~1. Why did you give your cats their particular names?
They all have named themselves, in effect. Charlotte was in my arms and tried to help me select a book by the Bronte sisters, Emily and Charlotte. She wasn't an Emily, so she became Charlotte. Esse is short for "Quintessential Cat," because she is everything we know cats are; loving, sweet, and absolutely mysterious. Pie was unnamed for a long time, but was called sweetie pie, pumpkin pie, sugar pie, cutie pie, and so on. Soon, she'd come when called Pie...and thus it stuck. Penguin was named because her entire left side rolls under her when she moves, and she looks like a penguin waddling from behind...and so Penguin was named. Simon...well, he just told me. That was really weird, but then again, it's Simon...so what else should I have expected? LOL!!!
2. How did you find Pengy and why does she have an injury? (sorry, if you are repeating yourself here but I didn't get to read the entirety of the thread lost in the TCS crash )
Pengy found me. There were several strays/ferals in the alley, and I started putting food out. Several of them were caught by my neighbor, but Pengy was not. My neighbor was able to socialize them and place them before she moved away, and so I ended up just getting Pengy food and water. She was doing fine, although she was handicapped, and then one day last year (right about this time) I saw her eating in the pouring rain, shivering, and looking like she'd lost a lot of weight. I decided to try to trap her then. She didn't take to the Hav-A-Hart trap, so I bought a kennel, rigged it so I could close it from inside the house, put food in and around it, and about a month later she had the courage to get all the way in to the kennel to get at the sardines I had there. I was able to close the door from inside my house, and thus she was trapped. I took her into the vet, and she got checked for everything, and also got some x-rays. The x-rays showed healed fractures of both hips, her lower spine, and at least 4 breaks in her left femur. Her tail had also been traumatically amputated. The vet's opinion is that she had been badly abused, and that her tail had actually been severed by a sharp instrument of some kind. Because she was a feral but had already been fixed, the vet believes she had been a housepet at one point (as she was not notched). She's about 5-6 years old.
3. What is your favorite book?
It really depends on my mood. Perhaps it would be easier to give my favorite authors: Stephen King, Marianne Williamson, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Crichton, Frank Herbert, and Shakespeare.
4. How did you get into the real estate business?
I was bored with my life and in a relationship which was abusive. My father suggested I'd be good in it...so I did it for him. Lo and Behold, Father still knew best, and I was in love with it the moment I started. It hasn't been easy, and I am far from "successful" monetarily, but I love what I do, and for me, that's what really counts.
5. What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
SKydiving. I was planning on only going once...but enjoyed conquering the challenge. It wasn't easy, and was indeed very scary (I had a malfunction and a bad parachute on my 3rd jump), but it became something which was really important for me to overcome. So I managed to corral the fear, and challenge myself, and started having fun 'round about jump 42. I now have 111 jumps, with plans to have another 100 by this time next year.
And the other most adventurous thing I've ever done was submit an article to a magazine. It was so scary to do that...but it was accepted, and published.
Great questions! And thanks, Colleen. This has made my day/week. This will be fun!