8.14.2021 | Saturday

saturday 9: smelly cat

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Saturday 9: Smelly Cat (1995)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) Poor Smelly Cat lives with negligent humans who refuse to take it to the vet. Who is the last doctor you spoke to (vet, MD, dentist, PhD …)?

My general practioner a couple months ago.

2) This song was introduced during the second season of Friends. Were you a fan of the show?

I was! I was a faithful fan.

3) On the show, the song was performed by Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), an amateur folk singer and a professional masseuse. There  was a debate on Reddit about massages — some loved them because they are relaxing and therapeutic, others think it’s “creepy to be undressed and handled by a stranger.” How about you? Do you enjoy massages?

If they’re a reputable person/establishment, I’m all for them. I have back issues, so any time I can get one, pre-COVID, I was there for it.

4) During the run of Friends, Phoebe was roommates first with Monica and then with Rachel and finally with her true love, Mike. Tell us about one of your roommates.

I’ve only had roommates in college and in the Army. My college roommate was busted for “plying her wares” to the guys in the dorm, so that was… interesting. I had another in the Army who was having an affair with a married NCO, which was super fun. I think my favorite was another girl named Stephanie. She and I were at DLI (the Defense Language Institute) together, me for Polish and she for German, back in the early 90s. We’re still friends.

 5) Phoebe often performed for tips on street corners or at her favorite coffee shop, Central Perk. Where is your favorite place to go for a cup of joe?

Either the Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa or Wicked Hi in Waialua.

6) This song was originally called “Smelly Dog,” inspired by a pooch named Gouda. The childhood pet of Friends writer Betsy Borns, poor Gouda could have smelled better. Is there an odor you’d prefer to never smell again?

I can’t stand the smell of cooked asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower.

7) 35% of American households include a cat. Are there any pets at your house?

We have a cat named Javanyx and a dog named Loki.

8) In 1995, the year Phoebe first performed “Smelly Cat,” Steve Fossett became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific in a hot air balloon. Have you ever ridden in a balloon?

Just once. I’m afraid of heights, so it was terrifying, but oh so worth it. The view was AMAZING!

9) Random question: Looking over your romantic history, have you broken more hearts, or had your heart broken more often?

I think it’s probably pretty even!

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2 responses to “saturday 9: smelly cat

  1. That explains why I’ve never heard of Smelly Cat, I never watched a single episode of Friends! Nope, not one. I’m not the demographic they were after. I have a long list of “never watched” shows that were BIG, comedies from probably the same time period.


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