Remember the man in the hat? The man who dragged that big ol' pine tree branch down our street and dumped it in my garden? Well, he still has the same hat. I see him all the time. I know it's him 'cause I recognise the hat.
Anywho... a little while ago, that man in that hat could have been almost no more. Don't worry too much though. He's still around. I saw his hat and yes... he was still in it.
Here's what happened....
A couple of weeks ago or so, someone was comin' over to our house to visit. Along the way, that someone encountered the man in the hat. The hat was walkin' down the road. I'm thinkin' the hat must have been in charge 'cause you'd expect the man to know better than to not be walkin' at the side of the road. You're supposed to walk along the side of the road so as not to be in the path of the traffic. I'm not even allowed on the road and even I know that. I'm sure the man knows it, too, but perhaps the hat does not.
So this someone who was comin' to our house comes along behind the man in the hat. At first, the man didn't hear the car approaching. Now, listening for cars would have been the man's responsibility. Hats don't have ears so it's not like they can hear anything. The man had ears - likely still does! The man should have been usin' his ears to listen for cars and whatnot, especially since his hat was makin' him walk so far into the middle of the road.
The car was almost upon the man in the hat when the man finally heard its approach. The noise must have startled him or something 'cause the next thing our visitor knew was that the man and the hat jumped and kind of turned and moved further into the road and - get this - into the path of the approaching car! Luckily for our visitor and the man and the hat, an accident was avoided. But like I said, the man in the hat almost was no more.
Apparently, the man wasn't wearing just the hat. He was also wearing some kind of ear thingies. Listening to music, most likely. That's probably why he didn't hear the car approaching. I wonder how many other things he didn't hear that day. I wonder how many other dangers were drowned out by the sound comin' from those thing-a-ma-gigs plugging up his ears.
I'm told that peeps do this kind of thing all the time. They walk around all over the place with thingies in their ears. The very concept mystifies me. As a cat, I have excellent hearing and I'm super-duper proud of it. We cats hear things peeps can only dream about hearing. Yeah, our hearing is that good. Why would I ever want to impede my sense of hearing?
Okay... I know... I would like to plug up my ears when the peep starts up with her caterwauling but that's what you call a special circumstance. An equally special circumstance would be if the neighbours took up the bagpipes. You get my drift, I am sure.
But caterwauling and bagpiping aside, using your ears to listen for approaching dangers is a very wise and cat-like thing to do. Pluggin' your ears up and then walkin' down the middle of the road is neither wise nor cat-like. It's kind of foolish, if you ask me. The fact that peeps do this sort of thing on a regular basis makes me wonder just why-oh-why the peeps get to be in control of the can openers. They are not the superior race. Not by a long shot. This kind of behaviour is proof positive of that!
I'm wondering if the man in the hat learnt a lesson that day, after almost being run over by a car 'cause he didn't hear it coming 'cause he had plugged up his ears listening to loud music. I'm thinking not. Peeps often don't learn lessons well. It usually takes them a couple tries to get it right.
Plus, you all know the saying peeps have 'bout stuff goin' in one ear and then coming right out of the other. Well, that's about listening and learning stuff... or rather it's about not learning the stuff. The idea is that the knowledge goes in the first ear but before it has a chance to inform the brain, it goes right out the other. Well... since the man in the hat has plugged up his ears with the ear thingies, any knowledge that happens to come his way won't be able to enter that first ear. That means, the knowledge won't just by-pass his brain. It will by-pass his whole head! I don't think you can learn stuff that way. I think that would be next to impossible. That's why I'm thinkin' the man in the hat probably has not learnt his lesson. Bet he doesn't even know there was a lesson to be learnt. MOUSES!