Whenever I post anything, I always feel I must make the point that it is uniquely American. I actually lived in Asia for 11 years but I've been back in the USA since 1974 and my last Asia trip was in 1985. I've come to think of Americans with their never ending battles and the production of millions of new laws every year as being unique in damaging their people and businesses in the silliest and most unique ways. It seems that the Government is constantly seeking new bureaucracies to make life difficult through ever expanding regulations.
I have have had an obviously false impression that countries like Japan and Europe were far more assembled in most regards, wether you agree with their lifestyles or not.
So, when I read this it made me sad:
Japan gets a cat curfew
Japanese cat lovers snarl at new law | Life | London Free Press
I've been following this business model for years. So sensible. Place too small for a pet, you can still go and get the comforts.
Now, my "hobby" is social skill development in adult cats. I can tell you that to get a cat ready to work in a cafe is no small task. You invest a great deal of time and money in selecting cats with potential and then directing them toward specific behavior patterns. You can't just grab a local cat, drop it in an room of strangers and expect it to make the rounds greeting people. In America, we do have "working cats" who usually end up with hospice jobs. I recently rescued a working cat whose owners just arbitrarily dropped her off at the pound as a way of thanking her for years of loyal service (but that's another story).
So today, I'm mad at the Japanese government and I'm going to give America a day off. Sure, that day off will be used up on contraception, abortion and other regulation of individual rights that require no solution. Nothing will be done for the economy because.....(STFU).....But I won't be annoyed - I'm too focused on being annoyed at Japanese politicians.