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A few weeks ago, I decided to foster a Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) cat named Gene. Today, I decided to adopt him.

Yes, I caved. Everyone said it was going to happen, and I insisted that it wouldn’t.

“You’re going to get attached.”

“You won’t be able to take him back after he’s been out of the shelter.”

“We all know you’re just fostering him to test him out for adoption.”

I really believed none of those statements were true, though. I sincerely thought I was just going to foster a nice cat for a month, giving him a break from the shelter for a while before moving on to another shelter cat.

But from the moment I let Gene out of the carrier and into my apartment, I had a feeling our relationship wasn’t just a fling.

He and I became attached at the hip. We eat breakfast together. I can’t take a shower without him meowing pathetically at the bathroom door (now I just leave it open, so he meows pathetically from the other side of the shower curtain). We end each day by snuggling in front of Netflix — you know, all the things serious couples do.

We’ve had our rough patches, don’t get me wrong — namely, Gene believes I don’t need to sleep; I disagree. But we’ve worked through that.

So I guess everyone was right, and I was naive to believe I could keep a cat for a month and then give him back — especially a cat like Gene.

I still would encourage you to foster an animal from CARE, but if you’re convinced you won’t end up adopting one, maybe don’t be so adamant about it with your friends.

Nobody likes to hear “I told you so.”


I remember spending countless weekends at the skating rink growing up, even hosting a birthday party or two, but it seems like that fad has run its course. It’s a shame, if you ask me.

If you feel the same way, you should come to Down & Derby — the coolest roller skating party since roller skating was cool. Come to the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 7 p.m., and for just $10, skate the night away with fun disco music playing in the background. You’re encouraged to dress the part, and you don’t even need your own skates — what could be more fun on your Friday night?

For more information and tickets, visit http://ticketf.ly/1eGW82m.


Take a day trip to Redstone to enjoy the peace, quiet and beautiful views and to hear free live music for the town’s Magical Moments of Summer concert series. This weekend, Gigi Love and the Mystics will perform bluesy Americana songs inspired by a life of travels. Music lasts from 6 to 8 p.m.


If you didn’t get enough music in Redstone on Saturday, head to Carbondale to enjoy some free tunes in Sopris Park for the town’s monthly concert series. Denver country band Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams are playing at 4 p.m. If you want to catch them in a more intimate setting, hit up Steve’s Guitars at 8:30 p.m., where they’ll be playing again.

Jessica Cabe is thinking of filming a sitcom starring Gene and her two pet rats, all of whom get along swimmingly, much to her surprise. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.

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