They said it would bring disaster. They said the country would go to pot. They said it would cause the sky to fall. There were even little chickens runnin' all about the place, bobbin' their heads up and down in agreement. Well my little chicken friends, the sky did fall and the country did not go to pot as previously, had been thought. MOUSES!
I bet you're all wonderin' what in the world peeps believed could bring wreck and ruin to the country and cause the sky to come tumblin' down. Why, I'm talkin' about the legalisation of nip, of course. What else?
Once upon a time, back in the olden days, there was very limited availability of the nip. There were a few backyard growers, of course, scattered about the country. Chamomile and mint imbibin' peeps would grow a patch or two of the stuff, usin' it for medicinal purposes and to augment their herbal teas. If you were a lucky cat, livin' with such an herbal tea lovin' peep, you could sneak out into the garden every now and then and grab a paw of the leaves for yourself.
I'm sure it was a cat who first discovered that while Nepeta cataria might calm and relax the nerves of peeps, it had the exact opposite effect on the superior, feline species. For cats, the nip gets us... well... nipped.
Some of these aforementioned herbal tea lovin' peeps eventually started growin' a little extra nip on the side for the neighbourhood cats. They would harvest this nip each fall, hanging up big bunches of the stuff to dry on porches and verandas and in barns and whatnot. This dried nip was then used to make nip mice and biff bags and all sorts of wonderful toys appropriate for kitties of legal age.
Cats in the country and the burbs were in luck for, generally speakin', they had easy access to the nip. If your own peeps didn't grow it, someone nearby likely did. But what about city cats? Where could they get their paws on some nip? This was a major dilemma, for sure.
It didn't take long before the Weasel Syndicate saw an opportunity to make a profit on the nip-sellin' front. Those weasels - bein' weasels - would head out to the burbs, sneakin' into the backyards of unsuspectin' nip-growin' peeps each fall. Not wantin' to do the work of growin' and harvestin' the nip themselves - after all, they are weasels - they would wait until peeps had their nip hangin' out to dry. They would then steal those bunches of nip and take 'em back to the Weasel Syndicate.
Let me tell you what you might have found, a century or so ago...
Picture it, you come across what appears to be a reputable business on a busy city street. Enterin' said business, you find a dark, smoke-filled room, filled with weasels smokin' whatever weasels smoke and drinkin' whatever they drink. Weasels laughin' and cajolin', drinkin' away their profits from the illegal nip trade. After makin' your way through this weasel-infested room, you come to another door. You give the weasel guardin' said door the password - which you have previously obtained from a secret but highly reliable source, for a somewhat reasonable price, before startin' your investigation - and you are allowed entry. What lies before you is a scene that brings shock and disbelief.
In this inner sanctum of the Weasel Syndicate you find a brightly lit room with bare white walls and stark, yet sparkling, white floors. There are rows upon rows of tables and workin' at these tables are weasels, all clad in long white coats and gloves. The weasels are strippin' the nip branches of their dried leaves, sortin' and crushin' those leaves, weighing 'em carefully and then packagin' them up into little clear plastic baggies. These bags of nip are destined to make their way onto the city streets where they will be sold to city cats, allowin' them, too, to imbibe in the nip.
Now you might be thinkin' that the ways of the past worked. Cats were gettin' their nip and the weasels were makin' a little money on the side but in truth, this black market nip trade was rife with problems.
For starters, the weasels were makin' a fortune. Do you know what a gang of weasels does with the money it makes? Neither do I but rest assured, it's not good. After all, they're weasels. MOUSES!
Secondly, the Weasel Syndicate had the city nip markets cornered and there was no quality control. There was no one controllin' nip quality at all.
Weasels were takin' short cuts left, right and centre. They were cuttin' the nip in ways that were shortin' their customers, for sure. Instead of just usin' the leaves and dried flower buds of the nip, they were usin' pieces of stem. Cats were findin' stems in their nip! It was outrageous.
And stems weren't the only thing a cat might find in that nip. All sorts of cheap fillers were bein' used. Those weasels would cut their stuff with anythin' that even resembled nip. Peppermint, spearmint and even lemon balm. Once, I heard tell of a cat buyin' a baggy of nip from some street corner dealer named Jack only to find he had just purchased an old lavender sachet that had been pulled straight out of somebody's grandmother's dresser drawer! MOUSES!
And it didn't stop there. The nip market was growin' exponentially and thefts from backyard growin' ops, couldn't keep up. The weasels had stolen all they could steal from the mom and pop operations and moved onto bigger nip-growin' fields. Unlike the healthy, organically grown nip from backyard herb gardens, some of these larger fields had been contaminated with all sorts of who-knows-what but the syndicate didn't care. They just needed that nip. Their profits were at stake.
Thankfully, at some point, peeps saw a way to bring an end to the weasel monopolization of this black market nip trade with the legalisation of the nip.
In the modern world of today, nip can be purchased almost anywhere. Health food stores, pet stores and even grocery stores have all taken advantage of the Nip Rush by sellin' nip. Catnip has become commercialised, for sure. And the government takes a cut as well. That's right, my friends, nip is a taxable product. The government taxes our nip! MOUSES!
Of course, there are still plenty of backyard grow-ops around. Almost every gardener worth his or her salt - you might wanna pay attention to that, ol' peep of mine - has at least a little patch of the stuff growin' for the neighbourhood moggies. But the backyard growers are no longer bein' faced with the constant thefts by members of the Weasel Syndicate. Oh sure, the Syndicate still exists but as there is no longer a profit to be made with the illegal nip trade, it has moved onto bigger and better things. I understand they're now breakin' into the businesses of bankin' and politics and whatnot. MOUSES!
Before legalisation, any cat, anywhere, could buy the nip from a weasel but now, there are controls in place. A weasel would sell to any kitten weaned from his mama but now only kittens of legal age can get their paws on the stuff.
What's more, a weasel would sell a cat as much nip as he or she could afford with never a thought given to the health or welfare of said cat. A cat high on the nip can get out of control. Believe me, I know. Now with nip bein' all legal and whatnot, cats can get nipped in the safety and comfort of their own homes, avoidin' the possibility of becomin' a public nuisance. Nothin' worse than seein' a cat all nipped up, pickin' fights with the neighbourhood squirrels. MOUSES!
The legalisation of nip has made possible its regulation and that really is a very good thing, for sure.
Of course, there were those who once said that the legalisation of nip would facilitate the use of other recreational substances. Nip today, vine tomorrow. Well actually, the naysayers might have been right about that. Even we have a little patch of Valerian root growin' although it's only my brother Seville who likes it. Stuff smells of stinky feet, you see. Again I must say, MOUSES!
While the trade of illegal nip might once have only made it into the crime beats of the local papers, it is now entirely possible that we'll be seein' mention made of nip futures in the financial sections and perhaps even a column or two by a nip editor. That's right, papers could have nip editors, discussin' the best varieties of nip, best nip toys available and nip sales goin' on. Basically, discussin' all things nip. And who better to be one of those editors than me? I'll be a paw-in, for sure. MOUSES!
Sunday, 1 February 2015
the little chicken was wrong
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Dear Nissy - Great Nip article... Think you nipped it in the bud. One question for the nipmeister though.... what is legal age for nip? Grammy told us (Etude and Rondo) that 23 was the legal age... and we're not yet 4... Hope she's wrong! That's a lifetime away. We got into some one day and were rambunctious and picked on our sisters, nipping (pun intended) and biting them... so we're on 'nip rations' in other words... no more nip until we're legal age. Help!ReplyDelete
Well cat years and peep years are different, you see... purrsDelete
All this readin bout nip made me want some fresh nip real bad!ReplyDelete
Then go get yourself a paw full, then come on back. I'll still be here when you return. purrsDelete
Here a nip, there a nip, everywhere a nip nip. Works for me Nissy!ReplyDelete
Works for me, too! Great minds think alike. purrsDelete
Thanks for teaching us more about nip. Hope you are having a good day.ReplyDelete
Havin' a great one and, of course, enjoyin' it with a little of the nip. purrsDelete
I never knew there was such a nip revolution going on. We must stash away our nip just in case for a rainy day. Stuck in the city we can't grow it ourselves.ReplyDelete
But it's okay 'cause now you can get it at the store and everythin'. purrsDelete
Down with the weasels! Viva la nip farmin'! Nissy you would rock as a nip editor! Hope you are having an easy Sunday and that your weather isn't crazy, we got a snowstorm today...ReplyDelete
You had snow? We have more comin' later today. MOUSES! purrsDelete
I'm awfully young still, and I don't remember nip being illegal!ReplyDelete
And for that you can thank your lucky stars. Truth be told, it was before my time, too. purrsDelete
Weasels should not be involved in nip in any way. I think you should expand into silvervine before that ends u going to the weasels too.ReplyDelete
Ah yes... the vine. purrsDelete
Weasels..really? I'm all nipped out now... Pawkisses for a nip-fine-day :) <3ReplyDelete
Yeah, that ol' Weasel Syndicate is into EVERYTHIN'! purrsDelete
Seriously, Nissy, I've been looking into investment in a nip hedge fund! That IS the futures MOL ;)ReplyDelete
You too? Let me know what you find out, okay? I'm itchin' to invest in the nip. purrsDelete
Who knows what this enterprise will mean for the stock market too!!!!ReplyDelete
The stock market will profit from nip futures, for sure! purrsDelete
Hey Nerrissa, There is a full time grow op in BC that has the bestest atnip in the world! Here is a tour of their farm with inspector cats!!!ReplyDelete
Its BC Buddies and the Kooky at Company! Mes and looney LOVES their "Stuff""
How does one get a job as an Inspector Cat? Inquirin' minds wanna know!!! purrsDelete
Leave it to the weasels to wreck it for everyone *shudders to think of peppermint added to nip* Must have some nip right this minute now, and then treats after, of course!Delete
But what if it turns out that too much nip is not good for a cat's brain, and that driving after imbibing in the nip is dangerous? And that parent cats cannot reliably take care of their kittens when under the haze of the nip? Can things ever go back to nip being illegal?Delete
I know... Peppermint is icky. Bleh. purrsDelete
I don't think it will really be a problem, Simba. I'm been nippin' most of my life with no adverse effects 'cept for sometimes havin' nip on the brain. Also, I don't yet have a drivers' license. purrsDelete
Wow I didn't know that about the Weasels,bad Weasels,xx SpeedyReplyDelete
Yeah, it was the Weasel Syndicated from whom Seville bought those refurbished eggbeaters and you KNOW what happened with those! purrsDelete
#NISS4SENATE! Maybe you could get a grant (whoever he is) to do some more nip production? He could probably even help you plant, pick and pack too, save your peep worrying about it! purrs I not seen any chickens nodding, but all the sparrows my way are up in arms (which is strange as they have none) but maybe that's 'cos they're talking about legalizing the bird seed? purrsReplyDelete
#Niss4Senate for sure! When I'm appointed to the Senate, I'll try to track down that Grant guy. I hear he hangs with the government crowd. purrsDelete
Y Nissy we fink yous wuld be a gweat Nip Editor. Why don't yous fink 'bout duin' just dat. Weez hear and hav smelled fur owselvees dat Canada has sum of da bestest nip wound. We sure can't wait to see yous nip fawmin' adventures. We hav quite a lawge patch of da stuff out in ow gawden as well. :)ReplyDelete
Dezi and Lexi
I've heard that good ol' Canadian soil and sunshine grows the best nip, too. purrsDelete
So glad to hear you will be nip farming! I'm going to be a vine farmer this year - mom has promised. She may throw in some nip too. Let's compare notes!ReplyDelete
You're gonna grow vine? Ever lucky! Don't think it's warm enough here to grow that. We'll have to compare notes on the nip, for sure. purrsDelete
Ah, nip...vine...been there, have some. <3ReplyDelete
You and I speak the same language, for sure. purrsDelete
We didn't know all that about nip ! We're glad you're going to be nip farming, and we're looking forward to reading news about it ! PurrsReplyDelete
I'm lookin' forward to it myself. Can't wait to get started. purrsDelete
You know, every time I read one of your fantastic nip posts, I swear I can hear my cats muttering behind me thinking, "man I wish we had some nip!"ReplyDelete
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
Uh.... Probably because THEY ARE! purrsDelete
Thank COD that nip is legal now! No more having to hide it! We do with our humans would grow some for us… but they say that they end up killing every plant they try to grow, so maybe it's best that they don't. I would hate for a nip plant to fall victim to their sub-par gardening skills.ReplyDelete
Leave it to you my Nip Head Pal Nissy to fret over Nip futures MOLReplyDelete
Thank Cod I live in the age of Legal nip Savvy! I don't know if I could stand it if I didn't! Can't wait for the wild nip to start growing in our yard this year because we like it so much more than the plants Mom can buy at the garden center here.ReplyDelete
Peace out and long live nip!