Friday, September 10, 2010
The Great Escape
It wasn't hard to come up with a name for the hamster. On the way home the hamster started eating out of the transport box they give you from the pet store. Being that it was only cardboard once the hamster saw light coming through a crack it just started chewing away. The crack got bigger becoming a hole. It got to a point where I thought about going to the corner Starbucks to get a grande cup and lid as temporary storage.
By this point the apartment was only a block away, I walked the rest of the way to the house pushing the hamster's head in (gently) with the free finger I had. Roger was home and showed up at the door just in time. The hamster had almost escaped while I was fiddling with the keys opening the front door. Roger grabbed the bags with the habitrail, food, and wood chips. I had both hands busy trying not to drop the transport box, having it unfold, and keeping the hamster in. We made it to the kitchen where I put the hamster temporarily into a pot while I built the space station of a hamster cage. I'm not kidding it's pretty futuristic looking.
Fluffball, Vader, James Blinn (the second1), fatso (perhaps a bit demeaning), the Hamstertm (like hipster but a "ham", for "one that likes the spotlight"), Ham Able Lecter, Nugget (short for Hamster nugget), Nick (Nick's your buddy/pal2). These were all names that went through my head on the way home. It wasn't until I noticed that the hamster almost escaped out of the box and almost got squished in the bag that a name from the Great Escape was going to be used. If the hamster had a hamster sized baseball I could see it bouncing the ball off the wall in the box (had the ball not eaten it first). Captain Hilts "The cooler king". Yeah.
It wasn't until later that I found out the the hamster was a she. On top of that Captain Hilts is probably trademarked or something being that it's from a movie. So instead I changed the name to Captain Hill. Partially named after Hilary who is one of my more adventurous friends and who would escape out of a box had you put her in one. She might not eat her way out... then again who knows?
1James Blinn is a computer graphics guy who used to write a column in the IEEE computer graphics and applications magazine I used to read in high school (if I could get my hands on them). I named my first hamster James Blinn after this guy (yes, geeky I know) hence today's hamster would have to be named James Blinn the second.
2 See the movie "The Sure Thing"