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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90041, Eagle Rock


This is about Christmas spirit, so here's a Christmas tree from Longwood Gardens

Dear ——–,

As soon as we arrived back in Los Angeles, we started packing for our ski trip to Mammoth. Mewwwww. What was that? The sound was coming from the heating vent. “I think there’s a cat in our basement,” I told Bryan. Down there, he found Pepper, a cat we’d seen roaming the neighborhood before. (We’d previously called the owners because we thought Pepper was lost. Oh no, we were told, Pepper just gets to roam at will. Don’t get me started on “outdoor cats.”) Bryan didn’t see any windows or doors open. Instead of being mean or desperate, Pepper was strangely friendly, rolling on his back so Bryan could stroke his belly. He called the owner, who said Pepper had been missing for six days. Pepper must have slipped into the basement when I was doing laundry on a rainy Christmas day! How did I miss that? It didn’t seem in keeping with the Christmas spirit, but the owners said they were going to have to return the other cat they’d adopted because they thought a coyote had eaten Pepper. I hope they didn’t follow through. I am a little afraid now to explore the nether reaches of our basement. A cat can’t be down there for six days without pooping, can it?


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

2 thoughts on “90041, Eagle Rock

  1. Yikes. Lucky for Pepper you were paying attention!

    • No kidding! Since we were packing up for another 3-day trip, he could’ve been stuck down there for another 3 days!

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