Gap Week: December 24, 2021

Season’s Greetings!

I’m taking this week off for the holidays, but here are some pictures of the AcademiCats getting into the Christmas Spirit:

Oliver, with a festive trebuchet (my wife’s) and the Christmas Sherman, ready to bring holiday cheer to the whole world, but North Africa, Western Europe and the Pacific in particular.
Percy also enjoyed the the gingerbread cat-scratcher house. I’m not sure the little gingerbread fellow enjoys Percy though.
Percy was a lot less thrilled by the tree, at least at first. Somehow neither cat has managed to knock it over yet, although they have stolen a few of the ball ornaments as toys.
Ollie was much happier about the new festive furniture.

We’ll be back on the 31st to end the New Year by finishing out our series on Fortifications. In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Io Saturnalia and a Happy New Year to all y’all.

24 thoughts on “Gap Week: December 24, 2021

  1. Merry Christmas!

    It looks almost like the cats are trying to demonstrate fortifications. Their techniques still appear primitive, though – they’ve left open clear paths for attackers!

    1. The walls of the building provide sufficient protection against dogs, the main enemies of cats, as dogs lack artillery to breach even the weak point of windows.

      Rats and mice may find cracks where they can infiltrate, but the cats have sufficient superiority against them that they can withstand even a surprise attack, so the cats aren’t bothering with interior defensive structures.

    2. One thing we should consider is the likelihood that the cats did not construct their fortifications, but simply moved in and took over abandoned structures built by others for purposes that might not be in alignment with what the cats wanted to use them for.

      1. Unfortunately, I don’t think cats have the necessary engineering expertise to produce ditches. What they really need is a doggo auxiliary or two if they want them, but that might create further problems.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and the AcademiCats! I’m sure the wee gingerbread man was having the time of his life 😂

  3. I’m beginning to see the difference between your beautiful black cats. Oliver has a wide eyed optimism but Percy seems cynical and world weary.

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