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When Legendary Entertainment first announced Kong:  Skull Island, it was met with a resounding "meh."  I mean, it was just 10 short years since Peter Jackson gave us his take on King Kong, so another reboot of the Kong mythology hardly seemed necessary.  But then, Legendary pulled a move that was just pure genius.

Legendary was producing Kong:  Skull island for Universal, the owners of King Kong.  Across the street at Warner Brothers, Legendary was producing the Godzilla reboot.  So, one day, Legendary went to Universal and said, "Hey, can we move Kong:  Skull Island across the street to Warner Brothers?"  Universal said, "Sure."  And with that, the MonsterVerse cinematic universe was born!  After Kong: Skull Island would be Godzilla 2 (now officially titled Godzilla:  King of the Monsters), and it'll cap off with Kong vs. Godzilla.  

As one article I read online not too long ago pointed out, thanks to Marvel and SHIELD, one of the cliches of a cinematic universe is you need a shadowy government agency to bring everything together.  In the MonsterVerse, it's Monarch, the organization charged with tracking and monitoring these giant monsters (or, massive unidentified terrestrial organisms, to use the MonsterVerse's term).  Kong:  Skull Island takes place in 1973.  Monarch is about to get shut down because there hasn't been any giant monster sightings in quite some time.  The director of Monarch, John Goodman, makes his case.  This new technology called satellite imaging has uncovered the long fabled Skull Island.  Thanks to a storm system that has cut off the island from the rest of the world, this island has remained untouched since prehistoric times.  John Goodman figures if there are any giant monsters from prehistoric times, this is where they'll be.  So, he manages to sneak along with the satellite imaging team that's going to explore the island. 

Of course, they'll need a guide and tracker to help them navigate the island, so they go to your standard rough and tumble bar and pick up rough and tumble Tom Hiddleston. 

Being 1973, this is also the final days of the Vietnam War.  They'll need a security escort on this island, so Colonel Samuel L. Jackson gets the call.  He's kind of bitter at the USA pulling out of Vietnam ("We didn't lose the war, we abandoned it," he tells one character), so he jumps at the chance for one last mission, even if it is security detail for a bunch of eggheads. 

With all this going on, war photographer Brie Larson smells a story, so she manages to join the expedition to cover it. 

Our team's assembled, and they head to Skull Island.  They being doing their seismic testing as part of their geological survey.  For those who don't know, that's when you set off explosives to see what's underground.  And of course, the bombs awaken...Kong, who promptly lays waste to the expedition. 

And here's where the main plot begins.  Our survivors are split into two camps.  There's Samuel L. Jackson, who wants to avenge his soldiers that Kong killed and take down Kong.  And there's Hiddleston and Larson, who just want to get the hell off the island. 

Hiddleston and Larson are soon joined by John C. Riley.  He's a World War II pilot who crashed on the island, and his been stuck there for almost 30 years.  Needless to say, he's gone a little bit loopy, but he's eager to join Hiddleston and Larson and finally get home. 

And this is where I've got to give the film credit.  As much as I love giant monster movies, the #1 complaint I always have about them is they can never figure out what to get the humans to do.  I mean, we all know that the human plotlines are just filler until the giant monsters fight.  But damn it, in Kong: Skull Island makes a real effort to make our humans interesting.  Best of all is, of course, Samuel L. Jackson, doing his best Captain Ahab as he grows more and more obsessed with killing Kong.  John Goodman is a more subdued version of this archetype.  It was his obsession that got them to his island, and he's starting to let it go as he sees how it destroys Jackson. 

And John C. Riley, man.  He's great, too, as you can never tell if he's just joking or if he's actually gone insane as part of his time on the island. 

Strangely, despite being the first big name attached to the cast, and played up as the lead, Tom Hiddleston comes across as the most bland character.  Hell, you even tend to forget he's in the film until he wanders back in and delivers some survival advice.  Hiddleston needed more to do, darn it. 

Actually, I still think the biggest waste is the Japanese woman, whose name escapes me.  (Hell, all the characters' names escape me, which is why I'm referring to their actor names).  John Goodman brings some of his proteges from Monarch along to help document the findings, and one of them is a Japanese woman.  Now, I'm pretty sure the only reason why she's there is to make sure Japan is represented and to remind us that this is part of the greater Godzilla universe.  But, dude, she's only got six lines, and most of them are relegated to "Look out!"  I mean, at the very least, since she's this Monarch scientist, she could have been making notes on the monsters.  Brie Larson, as the photographer, could have been snapping picture of the monsters.  Have a scene where they sit down to compare notes about their findings, and BOOM!  You pass the Bechdel test!  THIS ISN'T HARD, PEOPLE!

Since this is a giant monster movie, the big question is, how are the giant monster fights?  And there is some pretty cool giant monster action.  It starts with Kong laying waste to the expedition, which is Kong vs. about a dozen helicopters.  The other main giant monster on the island are called Skullwalkers.  The look like giant snakes with two legs, and a large, pointed, bone-white head.  The climactic battle is Kong taking on the lead Skullwalker, and it is a a magnificent fight.  The fight takes place in a ship's graveyard on the island, and I love how Kong improvises weapons out of the ship parts.  A flail made from a ship's anchor chain and propeller?  Awesome.  Wrapping it around his wrist to use as a gauntlet?  Super-cool.  

Kong:  Skull Island was good, but not great.  Very entertaining.  I liked the genuine effort to make the characters interesting in a giant monster movie. 

Prompt for 2017-07-22

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:58 pm
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Today's prompt is "shelter".

Running WILD!

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:28 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Quarantine was officially up yesterday so last night I sprung the Alexanders from the kitten room. It didn't take any time at all for them to get used to their bigger world. Just a few moments after I opened their door, they started running wild!

I left in the wee hours of the morning today and will be away this weekend for a wedding. I'm so sad to miss Dog-A-Thon tomorrow, but I do hope that some of you will be attending and represent the cats for Team IBKC.   Details on the event can be found HERE.

We will see you on Monday with more fundraising wrap ups, thank yous, and lots of pics of our Alexanders exploring.  See you then!

And enjoy this show ---prepare yourself for lots of super fun crazy kitten action!!!

Prompt for 2017-07-21

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:15 pm
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Today's prompt is "nothing lasts forever".

So Much Love for You

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:32 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


 Well, THAT was amazing!

There's still a tiny bit trickling, so the total will rise just a wee bit, but get this, my dear friends, team IBKC raised $144, 284 this year!  This brings our all-time grand fundraising total to $894,005!  I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around all of this last night, so I added, and added again, and again, and again, and I kept getting the same numbers, so this must be right!

You all must be so exhausted after giving so much!!!

It truly is remarkable the way you give. I talk about this Community of ours all the time, and people are always impressed by you. Friends I have who work in the world of fundraising can hardly believe that you exist! You are such a rare, beautiful gem.

I appreciate your donations so much, and I am so happy to place this $144,284 in the capable hands of our Humane Society.  They will put it to good use, and so many cats and kittens will benefit from your generosity.

But your gifts are not just a monetary amount -- it goes way beyond that.

These gifts make our hard-working shelter staff and volunteers feel supported and appreciated. This work isn't easy on the soul.  Your donations illustrate that there is great value in the work they are doing. It lifts them.

You are putting something very positive into the world.  There are a whole lot of people who prefer being negative -- offering no solutions -- just criticism and complaints. You recognize there's a problem and know you can do something to help. You take action  -- you give.

Watching you give inspires other to do the same  -- to our shelter, and to other rescues. Your giving is contagious.

And personally, your gifts impact me profoundly.  Can you imagine how good it feels to have so many lovely people, most of whom you've never met in real life,  supporting you in this way?  I am so grateful for all of the love you show me -- not just during our fundraiser, but year 'round.

So, thank you for all of this.  I appreciate you big-hearted kitten lovers so much.  You are what's right in this world -- you are positive, you are good, you are inspiring.  Thank you for making this happen, dear Community.  We love you.

I'm far from done thanking you. I've got so many individuals that I need to give a "shout-out" to -- I'll be sharing that tomorrow. The list is long so it's going to take some time to put that together!

Thank you, beautiful friends.  You are amazing. You made something huge happen.

Prompt for 2017-07-20

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:12 pm
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Today's prompt is "leaving this place behind".

AND, We're Done!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:30 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Just a quick post to say we met the match, I threw the money in, and we're putting this baby to bed!

What a day! What a fundraiser! We passed $119,000 (WOOT WOOT) but I still have auction money and other checks and cash to throw in before we have our grand total.  OH boy, it's gonna be huge!

I'll be back tomorrow morning and we will start winding down and saying our thank yous!

Thank you so much for all of the love and support you have shown us.  This community is so special -- I hope you understand what a rare gift you all are to the world.

See you in the morning, dear ones.

 xoxoxo Laurie

We Need Your Help! Please Hurry!

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

HELP! We've got 30 minutes left and need to bring in $670 more to complete Cynthia's generous match.  Chip in anything you can --- really, every penny helps --- and we will get there.

Please don't delay! We're running low on time!  THANK YOU!  We can't end this glorious fundraiser with a missed match!


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Two hours left to meet this last match!  We're running out of time and these kittens are running out of steam!  If you're planning to give to give, please hurry! We've got to $1630 to max out Cynthia's generous match!  It's easy to donate -- just click HERE and give with your big ole hearts!   xoxo!

Wake up, Fancy Pants! Wake up!!


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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


As his the high-bidder that gave this boy his name suggested, he looks like he was born under a Tesla Coil.

Yep. He does.






One more reminder: we've got a match!   And it's our last one, so we can't miss it!  

For those who were planning on supporting our Humane Society but haven't yet, PLEASE step up to the plate! Your donation will help make a difference in the life of a homeless cat or kitten.

And, it's being matched by our dear friend Cynthia so your donation will go twice as far!

THANK YOU!  You can make a tax-deductible donation by visiting our fundraising page.

$2260 to go! Four hours left!

It's always a great day to give, but especially when it's the last one!


And one last little thing:

We're auctioning off the teeny tiny magazines from our fundraising set! The auction is HERE and there are a couple more up there too. Thanks!


To Sum Things Up!

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:14 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

It's our last day of fundraising and we have a $3000 matching donation challenge happening today. We're off to a slow start this morning and still have $2410 left to complete it! Please remember we're wrapping everything up at 5:00 PM PST today, so get those donations in sooner rather than later if you can!  Thank you!

To help things nudge things along, I wanted to remind you of some of the fabulous programs our donations are supporting.

Here goes:

The Senior Cat Fund

Our Senior Cat Fund helps our vet staff do testing, procedures, blood work, dental work - whatever it takes to get this special population in top form! It will allow our doctors to go above and beyond and give the Seniors many more happy and healthy years. It will help the Senior Cats get adopted faster, too.

The Special Needs Fund

Thousands of cats pass through our shelter each year. Most don't require much more than vaccines and basic medical care before they're ready to hit the adoption floor, but some cats need more. These are our Special Needs cats and kittens. A Special Needs kitty may need surgery, a special diagnostic procedure, medication, special foods, or a visit (or visits) with a specialist.  This is this a fund that gets depleted every year, so it's so important that we help it grow.

The Foster Program

The foster program allows both cats and kittens to receive the best possible care while they wait to reach an "adoptable" state. With these cats and kittens temporarily living in our huge network of foster homes, more space is created at the shelter for incoming cats.  It frees up shelter staff, too -- animals in need of fostering require more care, sometimes 'round the clock, and special attention.  It takes a lot of supplies to care for all of the cats and kittens in foster homes -- our donations will help stock the shelves of the Foster Room with all that they need.

The Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry supplies pet food to those who are in temporarily in need. This program also delivers to elderly or disabled pet owners on fixed incomes who are having a difficult time affording the cost of feeding their precious pets. Transportation often is an issue for them, and this delivery program brings pet food and supplies to their doorstep. The Pet Food Pantry helps keep pets where they belong - with their families.

The Spay and Neuter Program
The Humane Society has several low-cost spay and neuter programs designed to serve pet owners who struggle to make ends meet. Most pet owners know that altering their pets is the best thing they can do, but sometimes, they just can't afford it. We don't want income to be a barrier to these surgeries --- these valuable programs help prevent that.

The Community Cat Program

The Community Cat Program addresses the 84,000 free-roaming and feral cats of Pierce County.  These cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, ear-tipped, and returned to outdoor homes to live out their lives. Some become barn cats, others backyard buddies, some are returned to their colonies.  Kittens are socialized through our foster program and then adopted out. This program makes our community cats healthier, and it helps reduce the number of kitten litters flowing into the shelter each year. With fewer kittens coming in, it frees up resources to help more.

We're on the home stretch now and have just six hours left of our fundraiser. If you been putting off making that donation, please give now! It's almost over!

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page!

Thanks to all who have given! And thanks to Cynthia for offering up the big match today!

I'm trying to put these posts out as fast as I can but I've kind of hit the wall, and I'm having a hard time staying awake today -- I keep dozing off mid-post! My apologies in advance for higher number of typos and mistakes than normal. There have been a whole lot of short nights the past few weeks and it's really starting to catch up with me today!  

Stay tuned -- more coming!  Thank you!!!


One Last Match! Pick Your Passion!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:09 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

This is it, friends! Our final day of fundraising!  Gosh, we've been working hard for the past 23 days and look what we've done -- our current total is  $112,015!

Even though we've passed our goal,  our fundraiser isn't officially over until the end of today, so we're going to keep pushing until then.  We will wrap it all up at 5:00 PM PST.

 If you missed out on the opportunity to give on one of our "designated donation days" and help fund a favorite program of yours, today is Pick Your Passion Day, and you can earmark your donation for a fund of your choice.

Here's how to do it:

After you've made your donation on our fundraising page, please send me an email and to let me know which fund you are supporting.

In the subject line, put the program or fund name exactly as I have it listed below. Exactly, please -- it will make it so much easier for me to sort all of these emails out after we're done and see that all the dollars go to the right programs.  In the body of the email please let me know how much you gave to this program or fund.

Here are the programs you can support and links to each if you care to learn a little more about them.

Senior Cat Fund
Special Needs Fund
Foster Program
Pet Food Pantry
Spay and Neuter Programs
Community Cats Fund

If you don't care to support any particular program today and prefer to give to the general fund and let the shelter decide where to use it, there's no need to send an email!

To help inspire a few more donations on this last day, we've got a $3000 match on the table, thanks to our dear friend, Cynthia!  For every dollar we give, she will do the same until we reach the $3000 cap, or until 5:00 PM, whichever happens first.

Thank you, Cynthia, for offering us another match and inspiring so many to give.  Honestly, I don't know what we would do without you and your support.

A couple of reminders:

We've got two auction items ending this afternoon. You can check them out HERE.

Our friends at Pepper Pot Polish and Liberte Du Monde Gourmet are donating a portion of their sales to the fundraiser. Please pop by their online stores and do a little shopping to help the cats and kittens out.

And Bart Mittenfloss prints are available in the IBKC shop. 100% of the proceeds from these sales will be donated to the Senior Cat Fund and Pet Food Pantry in his memory.

OK, I think that's it for now. I've got some litter boxes to scoop, some breakfast dishes to wash, then I'll be back with more!


Lloyd, time to get off the couch and take your place at the phones!  Let's go, buddy!


Prompt for 2017-07-19

Jul. 19th, 2017 12:30 pm
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Today's prompt is "that's not what you said".

Two More Auction Items!

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I just listed more auction items -- two adorable pairs of kitty print standard pillow cases crafted by two quilters from Florida, Cathy and Emma! They're so neatly made -- these gals have some mad sewing skills!

These are one-day auctions and end tomorrow.  You can visit the auctions by clicking HERE and HERE.

Thank you so much for surprising us with this gift for our fundraiser, Cathy and Emma!   How thoughtful you were to think of us!

Good luck, bidders!!

We're getting close to meeting our match now -- just $247 to go! So close! Can you help us max it out??!!  Please visit our fundraising page to make your tax-deductible donation.  THANK YOU!

She Gives and Gives

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:31 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


Opal has been visiting us since she was three -- the very first litter she met was the LaBaths.  When she was four, she decided she wanted to help the kitties out, so she brought over a three dollars and five pennies from her piggy bank and donated it to our fundraiser.   It's a sweet story -- you can read about it HERE.

Every year since, this generous girl has made a donation. Sometimes it's part of her birthday money. Sometimes she makes and sells crafts with her friend Lola, who is also very generous. One year, they had a lemonade stand.  This year, she made brownies and sold them at her mom's workplace.

Today she visited and gave us a donation of $172.99.


In all of her years of giving, she's donated a remarkable $660.16.   Isn't that just incredible?

I asked her today why she feels inclined to give her answer was, "I'm not sure, I just do it."

Giving comes naturally, I guess.

Thank you, Opal, for thinking of the cats and kitten and giving so generously to help them out. You are quite an inspiring young spirit!



Just a reminder, we've got a $1500 match on the table today from our friend Mary, and we still have $1227 left to raise to meet it.  I know we've passed our goal, but I also know a lot of us wait until the last days of the fundraiser to give, so for those who had planned to give, but have not yet given, here's your chance! Mary's doubling our dollars until we max out the match or until 7:00 PM, whichever comes first.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page. THANK YOU!


When Opal Met BUB

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:06 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Lil BUB, the most famous cat on the planet, was in Tacoma this weekend for a cat show. They had a meet-and-greet with BUB, with all proceeds from the ticket sales going to her fund for Special Needs cats and kittens, so I invited my pal Opal to join me for this rare opportunity to meet this celebrity cat.

I think we were both a little starstruck by this cutie. She was so tiny, gentle, and sweet --- she happily received few pets from Opal, and posed patiently for photos.




It was so fun meeting you, Lil Bub. Thank you for the positive message you put out to the world and for all of the good work you do for the Special Needs cats! Thank you also to Mike, Lil BUB's dad, for sharing her with us on Sunday!


After we met BUB, we took a walk around the show and met many beautiful, strange and exotic cats.








These creatures were all pretty fascinating, but I would give the "Best of Show" prize to this sweet orange love -- a rescue kitty presented by The Community Cat Coalition.


Don't forget, friends, we've got a matching donation challenge on the table from our friend Mary. Give now, dollars are DOUBLED.  Your donation can help twice as much!  Click HERE to visit our fundraising page! THANK YOU!

A Match from Mary!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:13 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I tried to go to sleep early last night but I was so excited about yesterday's events, I couldn't shut my brain off.   Wylla and Charlene were all fired up, too, and were having grand time chasing each other and doing what we call "fun fighting," where they wrestle and raise paws but no claws are out, and no one gets hurt.

I think the kittens were excited too -- when I went into their room to feed them this morning, the place was a mess. They had flipped over their beds and baskets, and it looked like someone had gone swimming in their water dish -- there was water splashed everywhere.  That must have been quite a party!

We've got a good reason to celebrate because we did meet our goal but we're not quite done! I'm committed to fundraising for two more days, and we have a couple of matches offered up by some generous friends, so I want to see those through!

Also, I know many of us like to wait until the last days to donate, so I want to give the procrastinators in the house a chance to get their dollars doubled too by our fabulous matches.

Our friend Mary, who offered up the Cozy Bed Challenge for us this weekend, is back with another match! Today she's going to be giving a dollar for every dollar we donate, until we reach the $1500 cap or until 7:00 PM (PST), which ever comes first.

To get your donation in before we're done, and to get it doubled by Mary, please pay a visit to our fundraising page! Thank you!

Thank you, Mary, for being so generous and offering up this awesome match!  And thank you to all who help us meet it today!

OK, kittens! Back to work! We're not quite done yet!!


Lots more to come today! Lil Bub, the most famous cat in the Universe, came to Tacoma this weekend and I took my little pal Opal to meet him. I'll be telling that tale it a bit.

Also, Opal, Ellis, and Jennifer are coming by to meet the Alexanders today and make their annual donation to the fundraiser.

There will be a couple of smaller auction items listed midday.

I'll be back soon with more soon. In the meantime...
Opurrators are standing by. Thank you!!


Let's Call it a Night

Jul. 17th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Everything went sideways in a very good way today! I didn't think we would roll it over so early, but we had a couple of sizable donations that helped us meet our match fast! And then we tossed in Cynthia's match money and her $5k bonus and all of a sudden we're at $108 squillion and some change!  What a remarkable afternoon!  I'm so thrilled we've passed our goal, AND we've raised $15K for the community cats!

Great job, everyone. AND I MEAN EVERYONE -- we rolled past 100K because of all of you.  If you donated, shared a link, offered a match, gave us a high-five, left a nice comment, purchased a print, bought an auction item, donated an auction item, named a kitten, or "liked" a post, YOU contributed to our victory!  Thank you for all of the love and support.

It's getting too late to start the couple of auctions I have left, so I'll wait until tomorrow to kick those off.  I always like to consider all time zones with the auctions and want them to end at a time that's not too late or not too early for anyone!

I'll be back bright and early tomorrow!  I have so many things I want to share. And more thank yous, of course. And maybe we'll try to bring in a couple of more dollars. Just a couple -- only because we have a couple of days.  Don't worry, we won't be pushing hard.

We'll see you tomorrow! I'm going to go cook a proper dinner, pack a few more prints up, and snuggle with some cats and kittens.   Goodnight, dear ones.  Sleep well.

And we are outta here.....
See you tomorrow!



Jul. 17th, 2017 04:21 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


I always know it's going to happen. I never know exactly when, but I do know it will happen because not once have you ever let us down.

YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE for me, and the cats, and the kittens.

AND this community of ours is so beautiful and amazing and we're going to help so many neonates, kittens, teen cats, adult cats, senior cats, and special need cats.


Now, I must call people.  LIKE CYNTHIA. And the shelter, too.



I also need to explain to the kittens what just happened. Alexanders, you should be more excited than this!   BECAUSE WE DID IT!



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