is the gateway to the magnificent Canadian Rockies (even though we are 10 hours away).

Vancouver is the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Last year we sent the worst Canadian skier (as he puts it himself) to Torino to accept the Olympics flag—our mayor Sam Sullivan who became quadriplegic after a ski accident. Like many true Canadians, Mayor Sam Sullivan has a "wicked" sense of humor and tons of courage.

The biggest problem with Vancouver is its expensive housing. It is said that, after 2010 Winter Olympics, an average detached single house in Vancouver city will worth well over a million dollars! Staffs *turns to Mike and Susie*, it’ll be time to sell our house and move to Prince Edward Island!

A few words of advice if you plan on visiting Vancouver—1. Buy an umbrella at the vending machine in the arrival terminal before leaving the airport. You’ll need it. 2. If you don’t want to look like a silly tourist, when you walk on the beach and see many locals sitting at the sidewalk cafes, do NOT ask them why they’re not at work.

Stony

Squirrel- Eliminator- Wonder Kitty
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 8, '07 3:16pm PST 
We are gonna plaigerize (how ever you spell that) Wikipedia.

Peoria, Illinois, USA is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria CountyGR6, Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 112,936. The Greater Peoria Metro area, including suburbs and surrounding, has a population of 370,000.
Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city because of its demographics and its perceived mainstream Midwestern culture. On the Vaudeville circuit, it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. The question "Will it play in Peoria?" has now become a metaphor for whether something appeals to the American mainstream public, and Peoria is often used as a test market for new products, services, and public policy polling.

St. Francis Medical Center is ranked as the ninth-largest Catholic hospital in the nation and is the largest hospital in Illinois outside the Chicago or Saint Louis area. It is the north-central Illinois area's trauma center and the largest regional hospital in Downstate Illinois.

Peoria is home to the AHL Peoria Rivermen, Class A Minor League Baseball team - Peoria Chiefs, and UIF (indoor football) - Peoria Rough Riders. The Peoria Chiefs play at the new O'Brien Field stadium in downtown Peoria.

Peoria has been awarded the All-America City Award three times (1953, 1966, and 1989).

Grand View Drive, which Teddy Roosevelt is said to have called the "world's most beautiful drive" during a 1910 visit, runs through Peoria and Peoria Heights. In addition to Grand View Drive, the Peoria Park District boasts 9,000 acres (36 km²) of parks, including Glen Oak Zoo and five public golf courses.

Peoria's sister cities include Friedrichshafen, Germany; Benxi, China; and Clonmel, Ireland. Peoria has also recently adopted Biloxi, Mississippi, as a sister city to aid in its recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Archaeologists can trace early man in Peoria as far back as 10,000 B.C.E. Artifacts and burial mounds yield evidence of a Native American civilization that was highly organized, ritualistic, and in harmony with nature. By 1650, the Illini Indians, a part of the Algonquin Nation, populated the area. The major tribes of the Illinois Confederacy were the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Michigamea, Cahokia, and Tamaroa.

1854 Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas gave impassioned speeches on the courthouse steps regarding the issue of slavery. The three-hour speech Lincoln gave is considered a landmark in his career and established the foundation for the principles of self-government and liberty for all people that would carry him to the White House six years later.

Besides being a prominent stop on the Vaudeville tour, Peoria was known as a wide-open town of liquor, prostitution, gambling, and corruption. Because of its proximity to river transportation and access to corn for grain-alcohol, Peoria was one of the largest manufacturers of liquor in the United States. Many of the mansions that remain on High Street and Moss Avenue are a direct result of the Peoria Whiskey Baron era.

"Famous"
Jack Brickhouse - announcer: voice of the Chicago Cubs
Wade Dooley - vocalist/entertainer. (Mom went to high school with him, what's he doing on Wikipedia???)
Joe Girardi - Major League Baseball catcher; former manager of the Florida Marlins
Richard Pryor - comedian and actor
Matt Savoie - figure skater: U.S. bronze medalist, member of 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team (yay Matt! Mommy knows him too! yay!)
David Ogden Stiers - actor: Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H
Jim Thome - baseball player for the Chicago White Sox (mommy knows of him, he went to her high school, she was in the same class as his cousin)

AmerenCILCO - former Central Illinois Light Company; now part of Ameren
Bergner's - department store; started in 1889 in downtown Peoria and eventually bought out Carson Pirie Scott & Co.; now part of Bon-Ton
Caterpillar Inc. (world headquarters) - bulldozer and engine manufacturer
Clifton Gunderson LLP (national headquarters) - 13th largest national accounting and consulting firm
The Junior League of Peoria - women's volunteer organization
Komatsu Mining Systems - construction equipment manufacturer
L.R. Nelson Corporation (world headquarters) - manufacturer of irrigation sprinklers
Maui Jim (world headquarters) - polarized sunglass maker
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research - largest USDA facility; where mass production of penicillin was invented
RLI Corp. (world headquarters) - specialty insurance company

Mudvayne - math metal music band


Sorry that was sooooo long!

Callista- "Cally" Ann

Sleep well, bark- often.
 
 
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Austin, Texas (from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin%2C_tx)
A few interesting things about Austin from our viewpoint... UT Longhorns are a BIG deal here, Austin likes to build 1/2 of a freeway interchange and never finish the second half, and for the best BBQ go to Mann's on 183 @ Ohlen Rd, 6th street is the place to be and be seen, Austin is known as the "live music capital of the world with bands playing everynight around town, high tech companies like Dell, Apple Computer and Motorola call Austin home, and it's one of the biggest speed traps in the state of Texas. Finally, it's the one city in Texas that you can see many beautiful lakes and rivers to go canoeing in with a view of mini-limestone mountains that you can hiking and climb, lots of outdoor activities to do in Zilker park, the townlake bridge is breathtaking. If you love the outdoors, you'd love to visit Austin.)

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the county seat of Travis County. Situated in the region of Central Texas, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 16th-largest in the United States. As of the 2005 U.S. Census estimate, Austin had a population of 690,252.[1] The city is the core cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area with a population of 1.4 million.
The first documented settlement of current-day Austin occurred in 1835, and the site was named Waterloo in 1837. In 1839, Mirabeau B. Lamar renamed the city in honor of Stephen F. Austin. Its original name is honored by local businesses such as Waterloo Ice House and Waterloo Records. Austin is situated on the Colorado River and on the Balcones Fault, which in much of Austin runs roughly the same route as the MoPac expressway.

Residents of Austin are known as "Austinites" and include a mix of university professors, students, politicians, lobbyists, musicians, state employees, high-tech workers, and blue collar workers. The city is home to enough large sites of major technology corporations to have earned the nickname "Silicon Hills." Austin's official slogan is "The Live Music Capital of the World," and many try to follow one of its unofficial mottoes of "Keep Austin Weird". ATX is a recently popular abbreviation for the city of Austin.

Xander

Xander - Here we go,- Steelers!
 
 
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eeep!

Well, I moved here with my dad just over a year ago. But last year there was a lot of talk of Super Bowl winning.

Pittsburgh is famous for sports, but also because it has more bridges than any other city. There are several big rivers that come together here. There were various forts built by the French and British in the 1700's and these fortifications expanded into the city that is there now. It's named after William Pitt, who was Prime Minister of Britain and argued in favor of NOT overtaxing the colonies.

Famous people from Pittsburgh include:
Mr. (Fred) Rogers
Michael Keaton
Dennis Miller
Mike Ditka

Famous Quarterbacks:
Johnny Unitas
Joe Namath
Joe Montana
Jim Kelly

Famous Survivor Contestants:
Becky Lee
Rafe Judkins
Amber Brkich
Jenna Morasco
Ian Rosenberger

Tabbygail,- Rainbow- Bridge

Short and sweet
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 8, '07 7:52pm PST 
Our Town is a great idea, Miss Muppet!

Our town: Mariposa County, CA -- Home of Yosemite National Park; a rural, mountain county in Central California, population -- about 18,000 humans and probably just as many kitties and d*ggies. Home of the Limestone Salamander, the only place in the world this species of salamander is found.

Our mom and dad both work at Yosemite National Park. Tanith, 'Kaika and I live in a neighborhood that has lots of trees, feral kitties, d*ggies, ravens, woodpeckers, scrub jays and Steller's jays, wild turkeys, raccoons, bobcats, vishus deer -- and, sometimes, even bears and mountain lions!

Your friend,

Tabbygail
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