Apr 28-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: April: Apr 28-05
Can you see me now?    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala
Time for a bath    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 06:29 am:

This little feline has appeared on these pages before, doing a bit of shadow boxing. At that time, there was a discussion about him being polydactyl, which means having extra fingers or toes. Looks like those extra digits on his paws would be a great help for all the Spring tree climbing to do here in the U.P. outdoors. Handy to help him hang on for those tough shots, like peeking at his master Joyce Tormala or for those times when you just have to clean up for the camera. It's definitely a good feeling for both critters and humankind to get out and enjoy the fresh, clean springtime air!

In follow-up to yesterday's discussion about Pasty.NET wireless, the Mining Gazette featured a front page article about Houghton's new pedestrian tunnel under US-41, which has observation camera's powered by Pasty.NET wireless. This enables Houghton police remotely to keep an eye on the kiddies headed down to Chutes and Ladders, featured last week here on the Pasty Cam.

photos by Charlie Hopper
photos by Charlie Hopper

Margaret, Amarillo TX on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 06:52 am:

Hey, somebody was peeking in on Kitty Cat. As per usual, Kitty disregarded the attention. Do the kiddos use this for a skateboard track?

By Dick B. TrollLand on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 07:41 am:

That cat does have some good sized feet, had one once that went by the name of CO after the preceding cat died of Carbon Monoxide. It had 6 toes on each foot and did tricks for raisins! I think this one is waiting for the woodpecker that put all those holes in the boles of those trees.

That does look like a wild skateboard ride. Or bike, maybe?

By Me on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 07:58 am:

I doubt Joyce is the "Master"....I'm thinking more like vice versa. I got a couple of cats...just speaking from experience! LOL!!

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 08:09 am:

I'll bet that car parked in the picture, is the picture taker! I like that little tunnel... They need to do that in areas here in Georgia! Love the bridge in the background. (Love the bridge, PERIOD!)

By FLYINDAMOONEY on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 08:32 am:

They tried a tunnel smaller than this in Highland Park to cross Second Avenue for schoolkids, but had to cover/fill it when it became the best spot to mug around. Probably a few less muggers in Houghton though.

By jAPEi on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 10:54 am:

TERVEHDYS all people in Pasty today.. .this link
Finland webcameras


Give burn!

By Jo Ann in Iowa on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 11:25 am:

I've heard it said that cats don't have masters...they have staff.

By pungvait up on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:03 pm:

does anyone remember the old tunnel between Cy Wedge's garage and the Copper Range RR roundhouse--just about the same location, but big enough for vehicles???
Also -- another eighty degree weekend for the copper country -- 40 saturday and 40 sunday!

By Janie, Ia. on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 12:04 pm:

What cute kitty! When our daughter was little she had a blk/wht kitty named Checkers...one of many farm kitties. Dogs, kitties, and ponies, just love 'em!

By julie b., MI on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 01:05 pm:

I like that line about 'an 80' weekend! Will have to use that one too...........

By Charles in Adrian, MI on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 02:24 pm:

That line about having an 80 degree weekend is great! It
reminds me of what an oldtimer in these parts said about the
old electric railroad running between Blissfield and Toledo. It
went 90 miles per hour, he said. Then he explained that was 30
mph forward, 30 mph sideways, and 30 up and down. You
were real glad when you got off that train, he said.

By Selma on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 02:36 pm:

LYINDAMOONEY: I have to wonder how long the tunnel under M26 to the park will stay open. The city of Houghton closed the stairwells on the parking deck in Houghton not long after the deck opened. You can no longer park on the top/bottom deck in Houghton and take the stairwell to the other level to shop. Not sure what the cause was, loitering maybe??

By greg, portland, or on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 03:35 pm:

does anyone know (or have an opinion) about the abundance of polydactyl cats in or around the keweenaw? seemed like the percentage of cats with an extra digit was extraordinarily high from my experience at da tech.

By Who's your daddy? on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 04:05 pm:

Greg~cause they all have the same mommy and daddy ;)

By gw-houghton on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 05:18 pm:

PUNGVAIT-I remember the tunnel under the old M-26 near Cy Wedges garage. Used to take that road thru the tunnel to get to the lake for smelting.

By Observer on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 05:22 pm:

Regarding the tunnel, big waste of money. Just my opinion, here we go to the What's Up page.....

By Ronald, Oregon on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 05:50 pm:

I'm so glad to see that they provided wheelchair access to that
tunnel. The world has slowly become more accessible to us
people who don't walk. We now have building codes that take
access as a serious matter.

I see that there are steps as well, but ramp access is critical to
those of us who cannot walk.

By Grimace on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 06:19 pm:

What a great tunnel , built with grant money
for small city enhancement. You know the local
politicians favorite saying, "If we didn't get that grant money someone else would" Thanks to all those that improve the quality of life,your education leads us all to a better place.

By LMR Hancock, Mi on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 06:37 pm:

I'm glad to see the Web-cam for Finland. We'll check it out during the day. Made it to many of these towns and cities in '95.

By Cindy in Calumet on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 06:53 pm:

I too have a cat that looks just like this one. Her name is Chloie. Got her from the Humane Society-best place to get a pet!!! She also has six toes on her paws.

By leftee on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 07:56 pm:

We had a black & white kittie years ago, too. When asked about her, my four year old would say she was "cow-colored".

Maybe this one's waiting for the hole-makers to come back by for a visit.

By copper country resident on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 08:54 pm:

I think the tunnel built was a big waste of money. We have many roads in the UP that need upgrading. Or what about a 4-lane from Houghton to Marquette or a 4-lane from Houghton to Iron Mountain. Those areas are heavily traveled.

By k on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 09:49 pm:

I agree the tunnel was a waste...But CCR, do you know the cost and complexity that's involved in building such a road as you mentioned above???

It'll never happen.

By Tax Payer on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 10:08 pm:

Money down the tunnel, what a waste.

By City-Slicker on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 10:11 pm:

The money for the tunnel was well spent from the city of Lansing,from their kitty.

By SarahK, MI troll in FL on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 11:09 pm:

Weren't Hemingway's cats in Key West known for their extra digit on their paws? I've never been there, but it seems like that was the story.

By Joyce Tormala on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 01:28 am:

I have learned,from this site,that polydactyls are often the offspring of inbred cats. I guess they are not very particular in this department.
This kitty lost a couple "digits" this week -he was neutered. I wish he behaved as well outside as he does inside. He is like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde; such an affectionate little guy,a pest for attention. When I scold him for stalking the birds,he changes his expression and pretends to bathe.
I have not seen the pedestrian tunnel til now. I brag about being a hermit,but this is ridiculous!
I have roamed the grounds at Chutes & Ladders several times. Maybe next time I will notice the concrete surroundings. We are always learning from this informative site. Thanks!

By cg, MI on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 01:30 am:

To Sarah K. Yes, when you visit Hemingway's home in Key West, the six-toed cats are still hanging around it.

By K-copper country on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 07:43 pm:

They should have built that tunnel by tech, How many of use's come close to hitting a student as they cross between cars durning a snow storm. I for one have had to many close calls. I think some of them students just love to play chicken to see how close we can get to them. God help me i hope i never hit one. K

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